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10 Tax Items In The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) is a spending bill drafted and passed on February 9, 2018 to prevent a federal government shutdown. While the BBA largely covers federal spending, it does prolong some tax breaks and includes tax provisions that were not in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here are 10 tax items worth noting.

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10 Tax Reform Changes Individuals Should Know

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have generated a lot of conversation regarding business taxes, but many changes were made to individual income taxes too. Here are the 10 changes you should be aware of and plan for in 2018 and following years.

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A Guide to the New Qualified Business Income Deduction

A significant tax break for pass-through entity owners within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction. The application of this 20% deduction is an important factor for individuals to consider when choosing to conduct business through a pass-through entity or C corporation.

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Founded in 1949, Beene Garter quickly established a presence in the Grand Rapids community. Today, we are known as West Michigan’s largest independently owned accounting and business consulting firm. With our founding principles at the forefront, we focus on providing a unique customer experience matched with the expertise and knowledge our clients expect.

Located in downtown Grand Rapids, our team includes 16 partners and over 90 employees. Providing a range of audit, tax & advisory, business support and wealth management services, we focus on serving West Michigan businesses and organizations based right where we are.

We are Industry Experts

Construction

Of all the things you build, make your business the strongest. Whether you’re a subcontractor, developer, architect or engineer - you should be able to focus on your daily business operations, not worry about your accounting, tax or assurance needs. Our Construction Team will help you identify proactive solutions, offer guidance and advisory support, and deliver a range of services to maximize your business operations. 
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Food & Agribusiness

As a grower, food processor or manufacturer, your job can be complex. Food safety, labor issues, cost control - you have enough to worry about. Our Food & Agribusiness Team is an on-the-ground leader in the industry, providing a wide range of solutions that meet the unique cycles and seasonality of your business. 
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Manufacturing

Our Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Industry Team is able to bring proactive, comprehensive business services into your facility. We understand that evolution is vital to this industry, and we can assist you in preparing for the future. We’re dedicated to understanding the industry’s challenges, opportunities and trends. 
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Small Business

Small businesses represent over 99% of all employers in the U.S. and are responsible for over 60% of the new jobs created in the past 15 years. Our Small Business group is a team of professionals dedicated to small business owners in West Michigan. We’ll help you navigate the winding roads of owning a business, providing services and solutions uniquely structured for your needs. 
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Nonprofit

Every day you rise to the challenge of assisting those in crisis or helping people realize their dreams. You are dedicated to the vision of your organization and the desire to see that vision succeed. Our Nonprofit Team is a leader in the industry, bringing over 100 years of combined nonprofit experience to the table. We’ll provide timely solutions and proactive advice to help you plan for the future and carry out your mission. 
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Healthcare

As a healthcare professional, your priority is to care and provide for your patients. It’s our goal to care and provide for you. Just as you may ask a healthcare specialist to consult with your patient regarding a specific health problem, so too, should you seek out tax and accounting specialists to consult on a particular business issue. 
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Real Estate

Face changing market conditions with consistent advice. The real estate market offers a great deal of opportunity along with a great deal of risk. To receive the greatest reward, you need to know the market, be on the forefront of industry trends and seize cost-saving opportunities. We can help. 
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