1110, 2018

Challenges for the new IRS commissioner

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October 11, 2018
by Mark Everson, Former IRS Commisioner & alliantgroup Vice Chairman
Published in The Hill

After almost a year without a confirmed IRS commissioner, on October 1 Charles Rettig took office as the nation’s 49th commissioner of Internal Revenue. The post dates to the Civil War and the agency has had its ups and downs over the decades. Recent years have been tough. Mr. Rettig finds himself with both challenges and opportunities; a good start will be critical. Having held the job as the 46th commissioner, here are a few observations.

The sine qua non of the new commissioner’s tenure will be restoration of a constructive relationship with the Congress. Even in the best of times the service is never popular. Nobody heads back home to campaign for reelection with the pitch, “Vote for me. I got more money for the IRS.” Still, the […]

910, 2018

How the 179D Deduction is Driving the Industry Forward

By |October 9th, 2018|179D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

October 9, 2018
by Andy Gerstenhaber, alliantgroup Director of Energy Incentives
Published in Construction Business Owner

Looking at the numbers, it is safe to say there have been major strides made in the area of energy efficiency in recent years. According to the United States Green Building Council, the green building sector is set to outpace overall construction growth and is anticipated to contribute 1.1 million jobs and $75.6 billion in wages to the U.S. by the end of the year.

In addition to green construction’s direct benefits to the economy, the U.S. Green Building Council further notes its direct benefits to the tenants of those structures, with energy-efficient buildings lowering the overall daily costs of building operations year-over-year. LEED buildings report almost 20-percent-lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofit projects typically decrease operation costs by almost 10 percent in […]

1508, 2018

alliantgroup and CEO Dhaval Jadav Introduce Proprietary Software for Claiming the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction

By |August 15th, 2018|179D, Press Releases|0 Comments

HOUSTONAug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — alliantgroup is proud to officially announce the release of its new proprietary software, ag|inspect. The new system was designed specifically for the use of alliantgroup engineers to assist in implementing an even more efficient and secure process for inspections when claiming the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Deduction (179D).

“Accuracy and security are the top priorities we looked at when developing this program to better serve our clients,” said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. “Having the ability to quickly adapt to the needs of our clients is paramount to the overall value that our clients are able to receive from the incentive.”

Developed to ensure the highest quality of work possible delivered to 179D clients, ag|inspect (or ai for short) has cut the administrative and logistical burden of alliantgroup engineers in half since its launch in early 2018. The system allows for expedited inspections by instantaneously transferring building data to encrypted […]

108, 2018

alliantgroup and CEO Dhaval Jadav Introduce Proprietary Software for Claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

By |August 1st, 2018|179D, Press Releases|0 Comments

HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — alliantgroup is proud to officially announce the release of its new proprietary software alliantgroupWORKS. This new system was designed from the ground up to allow for a secure and highly efficient process for claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

“From the feedback that we received from our WOTC clients, we realized there was a definite need for this in the market,” said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. “Our goal with developing this new proprietary software was to have a system in place that would alleviate the pain points that our clients experienced in the past while claiming the credit, like the amount of time and overhead the claim would require.”

After a limited release in 2017, the system was full implemented in early 2018 and has been integral in creating a turnkey solution tailored for the firm’s clients. By […]

1705, 2018

What architects need to know about the 179D tax deduction

By |May 17th, 2018|179D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

May 11, 2018
By Andy Gerstenhaber, alliantgroup Director of Energy Credits and Incentives
The American Institute of Architects

The 179D tax deduction is helping some architecture firms save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year; AIA partner alliantgroup breaks down the benefits

Earlier this year, architects, engineers, and contractors received some excellent news when the section 179D tax deduction for energy efficient buildings was retroactively extended for the 2017 tax year.

Since its inception in 2005, section 179D has proven to not only be sound energy policy but a vital incentive for our nation’s designers and builders. “Encouraging energy-efficient building significantly supports the policy goals of Congress of energy independence and energy efficiency for our nation, while at the same time reducing costs for both businesses and taxpayers,” said Rick Lazio, alliantgroup’s senior vice […]

604, 2018

Tax Reform And U.S. Manufacturing

By |April 6th, 2018|179D, R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

April 6, 2018
by Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup Chief Executive Officer and
Rick Lazio, former U.S. Congressman and alliantgroup Senior Vice President
Manufacturing Business Technology

At the end of last year, Congress passed and the president signed into law the most comprehensive reform of the tax code in over a generation. From reductions in corporate and individual rates to changes regarding popular incentives, the implementation of the new bill is set to create a host of new opportunities for manufacturers.

To better understand the new law, we’ve offered a few highlights on the opportunities that exist to add valuable dollars for reinvestment. We’ve also provided a few specific strategies and tax incentive changes businesses should consider to put themselves in the most tax efficient position.

Reduced Tax Rates for Corporations

A central piece of this […]

1403, 2018

Rick Lazio Testifies Before the House Ways and Means Committee on 179D

By |March 14th, 2018|179D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

179D Extension Webinar

5 Points on How to Improve 179D for Designers and Builders

On March 14th, alliantgroup Senior Vice President and former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio testified before the House Ways and Means’ Tax Policy Subcommittee on an incentive that is near and dear to many of our clients – the Section 179D tax deduction for energy efficient buildings.

To read the testimony click here. To see the testimony in its entirety, view the video below.

During the hearing, Lazio highlighted why the deduction was not only sound energy policy, but a vital incentive to the designers, engineers and contractors that help drive the American economy. In his written and oral testimony, he offered a number of suggestions on ways to improve the program […]

902, 2018

Budget Bill: Tax Benefits For Architects, Engineers And Contractors — 179D

By |February 9th, 2018|179D, From the desk of Dean Zerbe, Uncategorized|0 Comments

February 9, 2018
by Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and alliantgroup National Managing Director
Forbes

Architects and engineers scored a big win in the tax reform bill when they were included in the Section 199A—20% deduction on income. Now in the just-passed budget bill—architects and engineers win again (as well as some contractors) with an extension of an important tax benefit—Section 179D—which rewards the design and building of energy efficient buildings (as well as modifications to existing buildings). I’ve written about this provision in detail in the past https://www.forbes.com/sites/deanzerbe/2013/08/19/a-little-known-tax-break-for-building-green/#29ff81b9e4dc for readers.

For architects, engineers and contractors it provides a deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for energy efficient design for government buildings—widely defined to include state, local and federal—think jails, parking garages, airports, etc.—as well as […]

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