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Michiganders who recently filed a 2016 state individual income tax return can check the status of their refund online by going to www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury). Individuals who e-filed can check their refund status two weeks from the date confirmation was received that the state return was accepted...

Kim Stoner has joined Rehmann as an accounting specialist II in the Firm’s accounting, consulting and tax (ACT) department. She is based out of Rehmann’s Lansing office. In her new role, Stoner will be responsible for providing monthly accounting services to small business healthcare clients. Prior to joining Rehmann, Stoner provided monthly accounting services at Michigan State Medical Society and Stuart, Heins & Wise, PC...

Rehmann has promoted Luke Terry, MBA, to principal in the Firm’s Lansing office. He specializes in a variety of service areas, including investment analysis and portfolio design, financial planning, retirement and estate planning, insurance analysis and strategies, and private equity and venture capital opportunities. Terry has been a financial advisor since 2003, serving small- to mid-size business owners, high-net-worth individuals, medical professionals and families. He focuses on portfolio construction and providing customized solutions for each client’s unique financial goals and needs...

Rehmann recently hired Michael Patterson as the Firm’s director of international tax. Based in the Firm’s Ann Arbor location, his focus is on leading the international tax team, developing the practice and managing client relationships. Patterson has more than 25 years of international taxation experience and a successful track record of providing value-driven consulting, planning and structuring for clients across a variety of industries. His areas of expertise include international tax compliance and consulting, cross-border financing, repatriation planning and international mergers and acquisitions...

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) determined that personal identifiable information was exposed to users of Michigan Data Automated System (MiDAS), Michigan’s unemployment data system. The vulnerability was identified and corrected on the same day in late January, but issues could remain for the 1.87 million people who could be affected. First and last names, correlating Social Security numbers and wage information were exposed to unauthorized MiDAS users Here’s how the breach occurred, according to UIA: A software update implemented in October 2016 provided and performed by the data software vendor introduced a vulnerability that allowed authorized users of MiDAS to access the information they would not otherwise be able to view...

Rehmann has promoted Tony DiVito, CPA, to principal in its Farmington Hills location. DiVito specializes in small business consulting, with an emphasis on accounting software analysis, tax preparation, fraud investigation and internal controls. After a business combination between Rehmann and Boyes, Wright, Pittman & Co., PLLC, DiVito joined the Firm in 2007...

Rehmann has promoted Kristin (Saper) Hoogerwerf, CPA, CGFM, to principal in the Firm’s Grand Rapids location. She specializes in a variety of service areas, including governmental and not-for-profit auditing, federal award compliance and auditing, and internal controls consulting. Hoogerwerf has been with Rehmann since 2005 and previously served as a senior manager with Rehmann’s governmental audit and assurance department. She is also a member of the Firm’s government audit quality control subcommittee...

It’s that time of year again: The IRS is imploring taxpayers to be on the lookout this tax filing season. (And, well, all year ‘round.) Scammers are hard at work looking to steal personal information through “phishing” schemes. Phishing schemes — where criminals pretend to be a company or individual with whom their target is acquainted — remain a top concern on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” scams for the 2017 tax filing season...

Rehmann has promoted Cathy Shoemaker, CPA, to principal in its Traverse City location. She specializes in estate and gift tax planning, transfer of assets, trust and estate administration, and compliance-related reporting.   Shoemaker joined Rehmann in 2008 and previously served as a senior tax manager. She has over a decade of experience in the fields of taxation and estate planning...

Rehmann has promoted Alex August, CPA, to tax principal in the Firm’s Troy location. August serves several large closely held and multinational companies, assisting with all aspects of income taxation for such companies, related entities, owners and family members. August began his career with Rehmann in 1999. His expertise includes international taxation (both inbound and outbound), global structuring, and tax consulting and compliance...

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