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Revenue Recognition

The new Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, fundamentally changes how companies across nearly every industry will recognize revenue. Learn more about how this affects you and your business as well as what’s required and the effective dates.

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The FASB’s ASU 2016—02 Leases (Topic 842) will require substantially all leases to be recognized by lessees on the balance sheet as a right-of-use asset and corresponding lease liability, including today’s operating leases, among other changes.

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US-source interest income paid to nonresidents is subject to 30 percent withholding tax, with several exceptions. Portfolio debt interest is one, but traps for the unwary make it murky territory. Details in this white paper.

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(Run time: 66:00) Businesses could see significant tax savings in tax year 2015 and beyond through select provisions from the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. These provisions relate to the Section 179 expensing election to immediately deduct the cost of certa...

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Depletion methods are an effective tool to defer taxes and increase cash flow for timber companies that have recently purchased timberland, plan to make investments in timberland ownership, or have timberland holdings that produce taxable income.

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Effective January 1, 2017, new off-campus hospital departments will be subject to site-neutral payments—in other words, they won’t be reimbursable under the outpatient prospective payment system. Details in this Insight.

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Following a revamp of its MyFTB tax filing system, California taxpayers need to reactivate their accounts. Start now to make sure you’re prepared for the April 15 deadline and protect your identity against hackers.

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Recent legislation retroactively restored the federal tax credit for propane use, which expired December 31, 2014. It’s now extended through December 31, 2016. The credit is 50 cents per gallon or gasoline gallon equivalent and remains refundable.

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Deficiencies can bring the audit or compliance process to a standstill and create tension among management, the audit committee, and external stakeholders. Fortunately, many of the most common deficiencies—we’ve identified 10—can be avoided.

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Generational shifts and a competitive labor market are changing the way technology companies must approach their succession plans. We provide insight on some key strategies that will help make yours successful and sustainable.

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The IRS extended some due dates for some filings required by the ACA. Employers must provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to employees by March 31 and all Forms 1095 to the IRS by February 29 (if paper) or June 30 (if electronic).

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Seattle mayor Ed Murray signed Seattle City Ordinance Number 124910 on December 1, 2015, ending the Seattle square-footage business tax. Effective January 1, 2016, this change means the last tax due is for the period ending December 31, 2015.

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New FASB guidance enhances the reporting model for financial instruments in hopes of making information more useful to financial statement users. FASB reporters should evaluate the potential impact and potential benefits of early adoption.

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The 2015 tax extender law brought good news for companies with international operations, making the Subpart F active financing exception permanent and extending the look-through rule through year-end 2019. Details in this Alert.

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Some out-of-state sellers with substantial economic presence in Alabama will be required to collect and remit tax on sales into the state. The standard applies to transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2016.

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The PATH Act makes many popular business tax breaks permanent while extending others through 2016 or 2019. We look at some of the provisions that may produce significant tax savings for businesses in 2015 and beyond.

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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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The 2014 revisions to Form 990 Schedule A contained a number of changes for tax-exempt entities, and Type I, II, and III supporting organizations will feel the greatest impact. We give an overview of the new classification tests.

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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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