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The Indian Tax Rate Cuts

India has recently cut its corporate tax rates in a bid to revive its stagnant economy. The move has widely been seen as a positive and much needed one and sees the rates cut as follows: Companies that don’t seek exemptions will see their tax rate cut from 30% to 22% before surcharge and cess.

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The Indian Tax Rate Cuts2019-10-31T10:12:33-05:00

Beware of the “Clawback” Claim, but Also be Aware that it is as Much an Accounting Issue as a Legal One

There will be a time when your client's customers will go through a rough patch and have the need to file for bankruptcy protection. Before filing, one of these customers may, out of loyalty or with an eye to the future, pay this client. But if your client receives this sum less than 90 days prior to the debtor's bankruptcy filing, this payment could be deemed a "preferential payment".

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Beware of the “Clawback” Claim, but Also be Aware that it is as Much an Accounting Issue as a Legal One2019-10-31T10:32:19-05:00

US State-to-State Business Travel Compliance and Risks

While organisations often overlook tax-compliance requirements related to business travel, the days of simply traveling to and working in a different state or country for business without a thought to tax liabilities are coming to an end. Looking for additional tax revenue, US state taxing authorities are becoming stricter and more vigilant in monitoring business travel. Extensive time spent on business travel in a country outside the US, or even a different state within the US, could create a PE exposure for the employing entity.

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US State-to-State Business Travel Compliance and Risks2019-10-28T12:48:00-05:00

While Relinquishing One’s US Citizenship Can Mitigate Estate and Gift Tax Obligations

Relinquishing one's US citizenship can mitigate an individual's estate and gift tax obligations, but a "Covered Expatriate"* should plan carefully when disposing of assets. Internal Revenue Code Section 2801 imposes a tax on US citizens or residents who receive certain gifts or bequests from Covered Expatriates (CEs). Even if the property is non-US-situs property, all of it is subject to the 2801 taxing regime.

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While Relinquishing One’s US Citizenship Can Mitigate Estate and Gift Tax Obligations2019-10-15T15:01:17-05:00

US Anti-Corruption Laws and Their InternationaI Reach

As long as greed exists, so corruption. To combat corruption, the US enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Its provisions prohibit offering, authorising, or making payments of money or anything of value to influence the decision making of foreign government officials to obtain or retain business.

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US Anti-Corruption Laws and Their InternationaI Reach2019-10-28T12:00:14-05:00

How the Change in US Sales Tax Rules has Impacted International Sellers

On 21 June 2018, the US Supreme Court passed a landmark decision that transformed the landscape of sales tax in the US. The South Dakota vs Wayfair decision effectively permitted states to create new rules for sales ­tax collection requirements based on the dollar or transactions amount of sales - otherwise known as economic nexus. Previously, companies were only required to collect sales tax based on a physical presence test.

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How the Change in US Sales Tax Rules has Impacted International Sellers2019-10-15T14:41:12-05:00

M&A: How Marketing can Gain a Strategic Role in the Process

The business world is rapidly evolving. Industries across the globe are experiencing increased competition, aging workforces, and regulatory shifts that are leading to consolidation. Many of these consolidations occur through mergers and acquisitions.

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M&A: How Marketing can Gain a Strategic Role in the Process2019-10-15T14:40:45-05:00

Accounting Professionals Need to Understand Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

Over the past few years, cryptocurrency and its underlying technology, blockchain, have started to evolve from being misunderstood concepts into a mainstream means to conduct digital transactions. Cryptocurrency is a digital form of currency used as a medium of exchange for conducting internet-based sales and financial transactions. Unlike paper bills or coins, cryptocurrency lacks physical properties and is stored in virtual wallets rather than bank accounts.

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Accounting Professionals Need to Understand Cryptocurrency and Blockchain2019-10-09T15:23:11-05:00

Operating in a Complex World: The Argument for Not-for-Profits to Change Everything

Originally published by Long Island Business News Profit. When we hear the word profit, we think of Wall Street, shareholders, stocks, global conglomerates, and billionaire CEOs; we don’t conjure up the image of a not-for-profit organization helping provide services to the community.

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Operating in a Complex World: The Argument for Not-for-Profits to Change Everything2019-09-17T10:48:57-05:00
Tax| Aug 19, 2019

New Opportunity Zone Regulations: What They Are and What They Clarify

Tax| Aug 19, 2019

In December of 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act outlined a new program called “Opportunity Zones” (OZs) that offered tax breaks for investing in underdeveloped/distressed communities via Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs). In October 2018, substantially more detail on the OZs was provided, and in April 2019, the IRS and Treasury Department issued a 169-page document that detailed regulations governing OZs. According to the IRS, a QOF is set up either as a partnership or corporation (LLCs qualify also) for investing in an eligible property located in one of the OZs.

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New Opportunity Zone Regulations: What They Are and What They Clarify2019-10-31T10:36:07-05:00