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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Market Outlook -- February 2017

Written by Frank Germack III, CFA

Economics The U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has moderated from 3.5 percent in the third quarter to 1...

Monday, 20 February 2017

Why a life insurance claim may be denied

Written by Forefield, INC.

Life insurance can be an important financial tool for you and your family. For example, life insurance can help replace earnings that would cease upon your death. It can provide a legacy for your children or grandchildren, and can even be used to make a charitable gift after your death. However, the fact that you've purchased life insurance doesn't guarantee that the death benefit will be paid when it's needed most — after you've died...

Monday, 20 February 2017

Why diversification matters

Written by Forefield, INC.

When investing, particularly for long-term goals, there is one concept you will likely hear about over and over again — diversification. Why is diversification so important? The simple reason is that it helps ensure that your risk of loss is spread among a number of different investments. The theory is that if some of the investments in your portfolio decline in value, others may rise or hold steady, helping to offset the losses...

With the election of President Donald Trump, as well as a GOP dominated House of Representatives and Senate, corporate tax reform is expected to occur.  Although there are differences between President Trump and the GOP’s current proposals, both are in favor of reductions to the corporate income tax rate. While tax cuts would improve long-term profitability, businesses may recognize a short-term positive or negative impact to earnings under current generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 740 Income Taxes, addresses how companies should account for and report the effects of changes in tax laws and rates...

Coming as somewhat of a surprise, the Michigan Supreme Court has denied the Michigan Department of Treasury’s application for leave to appeal the March 31, 2016, judgment of the Court of Appeals in the case LaBelle Management, Inc. v. Department of Treasury. The win for this taxpayer is causing a ripple effect throughout the Michigan tax community, with many affected taxpayers who will now be required to amend their tax returns for at least the past four years...

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Risk Report -- February 2017

Written by Bill Kowalski

Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services (CIS) compiles Risk Report to help raise your awareness of the risks you and your company could face — from fraud to cyber crime and more. We can help protect you against these threats: Call us at 248.267.8445...

On December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. The new law reverses a prohibition on small employer funding of individual health insurance premiums. Under prior Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines, employers could not pay for the cost of individual health insurance for employees or reimburse the premium cost without violating the ACA “market reforms.” Thanks to the 21 Century Cures Act, beginning in 2017, the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) will now allow small employers to establish a qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement without violating the market reforms within certain requirements...

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Major changes ahead for not-for-profit financial statements

Written by Christine Slade, CPA

On August 18, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2016-14: Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities (NFPs). This pronouncement is the first of two phases of FASB’s project to improve the not-for-profit financial statement presentation and the understandability of not-for-profit financial performance. ASU 2016-14 is the first major change to not-for-profit reporting since the mid-1990s. Changes under this standard impact eight key areas which are described below...

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Claiming the small-business health care credit

Written by Thomson Reuters

Note to readers: As of this writing, efforts are underway in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Both the Republican-majority House and Senate have approved a resolution to begin repeal proceedings, while President Trump has issued an Executive Order calling for the law’s “prompt repeal.” Please bear this in mind as you read the article below, and consult your benefits advisor for the latest developments. IRS Form 8941, “Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums,” is used by eligible employers to calculate the small-business health care credit...

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Form 5500 overhaul proposal faces uncertainty

Written by Thomson Reuters

Note to readers: As of this writing, efforts are underway in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Both the Republican-majority House and Senate have approved a resolution to begin repeal proceedings, while President Trump has issued an Executive Order calling for the law’s “prompt repeal.” Please bear this in mind as you read the article below, and consult your benefits advisor for the latest developments. Employers use Form 5500 to file an employee benefit plan’s annual information return with the Department of Labor (DOL)...

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