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Joel Gechter, CPA, has joined Rehmann as a Financial Advisor in the Firm's Farmington Hills office and will serve the Farmington Hills and Ann Arbor areas. Joel directs all aspects of financial advisory and counseling services to clients and prospects through the development of wealth management solutions and strategies that help them meet their financial goals. Additionally, Joel works with clients to develop investment strategies, identify risks, and provides asset allocation counseling. He is highly experienced in alternative investments...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Senate passes tax extenders bill

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that extends several tax breaks for businesses and individual taxpayers. The "tax extenders" bill changes the effective dates of related provisions to December 31, 2014...

Congratulations to Rehmann's Mary Van Skiver who recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation after completing an intensive five-day executive-style MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and passing an extensive examination. Van Skiver joins a group of business advisors who have received this designation and are a part of the international community of the Exit Planning Insitutite, the organization that bestows the designation. "Since Mary has joined Rehmann, she has shown an extraordinary commitment to helping our clients establish effective succession plans. This designation and training will undoubtedly add to her already extensive knowledge-base," said Heidi Bolger, principal at Rehmann...

The IRS has released the 2015 optional standard mileage rates that employees, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers can use to compute deductible costs of operating automobiles (including vans, pickups andpanel trucks) for business, medical, moving and charitable purposes. The 2015 standard mileage rate increases to 57.5 cents per mile for business uses and decreases to 23 cents per mile for medical and moving uses. It remains at 14 cents per mile for charitable uses...

Rehmann has entered into a three-year partnership with the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, an organization through the County of Ottawa that offers assistance to farmers and entrepreneurs as they navigate the complex system of commercializing their farm inventions. Rehmann advisors will provide clients with business guidance, focusing mainly on accounting practices, helping to establish their initial accounting systems and training them on various accounting and tax topics. “Through our partnership, we have the opportunity to help businesses get off the ground on the right foot,” said Glenn Zubryd, principal at Rehmann. “Entrepreneurs in our area have so many great ideas but can sometimes have trouble getting those ideas to market...

Rehmann Financial has been named to REP. Magazine’s “Top 100 RIAs 2014” list for having over $2.3 billion in assets under management. To make the list, firms had to have at least 10 percent high-net-worth clients and at least 10 percent non-high-net-worth clients for whom they do financial planning...

The U.S. House passed an extenders bill that would change the effective dates of the extender provisions to December 31, 2014. This essentially extends the laws that existed in 2013 through 2014...

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is hosting the Grand Opening of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator on Monday, December 1 at 10 a.m. The Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator is a non-profit corporation which provides farmers and entrepreneurs hands-on support as they navigate the complex system of commercializing their farm inventions. Special guests expected at the event include Congressman Bill Huizenga, Senate Majority Leader Elect Arlan Meekhof, Representative Roger Victory, and Representative Joseph Haveman--who will be making a major announcement involving this first-of-its-kind Ag-Tech Business Incubator...

At Rehmann, we believe having a great team of dedicated associates contributes to our success. With that in mind, we congratulate the following associates on their recent anniversaries with the Firm: John Skukalek: 30 years Reta Matteson: 20 years Patricia Hart: 20 years Audrey Victor: 20 years Alexander August : 15 years Robert Westrate III: 15 years David Gerdes: 15 years Ann Hoppe: 10 years Shannon Jett: 5 years Jennifer Lambert: 5 years Sandra DeMoss: 5 years John Jeffries: 5 years We deeply appreciate working alongside each of them, as their continuing commitment helps us fulfill our promise to deliver business wisdom...

Rehmann Principal Craig Mathiesen has been awarded the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Washington, DC. Craig has over 25 years of experience in public accounting. As part of Rehmann's Tax team, he focuses on providing a comprehensive approach to accounting, tax and finance support for businesses and their owners. He is also the director of estate & trust administration for the firm...

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