1404, 2021

Dhaval Jadav Joins Space Center Houston Board of Directors

By |April 14th, 2021|Featured Update, Press Releases|0 Comments

Dhaval Jadav Joins Space Center Houston Board of Directors
We are thrilled to see alliantgroup CEO and co-founder, Dhaval Jadav, join the Board of Directors of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers science-education programs and manages one of Houston’s top attractions, Space Center Houston.

Visitors can apply principles of science and math to enjoy engaging activities at the museum where they are inspired to explore careers STEM—a major mission of the entire program.

As CEO of a firm dedicated to innovation in America, Dhaval looks forward to working alongside other industry leaders such as Deputy of Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center Vanessa Wyche, CEO of Space Center Houston William Harris, and former astronaut Michael Bloomfield.

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504, 2021

Opinion: Biden Needs To Focus On Agriculture Next – Here’s How

By |April 5th, 2021|Agriculture, ERC, Featured Update|0 Comments

By Heidi Heitkamp, Former U.S. Senator, Attorney General, and Tax Commissioner for North Dakota; alliantgroup Director of Agriculture
March 30, 2021
Published in agri-pulse.comWhile much of the economy struggled through the pandemic, agriculture helped keep the country fed and afloat. Much of ag was also considered essential and avoided the lockdowns that crippled most of the nation. In fact, while most sectors were significantly diminished in production, ag exports to China rose to 55.5 million tons in 2020.

But that does not mean that ag was spared disruption from Covid-19. In fact, even as the vaccine is made widely available and the country starts to re-open, ag is struggling to find a workforce to support the demand.

I believe the Biden administration recognizes the needs of the American farmers and is poised to take steps to […]

504, 2021

New Tax Incentives for Commercial and Industrial Automation Integrators

By |April 5th, 2021|Featured Update, R&D, System integration|0 Comments

By Tracy Lustyan, Managing Director
March 29, 2021
Published in Automation.com

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, but the question is, will the United States be as influential as we have been in recent decades? Many would argue the opposite as we exit the top-10 index of global innovation.

Samsung was the world’s largest R&D investor last year, positioning South Korea just behind the U.S. as the second largest hub for semiconductor production. So, with countries such as China becoming increasingly competitive, what can we do to regain our authority in the world as our economy struggles to compete in a global marketplace?

There has been an overwhelming need for automation technology in both commercial and industrial settings as Industry 4.0 continues to make its impact on a variety of industries. The beauty of automation is the […]

104, 2021

Complexity & Unanswered Questions of the Employee Retention Credit

By |April 1st, 2021|COVID relief, ERC, Featured Update, Packaging & Material Handling|0 Comments

By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
March 12, 2021
Published in taxnotes.com

The revamp of the employee retention credit under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, P.L. 116-260), has turned an underused relief option into the most potentially powerful credit available to struggling businesses. The mainstream media has not highlighted the positive effect of this provision, much less explained its complexity. I’d like to examine this credit in-depth, especially since the House recently proposed its extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief bill. This move could translate into many businesses keeping their doors open, and in turn could allow more working Americans to stay on payroll.

In the midst of the pandemic last year, […]

3103, 2021

Reshoring Manufacturing A Priority

By |March 31st, 2021|Featured Update, Manufacturing|0 Comments

by Neil Shah, Managing Director
March 23, 2021
Published in thefabricator.comDo you remember when most product labels said “Made in the USA”? For many decades the U.S. dominated manufacturing, both at home and worldwide, but globalization is relentless. Manufacturers are competing against companies outside the U.S. now more than ever and “Made in the USA” isn’t as prevalent as it once was. Since the 1980s many countries—notably China, Japan, and India—have certainly given domestic manufacturers a run for their money. According to the office of Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the U.S. has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs, and more than 70,000 plants have either shut down or moved overseas, in the last 20 years.

So, what actionable efforts can fabricators take to turn this around?

Congress and industry leaders […]

2903, 2021

Made In America: Effect of the U.S. Tax Code on Domestic Manufacturing

By |March 29th, 2021|Featured Update, Manufacturing, Press Releases|0 Comments

By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
March 29, 2021Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Crapo, and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you very much for the opportunity to submit written comments in response to your important hearing to discuss the effect of the U.S. tax code on domestic manufacturing.

My name is Dean A. Zerbe and I am alliantgroup’s National Managing Director based in Washington, D.C. alliantgroup serves a broad spectrum of clients, from start-ups to the largest Fortune 1,000 companies in nearly every industry. Our professionals consist of CPAs (including former partners at “Big Four” accounting firms) and attorneys, in addition to individuals from a wide array of disciplines. alliantgroup works with businesses and their CPA firms to […]

2603, 2021

Post-COVID Outlook and Recovery for Restaurants

By |March 26th, 2021|COVID relief, Featured Update|0 Comments

By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
March 26, 2021Restaurant owners have had to completely flip their operations to accommodate proper health and safety protocols for over a year now, but the country is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with an influx of vaccine distribution. 2021 may have some good in store for the industry moving forward.

However, change isn’t going to happen overnight. Business owners and our country’s leaders will have to come together to restore normal operations. Congress recently signed off on a number of provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that provide financial aid to business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industries to help expedite recovery from […]

2603, 2021

$94B Federal Bill Aims to Modernize Digital Infrastructure, Boost Rural Access

By |March 26th, 2021|Featured Update, Software and technology|0 Comments

by Rick White, Former U.S Congressman & CEO of Technet
March 18, 2021
Published in bisnow.com

With a focus on expanding economic opportunity in rural areas, the federal government is pouring billions into fiber expansion, satellite networks and other digital infrastructure aimed at boosting connectivity in hard-to-reach areas.

The funds could boost experimentation in areas like modular data centers and add new incentives for service providers in rural pockets of the country.

On the heels of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which included reimbursements for schools and libraries offering internet access during the coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats introduced another $94B package, called the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, which seeks to build high-speed fiber connections […]

1503, 2021

To win over America’s farmers, Biden needs to embrace technology

By |March 15th, 2021|Agriculture, Featured Update|0 Comments

by Mike Johanns, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former Nebraska Governor & former U.S. Senator; alliantgroup Chairman of Agriculture & Heidi Heitkamp, Former U.S. Senator, Attorney General, and Tax Commissioner for North Dakota; alliantgroup Director of Agriculture
March 11, 2021
Published in CNN.comAmerican farmers and ranchers remain skeptical that the Biden administration will be an effective partner.

President Donald Trump’s approach to trade relations with an adversarial China certainly challenged farmers’ confidence but most farmers remained loyal to the former president going into the 2020 election as a result of his hard stances against environmental regulation. Plus, President Barack Obama’s reputation with American farmers as an over-regulator, particularly regarding the 2015 Waters of the United […]

1003, 2021

Employee Retention Credit: Top Ten Mistakes Of Business Owners And Their Advisors

By |March 10th, 2021|COVID relief, ERC, Featured Update, Packaging & Material Handling|0 Comments

By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
Published in Forbes.comThe Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a tax credit first put in place last year as a temporary coronavirus-relief provision to assist businesses in keeping employees on payroll. Since then, the ERC has been significantly expanded – and in the most recent relief bill that will be sent to President Biden for signature – the ERC has been extended for all of 2021. Great news for both employers and employees.

Congress – with the ERC – has provided billions of dollars in tax relief for businesses that are keeping employees on payroll. I’ve seen first-hand businesses receive tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax credits for the ERC – providing a night-and-day difference […]

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