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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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Effective July 1, 2015, business entities with Nevada annual gross revenue in excess of $4 million are subject to a new commerce tax that Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law in early June.

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The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry has implications on couples’ tax and financial planning as well as on employers in states that didn’t previously recognize these marriages. Details in this Insight.

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In this article originally published by Commercial Property Executive, we look at tax-saving strategies you can implement while the market’s experiencing an upswing to keep more of your gains and position yourself for tax efficiency down the road.

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EUGENE, Ore., June 25, 2015—Moss Adams LLP, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation, today announced that Trace Skopil will lead its Eugene office as the new partner in charge.  “We are thrilled to have Trace take the helm ...

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A US Court of Federal Claims judge ruled that engineering firm Dynetics didn’t bear the financial risk of failure under R&D contracts it performed for its customers. As a result, it wasn’t eligible to claim R&D tax credits. Details in this Alert.

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Though you may not think of your winery as a manufacturing operation, it likely qualifies for California’s new partial tax exemption for manufacturers. The incentive reduces the tax rate on qualified expenditures by approximately 55 percent.

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2015 Q2 - Get ahead of current tax updates with this review of five issues affecting technology, clean technology, life sciences, and communications and media companies.

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Are you a fiscal year-end filer who owns a building and makes improvements or repairs? If yes, then you still have time to claim retroactive partial disposition losses thanks to new tangible property regulations—but you must act quickly.

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A Washington Court of Appeals decision affects two types of sales, along with final delivery, by an out-of-state taxpayer with some Washington activities not related to processing or shipping orders. Dissociation also is no longer applicable.

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Acting as the trustee of a family trust is an honor. It’s also a huge responsibility. These five principles will help you fulfill your fiduciary responsibilities in a way that keeps personal risk in check and helps you create a positive impact.

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Tribes should update their benefits policies to comply with new law and guidance regarding when and if general welfare benefits provided to tribal members are taxable. The IRS is suspending audits and examinations until training provisions are completed.

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Organizations of all sizes have risk—whether it’s in their operations, compliance, or financial reporting. We give an overview of these three main risk areas to help you find out where your risks are lurking so you can move on to correcting them.

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Contractors frequently use life insurance to fund their buy-sell agreements. After all, it’s a simple mechanism to pay out cash when it’s needed. The catch? Most companies don’t revisit their policies frequently enough to keep them aligned with their buy-sells or their changing needs.

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Texas trucking companies that paid the state’s franchise tax on fuel surcharge reimbursements may be able to claim a refund of that amount. We look at what practices may make your company eligible for a refund in this Alert.

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Companies that provide cloud computing services or software as a service must sort through a tangle of state tax laws and definitions to determine whether their transactions with customers in the state are subject to sales and use tax.

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The FASB issued proposed amendments intended to improve standards for financial statement presentation by not-for-profit organizations. To review these amendments, visit the FASB Web site. The comment period ends August 20, 2015.

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When a private foundation and its disqualified persons—those closely associated with it—own too much in the same corporation, partnership, or trust, it risks having excess business holdings, which can result in a hefty excise tax.

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A host of new investment vehicles has emerged for private foundations: sustainable, socially responsible, and program-related. In part one of this series, we give an overview of the options available to private foundations and why they’re useful.

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Though this year’s Form 990-PF hasn’t sustained nearly as many changes as the general Form 990, there are still a few items private foundations will want to be aware of—namely, statements regarding activities and grantee codes.

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Contributing to California’s College Access Tax Credit Fund can offset either business or personal taxes. Taxpayers hoping to claim the incentive for the 2015 tax year should begin planning their contributions (and calculating the potential corresponding tax write-off) now.

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