1401, 2019

Data Breach Fatigue – Fact or Fiction, Does it Matter?

By |January 14th, 2019|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

January 4, 2019
by Mike Davis, alliantgroup Chief Information Security Officer &
by Rick Lazio, alliantgroup Senior Vice President
Published in SIIA

No, it’s not a fait accompli; where one gives up due to the inevitability, but quite the contrary.

Are we tired of hearing about data breaches (DB) yet? Sure, this is a natural reaction as the number of DB disclosures continue to increase. Security professionals are keenly aware of the DB risks, yet there are conflicting theories about the effect of frequent DBs on consumers and their behaviors. We’ll explore a few views on what DB fatigue (DBF) is, how to move past it and the protections needed either way.

So, how much DB news is too much? When do people tune out the news and warnings of data breaches? During 2018 there were successful hacks against every sector. The ITRC is a great resource to find […]

2410, 2018

Maximize What You’re Claiming: Incentives for the Design & Build Industry

By |October 24th, 2018|pastevents, R&D, Uncategorized, Webinars|0 Comments

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

CPAs, CFOs, CEOs, Presidents and financial decision makers.

WHEN:

Tuesday, November 13th 2018 from 12:00-12:30pm CT

Are you conducting “routine engineering work”? If so, this presentation is for you.

alliantgroup will be hosting an insightful presentation focused on how architecture, engineering and construction firms are qualifying for generous tax savings thanks to the work they are doing on a daily basis.

This brief presentation will highlight key tax incentives that companies operating within the architecture, engineering and/or construction industry can claim based on their projects and talent they employ in the country. Does your company employ any of the following?

  • Architects
  • Engineers
1910, 2018

Cyber Risk, What Really Matters?

By |October 19th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

October 19, 2018
by Mike Davis, alliantgroup Chief Information Security Officer
Published in SIIA

It depends.

Any cyber risk posture really does depend on your environment and business. The way to minimize the fog of cyber security complexity is to quantify it for your company, ideally based on risk value. We all know that cyber risk is in the “eyes of the beholder” (CISO versus C-Suite versus Board) and finding a common vernacular therein – like risk.

Short answer; use a Risk Based Security Strategy (RBSS). One that focuses on cyber hygiene, access management, encryption and monitoring (along with an effective third party/vendor risk management effort). Risk is a combination of threat, vulnerability, likelihood and impact/consequences along with asset values. Next, we provide the rationale and ‘cyber story’ that goes with that RBSS assertion.

Cyber security is a wide capability area with complex technical and business interactions, […]

1210, 2018

Executive Insights: Dhaval Jadav And Sonny Grover On The R&D Tax Credit

By |October 12th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

October 12, 2018
by Sonny Grover, alliantgroup Executive Vice President
Published in Forbes

Two members of alliantgroup’s executive management team cover the intent of the credit, its value to C-level executives and its importance in ensuring future economic progress

After years of firsthand experience serving clients and building CPA and industry partnerships across the country, I can state, without a doubt, that the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit is the single most important incentive for U.S. businesses. This has been true since the credit’s inception—and considering its evolution over the last three decades and the ever-expanding influence of technology, the R&D Tax Credit has become crucial in ensuring a thriving and competitive economy.

Ever since my colleagues Dhaval Jadav and Shane Frank founded alliantgroup back in 2002 (and after I joined the firm in 2005), the three of us have witnessed […]

310, 2018

Tax Savings for Integrators and Value-Added Resellers (NetOne)

By |October 3rd, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized, Webinars|0 Comments

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

CPAs, CFOs, CEOs, Presidents and financial decision makers.

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 from 12:00-12:15pm CT

alliantgroup will be presenting important information to value-added resellers and security integrators about how their every day business activities could qualify for generous tax savings.

This brief presentation will highlight key tax incentives that both value-added resellers and security integrators can claim based on their daily business activities. Does your company do any of the following?

  • Provide product and security system solutions
  • Hardware and/or software integration
  • Programming and configuring security systems
  • Performing system level tests and evaluations
  • Integrating infrastructure […]
2709, 2018

What Congress Might Do On Taxes Before Christmas

By |September 27th, 2018|From the desk of Dean Zerbe, R&D, Software|0 Comments

September 27, 2018
by Dean Zerbe for alliantgroup
Published in Forbes

I recently wrote on the taxpayer rights/tax administration provisions that the Congress may pass before the end of the year – and now want to turn to the individual (mostly) and retirement tax provisions that Congress is considering as well.

The House Ways and Means Committee chaired by Congressman Brady (R-TX) recently passed – and the House is expected to pass shortly – three tax bills: HR 6760 – essentially an extension/permanency of the families/individual provisions from tax reform; HR 6757 – improvements in retirement savings; and, HR 6756 – a small bill to help start-ups.

While the extension of the individual provisions is a big lift and the outlook is very uncertain (with the received wisdom being that this will be put-off until down the road when the provisions are closer to expiring – 2025) – the possibilities of passing retirement provisions […]

2509, 2018

Grow Your Business: Top Opportunities for Agriculture Operations

By |September 25th, 2018|pastevents, R&D, Uncategorized, Webinars|0 Comments

Presented in Partnership with

NAMI

Presented in Partnership with
NAMI

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

General Managers, CEOs, Presidents, Shareholders, Partners and CFOs of Producers, Processors, Co-ops and other Agribusinesses.

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 from 12:00-1:00pm CT

In the face of shifting trade policies, rising demand due to the population growth and industry-wide uncertainty, the American agriculture sector will be confronting a more challenging business environment in the years ahead. However, for agriculture operations, there are powerful resources available to ensure stability and future growth.

Please join us for a complimentary […]

2109, 2018

GDPR: How To Get Personal (Data)

By |September 21st, 2018|R&D, Software|0 Comments

September 21, 2018
by Mike Davis for alliantgroup
Published in The Data Center Journal

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) passed into law on May 25, 2018. It implements data-protection laws affecting anyone who processes personal data of EU-based individuals—that is, most businesses worldwide. Many organizations have already started their journey to comply with the GDPR, which regulates the security and privacy of an individual’s data safety. With this new legislation affecting companies all over the globe, and the recent news of California passing similar restrictions, it’s never too late to start on privacy compliance and to better understand GDPR as it relates to your business.

GDPR: The Basics

Given the vast amount of business done online, it’s clear that the GDPR has an international reach. GDPR requirements not only apply to businesses in the EU, but they also apply to the processing of personal […]

609, 2018

What Tax Reform Means for Software and Tech: Four Things to Look for Next Tax Season

By |September 6th, 2018|R&D, Software|0 Comments

September 6, 2018
by Tracy Lustyan for alliantgroup
Published in Software Magazine

Tax season has come and gone, but for software and tech companies, next year’s season is when these businesses will feel the most substantial impact of the recent tax reform bill. With many of the most important provisions from the legislation set to take effect in tax year 2018—meaning next tax season—now is the time for executives to review the new opportunities that exists for both big tech and startups.

Here we highlight a few segments of the bill and a breakdown of its anticipated impact on software and tech companies.

Reduced Rates for Corporations
The new law slashes the corporate tax rate down from 35 to 21 percent and completely eliminates the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Both modifications are permanent.

Beneficiaries 
Both provisions are obviously great news for big-time tech companies, with the reduced rates putting […]

609, 2018

What Congress Might Do On Taxpayer Rights And Tax Administration In The Next 120 Days

By |September 6th, 2018|From the desk of Dean Zerbe, R&D, Software|0 Comments

September 4, 2018
by Dean Zerbe for alliantgroup
Published in Forbes

The House and the Senate tax-writing committees have been working on (and the House has passed) some small-ball bipartisan tax legislation that can be grouped into two parts: 1) provisions that address taxpayer rights and tax administration; and, 2) provisions that are making substantive changes to the tax laws in areas such as retirement/401(k), education, etc. In addition, tax extenders (especially energy extenders) is in the conversation as well. There is a good possibility that Congress acts on this legislation (all, or in part) before the end of year.

For this article, a look at the taxpayer rights/administration legislation – and in a second article an overview of the substantive tax law changes being proposed.

The House

The House has passed a number of taxpayer rights/tax administration bills – primarily

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