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Moore Together: Due Diligence For M&A Transactions

Moore Stephens North America is comprised of over 40 member firms that provide key services across a wide variety of industries and niches. This month’s “Moore Together” is a collaboration between Mike Thielman, audit partner with HCVT, and Eric Trumbull, tax principal with DMCL.

Business owners are constantly building one of two things: either a nest egg or a legacy. If they’re building a nest egg, they’re investing their time and efforts into a business that they can eventually sell and fund their retirement. If they’re building a legacy, they’re putting the people and processes in place, so they can transition out of their role and have a successor in place to carry on the work. Read more

Do You Really Like Loaning The Government Money?

This is a reprint of a blog I wrote over three years ago, but it still makes sense today.This is a reprint of a blog I wrote over three years ago, but it still makes sense today.

So, you have filed your income tax return with the IRS and your state, and are now waiting for the refund the government(s) owe you. You are thinking of all the things you can do with that money when you get it. Here are some things to think about as you wait:

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Tax Manager – Private Client Services (Silicon Valley, CA)

Moss Adams is currently seeking a Tax Manager to join our firm. Tax Managers work with other members of our tax practice to develop and sustain excellent client relationships. They advise clients on a full spectrum of individual, partnership, corporate, and trust and estate tax services. Participation in the calculation and analysis of proprietary tax strategies for clients are among their responsibilities. We ensure that our tax personnel keep up to date on current tax practices and changes in tax law and have the ability to provide our clients with in depth industry knowledge. Read more

Entity Classifications Under The New Tax Act

Welcome to 2018 and your new 2018 Tax Laws. If you are not aware, there is a new Tax Law that will affect all of you in our Professional care this year.

We know, understand and respect that each of your company’s DNA is unique. There are no simple answers to complex questions. Lately, the U.S. business media is abuzz with ideas and recommendations relative to the “best” corporate structure. While these are generic and generalized suggestions, some might have merit; there is little value without considering all the factors surrounding a business including, but not limited to: Read more

Pre Immigration Income Tax Planning

There are several techniques to insure that accumulated wealth and income earned prior to becoming a United States taxpayer can be protected from United States taxes. This requires planning in advance by nonresident alien individuals who will become United States taxpayers.

Have a question? Contact Richard Lehman. Your comments are always welcome!

New Tax Bill Affects Companies Across Industrial Products Sector – What You Need To Know

After 31 years, Congress has passed major tax reform legislation and sent it to the President for his signature. The bill is the most significant tax reform in a generation and is intended to provide an additional catalyst to grow the economy and stimulate job growth and higher wages. For industrial products organizations in the manufacturing, aerospace and defense, chemical, and automotive sectors, the new provisions are significant and will likely impact their businesses for years to come. Read more

Tax Musings Of A Burbank CPA: How Tax Reform Will Change Some Industries And Professions

Well, the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed their Tax Reform packages, and now we will wait for the reconciliation to find out what tax laws we will have for 2018 onward.

Now let me say that the top 1% of the tax population (over approximately $465,000 a year in income) should be very happy – it seems they and large corporations are going to be getting a lot of the tax savings in this bill, whether it be reduced rates, reduction or repeal of the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) and reduction of the Estate Tax.  Lower income people will also get some additional tax savings.  Read more

Correcting Tax Mistakes After Fairmont and Jean Coutu

I was very glad to be a panelist for the Canadian Tax Foundation’s conference on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in Fairmont and Jean Coutu.

During the discussion the panelists were asked about the ways taxpayers may correct tax mistakes after these two decisions of the Supreme Court. Read more

Does Choice Of Law Include The Parol Evidence Rule?

On the ante-penultimate day before Christmas, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that should be of interest and concern to lawyers documenting merger and acquisition agreements.  Kanno v. Marwit Capital, No. G052348, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 1150 (Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2017).  The opinion covers many important points that I plan to cover in several future posts.

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Take Advantage Of Higher Tax Rates—Before It’s Too Late

On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping tax reform bill that seeks to reduce tax rates for corporations and individuals following a strategy outlined in our previous Alert. A similar tax bill was passed by the House of Representatives on November 16, 2017. The White House and Congressional leadership plan to have a unified tax reform bill ready for the president to sign into law before the Christmas holiday. Read more

Health Savings Accounts In Maryland Are In Jeopardy

A significant legislative issue related to health savings accounts (or HSAs) and high-deductible health insurance plans (or HDHPs) could impact you in the near future. The Contraceptive Equity Act was enacted in Maryland in 2016. Effective on Jan. 1, 2018, the Act mandates that male contraceptive services (vasectomies) must be covered as a preventive service — i.e., without any deductible or cost-sharing required. Read more

Key Tax Deferral Tool For Art Sales On The Chopping Block In U.S. Legislation Proposals

What will Trump’s tax reforms mean for the art market?

The tax legislation proposals currently under consideration by the United States Congress contains a number of concepts that would affect the art market. One would eliminate the availability for art sales of so-called ‘1031’, or ‘like-kind’, exchanges, a provision that can defer payment of tax when property is sold and reinvested in similar property. While it is difficult to quantify the effect that passage would have, it would undoubtedly encourage more caution among investors and have a downward effect on the volume of art sale transactions. Read more