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Here are your articles for Aug 31, 2018.

CDL is pleased to announce that Laura E. Clark was named shareholder. Laura joins the Firm's 11 shareholders in leading CDL's departments and personnel, and serving the Firm's clients. 

Laura joined the firm in 2010 and concentrates in tax compliance and planning for trusts and estates, closely held businesses and high net worth individuals.

"Laura Clark's promotion to shareholder was based in large part on her technical skills, her excellent client service and her contributions to employee development and growth," said Lou Cohen, President of CDL. "Her extraordinary leadership and genuine care for her clients and colleagues will help accelerate the tremendous growth that CDL has been experiencing."




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CDL is pleased to announce that David Donten has joined the Board of Directors of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, a not-for-profit organization in Palm Beach County.   

David, along with 15 other Board members, will direct and guide Big Dog Ranch Rescue as it continues its mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming puppies and dogs on its' 33-acre campus in Loxahatchee Groves.  Since 2005, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has rescued more 26,000 dogs and is the largest, cage-free, no-kill facility in the United States.  Centered on a "Disney for Dogs" philosophy, Big Dog Ranch Rescue allows the dogs to roam and play on the large, supervised grounds, creating a happy environment for both dogs and visitors, and ultimately, successful adoptions.





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CDL will be the Premier Presenting Sponsor again of this year's Take Steps West Palm Beach Walk (the Walk). It is the tenth anniversary of the Walk and the goals are to raise money for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation research and bring awareness to the community.  

Rebecca Levine, daughter of Joel Levine, will be the Walk's 2018 Honored Hero. Rebecca was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in 2005. Born and raised in West Palm Beach and currently living in New York, Rebecca works as the Event Director for the Altamarea Group.  Rebecca wants to inspire others – especially children, teens and young adults - on how to manage IBD.




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How much do you know about computing the new qualified business income deduction — or who qualifies for it? The IRS has published detailed guidance to help owners of sole proprietorships and pass-through entities understand how this deduction works. Here are some key definitions and limitations that will be critical for many business owners to understand as they plan for the rest of the 2018 tax year.
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In one U.S. Tax Court case, a coin dealer who didn't file a tax return was allowed some deductions but was subject to a substantial penalty. The dealer had no record of what he paid for the coins he sold and only had scattered records of his other business expenses. Here are the details of the case, along with some lessons for business taxpayers.
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Divorce can be taxing, particularly under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The law eliminates tax deductions for alimony paid after December 31, 2018. After that, recipients will also no longer have to pay taxes on the alimony payments. This article explains how failing to act before the end of 2018 could leave you with a larger tax bill starting in 2019 if you're planning to pay alimony in a divorce.
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Pet insurance has long been a popular perk in the United Kingdom. Lately, that trend is spreading across the pond to some American businesses. We Americans love our pets and we back it up with our wallets. But sometimes the cost is prohibitive. Employers are catching on to this concern, and offering pet insurance as a voluntary benefit.
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