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Thought-provoking insights on long-range organizational issues.

Wipfli is dedicated to business leaders and their organizations. We bring you thought-provoking articles on long-range organizational issues related to people, processes, technology, customers, and financial management.

Understanding Illinois tax incentives for data centers

From an economic development standpoint, a data center is a grand slam. 

And Illinois is doing what it can to keep its competitive edge against other states with a $45 billion capital bill that provides tax incentives for data centers. 

Nov 14, 2019
Industries: Construction and Real Estate
Services: Tax
By: Geoffrey Harlow

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Starting the conversation: 6 succession planning tips for dealership owners

Did you know that the average age of a dealership owner is over 60, yet only a quarter of owners have a succession plan in place?

There are a lot of reasons for it. Number one is that manufacturer franchising agreements often dictate that the manufacturer approve the succession, whether it’s an internal transition to a family member or employee, or a sale to an outside party. 

Nov 14, 2019
Industries: Dealerships
Services: Business Valuations, Fraud and Forensic Services, Litigation Support Services, M&A and Transaction Support
By: Paul T. Lally, Kevin Janke

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Cybersecurity Weekly: Trend Micro, Firefox flaw and Amazon Ring Video doorbell

Each week, Wipfli’s cybersecurity professionals review the latest breaches, vulnerabilities, patches and updates.

Nov 13, 2019
Services: Cybersecurity

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SAS 134: Your audit report is changing — Are you ready?

For calendar year-end entities, your December 31, 2019, audit report may look a lot like what you are used to. But did you know that going forward, the look and feel of your audit report will be changing dramatically?  

Nov 13, 2019
Services: Audit and Accounting
By: Tracy M. Grosskreutz

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Time is running out on ASC 606 revenue recognition implementation — Are you ready?

Hopefully the answer to this question is a resounding yes! However, many companies may be more in the “I think so…” arena. Also, while we hope you don’t react by asking, “What is ASC 606?”, we understand that some companies may be in this scenario. 

Nov 13, 2019
Services: Audit and Accounting
By: Colleen Cooke-Varallo

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How HCM software makes ACA reporting so much easier

If you’ve been in charge of your organization’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting any of the past few years, you know how complex it can get. Calculations, codes, safe harbors, insurance types, dependents — there’s a lot that goes into ACA reporting and a lot that makes it very time-consuming. 

Nov 11, 2019
Services: Human Capital Management Solutions
By: Chris Riba

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Why security risk management isn't a once-a-year event

How often does your organization identify and assess risks to sensitive/confidential organizational data/information? 

All too often I see healthcare organizations consider cyber and information security risk management a once-a-year event. They perform a program-wide risk assessment to determine where their gaps in security are, decide whether to fix those gaps or leave some as acceptable risk, and then forget about security for another year.

Nov 11, 2019
Industries: Healthcare
Services: Cybersecurity
By: Rick Ensenbach

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Updated Employee Benefit Plan and IRA Quick Reference Table 2019 and 2020

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limitations for various qualified retirement plans and other amounts for 2020. Pension plan limitations changed for 2020 because the increase in cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustments. Plan sponsors should verify that their administrative and payroll systems reflect the appropriate limits.

Nov 07, 2019
Industries: Agribusiness, Construction and Real Estate, Dealerships, Financial Institutions, Financial Services, FinTech, Home, Governments, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing and Distribution, Nonprofits, Private Equity, Tribal Gaming and Government
Services: Human Capital Management Solutions

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Cybersecurity Weekly: Office365 phishing campaign, EU citizen impersonation, iOS 13 and macOS Catalina updates

Each week, Wipfli’s cybersecurity professionals review the latest breaches, vulnerabilities, patches and updates.

Nov 06, 2019
Services: Cybersecurity

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Commercial real estate assessments: Are you paying too much in real estate taxes?

No one wants to overpay on real estate taxes and focusing on assessments can help ensure you don’t.

Assessments are critical because how your real estate properties are valued has a direct impact on the final tax bills issued at the end of the year.

Nov 05, 2019
Industries: Agribusiness, Dealerships, Financial Institutions, Manufacturing and Distribution, Private Equity, Construction and Real Estate
Services: Tax

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