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Pat Sassano is the Visionary Award Winner for 2017

Pat has provided significant leadership in the Consulting Business Unit and demonstrated the characteristics for which the firm’s Visionary Award program are all about. It was Pat’s innovation, persistence and passion that compelled the firm’s board of directors to approve a significant investment in cloud servers to host data and provide virtual desktop services to the firm, which then led to the roll-out of PwrCloud to third-party enterprises.

This subscription fee business model, and user satisfaction of the firm’s fast-growing PwrCloud consulting practice are no less than visionary. Pat’s ability to communicate the potential of PwrCloud internally and to clients demonstrates the impact of connecting a desktop from any device, anywhere, anytime has provided new opportunities for the firm.​

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Power Townsend Co. Celebrates 150 Years Serving Montana

We would like to congratulate Power Townsend Co for 150 years serving our Montana communities!

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Leave-based Donation Programs Provide Opportunity to Provide Hurricane Harvey Assistance

Due to the extreme need for financial assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey, the Internal Revenue Service has provided special provisions to allow employers and employees to team up in making charitable contributions for Hurricane Harvey relief through 2018.

Employers can set up leave-based donation programs which allow employees to elect to forgo vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes to charitable organizations which are providing Hurricane Harvey relief assistance. From the employee perspective, under the provisions provided by the IRS, no income is recognized for the leave hours donated. The employees cannot claim a charitable deduction for the forgone leave.

The employer is allowed to claim a deduction as a business expense, as opposed to a charitable donation, for the payments made to qualifying charitable organizations for the relief of victims of Hurricane Harvey. Payments must be made before January 1, 2019.

No payroll taxes will be paid by either the employee or the employer for payments made through a leave based donation program.

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Anderson ZurMuehlen Office Hosts Tailgate for September Griz Game

 

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Obama Administration Rule on Extended Mandatory Overtime Pay Struck Down

Yesterday, federal judge, Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, struck down an Obama administration rule that would have extended mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. Workers. The ruling, siding with business groups and 21 states that had challenged it, came after the same judge last year blocked the rule from taking effect pending his final decision.

 The rule would have doubled to nearly $47,000 the maximum salary a worker could earn and still be automatically eligible for overtime pay. Judge Mazzant determined that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule improperly looked at salaries instead of job descriptions when determining whether a worker should be eligible for overtime pay, stating it “effectively eliminates consideration of whether an employee performs ‘bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity’ duties.”

 Now that the never-implemented rule has been invalidated, the DOL is back to square one with revising and updating the overtime exemption rule. Employers should prepare for an eventual increase to the exempt salary threshold, even though it isn’t clear what the final number will be. In the meantime, a request for further public input has been made by the DOL. Further questions? Contact us.

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Anderson ZurMuehlen Open House Schedule

Are you a positive energetic person looking for an opportunity to grow professionally? We’re hosting a recruiting open house for college accounting/business/computer science majors. Students will tour the office and learn more about public accounting.

Helena Office: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 828 Great Northern Blvd.

Please RSVP to Megan Raskovich by email or 406.442.1040.

Bozeman Office: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at 1019 East Main, Ste. 201

Please RSVP to Charity Wentz by email or 406.556.6160.

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Jenny Taylor is Named One of 20 Under 40 by Helena Independent Record

 

Jenny Taylor was recently named one of 20 under 40 by the Helena IR this year.  ​This award is meant to honor those who are working tirelessly for their communities in moving Helena forward into the future. Recipients of this ​award have been nominated by the community of Helena and the Helena Valley.

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Anderson ZurMuehlen Attends the Annual MSCPA Conference

At the Montana Society of CPAs Annual Conference in Billings last week several staff were honored including Dan Vuckovich with the George D. Anderson Distinguished Service Award, Gary Carlson with the inaugural Community Service award and Krystal Stewart with the Outstanding Young CPA Award.

Gary Carlson, Shareholder, Operations, Helena, was awarded the MSCPAs inaugural Community Service Award for his role in creating the annual Spirit of Service day. This Helena event has been going 17 years and includes 30 partner organizations, and over 500 volunteers.

A large number of Anderson ZurMuehlen employees from the firm were able to attend the MSCPA conference to support the award winners, network with other attendees and earn CPE credit.​

Krystal Stewart, Shareholder, Tax, Helena was the recipient of the 2017 MSCPA Outstanding Young CPA Award. Steven Johnson, Manager, Tax, Helena was the 2016 recipient.​

​​Dan Vuckovich, Shareholder, Consulting, Great Falls, was presented the 2017 George D. Anderson Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to a member of MSCPA to recognize contributions to the accounting profession and involvement in community, charitable and civic activities.

Pictures (left) Dan is with Rick Reisig, Shareholder, Attest, Great Falls.  Dan received the 2014 George D. Anderson Distinguished Service award.​

(righ​t) Dan is with his wife, Verna, and father ​Gene Vuckovich

Pictured from left to right: Bob Thennis (CSD, GTF), Amy Forsman (Tax, GTF), Erin Stockwell (Tax, GTF), Karina Ragan (Tax, GTF), Dana Cade (Tax, Helena), Erin Furr (Tax, GTF),  Megan Connors  (Attest, GTF), Sarah Stanger (Attest, GTF), Francine Cooper (Attest, GTF)  with Dan V photobombing!  

To see the videos of Krystal, Gary and Dan accepting their rewards, click the links below:

Gary’s Award​

​​​Krystal’s Award

Dan’s Award​

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Pat Sassano is the next Visionary Award Winner

 

Pat has provided significant leadership in the Consulting Business Unit and demonstrated the characteristics for which the firm’s Visionary Award program are all about. It was Pat’s innovation, persistence and passion that compelled the firm’s board of directors to approve a significant investment in cloud servers to host data and provide virtual desktop services to the firm, which then led to the roll-out of DaaS to third-party enterprises.

This subscription fee business model, and user satisfaction of the firm’s fast-growing DaaS consulting practice are no less than visionary. Pat’s ability to communicate the potential of DaaS internally and to clients demonstrates the impact of connecting a desktop from any device, anywhere, anytime has provided new opportunities for the firm.​

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Gary Carlson, Shareholder, Awarded for Community Service

We are honored to announce that our very own, Gary Carlson, was recently awarded the inaugural Montana Society of CPAs Community Service Award. Congratulations Gary!

Gary has dedicated his career of nearly 50 years to not only serving his clients and his profession, but has truly been a servant to his community. In addition to involvement with countless organizations over the years, in 2000, alongside representatives from Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc., Gary spearheaded the inaugural “Spirit of Service” day in Helena, Montana. “Spirit of Service” is a community partnership between private businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies and an opportunity for business and their employees to give back to the community by lending a helping hand to homeowners in need. What started as a small spring clean-up day for six seniors citizens has, 17 years later, turned into a highly anticipated annual event with nearly 30 partner organizations, over 500 volunteers and over 50 homeowners receiving benefit. Hats off to Gary Carlson and the lasting support he has brought for his community!

Gary and Margaret

Margaret Herriges, MSCPA Communications Director, and Gary Carlson, Shareholder

Gary will be formerly recognized at the upcoming Annual Montana Society of CPAs conference and will be nominated for the AICPA’s Public Service Award for Individuals. Want to learn more about this incredible day of giving back? Click here.

Watch Gary receive his award from MSCPA here!

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