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 […]

2103, 2018

Former DHS chief Ridge promotes R&D tax credit for cyber developers

By |March 21st, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

March 21, 2018
by Charlie Mitchell
Inside Cybersecurity

Tom Ridge, the first Homeland Security secretary and former governor of Pennsylvania, has signed on as the new Chairman of Cybersecurity and Technology at alliantgroup, where he will focus on encouraging smaller entities to use the federal research and development tax credit to develop cybersecurity products.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be on the alliantgroup board. In my experience as governor and at DHS, I always liked incentivizing good behavior,” Ridge said. “Alliantgroup has identified a niche around the permanent R&D tax credit that seems to fit well with the cybersecurity sector.”

The former DHS secretary also discussed deterrence, software liability and other issues in a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with Inside Cybersecurity.

Ridge is the founder and chairman of Ridge Global, which offers an array of cybersecurity consulting services including […]

2602, 2018

Republicans Just Bought the IRS

By |February 26th, 2018|R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

February 26, 2018
by Mark W. Everson, former IRS Commissioner and alliantgroup Vice Chairman
The Hill

After nine years of a contentious relationship with the Internal Revenue Service, Republicans find themselves in the uncomfortable position of needing the IRS to deliver on tax reform. The stakes are high. In 2016 there were 30 percent more individual income tax returns processed by the IRS than votes cast in the presidential election. And execution matters. Just think of the ObamaCare exchanges, when a botched rollout of the website – involving only a small fraction of the people who interact with the IRS – did lasting damage to a signature legislative achievement supported by a single political party. Here’s what should be done:

Give the IRS the money it needs to […]

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