District of Columbia ~ Multiple Taxes: Corporation Franchise Tax Due Date Changed, Rate Reduction Mechanism Extended, Hospital Fees Enacted and More

first_imgThe District of Columbia recently enacted as emergency legislation, the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2016. This legislation makes several corporate and personal income tax changes as well as new enacting new medicaid hospital fees.Corporate Franchise Tax Return DatesThe legislation changes the due date for the District’s corporation franchise tax returns. For tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, corporation franchise tax returns will be due on or before the 15th day of April. However, if the taxpayer operates on a fiscal-year basis the return must be filed on or before the 15th day of the 4th month following the close of the fiscal year. Currently, these returns are due by March 15 if the taxpayer operates on a calendar-year basis, or by the 15th day of the third month following the close of the tax year if the taxpayer operates on a fiscal-year basis.Statutory Corporate Income Rate Reduction MechanismFurther, the statutory rate reduction mechanism of Sec. 47-181, D.C. Code, that allows incremental decreases in the corporate franchise and unincorporated business tax rates based upon the level of recurring revenues in the District is extended through fiscal year 2017. The determination is made after recalculations by the District’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with the September 2016 estimate. The legislation also reenacts previously reported changes to the possible rates of the corporation franchise tax and the unincorporated business tax under the statutory rate reduction mechanism. Based upon availability of funding, the tax rates can be incrementally reduced to 9.2%, 9.0%, 8.75%, 8.5%, or 8.25%. Previously, the statute did not provide for a possible tax rate of 9.2%. Both taxes are currently imposed at a rate of 9.4%, but the District’s CFO has certified that revenue collections were sufficient to trigger a reduction to 9.0% for tax years after 2016.Combined ReportingThe legislation also amends the deduction allowed to combined groups when the combined reporting requirements for unitary businesses result in an increase to the combined group’s net deferred tax liability. For the 7-year period beginning with the 10th year of the combined filing, a combined group will be entitled to a deduction equal to 1/7 of the net increase in the taxable temporary differences that caused the increase in the net deferred tax liability that results from the imposition of the combined reporting requirements. Previously, the deduction applied for the 7-year period beginning with the 5th year of the combined filing. For tax year 2015, if there is an underpayment of estimated tax as a result of this deduction, the estimated tax interest from the underpayment may be waived upon application.Personal Income Tax Credit for Principal Place of ResidenceThe personal income credit allowed to District of Columbia residents who own their principal place of residence has also been amended. The maximum credit amount of $1,000 and the eligibility income threshold of $50,000 ($60,000 for eligible senior claimants) will continue to be adjusted annually for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. However, for the maximum credit amount, if adjustment does not result in a multiple of $25, it will be rounded down to the next multiple of $25. For the eligibility income thresholds, if the adjustment does not result in a multiple of $100, it will be rounded down to the next multiple of $100. Also, if the consumer price index has a negative annual inflation rate the maximum credit and eligibility income thresholds will not be reduced.Previously Reported Tax Haven, Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption ProvisionsThe legislation also reenacts several income tax provisions that have previously been enacted in other legislation, on an emergency or temporary basis:The legislation repeals the listing of specific countries considered tax havens that was added by Act 21-127 (D.C.B. 21-283), Laws 2015. The definition of a “tax haven” remains unchanged. The definition impacts the corporate income and apportionment factors of members doing business in tax havens for reporting on a water’s-edge unitary combined basis.For purposes of calculating the personal income standard deduction and dependent deduction amount, the cost-of-living adjustment has been amended to clarify that the consumer price index used in the calculation is for either the calendar year beginning January 1, 2011, or the calendar year beginning one calendar year before the calendar year in which the new dollar amount of a deduction or exemption becomes effective, whichever is later. Previously, only the consumer price index for calendar year beginning January 1, 2011 was used.The cap on the amount of the personal exemption allowed to individuals whose adjusted gross income exceeds $150,000 has been slightly changed in that it is reduced by 2% for every $2,500 (or fraction thereof) by which the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income for the taxable year exceeds $150,000. Previously, the personal exemption was reduced by 2% for every $2,500 of the excess of the adjusted gross income over $150,000.Special Assessments on HospitalsBeginning October 1, 2016 and continuing until it expires September 30, 2017, the District may charge each hospital a fee based on its outpatient gross patient revenue. The fee will be charged at a uniform rate necessary to generate an amount equal to the non-federal share of the total available spending room under the Medicaid upper payment limit for private hospitals and for District operated hospitals applicable to the District fiscal year 2017 consistent with the federal approval of the authorizing Medicate State Plan amendment and the Department of Health Care Finance’s administrative expenses. A psychiatric hospital that is an agency or a unit of the District government is exempt from the fee, unless the exemption is adjudged to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid. The fee will cease to be imposed or not take effect in certain situations including if federal matching funds are not available, the Medicaid State Plan amendment is not approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or the fee is determined to be an impermissible tax under the Social Security Act. The fee will be due and payable by the 15th of the last month of each District fiscal year quarter. However, the fee is not due and payable until (1) the District issues written notice that the payment methodologies for payments to hospitals have been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and (2) the District issues written notice to each hospital informing it of its fee rate, outpatient gross revenue subject to the fee, and the fee amount owed on a quarterly basis.Beginning October 1, 2016 and continuing until it expires September 30, 2017, the District may charge each hospital a fee based on its inpatient net patient revenue. The fee will be charged at a uniform rate necessary to generate no more than $10.4 million. A psychiatric hospital that is an agency or a unit of the District government is exempt from the fee, unless the exemption is adjudged to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid. The fee will be due and payable by the 15th of the last month of each District fiscal year quarter. However, the fee is not due and payable until the District issues written notice to each hospital informing it of its fee rate, inpatient net patient revenue subject to the fee, and the fee amount owed on a quarterly basis.Insurance Premiums TaxA new exemption is allowed for surplus lines insurance producer allowed to procure policies from companies that are not authorized to do business in the District. When a surplus lines agent or broker is engaged by the District government to procure insurance on its behalf, they will be exempt from the requirement to pay the 2% tax on gross premiums on all kinds of policies procured on behalf of the District government. Further, several of the provisions relating to captive insurance have been amended to clarify that they apply to insurance related to personal property, not just insurance related to real property.Act 21-463 (D.C.B. 21-812), Laws 2015, effective July 20, 2016, for a 90-day period that expires October 18, 2016, applicable October 1, 2016 unless otherwise notedlast_img read more

California ~ Personal Income Tax: Checkoffs Added for Special Olympics and Diabetes Research, Extended for School Supplies for Homeless Children

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportCalifornia Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has signed legislation that authorizes individuals to designate amounts in excess of their tax liability on their California personal income tax returns as voluntary contributions to the Special Olympics Fund or the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund, and extends the repeal date for the existing School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund checkoff.A designation to the Special Olympics Fund or the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund for any taxable year must be made on the original return for that taxable year and, once made, is irrevocable. If the payments and credits reported on an individual’s return, together with any other credits associated with the individual’s account, do not exceed the individual’s tax liability, the return will be treated as if no designation had been made. The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) must revise the California personal income tax return forms to add designation spaces for the Special Olympics Fund and the Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund, but may not do so until other voluntary contribution designations are removed from the forms or space is available, whichever occurs first. The provisions authorizing designations to each fund will remain in effect only until January 1 of the fifth taxable year following the first appearance of the fund on the personal income tax return form, and as of December 1 of that year the provisions are repealed. Also, if the FTB estimates that contributions to either fund during a calendar year will not meet at least a minimum contribution amount ($250,000 for the second calendar year after the first appearance of the fund on personal income tax returns, or an amount adjusted for inflation for calendar years thereafter), then the provisions authorizing designations to the fund will be inoperative with respect to taxable years beginning on or after January 1 of that calendar year and will be repealed on December 1 of that year.With regard to the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund, the legislation extends the time period for the fund to appear on the tax return to January 1, 2022, or when the amount of contributions by taxpayers does not meet the minimum contribution amount, whichever occurs first. Prior to the legislation, the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund was to be repealed on December 1, 2016.Ch. 447 (A.B. 1789), Laws 2016, effective January 1, 2017; Ch. 465 (A.B. 2371), Laws 2016, effective January 1, 2017; Ch. 468 (A.B. 2430), Laws 2016, effective January 1, 2017last_img read more

Final Qualified Intermediary (QI) Agreement Issued (Rev. Proc. 2017-15)

first_imgThe IRS has issued the final qualified intermediary (QI) agreement entered into under Reg. §1.1441-1(e)(5). A QI allows foreign persons to simplify their obligations as withholding agents under Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 and as payors for amounts paid under Chapter 61 andCode Sec. 3406 to account holders. The QI agreement is effective on or after January 1, 2017 and will be effective for a six-year term.The 2017 QI agreement incorporates and references certain provisions in final and temporary regulations issued under Chapters 3 and 61 of the Code (T.D. 9808) and under Chapter 4 of the Code (T.D. 9809 ; TAXDAY, 2017/01/03, I.2). A more detailed story will be issued on these regulations.The QI agreement will also allow certain foreign persons to act as a qualified derivatives dealer (QDD) and assume primary withholding and reporting responsibilities on dividend equivalent payments. In general, when a QDD provides a valid withholding certificate to a withholding agent, the withholding agent will not be required to withhold on certain payments made to the QDD when the QDD is acting as a principal (that is, not as an intermediary).Withholding foreign partnership and withholding foreign trust agreements currently in effect in Rev. Proc. 2014-47, I.R.B. 2014-35, 393 that were set to expire on December 31, 2016, will remain in effect until updated agreements are issued in January of 2017.Many of the changes made to the 2014 QI agreement in Rev. Proc. 2014-39, 2014-29, 150, reflect the addition of the QDD provisions in the final 2017 QI agreement. The Code Sec. 871(m) regulations published in T.D. 9734 addressed the treatment of dividend equivalents from U.S. sources. Subsequently, a proposed QI agreement was issued in Notice 2016-42, I.R.B. 2016-29, 67, that described requirements and obligations applicable to QDDs. In Notice 2016-76, I.R.B. 2016-51, 834, the IRS provided guidance for complying with the dividend equivalent rules in 2017 and 2018.The 2017 QI agreement reflects the provisions of Notice 2016-76 with some modifications for 2017. The Notice 2016-76 provisions included the computation of the Code Sec. 871(m) amount using a net delta approach and the requirement that a QDD would remain liable for tax and withholding on physical shares and deemed dividends received. For 2017, the IRS can take into account a QDD’s good-faith effort to comply with the Code Sec. 871(m) regulations and QI agreement.To provide QDDs with additional time to implement the computation of the Code Sec. 871(m) amount in Notice 2016-76, a QDD will not be liable for tax and withholding on dividends on physical shares or on divided equivalents that a QDD receives as a equities derivatives dealer during 2017. The QDD will be required to compute the Code Sec. 871(m) amount using the net delta approach, beginning in 2018, and will be subject to withholding on dividends, including deemed dividends received on or after January 1, 2018.An entity must enter into a QI agreement and be an eligible entity to be a QDD. The 2017 QI agreement clarifies the application of the QDD rules to branches. For example, the 2017 QI agreement provides that the home office and each branch of the person that is applying for the QI agreement must separately qualify and be approved for QDD status. The 2017 QI agreement also expands the eligible entity agreement to include a bank holding company that is subject to regulatory supervision in the jurisdiction in which it is organized or operates and also any entity wholly-owned by the bank holding company. An eligible entity is also defined to include an entity acceptable to the IRS./p>The 2017 QI Agreement revises the Code Sec. 871(m) amount to reflect the net delta exposure computation and permit a QDD to reduce the tax liability on its Code Sec. 871(m) amount by taking into account withholding taxes paid on that same dividend. The 2017 QI agreement also provides that QDDs are subject to withholding on all U.S. source FDAP payments made to a QDD on underlying securities, other than dividend equivalents. All payments (other than dividend equivalent payments) made to a QDD with respect to underlying securities will be subject to withholding and reporting if the payments would be subject to withholding and reporting to a non-QDD. The 2017 QI Agreement provides that a QDD will be subject to withholding on all payments, other than dividend equivalents, received by the QDD with respect to underlying securities.To the extent that a QI determines it is acting as an intermediary with respect to a securities lending or sale-repurchase agreement, that is a Code Sec. 871(m) transaction, it will not be treated as entered into by the QI as a principal, and, thus those transactions will not be treated as entered into by the QI in its QDD capacity. The 2017 QI agreement addresses QIs who are qualified securities dealers during 2017 because taxpayers may rely on the QSL regime rules in Notice 2010-46, I.R.B. 2010-24, 757, during 2017.Under the 2017 QI agreement, a QI that is also acting as a QDD is required to file separate Forms 1042-S to report payments made in each capacity by identifying its specific chapter 3 status code as a QI or QDD.Rev. Proc. 2017-15, 2017FED ¶46,211Other References:Code Sec. 871CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶27,343.0441Code Sec. 894CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶26,805.0515Code Sec. 1441CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,716.036CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,716.62Code Sec. 1471CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶32,887.0276Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC INTL: 33,054last_img read more

Utah ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Credit Provided for Contributions to Nonprofit Corporation for Approved Project In Enterprise Zone

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportFor taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, a nonrefundable Utah corporate and personal income tax credit is provided for contributions to a nonprofit corporation for an approved project in an enterprise zone.Approved ProjectsAn “approved project” is a project:– undertaken by a nonprofit corporation headquartered in an enterprise zone and where the primary purpose of the project is community and economic development;– that is located or proposed to be located in an existing enterprise zone;– that has been approved by the legislative body of the county or municipality where the project is located or proposed to be located; and– that has been reviewed and approved by the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board.An “approved project” may include a community event or project that will foster community and economic development. It also may include the building or renovation of, or acquisition of property for, a museum, tourist or visitor center, theater, or building where the use of the building will foster community and economic development. An “approved project” may not include the building or renovation of a state-owned building, providing or funding of scholarships, or building or renovation of a housing project.A nonprofit corporation seeking review and approval of a project must submit an application to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development by July 1 of the calendar year in which the corporation will undertake the project. The office must review each application and by August 1 submit to the board each application that, except for the review and approval by the board, meets the requirements for an approved project. The board must review each application and determine whether a project is an approved project and the amount of tax credits available to claimants that make contributions toward the project. The board may not approve credits in a calendar year that:– amount to more than $75,000 for all approved projects combined;– for any one project, amount to more than 50% of the total amount the nonprofit corporation has provided in its budget for the project; and– for any claimant, amount to more than 50% of the claimant’s contribution to the nonprofit corporation for the project.In reviewing each application for a project, the board may prioritize which projects to approve based upon the above limitations on the amount of available tax credits and which projects the board determines will best contribute to rural community and economic development in the state. By September 1 of each year, the board must provide a list to the office of approved projects and the amount of credits available to potential claimants that make contributions toward each approved project. If a project is approved, the office will provide the nonprofit corporation with a document describing the approved amount of tax credits available to potential claimants who make contributions to the corporation for an approved project and the corporation’s requirements for post-performance reporting to the office. Before a claimant may receive a tax credit certificate, the nonprofit corporation must provide the office with a list of each potential claimant that has contributed to the approved project during the calendar year and the amount of money contributed by each potential claimant, as well as evidence that the money donated from each potential claimant was spent by the corporation on an approved project.Credit ProceduresA claimant seeking to receive the tax credit must submit an application to the office, along with documentation demonstrating that the requirements for the credit have been met and showing the amount of the contribution made to a nonprofit corporation for an approved project. If the office determines that the application and documentation provide reasonable justification for authorizing the tax credit, the office will determine the amount of the tax credit allowed, issue a tax credit certificate to the claimant, and provide a copy of the certificate to the State Tax Commission.The amount that may be claimed as a tax credit is the amount listed as the tax credit amount on the tax credit certificate. If the amount of the tax credit allowed exceeds the taxpayer’s tax liability for the taxable year, the excess credit may be carried forward to the next three taxable years.StudyOn or before October 1, 2018, and every five years thereafter, the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee must study the tax credit allowed and make recommendations to the Legislative Management Committee on whether the tax credit should be continued, modified, or repealed.H.B. 219, Laws 2017, operative as notedlast_img read more

Bank Could Deduct Interest on Loan in STARS Transaction; Loan With Economic Substance But No Business Purpose Was Not Sham Transaction; Penalty Imposed (Wells Fargo & Co., DC Minn.)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportIn a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit concluded that the sham transaction doctrine was not conjunctive. Thus, a bank could deduct interest it paid on a loan that had economic substance, even though the loan lacked any business purpose outside of the tax considerations that were part of a related Structured Trust Advantaged Repackaged Securities (STARS) arrangement. While the loan’s only purpose was to disguise the sham nature of the STARS arrangement, the loan was not an integral part of the trust structure that generated sham foreign tax credits, and the loan proceeds were available for the taxpayer to use throughout the STARS transaction.Comment. A jury had previously bifurcated the STARS arrangement to consider the trust element and the loan element separately. The trust element was a sham because it lacked both economic substance and a business purpose. Accordingly, foreign tax credits that arose from the trust element were disallowed.Reducing the sham transaction doctrine to two mechanical, all-or-nothing tests would make it too inflexible to counter taxpayers’ creative and ever-evolving abuses of the tax code. Requiring a taxpayer to have at least one subjectively non-tax purpose for a transaction would also limit legitimate tax planning. In fact, courts that have purported to require transactions to satisfy both tests have not actually disregarded a transaction that had real and substantial economic substance solely because the taxpayer’s subjective purpose was to avoid taxes.COMMENT: Code Sec. 7701(o)(1) imposes a conjunctive test for the sham transaction doctrine in cases arising after the taxpayer’s STARS transaction. However, the court suggested that even this test gives courts flexibility to determine whether the economic substance test is relevant to a transaction.The taxpayer was liable for the negligence component of the accuracy-related penalty with respect to its underpayment resulting from the disallowance of the foreign tax credits that were generated by the STARS arrangement. Reg. §1.6662-3(b)(3), which provides that the penalty does not apply if the taxpayer has a reasonable basis for its return position, was ambiguous as to whether it imposed an objective or subjective test. The IRS position that the test was subjective was a reasonable interpretation; thus, the court was bound to apply it. Accordingly, the taxpayer had to prove that it actually relied on existing authority in preparing its return. However, the taxpayer had stipulated that it would not make any claims regarding its efforts to exercise ordinary and reasonable care in preparing its return or determining its tax liability arising from the STARS transaction. Thus, the taxpayer could not prove it had actually relied on any authorities that might support its position.Wells Fargo & Company, DC Minn., 2017-1 ustc ¶50,235Other References:Code Sec. 163CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶9104.366Code Sec. 1001CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶29,226.382Code Sec. 6662CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶39,651G.215Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC SALES: 3,154.10CCH Reference – TRC PENALTY: 3,106.10last_img read more

House GOP Catch-All Tax Package Likely Faces Uphill Battle in the Senate

first_imgHouse Republicans’ blazing, 297-page tax package of IRS reforms, tax extenders, disaster relief, retirement savings, and corrections to last year’s tax reform has received an icy reception from congressional Democrats. Although the ambitious and lengthy tax package contains several bipartisan proposals, Democrats appeared caught off guard by its release and have already begun voicing opposition.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., unveiled the broad tax package late November 26. Immediately, Democrats criticized Republicans for informing them of the tax package in a public press release.Bipartisan ProposalsFurther, Senate Finance Committee (SFC) ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has reportedly criticized Republicans’ take on “bipartisanship.” Congressional Republicans’ “strategy is to see if they can lure a few Democrats into coming over. “That didn’t work before and it’s not going to work now,” Wyden told reporters.However, Brady reiterated on November 28 that the tax package is a bipartisan effort. “These policy proposals have the support of Republicans and Democrats in both chambers,” Brady told the House Rules Committee just before its consideration of the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Bill of 2018. The nearly 300-page tax and IRS reform package consists of various tax-related measures, several of which were previously approved in the House with bipartisan support.Additionally, the package includes five technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97), which served as last year’s GOP overhaul of the tax code. Although the TCJA also contained some bipartisan measures, not one Democrat voted for the legislation. Likewise, it is thought on Capitol Hill that the latest GOP tax package will be met with Democratic resistance because of its inclusion of TCJA corrections.CBOThe nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a November 28 cost estimate of the package, predicting an increase to the federal deficit of $54.7 billion. Accordingly, House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., who is expected to chair the House’s tax writing committee next year when Democrats reclaim the majority, has denounced the tax package. Neal told the House Rules Committee on November 28 that the package is indicative of “fiscal malpractice.”Looking AheadAlthough the package is expected to clear the House as early as November 29, its chances of success “as is” in the Senate appear bleak. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who is expected to chair the SFC next year, has reportedly predicted a tough road ahead for the package in its entirety. Namely, the IRS reform and tax extenders provisions of the package likely carry the best odds, according to Grassley. However, the TCJA technical corrections and retirement savings provisions could prove the most difficult.Currently, the package needs to garner the support of at least nine Democrats in the Senate under regular order to reach the chamber’s 60-vote threshold. However, Grassley has floated the idea that attaching the package, at least in part, to a year-end government spending bill could provide for a better path toward success. Congress is currently at work on the spending bill, which must be approved before funding for federal agencies, including the IRS, expires at midnight on December 7.By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorCBO cost analysis of House amendment to HR 88 Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Mississippi Corrects Harrison County Hotel Tax Information

first_imgThe Mississippi DOR has corrected information concerning Harrison County hotel-motel taxes. Local jurisdiction hotel-hotel tax information can be viewed at dor.ms.gov/Business/Pages/Tourism-Economic-Dev-Taxes.aspx.Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center TaxInformation on the county’s 2% Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center Tax is corrected to state that the tax applies to hotels or motels that:– are known in the trade as such,– have more than 10 rooms, and– provide lodging on a daily or weekly basis.Previously, the information stated that the tax applied to hotels and motels of at least one room and did not apply to nursing homes.Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau TaxInformation on the county’s 3% Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau Tax is corrected to state that the tax applies to hotels or motels that:– are known in the trade as such,– are not personal care homes,– have more than 10 rooms, and– provide lodging on a daily or weekly basis.Previously, the information stated that the tax applied to hotels and motels of at least one room. The information continues to state that the tax does not apply to nursing homes or institutions for the aged or infirm.Tourism and Economic Development Taxes, Mississippi Department of Revenue, January 23, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Announces 2019 Underpayment and Overpayment Interest Rates

first_imgPennsylvania announced 2019 interest rates on tax underpayments and overpayments. The interest rates increased by 2% per year in each category.Interest Rate on UnderpaymentsThe 2019 interest rate on underpayments of all Pennsylvania taxes is 6% per year, up from 4% in 2018.Interest Rates on OverpaymentsThe 2019 interest rates for overpayments of taxes are:– 6% per year for personal income tax, up from 4% in 2018; and– 4% per year for all other taxes, up from 2% in 2018.Pennsylvania Bulletin Doc. No. 18-2018, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, December 29, 2018Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Philly 360° Black History Month Top Picks

first_img Black History Celebration With Jeff Bradshaw & Laurin Talese When: Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows Where: Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.  Cost:  $20 More Info: warmdaddys.com Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate Black History Month, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy’s for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul. And, he’s not coming alone. Both nights Jeff will be joined on stage by the smooth and sultry jazz tones of BASSic Black Entertainment singer/songwriter Laurin Talese. Black History Month @ AAAMP When: Through February  Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street  Cost: $14 admission, $10 students/youth More Info: aampmuseum.org For the entire month of February, The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is buzzing with black history month happenings for the entire family. AAMP will kick off its month-long series of programs on February 1, with a screening of the award-winning documentary The Contradictions of Fair Hope, which is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and scored by Christian McBride. On February 8, museum guests will explore the languages, music, and religions of South Africa with Zulu native Godfrey Sithole. And, on February 22, the talented members of the Tiberino family will give an intimate tour their work in the AAMP’s exciting new exhibit, The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family.  Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Magic Ladders When: Through April 25  Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway  Cost: $22 adults, $10 students, Free for members More Info: barnesfoundation.org In January, The Barnes Foundation opened Magic Ladders, featuring work by international art sensation Yinka Shonibare, MBE. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare’s colorful and thought-provoking work has been shown all across the US and Europe, and explores European art and history through the lens of race, colonialization, slavery and commerce.  The exhibit includes approximately 15 of Shonibare’s colorful and and imaginative creations, including paintings, photographs, a full-room installation, and his signature life-sized mannequins  dressed in colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe, but most closely associated with Africa. Art After 5 @ PMA When: Friday, February 5, 5 p.m.  Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free with museum admission  More Info: philamuseum.org Swing into the Black History Month festivities, as Dandy Wellington and his band set the mood with Mood Indigo: A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective, part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 program. The special set at PMA features compositions jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and others. Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess  When: February 18 – 23 Where: Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets Cost: Ticket prices vary More Info: kimmelcenter.org Written in 1935, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess was the first musical in history to use an entire cast of classically-trained African Americans — a daring choice for the time. Now, the 2012 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical, comes to the Academy of Music in a stunning production that includes the legendary songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and other classic hit songs. Roger Lee Dance: First Annual Black History Celebration When: Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m.  Where: The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street Cost: $18 More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.   Philly-based choreographer Roger Lee explodes on the scene with his First Annual Black History Celebration Concert at The Performance Garage in Fairmount. The emerging dance company will pay tribute to black history, exploring the hardship of slavery and segregation, while looking at black dance’s influence on urban culture through the lens of soul, pop, and rock music. Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw(Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw) As the birthplace of the nation, Philly’s history roots run deep — and, black history is no exception.  Philadelphia has been called home by some of the most pivotal figures in African American entertainment, past and present. Jazz great John Coltrane, classical music diva Marianne Anderson, The Sound of Philadelphia producers Gamble & Huff, R&B/Soul diva Jill Scott, and mega-star Will Smith, all got their start right here on the streets of Philly.   So, it’s no surprise that during the month of February, the city comes alive with tons of concerts, exhibits, and creative programs celebrating Black History Month. Whether you’re looking for family fun at the African American Museum, a late night jazz jam at popular soul food joint Warmdaddy’s, or hoping to catch dinner and a Broadway show on the Avenue of the Arts — Philly 360° has got you covered.  We’re jump-starting your Black History Month celebration with a few can’t-miss events. Check out our top picks for a Black History Month experience that only Philly can provide.   Black History Month Top Picks: last_img read more

Top Picks: Eight Must-See R&B, Soul & Gospel Concerts At The Dell Music Center In 2015

first_img A staple of the Philadelphia summer music season, The Dell Music Center  is back with an unstoppable lineupof R&B/soul performances. Last year, The Dell unveiled a series of upgrades to their gorgeous outdoor amphitheater and concessions. Yes, there’s no better place to catch R&B, soul and gospel under the Philly sky than this massive, always soldout venue. This year’s highlights inlcludes must-see performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Patti Labelle, Jeff Bradshaw, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and many more!  Of course, Philly 360° is here to birng you the deets on all of the show we know that you just can’t miss. Take a look at the below list, for our top picks from The Dell’s summer music season. Also, you can find the full schedule by visiting www.mydelleast.com.  Sizzlin’ Summer Music At The Dell PHILADANCO Friday, July 17 Philadelphia’s favorite dance troupe, PHILADANCO, brings their passion and precision to the Dell’s stage for an unforgettable night of black dance. This returning program is always a sellout, so grab your seats soon.  MORE INFO Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition  Thursday, July 23  Don’t miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like “Unbreak My Heart,” “Pretty Brown Eyes” and “When Can I See You.”  MORE INFO Philly 360° Top Picks: The Dell Music Center Summer Concert Series 2015 Fantasia & Johnny Gill  Thursday, July 30 New school meets old when the soulful music of Fantasia and Johnny Gill lands in Philadelphia to perform at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game make this another can’t-miss show for the summer.  MORE INFOcenter_img Erykah Badu & Estelle  Thursday, August 13 After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don’t miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can.  MORE INFO Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Saturday, June 27 Philly 360° Creative Ambassador, Jeri Lynne Johnson returns to The Dell with her stunning chamber orchestra, Black Pearl. This multicultural group of classical musicians will present a must-hear evening of “Classical Gems” under the Philly sky.  MORE INFO Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams  Thursday, July 9 This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle.  MORE INFO The 2015 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Friday, July 10 Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, 2015 Inspriation Celebration Gosepl Tour lands in Philadelphia on July 10. This year’s show features soul-stirring performances by gospel greats like Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Ricky Dillard. MORE INFO  Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings  Thursday, August 6  Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell.  MORE INFOlast_img read more

Tempting Philly Food And Drink Events You Don’t Want To Miss

first_imgFood and drink events blossom in Philly alongside the official arrival of spring.The season kicks off with the time-honored tradition of free Rita’s Italian Ice to celebrate the arrival of the season on Wednesday, March 20.And the next few weeks offer several chances to taste some of the city’s best flavors and spirits, including whiskey, wine and milkshakes.Check out some of the top food and drink events coming up in Philly.last_img

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

first_img(AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president’s most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in America.The new rule, expected to go into effect Tuesday, would cover countless would-be refugees, many of them fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. It is certain to face legal challenges.According to the plan published in the Federal Register , migrants who pass through another country — in this case, Mexico — on their way to the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum. The rule also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.The vast majority of people affected by the rule are from Central America. But sometimes migrants from Africa , Cuba or Haiti and other countries try to come through the U.S.-Mexico border, as well.There are some exceptions, including for victims of human trafficking and asylum-seekers who were denied protection in another country. If the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international treaties governing how refugees are managed (though most Western countries signed them) a migrant could still apply for U.S. asylum.Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday that his country “does not agree with any measure that limits access to asylum.” Mexico’s asylum system is also currently overwhelmed.Trump administration officials say the changes are meant to close the gap between the initial asylum screening that most people pass and the final decision on asylum that most people do not win.Attorney General William Barr said that the United States is “a generous country but is being completely overwhelmed” by the burdens associated with apprehending and processing hundreds of thousands of migrants at the southern border.He also said the rule is aimed at “economic migrants” and “those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States.”But immigrant rights groups, religious leaders and humanitarian groups have said the Republican administration’s policies amount to a cruel effort to keep immigrants out of the country. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are poor countries, often wracked by violence.“This is yet another move to turn refugees with well-founded fears of persecution back to places where their lives are in danger — in fact the rule would deny asylum to refugees who do not apply for asylum in countries where they are in peril,” said Eleanor Acer of Human Rights First.ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, who has litigated some of the major challenges to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, said the rule was unlawful and the group planned to sue.“The rule, if upheld, would effectively eliminate asylum for those at the southern border,” he said. “But it is patently unlawful.”U.S. law allows refugees to request asylum when they arrive at the U.S. regardless of how they arrive or cross. The crucial exception is for those who have come through a country considered to be “safe,” but the Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs asylum law, is vague on how a country is determined safe. It says pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement.”Right now, the U.S. has such an agreement, known as a “safe third country,” only with Canada.Mexico and Central American countries have been considering a regional compact on the issue, but nothing has been decided. Guatemalan officials were expected in Washington on Monday, but apparently a meeting between President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was canceled amid a court challenge in Guatemala over whether the country could agree to a safe-country agreement with the U.S.The new rule also will apply to the initial asylum screening, known as a “credible fear” interview, at which migrants must prove they have credible fears of returning to their home country. It applies to migrants who are arriving to the U.S., not those who are already in the country.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said additional funding given by Congress for aid at the U.S.-Mexico border isn’t enough.“Until Congress can act, this interim rule will help reduce a major ‘pull’ factor driving irregular migration to the United States.”The treaties that countries must have signed according to the new rule are the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol or the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. But, for example, while Australia, France and Brazil have signed those treaties, so have Afghanistan and Libya, places the U.S. does not consider safe.Along with the administration’s recent effort to send asylum seekers back over the border , Trump has tried to deny asylum to anyone crossing the border illegally and restrict who can claim asylum, and the attorney general recently tried to keep thousands of asylum seekers detained while their cases play out.Nearly all of those efforts have been blocked by courts.Tens of thousands of Central American migrant families cross the border each month, many claiming asylum. Border facilities have been dangerously cramped and crowded well beyond capacity. The Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found fetid, filthy conditions for many children. And lawmakers who traveled there recently decried conditions .But many migrants say they are simply too scared to stay in their own countries.Oscar Ponce, a 48-year-old bus driver from Honduras who was waiting in a Mexican border town to cross into the U.S., said he wanted to apply for asylum legally. He left his home after gangs threatened to kill him if he didn’t pay their “tax.”“Plan B is through the river,” Ponce told The Associated Press in Ciudad Juarez.Immigration courts are backlogged by more than 800,000 cases, meaning many people won’t have their asylum claims heard for years despite more judges being hired.People are generally eligible for asylum in the U.S. if they fear return to their home country because they would be persecuted based on race, religion, nationality or membership in a particular social group.During the budget year for 2009, there were 35,811 asylum claims, and 8,384 were granted. During 2018 budget year, there were 162,060 claims filed, and 13,168 were granted.last_img read more

Trump administration blocks whistleblower report

first_img(AP) – The Trump administration has plunged into a showdown with Congress over access to a whistleblower’s reported complaint about incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader.The government’s intelligence watchdog says the blocked complaint is “serious” and “urgent.”The administration is keeping Congress from even learning what exactly the whistleblower is alleging, but the intelligence community’s inspector general says the matter involves the “most significant” responsibilities of intelligence leadership. One report said it involved a promise Trump made in a phone call to a foreign leader. A lawmaker said the complaint was “based on a series of events.”The inspector general appeared before the House intelligence committee behind closed doors Thursday but declined, under administration orders, to reveal the substance of the complaint.last_img read more

Chicago man accused of dealing heroin, crack

first_imgDeputies say they caught a Chicago man with a bunch of drugs in Callaway County.Dossie Richmond, 59, was arrested after a traffic stop at about 2 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 54 south of Kingdom City.Investigators say they found heroin, crack, and other substances. The total street value was more than $53,000.The Callaway County Prosecutor charged Richmond with two felony counts of drug trafficking. Richmond is in jail with a $25,000 bond.last_img

vPro Setup – Configuring DNS and DHCP

first_imgIf you’ve wondered how to configure your Microsoft DNS and DHCP servers to work properly with Intel(R) vPro)TM) client setup (aka provisioning), we created a short video to show what needs to be done. It provides step by step guidance on the configuration changes. We will be doing a series of small videos like this to provide a “visual” training manual to help you with your vPro setup. Watch for additional videos in the coming weeks. last_img

8 new issues posted to the Known Issues, Workarounds, and Best Practices wiki

first_imgAre the Weybridge SoL and HECI drivers backward-compatible with Averill? Check’em out: SoL/IDER does not work with the Lenovo* X61 Tablet SCS service crashes due to excessive logs Unattended install of Intel(R) AMT client software/drivers not working properly on Microsoft Windows* Validation of SCS service users takes over 30 minutes when installed in a large Active Directory environment Intel SCS returns an error during a partial unprovision Weybridge issue causing network disconnects; impacting one Dell configuration Network Load Balancing of SCS Serverslast_img read more

Data Center: The Future is Software Defined

first_imgIt is a very exciting time for the industry of information and communication technology (ICT) as it continues the massive transformation to the digital service, or “on demand”, economy.  Earlier today I had the pleasure of sharing Intel’s perspective and vision of the Data Center market at IDF15 in Shenzhen and I can think of no place better than China to exemplify how the digital services economy is impacting people’s everyday lives.  In 2015 ICT spending in China will exceed $465 Billion, comprising 43% of global ICT spending growth.  ICT is increasingly the means to fulfil business, public sector and consumer needs and the rate at which new services are being launched and existing services are growing is tremendous.  The result is 3 significant areas of growth for data center infrastructure:  continued build out of Cloud computing, HPC and Big Data.Cloud computing provides on-demand, self-serve attributes that enable application developers to deliver new services to the markets in record time.  Software Defined Infrastructure, or SDI, optimizes this rapid creation and delivery of business services, reliably, with a programmable infrastructure.  Intel has been making great strides with our partners towards the adoption of SDI.  Today I was pleased to be joined by Huawei, who shared their efforts to enable the network transformation, and Alibaba, who announced their recent success in powering on Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) in their Hangzhou lab.Just as we know the future of the data center is software defined, the future of High Performance Computing is software optimized. IDC predicts that the penalties for neglecting the HPC software stack will grow more severe, making modern, parallel, optimized code essential for continued growth. To this end, today we announced that the first Intel® Parallel Computing Center in China has been established in Beijing to drive the next generation of high performance computing in the country.  Our success is also dependent on strong partnerships, so I was happy to have Lenovo onstage to share details on their new Enterprise Innovation Center focused on enabling our joint success in China.As the next technology disruptor, Big Data has the ability to transform all industries.  For healthcare, through the use of Big Data analytics, precision medicine becomes a possibility providing tremendous opportunities to advance the treatment of life threatening diseases like cancer.  By applying all the latest Cloud, HPC and Big Data analytics technology and products, and working collectively as an industry, we can enable the sequence of a whole genome, identify the fundamental genes that cause the cancer, and the means to block them through the creation of personalized treatment, all in one day by 2020.Through our partnership with China technology leaders we will collective enable the Digital Service Economy and deliver the next decade of discovery, solving the biggest challenges in society, industry and the sciences. © 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Virtual Care Technology Transforms Home Healthcare, Empowers Patients

first_imgToday, many healthcare organizations are experimenting with and implementing the art of virtual care. Innovation in technology is finally able to address the need to go beyond brick and mortar and drive “care anywhere” when it is needed. While technology is enabling providers to drive virtual care initiatives to increase quality of care, provide patients with more access, and improve patient empowerment, therein lies the question: How secure is the ecosystem in which more and more personal health information is being exposed to?Current TechnologyFirst, let’s look at where we are currently. Healthcare is one of the most exciting industries today, thanks to digital technology and the industry and governments coming together to address some major pain points that existed for many decades. We are finally at a point where many of the “what if we could” ideas that clinicians and patients worldwide had can be realized. For example, many providers are driving initiatives around virtual care, including telehealth, and remote patient monitoring leveraging technology that can reside in patients’ homes.In the future, payers may be able to use HIT and device information to drive big data and provide the optimal plans for patients in different demographics given the geographic region where they live, family history, and life habits. Last, but not least, patients are empowered with tools, devices, and information to proactively manage their own health the way that really makes sense, outside the hospital.Wearables and MobilitySimple forms of home monitoring have existed for years; however, today, there is a big disruption in the market due to new form factors of clinical wearables and connectivity solutions, which are easier to use and have a greater ability to transfer and provide access to patient data. Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of people’s lives and can serve as a tool for telehealth, as well as a hub for clinical patient information. This makes the implementation of virtual care much easier, allowing patients to have options to cost-effective solutions and allowing them to manage their health more proactively. At the same time, this proliferation of devices and data also increases the risk of data attack. Any points the data is collected, used, or stored can be at risk and needs to be secured. If the wearable devices that are collecting the data are outside the U.S. and this data is being uploaded to the cloud inside the U.S., then the use of these wearables can represent trans-border data flow which can be a significant concern, especially for countries with strong data protection laws such as in EU. We need to be more responsible on how the data can be captured, transmitted, and protected. At Intel, we provide security solutions that integrate well into the user experience such as fast encryption and cost reduction. We are working with our customers to develop the most effective solution for data privacy and security.Key ChallengesOverall, it is wonderful to see so many healthcare institutions driving virtual care. Care is definitely moving outside the traditional venues to new more natural settings closer to what patients need. However, this also exposes more patient health information to be outside the hospital walls and outside the walls of patients’ homes.As such, at Intel, when we design a solution, we enable security in our core HW technology. And this provides differentiation in how the users experience security. To have a great experience, the end user should not be subjected to data breaches or other security incidents, and solutions need to be smarter about detecting user context and risks, and guiding the user to safer alternatives. Devices need to function reliably and be free of malware.In addition, we are focused on driving consistent security performance across the compute continuum of care.That brings us back to the original question: How secure is the ecosystem? Security will play a key role in ensuring a safe solution that providers, payers, and patients can all rely on. Security would also be key to enabling faster adoption of virtual care. Depending on the types of patient information collected, used, retained, disclosed, or shared, and how to store/dispose it, security can be designed to optimally protect privacy. It is a complex area to address, but given the value of health data, I am hopeful that organizations will start to design their virtual care solutions and ecosystem with security as one of the key pillars.What questions do you have?Kay Eron is General Manager Health IT & Medical Devices at Intel.last_img read more

Today We Have True Clinical-Grade Devices

first_imgWhen I used to work for the UK National Health Service, I encouraged doctors and nurses to use mobile devices. But that was 15 years ago, and the devices available only had about two hours of battery life and weighed a ton. In other words, my IT colleagues and I were a bit overly optimistic about the mobile devices of the time being up to the task of supporting clinicians’ needs.So it’s great to be able to stand up in front of health professionals today and genuinely say that we now have a number of clinical-grade devices available. They come in all shapes and sizes. Many can be sanitized and can be dropped without damaging them. And they often have a long battery life that lasts the length of a clinician’s shift. The work Intel has done over the last few years on improving device power usage and efficiency has helped drive the advancements in clinical-grade devices.It is very clear that each role in health has different needs. And as you can see from the following real-world examples, today’s clinical-grade devices are up to the task whatever the role.Wit-Gele KruisOpens in a new window nurses are using Windows 8 Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets to help them provide better care to elderly patients at home. The Belgian home-nursing organization selected the tablets based on feedback from the nurses who would be using them. “We opted for Dell mainly because of better battery life compared to the old devices,” says Marie-Jeanne Vandormael, Quality Manager, Inspection Service, at Wit-Gele Kruis, Limburg. “The new Dell tablets last at least two days without needing a charge. Our old devices lasted just four hours. Also, the Dell tablets are lightweight and sit nicely in the hand, and they have a built-in electronic ID smartcard reader, which we use daily to confirm our visits.”In northern California, Dr. Brian Keeffe, a cardiologist at Marin General Hospital loves that he can use the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as either a tablet or a desktop computer depending on where he is and the task at hand (watch video below).When he’s with patients, Dr. Keeffe uses it in its tablet form. “With my Surface, I am able to investigate all of the clinical data available to me while sitting face-to-face with my patients and maintaining eye contact,” says Dr. Keeffe.And when he wants to use his Surface Pro 3 as a desktop computer, Dr. Keeffe pops it into the Surface docking station, so he can be connected to multiple monitors, keyboards, mice, and other peripherals. ”In this setup, I can do all of my charting, voice recognition, and administrative work during the day on the Surface,” explains Dr. Keeffe.These are just two examples of the wide range of devices on the market today that meet the needs of different roles in health. So if you’re an IT professional recommending mobile devices to your clinicians, unlike me 15 years ago, you can look them in the eye and tell them you have a number of great clinical-grade options to show them.Gareth Hall is Director, Mobility and Devices, WW Health at Microsoftlast_img read more

10 Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Talent Management

first_imgWhen I bring up talent management as part of a mobile business intelligence strategy, I’m often met with that “deer caught in the headlights” look. I realize that talent management is typically used in the context of human resources, but I also see it playing an important part in the development of a mobile BI strategy.As with any technology project, in mobile BI we need to effectively manage three basic resources: technology (hardware, software, network), processes (business or technical), and people. Of the three, I believe talent is the most important one that we need to get right the first time.Do You Have the Right Talent?First question you need to ask is: Do we have the right team in place? When we talk about talent, we need to look beyond just the technical skills. A technical background, especially in BI, does of course help, but we can’t stop there. More than anything, mobile BI requires a mobile mindset. This means that the mobile BI team must clearly understand and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the technology. There are best practices that can be applied. However, in many cases, the mobile BI teams may be forced to solve unique business problems that cannot be addressed using standard solutions. Hence, a technical skill alone won’t be sufficient.Additionally, soft skills in customer service and “rapid-fire” problem resolution become critical in increasing adoption because mobile users tend to be more impatient and, in some cases, less forgiving than traditional PC users.This brings up the topic of design. Many of the issues in post-implementation can be avoided if the right investment is made in the design of the mobile BI solution. It requires a smart design of not just the mobile BI asset but also its delivery and support infrastructure. That can’t be accomplished without the right talent in place.Should You Bring in Outside Help?The second question you need to entertain is whether to bring in outside help, train your own staff, or hire. Each of these decisions raises its own set of questions. If you decide to bring in outside help (consultants), you still aren’t off the hook. You still need to designate leaders from your team who will oversee both the initial implementation and the successful transition to internal teams. This requires commitment and close collaboration with the consultant teams from day one. You don’t make these decisions on the last day of the engagement.If you decide to train, you need to ask: Does the learning curve support our timeline? Does the person have the right background? The more your employee is familiar with the existing business intelligence framework, the less steep the learning curve will be.Can this person afford the time if he/she is not dedicated 100% to mobile BI? A mistake I often see occurs when the right person is identified for the role, but then can’t afford the time or is unable to leave his/her current role. This forces the employee to make compromises and results in waste and sometimes, sub-par results.Bottom Line: Talent Management Is ImportantJust as an executive sponsor is critical to the success of the strategy, mobile BI team members play a pivotal role in the execution of that strategy. They have to be passionate about mobility and committed to the success of mobile BI, regardless of the challenges they face or the resources available to them.Technical know-how alone will guarantee neither successful outcome nor adoption of the mobile BI solution. It is the mobile BI team’s talent, ingenuity, and dedication that will make a difference. We want to not only pick the right talent for the right role but also support them so mobile BI can deliver true business value – growth and profitability.How do you see the role of talent management in mobile BI?Stay tuned for my next blog in the Mobile BI Strategy series.Connect with me on Twitter at @KaanTurnaliOpens in a new window and LinkedInOpens in a new window.This story originally appeared on the SAP Analytics BlogOpens in a new window.last_img read more