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Wednesday
Oct152014

Businesses Paid Nearly $671 Billion in State and Local Taxes Last Year

By Liz Malm of the Tax Foundation

Each year, the Council on State Taxation (COST) estimates the share of total state and local taxes that are paid by businesses. The latest edition of the report found that firms paid 44.9 percent of total U.S. state and local taxes last year — amounting to nearly $671 billion.

Here’s the breakdown by tax type:

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Wednesday
Oct082014

Illinois CPA Society’s Manufacturing Conference — Wednesday, October 22nd — Oakbrook Terrace

The manufacturing industry is a vibrant part of the US economy and now experiencing a changing landscape with new opportunities and challenges. The new Illinois CPA Society Manufacturing Conference will provide important key updates for those working within this sector in both public accounting and corporate finance.

Featured keynote speakers include Greg Baise, President & CEO, Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA); James Hrabak, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, MB Financial Bank, Rosemont, IL; Spencer Klein, CFA, Sr. Portfolio, MB Financial Bank, Rosemont, IL; and Karen Kurek, CPA, National Industrial Products Practice Leader/Partner, McGladrey, Chicago, IL

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Wednesday
Oct082014

Small Employers Should Check Out the Health Care Tax Credit

New and existing small employers who do not yet benefit from the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit should look into whether the credit can help them provide insurance to their employees. For tax years beginning in 2014 and after, the maximum credit is 50 percent of premiums paid for small business employers, and 35 percent of premiums paid for tax-exempt small employers, such as charities. Beginning in 2014, a small employer may qualify for the credit if: It has fewer than 25 employees who work full-time, or a combination of full-time and part-time. For example, two half-time employees equal one full-time employee for purposes of the credit.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Manufacturers Welcome Extension of Moratorium on Internet Taxes

Ban has spurred critical broadband investment and should be made permanent

National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy Dorothy Coleman issued this statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved recently:

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Federal Spending Spree at End of Fiscal Year

September 30th marked the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. And because agencies cannot carry their funds over from year to year, explains Brianna Ehley of the Fiscal Times, federal agencies tend to spend September 30th on a shopping spree, spending the rest of their funds before they lose them. In 2013, federal agencies spent $50 billion in the last week of the fiscal year — the Department of Veterans Affairs purchased $562,000 worth of artwork, while the Department of Agriculture bought $144,000 in toner. The Department of Defense spent $5.5 billion on September 30, 2013, sending emails to employees telling them to spend the rest of their funds. This year, spending has again exploded. Already in September, the IRS has purchased $2.4 million in toner, while the Department of Homeland Security spent more than $15,000 on two pianos. The American embassy in New Delhi, India, bought $20,362 in alcohol.

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