AIA Enhances Tax Resources with Engineered Tax Services

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Institute partners with Engineered Tax Services, Inc. to help architects better utilize tax incentives.

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“Through our work with ETS, we hope to educate more of our members and firms about these benefits, while also making the process easy and efficient.”

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is forming a new partnership with Engineered Tax Services, Inc. (ETS) to help architects better utilize federal, state and local tax incentives, including 45L credits, research, and development (R&D) tax credits, Historic Tax Credits, and the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction (Section 179D).

“Depending on the project, architecture firms can save millions of dollars by taking advantage of tax benefits,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Through our work with ETS, we hope to educate more of our members and firms about these benefits, while also making the process easy and efficient.”

As part of the partnership, ETS will provide consulting services to AIA architect members and firms to help them better use incentives they are eligible to receive. ETS is the only licensed engineering firm specializing in tax-related incentives with the unique ability to serve AIA members. Additionally, ETS will be developing a cost estimation tool for firms to gauge tax credit savings.

AIA members will also be provided with educational information on AIA’s website regarding the rules and benefits of R&D credits, the 179D deduction, and other federal tax code provisions.

"Engineered Tax Services is committed to the AEC industry and is excited about this partnership with the AIA,” said ETS CEO, Julio Gonzalez. “Our broad service offering can make a significant impact for those with qualifying design activity, to help reduce tax liability, thereby allowing firms to reinvest those funds into corporate growth, employees and innovation."

"We work with 100’s of AEC firms to identify R&D tax credits and 179D deductions. And we have taught those firms how to advise their clients on meaningful incentives such as 45L Credits, Historic Tax Credits, and Cost Segregation studies,” said ETS Executive Vice President, Heidi Henderson.

AIA, and ETS, both advocated for the creation and continuation of Section 179D deductions, which have been expired since December 31, 2017. Their joined efforts will help ensure the extension and retention of these meaningful incentives for the AEC industry.

About ETS
Engineered Tax Services, Inc. (ETS) is a licensed engineering firm that focuses on federal, state and local tax benefits. Founder and CEO, Julio Gonzalez, is an expert in tax reform whose strong presence is helping define our current tax laws. Under Gonzalez's guidance and true insight into how the industry is shaping, Engineered Tax Services is one of the largest, fastest growing, and most innovative engineering, energy, and specialty tax credit services firms in the country.

About AIA
Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

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