ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- alliantgroup, the nation's premier provider of specialty tax consulting and tax controversy services, welcomed former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator Kit Bond as its newest senior advisor and member of its Strategic Advisory Board during two special roundtable discussions at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis yesterday. Joined by other alliantgroup advisors and guests from Missouri's business sector, the roundtable discussion focused on critical factors facing Missouri businesses including job creation, the complexity of the tax code and the challenges for small and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of tax incentives.
"Senator Bond's invaluable experiences and insights gained while Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship enables us to bring our clients another dynamic perspective on how to capitalize on the multitude of tax benefits that are often underutilized," said Dhaval Jadav, CEO of alliantgroup. "We are thrilled to welcome Senator Bond to our diverse and talented group of advisors and we enjoyed hearing his perspective and analysis on the state of Missouri's business landscape."
Joining Senator Bond at the roundtable were other members of alliantgroup including former IRS Commissioner and current alliantgroup Vice Chairman Mark W. Everson; Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee and current National Managing Director of alliantgroup; as well as former U.S. Representative from New York and current alliantgroup Director, Rick Lazio.
During the roundtable, the members discussed tax reform and related legislation we can expect to see from Congress over the next 18 months as well as opportunities available for small and medium sized businesses to create jobs and promote economic growth in Missouri. Among the key issues discussed were the pending results of the supercommittee, the potential impact tax reform will have on Missouri businesses and how tax credits should be utilized to incentivize innovation and job creation. After the roundtable, the floor was opened to a brief Q&A session by attendees followed by a breakout session with the panelists where guests were able to address specific issues or concerns facing their businesses.
"Over my career, I have seen firsthand our nation's confusing and complex tax policy put small and mid-sized companies at a disadvantage, which is why I am pleased to join alliantgroup whose team of experts have a strong history of helping these companies secure tax breaks that too often only benefit big corporations," said former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator, Kit Bond. "In today's uncertain economy, it is critical for businesses to grow and create jobs. Utilizing every available tax benefit can provide the capital resources they need and I look forward to working with the team to help Missouri's businesses take advantage of these tax incentives as a means to inject economic growth and jobs back into our state's business sector."
"Many small and mid-market businesses typically overlook various lucrative tax incentives such as the R&D credit, often because they are not aware of the credits, it is perceived to be too complex or they don't believe they will qualify," added former IRS commissioner and alliantgroup Vice Chairman Mark W. Everson. "The fact is, more businesses will quality for tax credits than owners realize. These benefits can help to drive innovation and job creation. I was delighted to join Senator Bond at our roundtable discussion. I look forward to working with him in the future as we help Missouri business owners claim appropriate tax benefits to which they are entitled."
Kit Bond became Missouri's youngest Governor when he was elected to office at age 33 and was re-elected for a second term in 1980. Following his post as Governor, Bond was elected to the United States Senate in 1986 and was re-elected three more times before retiring in 2010.
alliantgroup is the nation's premier provider of specialty tax services. Headquartered in Houston, TX, with regional offices in states including California, New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., alliantgroup works with accountants and their clients to ensure that they receive the full benefits of all available federal and state government-sponsored tax credit and incentive programs, such as the research and development tax credit, export tax incentives, energy-related tax incentives, federal and state hiring credits, and state and local tax (SALT). alliantgroup also maintains a dedicated audit defense team. For additional information please visit www.alliantgroup.com.