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July 8, 2015

Cautious optimism about the future is the overarching theme of the technology and life sciences survey conducted by CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. The majority of respondents said they plan to hire more employees and expand domestically in the next 24 months. Additionally, most companies cite growth as the end goal for their company, and less than a third plan to exit in the next three years.

Download the full report here.

July 2, 2015
Whether it’s big or little game, encouraging and celebrating new business success is crucial! CBIZ MHM celebrates five individuals who brought in new business over the last month. They have certainly made their presence known in the field and these hats are a symbol of that – you can’t miss them!

June 30, 2015

Faced with a $400 million budget shortfall, Kansas Legislators recently passed significant tax law changes which may impact you and / or your organization. The two different bills, H.B. 2109 and S.B. 270, are generally effective July 1, 2015 (other effective dates are noted if different). A major change will make guaranteed payments retroactively taxed in Kansas from January 1, 2015. This will put partnerships on par with S-Corporations whose wages remained taxable under previous rules. Additionally, an amnesty program for state taxes is authorized from September 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015. More details are provided below.

Kansas Tax Law Changes

  • Kansas sales tax will increase from 6.1% to 6.5% effective July 1, 2015. Certain transition rules apply to contractors who have entered into a written, binding contract before May 1, 2015 for construction projects. Certification must be made to the state by July 10, 2015.
  • Taxing guaranteed payments for pass through entities retroactive to January 1, 2015;
  • Income tax rates freeze at 2.7% for the bottom rate and 4.6% for the top rate until tax year 2018. In 2018, the bottom rate drops to 2.6% and the top rate remains at 4.6%. The rates will remain in effect in the future unless changed by a formula that begins in 2019 (if certain general fund revenues increase more than 2.5% over the previous year, the formula lowers the income tax rate. KPERS spending is not subject to the formula);
  • Acceleration of deduction phase down and repeal of income tax deductions, repealing all deductions except for the mortgage interest deduction which can be claimed at 50% and the charitable deduction which could be claimed at 100% and a property tax deduction equal to 50% of the federal deduction, retroactive to January 1, 2015;
  • The cigarette tax increases by 50 cents a pack;
  • Exemption of certain low income Kansans from income tax is included (joint filers with taxable income of $12,500 or less and single filers with taxable income of $5,000 or less would pay nothing);
  • The food sales tax rebate program eliminated in 2012 is restored;
  • Individual development account tax credits eliminated in 2012 are resumed;
  • Tax amnesty for state taxes authorized from September 1, 2015 to October 15, 2015. The amnesty is limited to penalties and interest for tax periods ending prior to January 1, 2014 and does not apply to taxpayers who have received an assessment or for which an audit has been initiated prior to September 1, 2015.
  • Requiring SSN for claiming tax credits; and
  • Rural Opportunity Zone sunset extension for 5 years through taxable years beginning before January 1, 2022.

If you have questions regarding the Kansas Tax Law changes or would like more information, please reach out to your local CBIZ MHM contact.

June 25, 2015

Today CBIZ MHM, LLC and the Kansas City CFO Group hosted their second quarter breakfast event featuring Karen R. Glickstein. Glickstein is a Shareholder at Polsinelli and focuses her practice on assisting employers with all types of human resources and employment law issues.

Today, Glickstein focused on the top employment law issues that may affect the bottom line, including social media, whistleblowing and more! To view the presentation from today’s event, click here.

To learn more about Karen R. Glickstein or to contact her directly, visit her web bio.

If you are a CFO or owner and would like to receive more information on future Kansas City CFO Breakfast Series events, join our group on LinkedIn.

June 15, 2015

Traditionally, the campus recruitment process is socially driven, so how does someone who doesn’t necessarily thrive in this environment set themselves apart as a viable candidate?

This is the question our local Recruiting Manager, Roxanne LaMonica, aimed to answer when she assembled a team of CBIZ & MHM staff to develop and pitch the idea of the 2015 CASE Competition, a program designed to attract, challenge and identify recruits who are more technically driven. To start, LaMonica reached out to three area colleges to identify partners in helping to promote this event. The University of Missouri Career Services was very enthusiastic and agreed to partner with CBIZ & MHM on this initiative. 

The Program
The event was promoted on the MU campus for a month and attracted more than 20 interested applicants. Participants were then divided into teams and asked to research and make a recommendation on how changes to the revenue recognition standards would impact a specific industry. Teams then had a few days to research their topic before presenting their findings and recommendations to a panel of experts including CBIZ & MHM leadership, in addition to Vairam Arunachalam, Director of the School of Accountancy at the University of Missouri. 
The Result
Through the presentation and Q&A response process, "it was clear we had attracted and engaged top talent and, as a result, we are now actively pursuing several of them," commented LaMonica. Our partnership with MU Career Services not only provided those more technically driven a chance to thrive in a different recruiting environment, but also provided the opportunity for CBIZ & MHM to increase our name recognition on the MU campus. This event generated positive results and is a concept we are actively pursuing on other college campuses.

May 7, 2015

Although the 2015 tax deadline has passed, based on the increase of tax return fraud seen this year, Phil Zaman, based in Kansas City and Director of the CBIZ National Tax Office, recently shared some advice to mitigate risk of falling victim to these scams in future years.

“An increasingly successful technique used by scammers is filing fraudulent tax returns earlier than the average tax payer,” he told MainStreet. “The IRS generally assumes it’s valid, though they do have some [detecting] algorithms now,” continues Zaman.  If you are filing a paper return, it normally takes six weeks before being processed, “because of this, when the actual taxpayer goes to file their return, they won’t know until long after they file – when they get a notice that the IRS has bounced their return – that they have fallen victim to tax return identify theft,” warns Zaman. 

Read the full article about how to detect tax ID fraud here.


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