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Robert Harris, CPA/CFF, CGMA has been named as a 2014 winner of the AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction. Harris has had a storied career as a CPA in Florida. He is known as a leader in the area of litigation support nationwide, and founded his own Vero Beach, Florida CPA firm 36 years ago. Harris also served as the chairman of the AICPA from 2009-2010...

Rehmann Principal Don Burke has relocated to the Firm’s Ann Arbor office from Grand Rapids.  Don will continue to provide assurance and consulting services to privately held and publically traded commercial entities and pursue further opportunities associated with these clients in the Southeast Michigan Region. Through collaboration with colleagues in the region, he’ll develop and support growth and client service strategies, particularly with acquisition activities and international operations. Don has worked closely with Rehmann’s Southeast Michigan regional practice for the past several years in serving key clients such as Caraco and Sodecia, and has taken an active role supporting business combinations in Ann Arbor and Toledo...

Three Rehmann advisors were honored at the 2014 Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA) Awards Dinner Tuesday, September 30. · John Pridnia received the Outgoing MICPA Board Officer Award · Alexander August received the Outgoing Task Force Chair Award – Federal Tax Task Force · Stephen Blann received the Outgoing Task Force Chair Award – Governmental Accounting & Auditing Task Force "We're thrilled to have Rehmann advisors recognized for three years in a row by the MICPA," said Rehmann Chairman and CEO Steve Kelly. "John, Alex and Stephen are three advisors that, along with the rest of the Rehmann team, provide outstanding proactive service to our clients." The MICPA has over 17,500 members and is the leading statewide organization dedicated to the CPA profession...

Gerald Wernette, Principal at Rehmann has been selected as one of the nation's top 200 elite 401(k) plan advisors in the United States. Gerald will meet in Washington, D.C. to listen to and brief top Congressional leaders about the future of the retirement savings industry and how proposed laws and regulations will affect American workers' retirement security...

Rehmann Financial is pleased to announce that the "Rehmann Financial Mobile" app is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play.  Clients now have the ability to securely review their Rehmann Financial-managed portfolio on their smartphone through an easy-to-use mobile app. This app provides authorized users with investment management features including account valuation, performance monitoring and reporting information. Clients interested in using the app must first follow the links below to download it and then contact their financial advisor for login credentials...

Important Update: Michigan Legislature Passes Legislation Nullifying the Effect of Michigan Supreme Court Ruling in the IBM Case and Provides Taxpayer-Friendly Amendments to the Michigan Business Tax. Shortly after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of the taxpayer allowing the use of the Multistate Tax Compact ("MTC") 3-factor apportionment under the Michigan Business Tax ("MBT") for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 tax years (IBM v. Department of Treasury), the Michigan Attorney General filed motions with the Court to stay the ruling and for a rehearing of the case due to the $1 billion price tag - the follow-on impact that this case would cause. The MI Legislature acted rapidly to stem the tide of refund claims filed under the IBM Michigan Supreme Court ruling...

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

New "offer-in-compromise" program

The Michigan Department of Treasury is in the process of implementing new administrative procedures for the new legislation enacted earlier this year establishing a new “offer-in-compromise” program. The program will begin January 1, 2015. It is expected that the program will allow taxpayers to request a tax debt settlement for less than the amount originally assessed due, and is designed to help those who are faced with severe financial hardship as well as extenuating circumstances. The legislation lists three specific criteria to be eligible: A doubt exists as to the liability based on evidence provided by the taxpayer...

Randy Kolar, JD has joined Rehmann as a tax principal in its Grand Rapids office. Kolar brings over 25 years of experience in public accounting to the Firm. “We’re excited to have Randy in the Grand Rapids office,” said Wayne Pahssen, Regional Managing Principal for Rehmann’s West Michigan region. “He has established himself as an incredibly knowledgeable advisor, and our clients will undoubtedly gain from his insight...

Monday, 08 September 2014

Rehmann in the News - September

MarketWatch Radio, August 26, 2014Joe Heider, principal at Rehmann, appears as a guest on MarketWatch Radio alongside host Larry Kofsky. Heider offers his insight on the market's upward march this summer. "Certainly there have been some geopolitical issues that have rattled the market temporarily, but they tend to refocus back on what's happening within our shores," he says. Financial Advisor, August 14, 2014Financial Advisor recognizes Jeffrey Phillips, principal at Rehmann, in his move to the firm's Vero Beach, FL office...

Michigan media outlets are now reporting that Proposal 1 has passed. The proposal eliminates Michigan's business personal property tax and guarantees that Michigan's local jurisdictions have a source of revenue to replace amounts previously collected as business personal property tax, a primary funding source for cities and towns. The effects of this vote are wide-ranging, as the measure is important for companies conducting business in Michigan – and not just Michigan-based companies. The proposal sanctioned and complemented Michigan legislative actions already in place to repeal the personal property tax and replace these property tax revenues, paid to the local communities, with a portion of the state's six percent use tax collections...

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