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Washington Simplifies Economic Nexus Standards

August 13, 2019

Washington Simplifies Economic Nexus Standards

Washington recently joined the growing number of states that are adjusting state tax policies around remote retailers and marketplace facilitators. The state made updates that will likely increase the number of out-of-state vendors who would be subject to the state’s Business and Occupation tax.

Fixed Asset Valuation for Chain Stores: The Importance of Making the Right Assumptions

August 12, 2019

Fixed Asset Valuation for Chain Stores: The Importance of Making the Right Assumptions

Fixed asset valuation proves particularly challenging for chain stores in the retail and hospitality sectors. Several factors could affect the assumptions used for the valuation process. If valuation providers do not weave these facts into their analyses, companies could be left with an incomplete picture of the value of their assets.

Flooding – A Business Risk Mitigated by Planning and Insurance

August 8, 2019 By Bill Stitt, Matthew Mercier

Flooding – A Business Risk Mitigated by Planning and Insurance

A storm’s impact can disrupt an entire supply chain network – manufacturers, distributors, warehouses and retailers. Supply chain disruptions and even short power outages can paralyze a business. Flood waters can take down a manufacturing operation for days or weeks, damage roads and bridges essential for product delivery, and destroy warehoused inventory. A well-executed insurance plan will provide a measure of insulation should damage be sustained.

Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Section 232 and 301 Duty Increases (Guest Article)

August 7, 2019

Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Section 232 and 301 Duty Increases (Guest Article)

Despite protests by affected companies and sporadic intergovernmental negotiations, U.S. importers, exporters and manufacturers continue to be burdened by the additional tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of imported goods. However, there are a number of proven and legitimate ways to avoid or reduce these duties that have been used for many years with great success.

Maximizing the Tax Benefits of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Investments

August 6, 2019

Maximizing the Tax Benefits of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Investments

Opportunity Zones are one of the hottest investment topics in the tax world because they offer not one, not two, but three tax saving opportunities. But is it as easy as just investing in a Qualifying Opportunity Fund? And what happens when an investment partially qualifies for tax benefits? Recent IRS guidance provides insight into these pressing questions.

Is Your Business at Risk of Receiving a Software License Audit?

August 6, 2019

Is Your Business at Risk of Receiving a Software License Audit?

Software publishers have historically relied on organizations to pay for what the organizations thought they were using. But many publishers are realizing that when left unchecked, most organizations will at some point get out of compliance with their licensing terms. This growing awareness of software license noncompliance raises your risk of having to undergo a software license audit.

As Risks Go, Flood Beats Fire 5 to 1

August 5, 2019 By Bill Stitt, Matthew Mercier

As Risks Go, Flood Beats Fire 5 to 1

Environmental activities can trigger many risks, including increased and different storm events, flooding and sea-level rise. Larger storm events and changes in precipitation amounts and type (rain vs. snow) can greatly affect water supplies, storm-water design and landscaping options for developers. Property owners will want to ensure that risks are properly assessed and mitigated.

Hit the Trifecta: How Commercial Real Estate Wins Big with Cost Segregation, Tangible Property Regulations & Bonus Depreciation

August 5, 2019 By Larry Rosenblum

Hit the Trifecta: How Commercial Real Estate Wins Big with Cost Segregation, Tangible Property Regulations & Bonus Depreciation

Commercial real estate developers are in a prime time to save money on their tax bills. The tax reform law commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enhanced the bonus depreciation percentage to 100% for qualifying materials placed in service from Sept. 28, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2022.

The Coming Hard Medical Malpractice Market: What You Need To Know

August 5, 2019 By Nelson Guzman

The Coming Hard Medical Malpractice Market: What You Need To Know

Nelson Guzman, President and National Physicial Practice Leader, warns that tough times await for those that need medical malpractice insurance.

Select a Lease Accounting Software Solution That Works for You

August 5, 2019

Select a Lease Accounting Software Solution That Works for You

The challenge with the new lease accounting standard won’t end with the initial adoption. Tracking and monitoring lease data and modifications may mean that traditional approaches to lease management aren’t feasible anymore. Lease accounting software provides a solution, provided you know what to look for in your tool.

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