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November 14, 2019 Newsletter 3 min read
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November 2019

Plante Moran earns spot on Top Franchise Supplier list from Entrepreneur magazine
After earning a spot on last year’s inaugural list, Plante Moran was once again named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s top franchise suppliers.

Year-end tax planning opportunities and tax reform
As most of the provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect last year, year-end tax planning is as essential as ever. Are you wondering how new tax reform guidance and rules could affect your 2019 year-end tax planning? Stay informed with updates from our experts as we help guide you through the complex year-end tax planning environment.

2019’s Big Tax Hit, and How to Survive It
Changes in revenue recognition and the disconnect they’ve created are especially tricky this year.

Sales tax compliance after Wayfair: Don’t try this alone
The Wayfair decision has made multistate sales tax compliance significantly more challenging. Here’s what you need to know about integrating software with professional support to manage these new obligations.

The Motz Corporation CEO Joe Motz on the value of vulnerability
Whether building world-class sports fields or riding a bicycle 6,500 miles for charity, Joe Motz, CEO of The Motz Corporation, is making a difference in people’s lives doing what he loves to do.

Market perspectives
Explore emerging market trends and insights from our Investment Research team. If it’s top of mind for you, it’s top of mind for us.

July 2019

Tax planning for franchises: Four considerations to maximize your tax benefits post-tax reform
Franchisors and franchisees need to update their tax-planning strategy following the tax laws passed in 2018. Our quick overview will help you avoid leaving money on the table.

Leadership at the Detroit Lions: CFO Allison Maki on coaching with kindness
Working as CFO in an organization of high-performing people, Allison Maki has learned the power of human kindness and authenticity while leading a team "doing ordinary work at an extraordinary place" where success equals games won versus a strong income statement.

Data protection 101: Why you need security awareness training
Your organization has anti-virus software, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems. Isn’t this enough to protect your vital information? The simple answer is no.

Growing into business analytics
There are several maturity stages within an organization’s data journey — from dipping your toes in the data sea, to leveraging advanced analytics techniques to drive innovation and market differentiation. Where are you on this journey — and where would you like to be?

Revenue recognition for franchisors: What every franchise attorney should know
Join us and PlaveKoch law firm for a webinar hosted by myLawCLE and co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association for an analysis of the core principles of the new revenue recognition model for franchisors.

Why diversify?
The S&P 500 is up an impressive 300% in this recent bull market, but investors should not dismiss the benefits of diversification.

August 2018

Why you need to understand AI to stay competitive
You hear it everywhere: AI is the future. What you may not know is that it’s already here, you probably use it daily, and it’s supposed to make your job a whole lot easier.

Protect your digital assets with these cybersecurity best practices
Looking for steps you can take to improve your data loss protection? Look no further. These cybersecurity best practices will help you stay a step ahead of hackers and can keep you and your clients safe.

Tax treatment of tenant improvements: Who should make them — landlord or tenant?
Whether landlords or tenants pay for tenant improvements affects the lease rates negotiated — and has significant tax implications. Here are the options you should consider. 

Independence and objectivity: What incents your investment advisor to act in your best interest?
When choosing an investment advisor, independence and objectivity are crucial. Is your “independent” advisor fully aligned with your best interests? These five factors can reveal the answer.

June 2018

Taxation of pool advertising funds 

Webinar: Six months in, what should businesses do now? 

Playbook: What you can do now, and how to plan ahead

Culture: If it’s not broken, how can you fix it? 

Revenue recognition resource guide for franchisors

Q1 2018

 Will you and your business be affected by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act? In a word, yes. Here’s what you need to know right now in order to prepare for the changes:

Don’t overlook the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

FICA tip credit and reporting 

Revenue recognition and franchisors: You’re on your way. Now what?