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

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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.

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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.

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

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 […]

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