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Constitutional Issues and Tax Appeals in Pennsylvania

A recent decision issued by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court serves as a reminder to raise any and all pertinent issues at the first level of appeal. Jack Stewart provides a state and local tax update.
Donald Applegarth | 4.2.2009

IFRS Conversion Costs

There have been a number of recent predictions on the overall costs to a company of implementing International Financing Reporting Standards (IFRS). Don Applegarth of Schneider Downs provides an IFRS update.

The Year of the SOX - Section 404 Update

No more “stays of execution” appear likely and the possibility for an outright pardon has surely passed. For the non-accelerated filers, 2009
Martin DiGiovine | 3.25.2009

Home Sales Surge Due to First Time Homebuyer Credit

In what seems a rare instance of encouraging news about the economy, the Wall Street Journal reported on March 24 that existing home sales were up 5.1%

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Asking the Right Questions in Today's Economy

“So, how’s the economy treating your business?” I get the sense that most of us are asked a variation of the question at least a couple

Do You Have a Financial Plan?

Investors are nervous and for good reason. We are experiencing a financial crisis the likes of which most of us have never seen before. It has been marked

The Early Bird: When to Address Closing Purchase Adjustments

Failure to address issues related to closing purchase adjustment before the execution of a transaction can lead to contention at the day(s) of reckoning, typically 30 to 60 days after the ink has dried. The nature of closing purchase adjustments vary significantly from transaction to transaction. However, as a baseline, it is typical for the parties to compare the seller’s working capital or net assets at the closing of a transaction to its working capital or net assets at a designated earlier point. Consider these steps from Marc Brdar from Schneider Downs Business Advisors.

Sales of Food and Beverages by Exempt Organizations

On February 20, 2009 the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue reissued Legal Letter Ruling No. SUT-04-011. The letter ruling specifically addressed the sale of food and beverages by a church during a community festival. The sales by the church were deemed taxable because it sold to the public and was in competition with other vendors required to collect sales tax. Jennifer Koehler provides analysis.

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Landlords are Subject to City of Pittsburgh Rental Registration Program

The City of Pittsburgh is moving forward with its Rental Registration Program ("RRP"). The program requires all "landlords" to register with the City's Bureau of Building Inspection, which will administer the program, prior to renting out their housing units. The purpose of the program is to ensure all rental units meet standard code requirements. Jennifer Koehler provides analysis.

Dealing with Goodwill Impairment

Impairment charges generally relate to the deterioration of the general economic environment, decline in a company’s share price, decline in market capitalization and adverse financial market conditions. The current economic environment has had a significant overall impact on reporting entities. Marisa Gentile provides a summary.

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