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On-Demand Webinar: Tax Planning for Manufacturers

December 8, 2023

OMA Connections Partner HBK has made available its recent webinar discussing tax planning strategies that manufacturers should consider. Watch it on demand. 12/5/2023

Think Tank: Ohio 16th Best for Fiscal Freedom

December 8, 2023

Ohio is in the Cato Institute’s top 20 states for fiscal freedom, coming in at No. 16. The free-market think tank determines fiscal freedom by comparing state and local tax burden, employment and spending, and debt. The comparison is part of the institute’s “Freedom in the 50 States” index. 12/4/2023

New Reporting Mandate Will Impact 32M Businesses

December 1, 2023

Beginning Jan. 1, an estimated 32.6 million existing businesses will be required to comply with a new federal reporting requirement intended to help law enforcement combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

OMA Connections Partner GBQ has published this summary of the Corporate Transparency Act, warning that failure to comply may lead to substantial penalties. OMA Connections Partner HBK has also published this analysis. 11/28/2023

Webinars Offer Year-End Tax and Finance Updates

December 1, 2023

Several OMA Connections Partners are hosting tax and finance-related webinars this month to help businesses wrap up 2023 activity and plan for the new year. The following are some of the noteworthy webinars:

  • Dec. 5, 9 a.m.: Schneider Downs, tax update;
  • Dec. 5, 11 a.m.: Plante Moran, audit and accounting standards updates and reminders;
  • Dec. 6, 11 a.m.: GBQ, year-end business tax update;
  • Dec. 6, noon: CliftonLarsonAllen, 2024 economic outlook;
  • Dec. 7, 11 a.m.: GBQ, state and local income tax update; and
  • Dec. 7, 2 p.m.: Plante Moran, Inflation Reduction Act incentives for energy-efficient buildings.

Click the name of the OMA Connections Partner to register for any of these learning events. 11/30/2023

OSU’s Ned Hill: Slow Growth in 2024, but No Recession

December 1, 2023

Manufacturers are approaching 2024 with caution, according experts who participated in a recent IndustryWeek webinar.

Dr. Ned Hill of The Ohio State University, and a frequent OMA contributor, was among the panelists. He said manufacturers are taking steps to lower supply chain risks, adding that he foresees slow growth for next year, but no recession. See these slides from Hill’s presentation.

Meanwhile, OMA Connections Partner RSM reports that its U.S. Manufacturing Outlook Index shows continued industry slowdown even as jobs recover. Members can register now for RSM’s 2024 middle-market economic outlook. The complimentary webcast is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 20. 11/27/2023

Industrial Production Posts Significant Decline

November 21, 2023

U.S. industrial production fell more than expected in October due to the United Auto Workers strike. OMA Connections Partner RSM reports production of motor vehicle parts declined by 10%, marking the biggest drop since the start of the pandemic. 11/20/2023

Think Tank: Short Recession Expected in 2024

November 21, 2023

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® fell 0.8% in October, marking the index’s nineteenth consecutive decline in the index. The Conference Board says it expects elevated inflation, high interest rates, and contracting consumer spending to tip the U.S. economy into a very short recession in 2024. 11/20/2023

Summary: Proposed Changes to Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

November 21, 2023

In 2018, the Trump administration imposed tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. To help alleviate the burden on U.S. industry, the Section 232 exclusion process was created.

OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen has published this update on proposed changes to the Section 232 process — changes that could impact importers and users of steel and aluminum. 11/21/2023

Inflation Indexes Show Improvement

November 17, 2023

The consumer price index was unchanged in October, as the annual rate of consumer price growth slowed to 3.2%. On a year-over-year basis, producer prices rose just 1.3% from October 2022.

This chart shows the last 60 years of changes in the personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge.

OMA Connections Partner RSM forecasts the consumer price index will drop further by year’s end, but also predicts it “will be some time” before the Fed cuts interest rates. 11/15/2023

Update: IRS’ Latest Guidance on ERC

November 17, 2023

The IRS has issued multiple warnings to employers regarding schemes for claiming pandemic-related relief with the employee retention credit (ERC) program. In October, the agency provided instructions on how to return improper ERC claims. OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen has published this update on the latest ERC developments. 11/15/2023