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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 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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Two Defense Contract Audit Agency memorandums indicate an increasing focus on expressly unallowable costs—not all of which must be stated in direct terms in a federal contract. Details in this Insight.

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The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 extends a number of charitable giving incentives and modified other provisions relevant to not-for-profit organizations. Details in this Alert.

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Year after year, we’ve waited for Congress to extend key tax breaks before year-end. This year’s legislation does the job and more, making a number of key incentives permanent and extending others for multiple years. Details in this Alert.

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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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2015 Q4 - 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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San Francisco’s transition to a tax on gross sales has proved confusing for developers and investors who are susceptible to mistakes because of the inherent complexity of ownership structures. The multiyear phase-in is set to be complete by 2018.

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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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Risk is complicated. That’s why it’s important to set up controls that also include your third-party service providers. COSO provides a framework that can help you outline and implement a plan to identify, assess, respond, and monitor your risk.

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The Congressional budget deal signed into law on November 2 eliminates two strategies used by married couples and ex-spouses to maximize their Social Security benefits. We give an overview of what changed under the new law.

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Every organization can improve performance and achieve greater success by implementing four attributes, known as the Golden Formula: plan, perform, people, communicate. This Insight details how to put a strategic plan in place.

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For community bank directors, boosting shareholder value is critical—and sometimes the best way to do it is by selling the institution. Here are a few ways community banks can increase their value in preparation for a potential transaction.

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Contractors in California have experienced rapidly expanding demand for the past four years. The prospects remain generally positive for 2016 as well, but the outlook varies by location and market segment.

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A significant change to tax exemption for hospitals is mandatory for tax years beginning after December 29, 2015. IRC Section 501(r) requires modifications of existing practices and policies or hospital risk fines of up to $50,000 as well as potential loss of tax-exempt status.

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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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2015 Q3 - 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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An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) motivates, retains, and rewards employees who help make a business successful. It serves as a great exit strategy with some fantastic tax benefits, but it’s also a retirement benefit for your employees.

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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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Regardless of the expansive differences between tribes in the United States, every tribe can be a high performer. In order to improve performance, there are four attributes that should be utilized: plan, perform, cultivate and compensate, and communicate.

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