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Grading the Manufacturing Sector in 2016—Pass or Fail?

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Feb 13, 2017

There’s little doubt that the economy as a whole closed out 2016 on a particularly high note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearly reached the unprecedented 20,000 mark. But despite that broad performance, did the manufacturing sector in particular fare similarly well during this past year?

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Preparing for November 8: What Manufacturers Need to Know

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Nov 04, 2016

With the 2016 General Election around the corner, it’s a fitting time to take a close look at the issues that will define the manufacturing industry’s long-term health and economic growth. As employers of more than 12 million Americans, manufacturers are uniquely positioned to advocate for policies and initiatives that will spur economic development—and fuel the industry’s comeback. We’re not here to tell you who to vote for, but we do believe manufacturers’ voices need to be heard in this election.
 
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Valuable R&D Tax Credits Available to Manufacturers

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Sep 21, 2016

Many manufacturers aren’t aware that activities they perform in the daily course of their work fall under the classification of research and development activities and could, therefore, be eligible for valuable federal and state tax credits. In 1981, the federal government implemented the Research and Experimentation tax credits to create jobs and spur technological innovation. Familiarly known as research and development (R&D) tax credits, the program was intended as a temporary measure that lawmakers hoped would give the economy a boost.

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Taking a Fresh Look at LIFO Conformity

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Jul 12, 2016

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Last In, First Out (LIFO) method, but were uncertain what it means, what it’s used for, and why it may be important.

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R&D Tax Credit Enhancements Provide More Cash-Saving Opportunities for Manufacturers

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on May 09, 2016

In December 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act), extending and making permanent a number of important tax credits—including the federal research and development (R&D) credit.
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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Manufacturing & Distribution Businesses

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Jan 12, 2016

Should auld tax rulings be forgot, and new ones take their place, we’ll give a cup of good advice, to help our clients keep pace.

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Transportation Infrastructure is the Road to More Competitive U.S. Manufacturing

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on May 19, 2015

iStock_000041718342_LargeThe U.S. manufacturing industry is in the midst of a comeback. Manufacturers are gladly shifting from securing demand to meeting demand. However, reworking the U.S. transportation infrastructure is essential to the success of this progress.

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