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Wine Businesses Can Capitalize on Permanent R&D Tax Credits

Posted by CalCPA on November 28, 2016 at 1:26 PM


The following article was originally published in the Nov. 10, 2016, issue of the North Bay Business Journal.

The Research and Development Tax credit is a general business tax credit introduced in 1981 as a temporary credit to incentivize domestic research and job growth. At the end of 2015 the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) retroactively extended and made the popular R&D tax credit permanent, which could carry benefits to wine industry businesses.

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Topics: Wine Industry

Behind the License

Posted by CalCPA on November 18, 2016 at 2:45 PM

We know there’s more to your life than the tax forms, deadlines and rules and regulations that you spend time with at the office. And we want to tell your story—or the story of a member you may know.

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Topics: California CPA

CalCPA BUZZ:  Deadline Approaches to Apply for Leadership Positions

Posted by Damien English on November 15, 2016 at 1:23 PM

The application period for the 2017-18 CalCPA Board and Council, AICPA Council and CalCPA Education Foundation Trustee and Officer positions is open. For information and to apply, please visit one of the all new online application links below:

All applications must be submitted electronically through one of the above link by  Dec. 5

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Topics: CalCPA Buzz

It's Taxing

Posted by Aldo Maragoni on November 4, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Odds are, everyone has something to say about taxes. Even the ancient Greeks had something to say about the subject. Taxes are a necessary evil to some and perhaps just plain evil to others. Regardless of where you stand, however, taxes are here to stay.

To help you on your journey through the upcoming tax season—only 23 weeks until April 17—our November issue of California CPA brings you Fast Tax Facts. The feature is our annual compilation of state and federal facts and figures you’ll want to keep handy during the coming weeks. Special thanks to Teresa Schacherer and Brooke Sigler, CPA of Windes, Inc. for doing the heavy lifting and assembling the information. 

While some people may bristle at just the word “tax,” it doesn’t have to be all bad—does it? Consider these fun facts:

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Topics: California CPA

CalCPA BUZZ: Deadline Coming—Campus Ambassador Program

Posted by Damien English on November 1, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Help spread the word about CalCPA and the CPA profession—applications are being accepted for the CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program.

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Topics: Buzz

CalCPA BUZZ:  It’s Time to Apply for CalCPA/AICPA Leadership Positions

Posted by Damien English on October 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM

The application period for the 2017-18 CalCPA Board and Council, AICPA Council and CalCPA Education Foundation trustee and officer positions is open. For information and to apply, please visit one of the all-new online application links below:

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Topics: CalCPA/AICPA Leadership Positions, Apply

The Business of Buying and Selling Citizenship

Posted by CalCPA on October 13, 2016 at 9:13 AM

There is a booming trade in selling citizenship and permanent resident status as a path to citizenship. People think that only small countries do this. While small countries do sell passports (St. Kitts is a prominent example), large countries do this as well. Even the United States, under the guise of the EB-5 “buy a green card” program, provides a path to American citizenship for the well-to-do.

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Topics: Conferences

CalCPA BUZZ: Governor OKs State-run Retirement Savings Plan

Posted by Damien English on October 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Gov. Brown has signed SB 1234 into law, which will create new retirement savings accounts for California employees who do not have one through their employment.

SB 1234, authored by Senate leader Kevin de Leon, will require automatic enrollment into a new state-run retirement program by requiring employers with at least five employees to enroll their workers in the new California Secure Choice Retirements Savings program if they do not already provide their own retirement program to employees.

As the new program begins, many small-business clients will be looking to their CPA for assistance in making sure they meet the requirements as employers, particularly if they have any employees electing to participate in the new Secure Choice Program.  Look out for more information on this new program in the Capitol Beat column in the November issue of California CPA.

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Topics: Buzz, SB 1234

Adding Up 'The Accountant'

Posted by Aldo Maragoni on October 3, 2016 at 10:05 AM

It's not the just numbers that add up in the movie "The Accountant." Body counts do so, as well. 

If you haven't heard, the film stars Ben Affleck in the title role and, as the movie's poster would suggest, his CPA career path is not a typical one. Affleck's character, Christian Wolff, is a clean-cut, pocket-protector wearing CPA who runs a nondescript CPA firm in a small town—who also happens to be trained in a specialized form of martial arts, is handy with high-powered weaponry and does most of his accounting work for dangerous criminal organizations.

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Topics: Insider

Drifting on the High Seas with My Kindle

Posted by Bill Spaniel on October 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM
I spend a significant portion of my day tweeting and posting to Facebook as part of my CalCPA public relations responsibilities. I also daily go through a couple hundred emails, both at work and at home. But as of this writing, I'm taking a sabbatical from social media and email as I'm going on vacation (specifically a cruise) and I don't want to check email or post photos of my meals to Twitter or Facebook.
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Topics: vacation, Kindle, tweeting and posting

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