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  • 11.13.2015 - Recovering Indirect Costs from Federal Grants Under Uniform Guidance
    In this article, we’ll take a look at recovering indirect costs from federal grants under UG. One of the common issues our grant-driven clients face is ensuring they are recovering the maximum amount of indirect costs from their federal grants.
  • 11.12.2015 - More Business Friendliness Would Greatly Help Fairfield County
    Throughout Fairfield County, the center of wealth and business success in Connecticut, the economic recovery from the recession of 2009 continues steadily. Yet the optimism generated by this improvement is somewhat tempered by concerns felt throughout the region that the state is not as welcoming to businesses as it could be.
  • 11.12.2015 - Investment Committee Best Practices for 401(k) Plans
    An investment committee is a crucial component of the plan fiduciary’s prudent process of monitoring the retirement plan’s operations specific to the plan’s investments. While it is not the investment committee’s role to manage the investments, the committee is responsible for the monitoring of the investment managers hired by the plan, as well as the investment options offered to plan participants. This includes ensuring that quality, diverse investments are offered in order to allow participants to invest in appropriate investment options based on their risk tolerance.
  • 11.11.2015 - Tis’ the Season … for Year-end Tax Planning
    With the holidays upon us, the last thing anyone wants to think about is taxes. However, when carving your Thanksgiving turkey, think about carving out some time to do just that. Planning before year end could reap some very positive tax-saving ideas, which will be sure to increase your holiday cheer.
  • 11.11.2015 - Family Owned Businesses Need to Start Succession Planning Today
    A recent study that our firm developed with Baker Tilly International indicates that, while this alarming number of businesses have not yet begun the planning process, there are serious advantages to those businesses who start that process several years out. This is a never-before-seen generational shift we are experiencing and will continue to experience through 2025, and it gives businesses the impetus to put these plans in place.
  • 10.29.2015 - Preparing for the ACA: Are You Ready?
    The ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has put many organizations in frenzy mode as they strive to meet the new regulations introduced by the law. And while the ACA will impact certain organizations differently, they all have at least one thing in common: their reporting obligations to the IRS will increase tremendously.
  • 10.29.2015 - Latest Survey Shows Positive Signs, Strong Need for State and Business Community to Work Together
    The recently released 2015 Survey of Connecticut Businesses, compiled annually by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and BlumShapiro, provided an interesting snapshot of the current state of business in Connecticut, a snapshot provided by Connecticut’s businesses themselves.
  • 10.28.2015 - Developments Continue to Impact the Mortgage Interest Deduction
    The mortgage interest deduction is widely used by individuals who itemize their deductions. In fact, the size of the average mortgage interest deduction alone persuades many taxpayers to itemize their deductions. It is not without cause, therefore, that two recent developments impacting the mortgage interest deduction deserve some attention. These developments involve new reporting requirements designed to catch false or inflated deductions, and a case that effectively doubles the size of the mortgage interest deduction available to joint homeowners. But first, some basics.
  • 10.28.2015 - When Must Individuals Pay Estimated Taxes?
    Individuals are required to make federal estimated tax payments if the amount of tax that they pay through withholding on wages and other payments will not adequately cover their tax liability for the year (individuals should also consider any state tax rules regarding the payment of estimated taxes).
  • 10.09.2015 - A Manufacturing Challenge: Thinking Differently to Compete Globally
    To survive in today’s economic climate, it has become evident that small to mid-sized manufacturing companies need to continually think and act creatively about the factors which will allow them to achieve global competitiveness.
  • 10.08.2015 - Top 5 Things to Think About Regarding Your Transfer Pricing
    With the release of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) action plan on October 5th, transfer pricing has been at the top of the minds of many tax executives. The plan is one of the largest scale efforts in history to standardize tax laws across national borders. As a result, audits may become more aggressive as tax authorities implement the OECD’s recommendations.
  • 10.07.2015 - 10 Tips to Help Businesses Avoid Payroll-Related Fraud
    Payroll is one of the largest expenses on a company’s income statement. Accordingly, companies should design, implement, and maintain a system of controls over payroll to ensure that transactions are properly authorized and recorded.

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