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The new tax reform law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017. It represents the most sweeping rewrite of federal tax code in more than 30 years. Visit our dedicated tax reform page to learn more about implications for you and your business.

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Nondefense agencies and defense contractors should be formulating alternate ways to obtain audits for their non-DOD contracts now that the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) is prohibited from providing audit support to them.

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The US House Committee on Ways and Means and the US Senate Committee on Finance sent a letter to 56 institutions inquiring about endowments greater than $1 billion held by colleges and universities to understand how they use their endowment assets.

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Proposed Oregon Initiative Petition 28 would impose an unlimited gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales of more than $25 million. If passed, this tax would have significant ramifications for businesses and residents in Oregon.

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The new tax extender law makes quite a few tax breaks permanent while enhancing others. This Alert details some of these changes, including education credits, transit benefits, mortgage-related deductions, and more.

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Donee organizations must provide written acknowledgment of contributions of more than $250 for their donors to claim the corresponding charitable donation deduction. Proposed regulations may formalize the process through a new filing.

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To meet minimum distribution requirements and avoid excise tax, private foundations must grant funds to public charities with an IRS determination letter—but what if the recipient is international? New regulations help streamline the determination.

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The IRS’s Tax Exempt & Government Entities division has released its priority guidance work plan to review its activities in 2015 and communicate its areas of focus for the year ahead. We give an overview of its key areas.

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Ensuring you’ve provided donors with the proper documentation for IRS tax deduction purposes can help make sure they get the tax benefit of their donation. We review what charitable organizations need to provide in this Insight.

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Banks need to assess five risks as 2020 nears and bank directors look for ways to innovate with increasing consumer demands and competition. The risks are data security, regulatory risk, staffing, profitability, and bank survival.

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Charitable gifts made before year-end can provide a valuable deduction against your 2015 taxes. As the year winds down, consider gifting options beyond your checkbook to increase the tax efficiency of your gifts.

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A number of key developments and considerations came out of California’s 2015 legislative session. We cover key tax opportunities and changes for businesses and individuals for the 2016 filing season and beyond.

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 modifies several provisions pertaining to partnership audits. Those with under 100 partners may opt out under two methods. We give an overview of the new law to date in this Alert.

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Under the new uniform guidance for federal awards, organizations that pass federal funds through to subrecipients are required to monitor the use of those funds. We cover key aspects of this requirement and provide best practices.

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CAMPBELL, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015—Moss Adams LLP, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation, today announced the addition of partner Mei Xu to its Silicon Valley office. Xu will provide clients with a range of tax- and transaction-related se...

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Will you meet your minimum distribution requirement this year? Can you carry net operating losses over from previous years? How can you reduce the tax rate on net investment income? Our year-end guide addresses all this and more.

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Part 2 of this series on mission-related investing looks at program-related investments (PRIs): below-market-rate loans or equities that further your private foundation’s mission, generate returns, and count toward required minimum distributions.

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Though year-end 2015 may seem distant, now’s the time for private foundations to review their preparedness to meet minimum distribution requirements, use or create excess distribution carryovers, and take advantage of reduced excise tax rates.

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Split-dollar life insurance plans are becoming popular among health care organizations because they offer tax-advantaged retirement benefits and can qualify for loan accounting treatment. The catch? Loan treatment doesn’t always apply.

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The Office of Management and Budget recently released its 2015 compliance supplement. A number of changes will affect states, local governments, Indian tribal governments, and not-for-profit organizations that receive federal funding or grants.

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Companies in agribusiness are often family-owned, which means their buy-sell agreements, life insurance policies, and estate and succession plans need to be in sync to work smoothly and effectively. We take a closer look in this Insight.

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