409, 2018

Tackling the profit challenge through tax credits

By |September 4th, 2018|R&D|0 Comments

August 31, 2018
by Robert Pratzel for alliantgroup
Published in AIA

Former architecture CFO Robert Pratzel and AIA partner alliantgroup examine how architecture firms can recoup thousands of dollars by leveraging the R&D tax credit.

Architecture firms often have difficulty achieving consistent and satisfactory levels of profits. This is due to a variety of factors, but perhaps most significant are fees being subject to wide swings as business cycles shrink and expand, which, in turn, can have a dramatic impact on capital spending for building projects. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that most firms focus on specialties rather than diverse practices, making them more vulnerable to shifts in the economy.

Helping the firm achieve adequate capitalization is a primary responsibility of the CFO, which includes implementing the most effective income tax strategy. One of the tools my firm takes advantage of […]

1708, 2018

Executive Spotlight: alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav

By |August 17th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

August 17, 2018
by Kim Tardy, alliantgroup Director of Talent
Published in Forbes

What Makes a Successful Business & Strategies on Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

It has been almost four years since I first joined alliantgroup, and in my time at the firm, the company has experienced exponential growth.

Considering where we are today—a firm of over 800 professionals with a domestic and international presence, a strategic advisory board comprised of former policymakers, heads of state, elected officials, chief executives as well as business and industry leaders—it is hard to imagine that alliantgroup started back in 2002 with just two people working out of a studio apartment. My, how times have changed since those early days when CEO Dhaval Jadav and COO Shane Frank took the ultimate […]

1408, 2018

Embracing The Future: The STEM Revolution

By |August 14th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

August 14, 2018
by Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup Chief Executive Officer
Published in Forbes

Considering the headlines and narratives we saw emerge from the last election, it’s clear that social and economic anxieties are running high within our nation. The reasons for this are obviously diverse and complex, but one root theme that encompasses the socio-economic anxiety we have been seeing is economic and technological disruption and its impact throughout all corners of our economy.

If you examine the industries that sparked and lit the raging fires that powered the U.S. economy in the ‘80s (the automotive industry), ‘90s and ‘00s (technology/Silicon Valley), at the root of these economic evolutions and revolutions were STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based concepts and jobs.

Fast forward to the present day and it is the advancement of automation and […]

2407, 2018

Our World In 2028: A Decade Of Innovation

By |July 24th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

July 24, 2018
by Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup Chief Executive Officer
Published in Forbes

The world as we know it will change profoundly over the next ten years. With a projected global population of over 8.4 billion by 2028, businesses across all industries are investing billions of dollars in technology and innovation in order to be successful in a future where everyone is connected and information is instant.

With countries imposing bans on fossil fuels, the continued looming threat of cyber-attacks, and many professions being forever reshaped due to improvements in technology; change is inevitable. Our society is advancing faster than ever before, and businesses across the globe are implementing strategies today to fulfill the needs of the future.


As the population swells, the agriculture industry is making strides in […]

2007, 2018

How a Little-Known Tax Credit Can Pay Off Big in Automation Costs

By |July 20th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

July 19, 2018
by Greg Knarr, alliantgroup Director
Published in IndustryWeek

The R&D tax credit can offset much of development and implementation costs for automation systems and provide a source of capital for the acquisition of additional technical talent.

To meet productivity and efficiency demands, industries are rapidly turning to automation. But automation systems are expensive.

A highly underutilized government incentive, the Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit, help offset much of the development and implementation costs for automation systems and provide a source of capital for the acquisition of additional technical talent.

The Evolution of the Tax Credit

In the late 1980s, the U.S. took steps to battle an economic slowdown by implementing the R&D Tax Credit to encourage domestic corporate innovation. And in the decades since its inception, the requirements surrounding the […]

2406, 2018

IRS Insider: 3 Common Mistakes Businesses Make

By |June 24th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

July 24, 2018
by Kathy Petronchak, alliantgroup Director of IRS Practice & Procedure
Published in Forbes

During my time with the IRS, I saw my fair share of mistakes made by businesses that could have easily been avoided. These days, with a large number of taxpayers using a tax return preparer, it is a bit surprising that there are opportunities still being overlooked by both companies and individuals alike.

We can generally agree that taxpayers would rather not have to engage with the IRS. For most owners and operators, a contact from the IRS is one of those annoyances that, while necessary from time to time, can be extremely unpleasant when unexpected issues occur.

So, what causes these issues to arise? There may be multiple reasons for this but one of the largest issues is communication […]

1206, 2018

Tools to Help U.S. Agriculture Stay Competitive

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

June 6, 2018
By Mike Johanns
Farm Bureau

Every five or so years, the U.S. Congress has the difficult task of trying to pass an act that will guide the future of the agriculture industry, while simultaneously trying to minimize the rural/urban divide. This act historically has gone by many names, but is universally known as the “farm bill” and sets the table for some of the most efficient and innovative minds to help feed the world. It’s never easy to pass, not due to partisan politics generally, but rather as a result of where Americans call home.

As the farm bill inches along, the focus for many in the agriculture sector is how well this bill can help the industry rise up and out of its current recession. With an industry that has survived a multi-year recession, deflated prices and a drop in net farm […]

205, 2018

The STEM crisis: What the growing skills gap means for the economy and where we go from here

By |May 2nd, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Hill

Our government wants businesses to stop outsourcing. It creates incentives to encourage the hiring of American workers. It implements policies to keep jobs and factories here in the U.S.

And while these measures are all well-meaning, none of them ultimately tackle what is the greatest threat to our nation’s long-term economic prosperity—the technical skills gap in our workforce. Couple that with restrictions on immigration, and particularly H1-Bs, and we’re on the brink of a talent vacuum here in the U.S.

As someone who works with businesses from around the country, from industries as diverse as manufacturing to architecture and construction, I can tell you that the number one thing that keeps CEOs up at night is the issue of talent. Simply put, there are not enough technically skilled workers out there to meet […]

3004, 2018

The R&D Tax Credit: Major Savings Available for Architects and Engineers

By |April 30th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Informed Infrastructure’s March/April Edition

When it comes to taxes, the main focus for architecture and engineering firms of late has been the new tax law and the opportunities it’s providing companies to grow and reinvest in their businesses. For this installment of “Executive Corner,” Russ Ryan, principal at Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners interviews Brian Aumueller, managing director with alliantgroup.

According to Aumueller, the most important and value-saving tax provision for architects and engineers remains the same: the Research and Development Tax Credit. An incentive that has long benefited architecture and engineering firms, the credit is one of the best opportunities for companies to generate valuable dollars for reinvestment.

Ryan: Could you provide a little background information on the R&D Tax Credit and what makes it such a great opportunity for architects and […]

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 […]

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