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At the beginning of the 19th century, there was an historical event that was the catalyst for developing what has become one of the most commonly used business strategies. The building and expansion of the railroad system forced corporations to have to raise capital to an extent they never had to before. Previously, these large projects were funded by the government. Now with corporations having to have significant capital outlay, the creation of depreciation came into existence and along with it more robust reporting structures. This has evolved from the beginning with real estate, to equipment and then to the application to intellectual property in the 20th century. The use of depreciation and amortization is so second nature that we don’t even think about when it didn’t exist. IRC §1250 and §1245 have been codified to cover depreciation and amortization.
By John Fitzgerald and Christopher Imperiale
Being asked to join the partnership of a firm is a measure of success as a legal professional. With that achievement comes tax and financial responsibilities that, surprisingly, few attorneys are fully prepared to deal with. These responsibilities include the unexpected individual federal and state and local tax filing and payments.
By Lawrence L. Bell
With the cost of doing business consistently on the rise combined with the increasing difficulty to find/retain great employees, there is no better time to pursue employment-based tax credits. There are both federal and state employment-based credits available that can help businesses offset income tax liability.
By Gregory N. Miskulin, Jamie Carstens and Lindsay Powell
Orion’s ePrebill Manager allows corrections to prebills to be tracked and applied in real time, with a one-click acceptance and approval process. Further, by distributing prebills electronically, attorneys can see the edits made by others, the overall net effect of write-downs, and how these affect the realization of both the working timekeepers and the client overall, in real time.
By Kent Zimmermann
Strengthening Cultural Expectations Is Key
Client relationship succession planning is a top concern among law firm leaders. Firms of all stripes frequently develop goals in their strategic plans to facilitate more effective client relationship transitions. However, there is room for many firms to take a more formal and proactive approach to effectively transition client relationships across generations.