Bennett Thrasher and Kennesaw State University’s College of Architecture and Construction Management are proud to share the fourth annual Georgia Construction Outlook Survey results. The survey captures insights and data from over 100 privately held construction companies in Georgia, including home builders, heavy contractors, general contractors and specialty contractors.
When it comes to selecting a location for establishing a new business operation or expanding an existing one, understanding the full range of economic development incentives available can be a gamechanger. Since many of these incentives are negotiable, timing is critical, and the opportunity to claim such incentives may be lost if the business waits too long to begin the incentives negotiation process.
Bennett Thrasher has been named a Forbes Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firm in the United States for 2019. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to create inaugural lists of the most recommended firms for tax and accounting services. This peer-review and industry-nominated award identifies firms with the sophistication level needed to tackle the growing complex accounting problems companies face. Bennett Thrasher was just one of 90 firms to be selected for both lists.
Georgia Trend Magazine, the state’s exclusive business publication, recognized community leaders at their annual Most Influential Georgians luncheon. Jeff Eischeid, Bennett Thrasher’s Managing Partner, was selected and recognized during the event as a Notable Georgian for his professional accomplishments and commitment to the state’s business community.
Kathleen King began selling her home-baked cookies as a child from her family’s farm stand. After growing her business over the next 20 years and developing a successful brand with a large following, Kathleen recognized the need for an exit strategy. Rather than engaging a professional service provider for advice, she accepted an offer for two business partners to buy into her business
In late December 2019, a long-awaited tax extenders package was signed, which includes the §179D Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction and the §45L New Energy Efficient Home Credit. This extends and provides retroactive application of the §179D Tax Deduction and the §45L Tax Credit for projects placed in service from 1/1/2018 through 12/31/2020. For more details on the changes to these programs, please see below.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) was passed as a part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on December 20, 2019. The SECURE Act makes important changes to the requirements for retirement plan funding and distributions, as well as modifying other tax provisions including the kiddie tax rules. While most of the SECURE Act’s provisions expand opportunities for individuals to increase their savings, the legislation includes one change that will require some taxpayers to update their estate plans.
The federal government spending package titled the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 and signed into law on December 20, 2019, averted a government shutdown that would have begun on December 19 and funds the government through September 30, 2020. The Act also includes various tax provisions. The tax legislation, which was the product of intense negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House, extends through 2020 some of the tax incentives for individuals and businesses, known as extenders, that had already expired or that were due to expire at the end of 2019.
In three recent cases, the U.S. Tax Court found related-party insurance companies (captive insurance companies) didn’t sufficiently distribute risk to allow the insured parties to deduct their premium payments. In an article recently published by Bloomberg Tax, Laurie Bizzell of Bennett Thrasher LLP analyzes the cases, the court’s historical view and the IRS’ position to find there is no conclusive definition of risk distribution.