Why Plan Sponsors Should Read Their Service Providers’ SOC Reports

  |  August 29, 2019

When a plan sponsor hires a service provider, that organization and its professionals become part of the team operating the client’s retirement plan. Each member of the team is expected to perform a specific task according to what is prescribed in the plan document. But how do you know whether each service provider has effective systems and controls in place to ensure that they are executing their roles correctly? Read more. Read More

Sell-Side Tax Considerations for Mergers and Acquisitions – Part 3: Effectively Negotiating the Tax Aspects of the Purchase Agreement

  |  June 12, 2019

A purchase agreement not only sets forth the terms and structure of the transaction, but also establishes who benefits from valuable tax deductions that may be created in connection with the transaction.

Hence, it is of critical importance that sellers have a thorough understanding of the various tax sections of a purchase agreement and take a proactive approach to achieving the desired outcomes. Read more. Read More

Sell-Side Tax Considerations for Mergers and Acquisitions – Best Practice #2: Evaluating Tax-Structuring Alternatives

  |  May 28, 2019

Ensuring that a transaction is structured in a tax-efficient manner is critical in maximizing a seller’s after-tax proceeds. Evaluating the various structuring alternatives available before undertaking a formal sale process allows a seller to identify a preferred structure and set expectations with prospective buyers regarding deal structure at the onset of the sale process. Read more. Read More

Sell-Side Tax Considerations for Mergers and Acquisitions – Part 1: Performing Sell-Side Tax Due Diligence

  |  May 20, 2019

Now more than ever, sellers and their advisors are beginning to appreciate the value of having a thorough understanding of a company’s tax profile, areas of potential tax risk, tax attributes, and desired structure of a transaction before undertaking a deal process. Amid these changes in the dynamics of how sellers approach taxes in sale transactions, employing best practices can have a dramatic impact on outcomes.

In this article and two more to follow, we outline three best practices that are some of the most critical for sellers to consider in order to maximize deal value and ensure a smooth process when disposing of a business or business line. Read more. Read More

REDW Renews Commitment to American Indian Graduate Center – Pledges $23,000 in Scholarships

  |  March 4, 2019

REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s 10 largest public accounting and business consulting firms, announced today it has made a financial commitment of $23,000 to the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a national organization providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native college students throughout the United States.

The scholarship, which was also offered in 2014, is designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate level Native American students pursue a degree in the field of accounting and finance. Named the REDW Native American Scholarship in Accounting and administered by the AIGC, the scholarship will be funded through an annual commitment of $5,750 for the next four years. Read more. Read More

Top 10 Property Tax Myths

  |  January 21, 2019

Are you missing an opportunity to reduce your property tax liability?

Nearly all local taxing jurisdictions, including municipalities, counties, and boards of education, generate tax revenue through the imposition of property tax, which is one of the most substantial sources of local government revenue. For many businesses, property tax is the largest state and local tax obligation, and one of the largest regular operating expenses incurred.

Unlike other taxes, property tax assessments are based on the estimated value of the property, and thus, are subject to varying opinions. Businesses that fail to take a proactive approach in managing their property tax obligations may be missing an opportunity to reduce their tax liability. Here are 10 common property tax myths, and the truths that counter them. Read more. Read More

An IRS Update: What Works and What Doesn’t During the Shutdown

  |  January 16, 2019

The IRS has announced that due to the lapse in appropriations that began on December 22, 2018, most IRS operations are closed during the shutdown.

Under a contingency plan covering the tax filing season, the IRS is recalling 57% of its workforce in order to handle some tax season duties. Their workforce will increase from 9,946 employees who have been working since the start of the shutdown, to 46,052 employees. This plan will allow the IRS to process tax returns and issue refunds, but limitations on other services remain remain.

Here is a list of the limited operations available during the appropriations lapse: Read more. Read More

The Redesigned Form 1040

  |  January 10, 2019

The IRS has redesigned the 2018 Form 1040, the U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The new form will replace not only the current Form 1040, but also Forms 1040A and 1040EZ. Find out more about the updates to the form and what Schedules you may need to file this year, based on your circumstances. Read more. Read More

2018 Year-End Tax Planning Guides for Individuals and Businesses

  |  December 12, 2018

Nearly one year after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), tax reform is still making headlines. We continue to learn more about its broad implications. Whether your previous tax filing posture was straightforward or complex, you will be impacted by the myriad of changes to the tax code.

Now more than ever, it is imperative to thoughtfully consider year-end tax planning opportunities, ensuring you are taking advantage of new tax strategies, staying compliant with new regulations and considering structures to help minimize taxes for future years.

Two Tax Letters from REDW are intended to assist you in that effort. Read more. Read More

10 Cybersecurity Trends of 2018 and Key Recommendations for 2019

  |  December 4, 2018

Cyberattacks are increasing in sophistication and magnitude of impact across all industries globally. According to a recent report issued by the U.S. Security Exchange Commission (SEC) the average cost of a data breach is $7.5 Million and is continually increasing in value year over year.

While all organizations are potential targets of cyberattacks, the industries which possess the most valuable data are the biggest targets including: financial services, healthcare, government, automotive, manufacturing, and retail. All organizations possess valuable information assets, which may include intellectual property, financial payment information, client information, supply chain partners’ information, personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), and/or payment card information (PCI). Read more. Read More