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February

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Deduction for state and local sales tax benefits some, but not all, taxpayers

The break allowing taxpayers to take an itemized deduction for state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes was made “permanent” a little over a year ago. This break can be valuable to those residing in states with no or low income taxes or who purchase major items, such as … Continued

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January

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Should you set up trusts in a more “trust-friendly” state?

While it’s natural to set up trusts in the state where you live, you may be losing out on significant benefits available in more “trust-friendly” states. For example, some states: • Don’t tax trust income, • Authorize domestic asset protection trusts, which provide added protection against creditors’ claims, • Permit silent trusts, under which beneficiaries … Continued

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January

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How to report discontinued operations today

Did your company undergo a major strategic shift in 2016? If so, management may need to comply with the updated rules for reporting discontinued operations that went into effect in 2015 for most companies. Discontinued operations typically don’t happen every year, so it’s important to review the basics before preparing your year-end financial statements. Narrower … Continued

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December

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Cybersecurity takes the spotlight

Abstract: Federal and state regulators are increasingly scrutinizing banks’ information security efforts. This article points out that, in light of this heightened scrutiny, banks should review, and if necessary, update their cybersecurity programs. The article explains what examiners look for, including risk identification, risk measurement and risk mitigation. A sidebar discusses increased state regulation of … Continued

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December

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New rules on customer due diligence

Abstract: As a result of an action in May 2016 by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), financial institutions will be required to verify the identities of the beneficial owners of their legal-entity customers when the owners open new accounts. This article answers some questions regarding the new due diligence rules, such as which institutions … Continued

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