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Reaping the R&D Tax Benefits of Innovation Across Manufacturing Sectors

By Stephen Stringer, CPA, Director at Blue & Co., and David Seibel, Senior Manager at McGuire Sponsel Manufacturing and machine tool clients often qualify for Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits through internal optimization or new product development for customers. Contract manufacturers and machine tool companies are often approached by other companies and asked to […]

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2022 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference – Key Takeaways

By: Annmarie Novotney, CPA, Director Earlier this year, several members of our Blue & Co. Not-for-Profit Services Team attended the 2022 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference.  The annual conference covers key accounting, auditing, and tax issues as well as emerging updates related to the not-for-profit industry. This conference is extremely helpful to both industry professionals and […]

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Pass-through Entity Level Tax: Is This a Viable SALT Cap Workaround?

By Jacob Boyd, CPA, Tax Manager; Amy Sandlin, CPA, Tax Senior Manager; Eric M. Bennett, CPA, Director The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) capped the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000 for individuals who itemized their deductions for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. This cap […]

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Ohio’s New SALT Cap Workaround

By Kevin Krieg, CPA, and Amy Sandlin, CPA In 2022, through legislation signed by Governor DeWine, Ohio joined the growing list of states to pass SALT Cap workarounds. Ohio Senate Bill 246 allows qualifying pass-through entities (PTEs) to elect to be subject to a new entity-level tax. The legislation makes the entity level tax fully […]

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Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Signed Into Law

By Derek Gray, CPA, Director The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (“IRA”) was signed into law by President Biden on August 16. This is the culmination of more than 18 months of work by the Biden administration. The Act is a significant accomplishment, particularly in the realm of social and climate change policy. As with […]

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Ohio Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Tax Credit

By: Bob Findley, CPA, Director and Sam Bass, CPA, Staff Accountant In September 2021, Ohio enacted section 5747.73 of the Ohio Revised Code, which allows a tax credit for individuals and businesses who make a qualified donation to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) certified by the Ohio Attorney General. How does this impact your nonprofit […]

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Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Tax Credit

By: Doug Hasler. CPA. Director An Indiana Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is an organization that awards school scholarships to eligible students. Qualified SGOs receive funding for school scholarships from private, charitable donations. Those who have donated to an SGO that has been certified by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will then be eligible to […]

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Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

By Amy Sandlin, CPA, Tax Senior Manager The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the Act) passed in the Senate on Sunday, August 7, 2022, and is headed to the Democrat-controlled House where it is expected to pass on Friday, August 12. Experts expect this to be on President Biden’s desk by early next week. If […]

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Creating a Financial Denial Prevention and Management Plan for Outpatient Therapy

Every hospital department deals with financial denials. Understanding the volumes of those denials for your outpatient therapy department can improve the net revenue of the department. A financial denial is when an insurance company or carrier refuses to pay for the healthcare services the individual receives. Within an outpatient therapy department, the level of denials […]

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Kentucky Nonprofit Assistance Fund

By: Allen Norvell, CPA, Director The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet has announced the application portal for the Nonprofit Assistance Fund will start accepting online applications beginning at 9:00 am EDT on Monday, August 1, 2022. The Nonprofit Assistance Fund was created to provide one-time assistance payments to eligible nonprofit organizations that experienced net negative revenue […]

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340B Hospitals Impacted by Supreme Court Decision

In June, the Supreme Court gave hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program a convincing victory ruling unanimously that the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should not have reduced reimbursement for covered outpatient prescription drugs purchased by those hospitals. 340B Hospitals Challenge Payment Rates Hospitals challenged the 2018 and 2019 payment […]

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SAS No. 136 and Employee Benefit Plans: What is a Reportable Finding?

SAS No. 136 and Employee Benefit Plans: What is a Reportable Finding? Plan management and plan sponsor personnel have likely heard from their auditors about auditing standard changes impacting their ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) audits for the Plan year ending December 31, 2021. These changes primarily result from the implementation of […]

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Five-Star Quality Rating System: Changes Your Nursing Facility Needs to Know

On July 7, 2022 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the updated Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating Technical Users’ Guide with the methodology for the changes to the Staffing Rating and the Overall Quality Rating. Here is what your facility needs to know. Changes to the Staffing Rating CMS is basing the […]

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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Lessons Learned

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Sir Winston Churchill This is our fifth and final article in our five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. As a reminder, the concept of Incident […]

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Extension to Make Portability Elections

By: Derek Gray, CPA, Director On July 8, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2022-32, now extending the time to make portability elections to five years. What is a Portability Election? A timely filed portability election allows for a widow/widower, here referred to as a surviving spouse, to utilize their deceased spouse’s unused […]

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Webinars

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On-Demand Webinar: Vsimple Success Stories – Hearn Construction

Blue & Co. and Vsimple hosted a webinar on Tuesday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST entitled Workflow Management: How Hearn Construction is Standardizing & Simplifying Their Business Processes Using Vsimple. This is part one of a series of use case examples demonstrating the success that client’s of Vsimple have discovered while […]

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On-Demand Webinar: Myths and Facts of Commercial Loan Reviews

Download Webinar Resources On April 6, Blue & Co. held a webinar entitled Myths and Facts of Commercial Loan Reviews. Panelists debunked common loan review myths and presented the facts and practical tips and lessons learned related to commercial loan review. Duration: 1 Hour CPE not available Download Presentation Here Watch a Recording of the […]

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Webinar: A Guide to the Kentucky Tangible Personal Property Tax Return for Manufacturers

You’re Invited Join Blue & Co. on Wednesday, February 9 at 12:00 PM EST for a webinar entitled A Guide to the Kentucky Tangible Personal Property Tax Return for Manufacturers. This presentation will walk through the Kentucky Tangible Personal Property Tax Return and identify common preparation errors & potential tax savings opportunities. Duration: 1 hr. CPE Credit: […]

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Webinar: Tax Reform – What Does it Mean for You and Your Distillery?

You’re Invited! Join Blue & Co. and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) on Thursday, December 9 at 10:00 AM EST for a webinar entitled Tax Reform: What does it mean for you and your distillery? Presented by the Beverage Services Group at Blue & Co., LLC., this session will discuss the potential tax outlook for distilleries […]

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On-Demand Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate in the Workplace

President Biden’s administration recently announced its Path Out of the Pandemic action plan which included specific guidance around a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The action plan calls for employers with 100 or more employees to require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly tests, as well as requiring vaccinations for federal employees, contractors, and hospitals […]

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COVID Vaccine Mandates & Your Organization Webinar

Join Us! Join Blue & Co., Current HR, and DBL Law on November 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST for a webinar covering the new COVID vaccine mandates and what it means for your ogranization. President Biden’s administration recently announced its Path Out of the Pandemic action plan. The action plan calls for […]

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