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New Illinois Unclaimed Property Program

The state of Illinois began a new unclaimed property enforcement program around July 1, 2021, to identify noncompliant companies that are incorporated, have locations or carry business permits in the state. Companies that have failed to file unclaimed property reports regularly or have filed incomplete reports with the state may be contacted by the Illinois Treasurer’s…

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5 Considerations for the Nonprofit Sector

By Divya Gadre, CPA Since navigating the headwinds of the past year, nonprofit organizations have reimagined their operations to maintain relationships with donors, volunteers and the communities they serve while discovering new means to protect mission funding. Even so, the impacts of the pandemic and calls to further social justice work won’t subside overnight, leaving…

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Should You Change Your Accounting Method for 2021?

As Congress grapples with tax proposals and the pandemic continues to create uncertainty for businesses, corporations and pass-through entities can leverage tax accounting methods to effectively improve their federal income tax posture and, in turn, enhance cash tax savings. When assessing their tax situations for 2021 and subsequent years, taxpayers should consider whether they can…

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Illinois Enacts Bill Allowing for PTE Tax Elections

Illinois on August 27, 2021 enacted S.B. 2531, which will allow pass-through entities (PTEs) to elect to be taxed at the entity level, in an effort to help individual residents mitigate the impacts of the federal $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Illinois joins 17 other states in enacting similar entity-level tax…

Estate Planning Options in an Uncertain Time

Currently, U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens domiciled in the U.S. are entitled to an $11.7 million gift and estate tax exemption and are subject to a maximum marginal gift and estate tax rate of 40%. And while the gift and estate tax exemption is scheduled to drop to approximately one-half the current amount on January…

Illinois Tax Changes: Fiscal 2022 Budget Legislation

As part of its fiscal year 2022 budget (FY 2022 Budget Implementation Act), Illinois enacted legislation (S.B. 2017) containing numerous tax law changes. The budget bill was signed by the governor on June 17, 2021. The legislation impacts both corporate and personal income taxes, as well as various income tax credit provisions, and it eliminates…

Proposed Changes to the Self-Employment Tax Exemption

The recently published Green Book contains details on changes proposed by the Biden Administration that aim to rationalize the net investment income tax (NIIT) and the self-employment tax imposed under the Self-Employment Contributions Act. Broadly, these proposals would: Ensure that all trade or business income earned by high-income taxpayers (taxpayers with adjusted gross income in excess of…

Potential Tax Savings if Rates Increase

The Treasury Department’s Green Book outlines proposals supported by the Biden Administration that would increase federal tax rates for corporations and high-income individuals, generally effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2021. Under these proposals: The corporate tax rate would increase from 21% to 28%; The effective tax rate on global intangible low-taxed income…