William F. Roth III

William F. Roth III is a tax partner with the local office of international accounting firm BDO LLP. Contact him at wfroth@bdo.com.


Tax reform takes me on a trip down memory lane

October 26, 2018
My BDO colleagues surprised me with their Dear Bill Matters Column a few weeks back that discussed my retirement. Read More

The physics behind trade policies and taxes

April 13, 2018

High school was many years ago for most of us. Reunions seem to come up more often as the time flies by.

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U.S. tax reform affects trade, other economies

December 8, 2017
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, the triple play ritual following the Thanksgiving holiday has ended. Read More

Possible tax reform may impact choice of business entity

September 29, 2017
There are obviously many moving pieces when it comes to tax reform. Read More

Keeping the cash and the grass from going up in smoke

September 24, 2012

The old saying “The grass is always greener on the other side” has taken on some additional meaning. In recent years, an increasing number of states (including Michigan) permit the medical use of marijuana. The trend has occurred as a result of state legislatures or statewide referendums approving, in some fashion, the sale and distribution of marijuana for limited medical purposes.

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Congress and the administration have some work ahead of them

August 13, 2012

We hear a fair amount about the upcoming fiscal cliff that will be upon us Jan.1, 2013. On that date, the Bush-era individual tax cuts expire, as well as other significant tax provisions. In addition, the social security payroll tax holiday also expires. No doubt we will survive in some measure — but at what cost? Will we need to buy shovels to dig out of another recession?

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New procedures allow taxpayers to become current

July 16, 2012

The use and abuse of foreign accounts and assets has increased as investing and business activity become more global. As a result, the federal government has been focusing on foreign assets and investments held by U.S. taxpayers. The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service have stepped up their enforcement of international reporting requirements and have pursued non-filers or those who have omitted foreign income from U.S. tax returns.

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Free trade agreements opening new markets for companies

June 4, 2012

We hear often we live in a global economy. Many U.S. companies have taken advantage of the new markets for sales of their products. Many small- and medium-sized companies have benefited from these new opportunities in foreign countries. This trend is likely to continue as new free trade agreements are negotiated between the U.S. and its trading partners.

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Apples offshore profitscash situation echoed by many companies

May 1, 2012

The political fires are being ignited for the fall campaign, and taxes and tax policy is a much-discussed topic. The debate continues over tax rates and one’s “fair share.” The politicians tend to view any successful individual or company as not paying enough in income taxes. Offshore profits that have been taxed at low rates continue to be the target of the tax sound-byte torpedo that is trying to sink the successful operations of companies that may have legitimately earned profits in non-U.S. markets.

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Medicare related taxes will sneak up on many in

March 26, 2012

We are all in the midst of dealing with our personal income taxes. Nothing seems to remain the same from one year to the next. More tax surprises are in store for 2013.

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