South Dakota vs. Wayfair: The Internet Sales Tax Case That Is Changing the Landscape of State Taxation

2018 has certainly been a year of change in the tax world. The most recent change, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of South Dakota vs. Wayfair Inc., has overturned decades of precedent when it comes to the taxation of goods sold by out-of-state sellers.  

Wondering what this means for online retailers and other remote sellers? You’re not alone—the Wayfair case is complex, and many are waiting to see how individual states will choose to respond.

How Will Tax Reform Impact M+A Activity in the US?

The recently passed Tax Cuts + Jobs Act (TCJA) includes changes that impact almost all aspects of the current tax system. Some of these changes will also directly impact the volume of mergers and acquisitions (M+A) we see happening across the country in the near term, as well as the way deals are modeled and negotiated.

How to choose a business entity for your law practice

So you've decided to start your own law practice - congratulations! Wondering where to start? The entity selection process is one of the first steps in the formation of any new business, and law firms have several entities to choose from. There are legal, tax, and general business implications of each type of entity that must be carefully evaluated.

EMAC: The MA Tax Supplement Impacting Employers' First Quarter Statements

We are nearing the end of tax season, and one recent tax change could impact your business' bank account sooner than you think. In 2014, Massachusetts enacted a supplemental tax called the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC), which is used to fund health insurance programs in the Commonwealth. In 2017, an Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care was passed, temporarily changing the existing EMAC, creating a temporary supplemental contribution, and modifying the unemployment insurance rate schedule.

Could Your Business Benefit From a Merger or Acquisition? Top 7 Reasons for M+A.

I’ve helped countless business owners sell their businesses over the years. On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve also helped business owners expand their businesses through mergers and acquisitions (M+A). The benefits that can come from M+A are numerous.

Below, I’ve outlined some of the top reasons our clients have decided to merge with or acquire a new business:

Is it time to worry about a trade war?

On March 1, 2018, President Trump announced that the US plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Markets around the world were shocked by the news, with major US indices declining more than 1% just when it looked like they were recovering from the February downturn. Why did markets react so strongly? Is this a more serious threat going forward? In a word, yes.

Tax Recordkeeping - 4 Types of Records and How Long to Keep Them

One of the questions that we get most often from our clients is, "What documents do I need to keep in regards to my taxes, and for how long?"

Of course, every situation is different, and your CPA can help you determine what you should keep based on your specific needs. However, there are a few general guidelines you can follow:

Acquisition Due Diligence - 3 Key Areas to Investigate

Due diligence is a vital step in the process of acquiring a business. As a buyer, you’ll want to ensure that you know exactly what you’re purchasing prior to agreeing to the transaction—this not only includes assets and future sales forecasts, but also liabilities, contracts, employee agreements, litigation risks, intellectual property, and much more.

By doing your homework in advance, you’ll not only be prepared to deal with any potential issues, you will also have a better sense of the value of the company you’re hoping to purchase. Your due diligence will vary depending on the type of company you’re purchasing, and the type of industry you’re in, but in general, here are some of the key areas you’ll want to investigate:

Employee Benefit Plan Audits 101

Employee benefit plans have their own set of complex laws and regulations. But did you know that even small plans can be subject to audits?

Generally, if you have 100 eligible participants in your plan at the start of the year, your plan will require an audit. Note that this number includes all participants who are eligible—not just those who are enrolled.