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State Court Throws Contract Workers Into Upheaval

State Court Throws Contract Workers Into Upheaval

With the Dynamex decision, the California Supreme Court created new, unlegislated law with respect to the use of independent contractors; many companies continue to seek advice on how to mitigate the impact of that case. Dynamex, adjudicated in favor of California tax...

Challenges Facing the Hospitality Industry

Challenges Facing the Hospitality Industry

One of the biggest challenges for the hospitality industry is the balancing act between customer service and the related internal controls that go into running a hotel, resort or restaurant. While the benefits of exemplary customer service are obvious (e.g. more...

Pay Zero Tax on Sale of Your Business/Stock/Other Assets!?

Pay Zero Tax on Sale of Your Business/Stock/Other Assets!?

Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Opportunity Zones were designed to increase investment in low-income communities throughout the country. In June of 2018 over 8,000 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories were...

It’s Only Been 20+ Years…..Not-for-Profits, Are You Ready?

It’s Only Been 20+ Years…..Not-for-Profits, Are You Ready?

That is how long it has been since the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) last modified the accounting rules and disclosure requirements for non-profit entities, including churches, schools and 501(c)3 charitable entities. All this changed with the issuance...

Could a Change in Accounting Method Save Taxes?

Could a Change in Accounting Method Save Taxes?

With the 2017 tax filing season at a close, taxpayers and their accountants are now shifting their focus to year-end planning. While most year-end planning conversations include a discussion about the timing of major purchases, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act awards small...

Cryptocurrency (and What it Means for Your Taxes)

Cryptocurrency (and What it Means for Your Taxes)

Bitcoin had a banner year in 2017. Though it's been around for almost a decade, the explosive growth experienced in 2017 has piqued the interest of investors and the IRS alike. As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies become more mainstream, savvy investors are advised...

International Tax Business Booming at Irvine Firm

International Tax Business Booming at Irvine Firm

By PETER J. BRENNAN Manuel Ramirez is reluctant to add employees. When the chairman of RJI International CPAs was asked if he might add, say, 10 more this year, he quickly said, “I hope not.” Ramirez, who doesn’t want the complexities...

Internal Controls – A Key Ingredient to Success!

Internal Controls – A Key Ingredient to Success!

Few restaurant and franchise owners would cite internal controls among the key ingredients to success. However, restaurant internal controls are crucial to operating a self-reliant business and minimizing financial mistakes and threats. Restaurants tend to experience...

Upcoming Changes to the Measure of Inventory

Confucius said, “Life is really simple,but we insist on making it complicated”. This truth can be said for the accounting profession and some of its related accounting pronouncements. With complex derivative instruments, hedging transactions, share-based compensation,...