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Cyber Security for Manufacturing & Distribution

11/13/19 – Manufacturers face a barrage of cyber security threats today, and half of companies have fallen victim to at least one data breach during the past 12 months, according to the 2019 Manufacturing and Distribution Report. Until an attack takes place, most organizations feel they have done everything they need to do, but later realize it wasn’t sufficient.

Retirement Plan Limits: 2019 vs 2020

11/12/19 – The Treasury Department has announced inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings for 2020.

Update: 2020 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

11/11/19 – The IRS recently issued its 2020 cost-of-living adjustments. With inflation remaining largely in check, many amounts increased slightly, and some stayed at 2019 levels. If you’re working on your year-end tax plan, you’d be wise to take these 2020 cost-of-living amounts into consideration.

2019-2020 Tax Calendar

11/4/19 – To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2019 deadlines, we’ve provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments, and other actions are due. Also included are deadlines into 2020 and a schedule of monthly payments.

Should Your Institution Consider Dot-Bank or Dot-Creditunion Domain Name?

10/31/19 – Most institutions use the dot-com extension at the ends of their website addresses, also known as the top-level domain (TLD). But the dot-bank and dot-creditunion TLD offers several advantages, including enhanced security, which is of critical importance to financial institution customers today.

Planning for Your Business Tax Filings Post-TCJA

10/31/19 – The first tax-filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was a time of uncertainty for many businesses as they struggled with the implications of the law’s sweeping changes for their bottom lines. With the next filing season on the horizon, you can incorporate the lessons learned into your year-end tax planning.

It's Time to Implement Accounting Standards for Contributions and Grants

10/28/19 – Accounting for contributions and grants has often proven complicated for nonprofits, especially when they come with donor-imposed conditions, restrictions, or both. New revenue recognition standards released by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2014 only muddied the issues for some organizations.

Individuals: Worried about a Big Tax Bill?

10/25/19 – Fall is in the air and that means it’s time to turn your attention to year-end tax planning. While several clear strategies and tactics emerged during the first tax filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), 2019 and subsequent years bring potential twists that must be considered, too. Let’s take a closer look at year-end tax planning strategies that can reduce your 2019 income tax liability.

Loaning Money between a Business and Its Shareholders

10/15/19 – Private business owners often loan money to and from their businesses. The IRS looks closely at such transactions to determine whether they are truly loans, or actually compensation, dividends, or contributions to equity. This article explains how informal shareholder loans may lead to adverse tax consequences and how the U.S. Tax Court determines that a shareholder loan is bona fide debt.

DOL Update: Understanding the New Overtime Final Rule

10/11/19 – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the finalized rule on overtime exemptions for white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule, which is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, updates the standard salary levels for the first time since 2004.

Banks – How Will the New Lease Accounting Standard Delay Impact Your Regulatory Capital?

10/2/19 – The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has voted to delay implementation of the lease accounting standards for non-public business entities. The proposed implementation date for private companies will now be January 1, 2021 (still subject to final approval).

IRS Provides Additional Guidance on Bonus Depreciation Under the TCJA

9/30/19 – The IRS has released final regulations and another round of proposed regs for the first-year 100% bonus depreciation deduction. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) expanded the deduction to 100% if the qualified property is placed in service through 2022, with the amount dropping each subsequent year by 20%, until it sunsets in 2027.

Nonprofits: Remain Alert for Financial Trouble Spots

9/23/19 – Can your board spot these 5 financial warning signs? When a nonprofit is having trouble meeting payroll obligations, defaulting on loans, or losing key donors, it’s easy for the board to tell that they’re in financial crisis. Often, though, the board could have avoided these financial disasters if it had recognized some of the earlier and less obvious signs of distress.

Nonprofits – Checklist for an Effective Audit Committee

9/18/19 – Unless you’re a small nonprofit with no outside audit, it’s likely that your organization has an audit committee. No matter how long it’s been up and running, the board of directors should monitor the committee’s performance.

Revenue from Contracts with Customers Standard: Impact on Manufacturers

9/17/19 – The revenue recognition guidelines under ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, replace nearly 180 pieces of industry-specific guidance in GAAP with a broad, principles-based method for most businesses to recognize revenue. This approach to revenue recognition is more closely aligned with international financial reporting rules.

Why “Sorta” Wanting to Sell Your Business “Sorta” Doesn’t Work Well in a Full Sell-Side Process

9/9/19 – Given the current positive market conditions, there's a new phenomenon where more sellers are enamored with “testing” the market instead of truly dedicating themselves to selling their businesses. They want to test value and see whether the valuation “bonanza” that they have been reading and hearing about is real. They pursue market testing in hopes of finding sky-high valuations and they dream of buyers willing to overpay.

Physician Groups Are Making Moves – Are They Exit Plans or Calculated Partnerships?

8/30/19 – The ever-changing environment of the Healthcare Industry is impacting physicians and Physician Groups more than ever before, causing them to re-evaluate the future of the industry. Many are considering Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) a viable option. Even if a physician group is performing well and, the majority of physicians within the practice are content, the group owes it to themselves to at least study, explore, and understand various strategic M&A options.

Form I-9 Audits on the Rise

8/14/19 – Is your Form I-9 compliant? Immigration worksite enforcement surged in 2018 and shows no signs of slowing down. In 2018, the federal government announced their intentions to step up a nationwide efforts and to increase I-9 audits by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Manufacturing & Distribution: Take Care with Transfer Pricing

8/6/19 – Before you sell equipment or patent rights to a company affiliate, think twice about the price. The IRS recently announced the launch of their “Inbound Distributor Campaign,” which is one of thirteen issue-based examinations and compliance campaigns.

Navigating Changes to the Proposed New Home Health Medicare Cost Report Form – CMS 1728-19

7/31/19 – As you may know, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 16, 2019 for a new cost report form set for home health agencies, Form CMS 1728-19.

New Tax Law Raises Concerns for Nonprofits

7/24/19 – Passage of the federal income tax law in late December 2017 brought into reality a variety of concerns that nonprofits raised as the bill worked its way through Congress. In addition to the increased standard deduction that's expected to depress charitable giving, the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes several other provisions that prompted objections from charities.

What You Should Know About Estate Planning: Wills & More

7/22/19 – The process of preparing an estate is a crucial but often times uncomfortable and overwhelming task. However, a fundamental understanding of this process can go a long way in subduing your fears.

Kentucky Department of Revenue Updates Exemption Certificates

7/17/19 – Due to recent legislative changes, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has updated the Resale Certificate (Form 51A105) to include the services that are now exempt for resale, effective July 1, 2019.

Contractors: Are You Prepared for the New Revenue Recognition Standard?

7/16/19 – It’s been five years since we first heard of the impending revenue recognition update, and the time has finally come for companies to implement the new standards. While there are still uncertainties as to how much this may affect contractors and how they have recognized revenue under the old standards, every company is required to implement for years ending after December 31, 2019 and interim periods starting in 2020.

Infographic: How Cost Segregation Studies Help Companies Reduce Taxes

7/15/19 – Does your company construct, acquire, or substantially improve buildings? If so, a cost segregation study can help reduce taxes. Continue reading to find out how!

Your Employee Benefit Plan Audit is Changing…

7/11/19 – The AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) recently issued Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 136, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements of Employee Benefit Plans Subject to ERISA. SAS No. 136 is the result of an effort to enhance the communicative value and transparency of the auditor’s report for ERISA plan financial statements, and to include performance requirements specific to auditing ERISA plans.

3 Financial Metrics Your Board Should Know

7/10/19 – Your board members should have an understanding of the various financial reports your nonprofit is required to prepare. (See “Nonprofits: Best Practices for Board Fiscal Responsibilities” to learn more). In addition, board members should be familiar with these three key metrics.

Nonprofits: Best Practices for Board Fiscal Responsibilities

7/9/19 – Even if new board members are enthusiastic, wise or skillful, they may not fully understand their fiduciary responsibility to be good stewards of the public’s money, have a working knowledge of finances — or even be good with numbers. In this article, VonLehman’s Stephanie Allgeyer shows how a board can assure fiscal responsibility by having strong operating procedures, the right committee structures and appropriate training.

Construction Valuation: Art vs. Science

6/27/19 – Business owners regularly use valuations for their businesses, but not all businesses are valued under the same method. Construction related companies, in particular, have their own set of challenges.

Why Wait to Deduct Your Purchases?

6/26/19 – The TCJA has yielded several tax-saving opportunities for the manufacturing and distribution industry. Due to the time value of money, it’s critical that business owners capitalize on these occurrences with a sense of urgency.

5 Key Takeaways from the Wayfair Decision

6/11/19 – In June of 2018, the world of sales tax nexus was changed forever by the United States Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The standardization efforts of a group of states under the Streamlined Sales Tax Project were rewarded, and the long established, physical presence standard was no longer the law of the land.

Infographic: How Retirement Plans for Small Businesses Compare

6/10/19 – Choosing the right plan for your business can be confusing. This infographic illustrates the differences in 3 types of plans to help you decide which route to take.

7 Things to Consider When Upgrading Your Construction Accounting Software

5/15/19 – Construction accounting is unique and complex. Each of your projects serves as an individual profit center with its own revenue, expenses and payroll. When looking to upgrade accounting software, focus on industry-specific features.

Moving Your Business to the Cloud

4/26/19 – Cloud computing is the wave of the future. Some manufacturers and distributors haven’t yet moved to the cloud, possibly because their staff resources and IT expertise are limited. Others have moved to the cloud, but they’re dissatisfied with their current service provider. Here, Randy Marksberry highlights the advantages of cloud computing, along with some key considerations to help evaluate prospective cloud computing service providers.

Four Ways To Recession Proof Your Construction Company

4/18/19 – In 2006 through 2008, with the Construction Industry reaching its highest performance marks in decades, contractors and related industry businesses were confounded by the rapid formation of the ensuing economic superstorm. By the time the winds had settled, the total value of construction work completed fell nearly 40 percent, and 150,000 industry businesses were forced to close their doors.

CMS Proposes New Medicare Cost Report Form for Home Health Agencies – 1728-19

4/17/19 – The Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on April 16, 2019, to change the Medicare cost report form set for home health agencies. The new forms will be known as the CMS Form 1728-19. The Notice appeared in the April 16, 2019 Federal Register with a 60 day comment period. Comments are due by June 17, 2019.

Nonprofit Kentucky Sales Tax Exemption Effective March 26

4/2/19 – Effective March 26, 2019, sales of admissions and tangible property sales at fundraising events by all nonprofit groups and governmental organizations are now exempt from Kentucky sales tax. Therefore, they should discontinue charging sales tax to their customers and benefactors on these transactions immediately.

Refining Your Nonprofit as it Grows

3/13/19 – A nonprofit’s growth stage — beginning two or three years after formation and continuing until maturity at around age 7 — isn’t without challenges. But this period also comes with a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to refine and expand the organization. VonLehman's Micki Siner explores some of the issues facing a nonprofit at this stage, including possible mission adjustment, strategic planning, and staff expansion.

Tax Issues to Consider When Investing in Training and Recruiting

2/28/19 – Many manufacturers are concerned about the lack of skilled workers. In this article, our expert explains some cost-effective training and recruiting solutions, including practical guidance for paying interns.

Infographic: Choosing an Assurance Level From Your CPA

2/22/19 – Depending on complexity of operations, in-house expertise, and stakeholders' needs, the level of assurance you should request will vary.

Q&A: Does My Nonprofit Need to Register in Multiple States?

2/21/19 – Nonprofits that solicit funds online — or use other fundraising methods that cross state boundaries — may need to register in multiple jurisdictions. If this is news to you, read on.

Common Medicare Cost Report Problems for HHAs

2/18/19 – In recent years, report accuracy has declined. Many providers have placed a lower emphasis on the cost report since there is no direct settlement impact. Medicare Cost Reports still play a vital role for home health agencies.

Manufacturing and Distribution: Top Challenges in 2019

2/13/19 – As a result of the many responsibilities they occupy, professionals in the M&D industry are regularly faced with a multitude of challenges. There is an abundance of accounting and tax hot topics currently impacting manufacturing and distribution businesses. This article evaluates some of the more impactful challenges for manufacturers in 2019.

New Tax Law Offers Deduction Opportunity for Contractors

2/11/19 – Like most business owners, you have probably followed the news closely as Congress passed major tax legislation and the president signed it into law. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) contains a variety of significant provisions affecting contractors.

Infographic: 5 Reasons to File Your Income Tax Return Early

2/7/19 – The official tax season opened on January 28. Assuming you have your W-2s and 1099s, you can file your 2018 return now. And the earlier the better if you want to cash in on these 5 benefits.

Nonprofits - Is Your Employee Handbook Due For an Update?

2/6/19 – As a reflection of your organization’s culture and values, the employee handbook, when maintained properly, serves as an invaluable tool for your organization. Here, VonLehman's Erin Young discusses the keys to maintaining your handbook and emphasizes those policies that demand careful observation, including those affected by recent regulatory and legislative actions and trends.

New Home Health Billing Requirements in Effect

2/1/19 – As of January 1, 2019, Home Health Agencies (HHA) nationwide were subject to new billing requirements relating to the new Home Health Rural Add-on payment differential. The percentage add-on is now based on three different percentages determined by the classification of the county.

2019 Medicare Home Health Update & 2020 PDGM

2/1/19 – Home Health Agencies are embarking on a period of significant change. The year 2020 will see the implementation of the new Patient Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), and CMS is converting the 60-day payment episode model to a 30-day model.

2019 M&A Outlook – Is There Room for Continued Growth?

1/30/19 – A large sampling of U.S.-based M&A and private equity professionals expect the average number of deals they close to increase over the next year, and that the size of those transactions will be larger than the ones transacted in 2018. Several catalysts that existed in 2018 will continue accelerating M&A activity into 2019. Read on for Keith Carlson's expectations for the M&A market in 2019.

What Happens to Lower-Middle-Market M&A During a Recession?

1/29/19 – What happens to the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market if a recession starts? What happens to purchase price multiples during a recession? If we do enter a slowdown, should I hold off on selling my business? Find answers to these questions and more in this helpful article.

IRS Provides QBI Deduction Guidance in the Nick of Time

1/28/19 – When President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, much was made of the dramatic cut in corporate tax rates. But the TCJA also includes a generous deduction for smaller businesses that operate as pass-through entities, with income that is “passed through” to owners and taxed as individual income.

IRS Waives 2018 Underpayment Tax Penalties For Many Taxpayers

1/18/19 – The IRS has some good news for certain taxpayers — it’s waiving underpayment penalties for those whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments came in under their actual tax liabilities for the year.

Federal Government Shutdown Creates Tax Filing Uncertainty

1/9/19 – The IRS has announced that it will begin accepting paper and electronic tax returns for the 2018 tax year on January 28, but much remains to be seen about how the ongoing shutdown of the federal government will affect this year’s filings.

Critical Questions To Ask About Internal Controls

1/7/19 – The median fraud loss among manufacturers was almost double the median loss for all industries, according to the 2018 Report to the Nations published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Internal controls are a company’s first line of defense in preventing and detecting fraudulent activity. Here, we identify five questions proactive managers should consider when evaluating the strength of their company’s internal controls.

Cash Flow Problems? Tackle Receipt And Disbursement Issues

1/1/19 – To prevent budget deficits, nonprofits need to improve cash management, particularly when it comes to billing, receipts and disbursements. Here, Yvonne de Calonne offers such tips as moving fundraising calendars ahead, correcting billing errors quickly, and prioritizing disbursements.

How Do 2019 Retirement Plan Limits Compare?

12/11/18 – The Treasury Department has announced inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings for 2019, and there are a lot of changes that will help your employees save more. In this article, VonLehman's Alex Baker compares retirement plan limits for 2018 versus the new limits for 2019 in a helpful chart.

2019 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments And Tax Planning

11/26/18 – The IRS has announced its 2019 cost-of-living adjustments to tax items that might affect you. Many of the amounts increased to account for inflation, but some remained at 2018 levels. As you implement 2018 year-end tax planning strategies, be sure to take these 2019 adjustments into account in your planning.

Communication & Collaboration: A Two-Way Road

11/26/18 – Communication breakdowns between a nonprofit organization’s development and accounting departments can lead to confusion, embarrassment and, worse yet, financial problems. Nonprofits, therefore, must take proactive steps to facilitate collaboration between these two critical functions. Here, we've outlined how to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

Think Like an Auditor: What Can You Learn About Your Revenue Picture?

11/6/18 – Whether or not a nonprofit chooses to employ external auditors, it can utilize audit techniques, including year-to-year trends and benchmarking against other nonprofits, to get a better view of the organization’s revenue. Here, we assess key pieces of the revenue picture, such as individual contributions, grants, and fees for services.

Employee or Independent Contractor: Worker Classification Matters

11/1/18 – There’s a fine line between employee and independent contractor. In this article, VonLehman's Adam Davey provides an overview of this issue and the characteristics that distinguish employees from contractors. This distinction may take on even greater importance under the new tax law.

Reduce Your 2018 Tax Liability by Taking These Year-End Tax Planning Steps Now

10/31/18 – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created more than 100 new tax provisions — a staggering thought as you begin to prepare for the next filing season. The good news is that these and some of the surviving provisions create a wealth of year-end planning opportunities. Act now to cut your 2018 tax bill.

Infographic: Maximizing the Child Tax Credit

10/31/18 – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) doubled the child tax credit to $2,000 per child under the age of 17. It also makes the credit available to more families thanks to increased income phaseout ranges. This handy infographic breaks down the eligibility requirements and modified AGI phaseout ranges.

Should Your Construction Company Take Advantage of Opportunity Zones?

10/30/18 – In a nutshell, the TCJA creates a new section of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 1400Z, that establishes Opportunity Zones within low-income communities. The provision allows taxpayers to defer tax on capital gains by investing in such Opportunity Zones. And now the IRS has released proposed regulations for this tax incentive.

Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses in the New Tax Environment

10/18/18 – The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in late 2017 brought significant changes to the tax landscape. As the first tax season under the law looms on the horizon, new year-end tax planning strategies are emerging. Meanwhile, some of the old tried-and-true strategies have changed and others remain viable.

Infographic: Fewer Taxpayers Will Owe the Alternative Minimum Tax in 2018

10/18/18 – While the TCJA eliminated the AMT for businesses, the new law keeps a modified version of the tax in place for individuals. Get the details in this handy infographic.

Business Expenses - When Can You Claim Food, Beverages, & Entertainment?

10/8/18 – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was packed with goodies for businesses, but it also seemed to eliminate the popular meal expense deduction in some situations. Now, the IRS has issued transitional guidance — while it works on proposed regulations — that confirms the deduction remains allowable in certain circumstances and clarifies when businesses can claim it.

New Lease Accounting Standard Requires Capitalizing More Assets

10/2/18 – Just when you thought accounting rules couldn’t get more complicated --- especially after the Revenue Recognition changes required for closely-held businesses in 2019 --- the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has changed how we account for leases beginning in 2020.

Form 5500: Play it Safe and Avoid Penalties

9/24/18 – Missing filing deadlines for Form 5500 (Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan) for retirement and health and welfare plans can be extremely costly. The best way to avoid trouble is to ensure that meeting filing deadlines never falls between the cracks.

Navigating the Medicare Hospice Cost Report: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

9/21/18 – Why is cost reporting important? In this presentation, you'll learn why, plus how to identify changes in data elements for proper completion of the cost report, find problem areas and changes needed for the future, and outline the steps that need to be taken now to prepare the cost report forms. Download your copy here.

Fraud and the Nonprofit: How to Counter Your Vulnerabilities

9/17/18 – Every organization — whether for-profit or nonprofit — is at risk of falling victim to costly acts of fraud. Nonprofits, though, have some common characteristics that can make them particularly susceptible to such schemes. Fortunately, you can help combat the risks at your nonprofit by implementing some simple controls.

Key Provisions & Impact of KY House Bill 487

9/10/18 – In response to the Federal Government’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Kentucky General Assembly issued House Bill 487 (HB 487), passed in April of this year. For months, the measure of the bill’s impact on Kentucky’s manufacturing and distribution industry was uncertain. However, the State has since released a flurry of provisions expounding the bill’s reach. The provisions summarize the income tax laws implemented by the State of Kentucky as a result of HB 487.

Decoding M&A Terms: Part 2

8/31/18 – As mentioned in Part 1 of the series, this segment will analyze some of the less common terms associated with mergers and acquisitions and share how and why they are so important in negotiating the purchase or sale of a business.

How to Turn Your Employees into Trusted Leaders

8/30/18 – Some business owners are accustomed to running the whole show. But as your company grows, you’ll need to start sharing responsibility for major decisions. Whether you’ve recruited experienced managers or developed “home grown” talent, empower these employees with the tools and authority they need to be effective leaders.

Identity Theft Threat Puts Plan Participants and Sponsors at Risk

8/29/18 – News of commercial database hacking incidents involving millions of people’s personal information seems commonplace. While many of these stories focus on bank and credit card accounts, many plan sponsors and participants don’t realize that 401(k) plan assets may be at risk — which can be a problem not only for participants, but sponsors as well.

New IRS Regulations on Qualified Business Income Deduction

8/21/18 – The IRS recently released highly anticipated regulations addressing the deduction for up to 20% of qualified business income (QBI) from pass-through entities. The deduction was a major component of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law late last year.

TCJA Update: New Guidance for Bonus Depreciation

8/13/18 – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) significantly expands bonus depreciation under Section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code for both regular tax and alternative minimum tax (AMT) purposes. Now, the IRS has released proposed regulations that clarify the requirements that businesses must satisfy to claim bonus depreciation deductions.

Nonprofit Tips: How to Ensure a Smooth Annual Audit

8/10/18 – Preparing for and accommodating an independent audit can be stressful for nonprofit staffers. But, understanding the process and making the right records available can help ensure that everyone is comfortable with the audit and its results.

Decoding M&A Terms: Part 1

8/9/18 – In Part 1 of our 3-part series, Ely Friedman dives into common M&A terms are and explains how they can be used as part of the negotiation process of buying and selling a business.

Round 2: More Tax Reform On The Way?

7/26/18 – Republican lawmakers currently are considering a second round of tax reform legislation as a follow-up to last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Outsource Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Functions — Maybe

7/16/18 – At some point, a nonprofit might consider outsourcing the functions that fall under its accounting and financial umbrella. But, as this article explains, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making this important decision.

Contemplating a Sale? Here's a Breakdown of the Sale Process

7/12/18 – VonLehman’s Director of M&A Advisory Services, Keith Carlson, recently participated in an industry panel to discuss market analysis, sales techniques, and a breakdown of the sale process, among other topics. Keith's insights are summarized here.

Mergers and Acquisitions – The Unsolicited Offer

7/10/18 – How should you handle an offer to purchase your business when you haven’t expressed an interest to sell? How much value should you put into unsolicited offers? The potential could be huge if you manage the process correctly, know how far to take the conversation, and when to call some experts for help.

Why Now is A Good Time to Sell Your Business

7/1/18 – If you were a peach farmer, would you rather harvest and sell your fruit at the same time as all the other peach farmers in the country, or (assuming you could control this) when peaches are scarcer? Hopefully you’d prefer to sell in a scarce market, where you could be more of a price-setter than a price-taker.

Plan Sponsors - Don't Overlook Your Fiduciary Duties

6/26/18 – Although retirement plan fiduciaries take their jobs seriously, it can be hard to cover all the bases. That’s understandable, considering the broad scope of fiduciary responsibility as well as the dynamic nature of the retirement plan designs, investment management and legal interpretations of fiduciary duty.

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door to Remote Seller Sales Taxes

6/21/18 – It has been a big day in the world of sales tax! The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair that changes the standard for when a state can require sales tax to be collected.

Are You Taking Advantage of Ohio BWC Safety Grants?

6/19/18 – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC) has initiated a Safety Intervention Grant Program, providing Ohio manufacturing and distribution employers with a rare opportunity to be compensated for equipment purchased to reduce injuries or illness in the workplace.

Procurement Procedures – Is Your Federal Funding At Risk?

6/5/18 – The new federal procurement standards significantly alter the way governments and nonprofits handle purchasing. With some upfront planning and implementing the right steps ahead of time, you can avoid running afoul of the federal procurement guidelines.

5 Things to Do Before Selling Your Business

6/3/18 – You’ve decided to explore the sale of your business. Now what? The five recommendations listed below are more than worth your time, investment, and consideration.

Are You Building Leaders For Tomorrow?

5/30/18 – The construction and real estate industry is closely tied to the American entrepreneurial spirit. While success and financial reward come at a cost, the opportunity to control your own destiny, through hard work and long hours, is a dream many prospective business owners are obsessed with making a reality.

Prevent HR Needs from Advancing Your Mission

5/22/18 – It takes a dedicated professional to lead critical human resources initiatives; a professional that many organizations do not have the luxury of employing in-house. If your HR needs are keeping you from advancing your mission, you might consider outsourcing some or all of your human resources functions.

Kentucky Tax Reform: What Does It Mean for the Manufacturing Industry?

5/17/18 – For the first time in Kentucky state history, a sales and use tax was imposed on labor or services for maintenance, repair, and installation, of “tangible personal property, digital property, or service sold” impacting the Kentucky manufacturing industry.

Your Nonprofit is Only as Strong as its Bookkeeper

5/4/18 – A nonprofit’s financial integrity is simply too important to leave to an unpaid, and possibly inexperienced bookkeeper. This article provides tips on hiring a bookkeeper, including determining the position’s responsibilities. Nonprofits are advised to look for an individual who’s familiar with accounting principles and experience and relevant software.

Working Toward A Successful M&A Deal

5/1/18 – Without solid due diligence, an M&A deal can be fraught with disaster. A merger or an acquisition can be a long — and delicate — process, and there’s plenty that can go wrong before it’s over. To better the chances that your M&A will be a success, up-front and persistent due diligence work is a must.

How Can You Benefit From Tax Reform?

4/27/18 – The new tax law will have a major impact on how much income taxes manufacturers and distributors will pay in 2018. And there’s good news: In addition to lowering business tax rates, the new law significantly expands the tax breaks for capital expenditures.

Infographic: Ways the New Tax Law Affects Federal Estate Taxes

4/26/18 – Beyond the tax reform headlines, there are some major changes to federal estate taxes. Here are three key ways the TCJA will impact your estate plan.

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Business Plan?

4/26/18 – A business plan is like a road map. It can help you get where you’re going. It also can tell you that it may not be a good idea to begin the journey.

Show Me The Money! How To Keep Your Profits On Track

4/23/18 – While the U.S. economy continues to improve, construction contractors must carefully watch their bottom lines. This means keeping track of just how increases — or decreases — in profitability can affect your construction company.

Using Eligibility Rules To Control Plan Enrollment

4/20/18 – Plan sponsors have more flexibility than they may realize when it comes to setting eligibility rules for 401(k) plan participants. Even though ERISA sets many rules for eligibility, plan sponsors have leeway to meet the demands of the employment market. Here are some thoughts for plan sponsors to consider when determining plan enrollment.

CMS Adopts New e-Filing Option For Medicare Cost Reports

4/16/18 – Moving away from original ink signatures, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted a new policy to allow for electronic signatures on Medicare Cost Reports, which should reduce processing time for everyone.

Tax Reform: The Truth About Meals & Entertainment Changes

4/5/18 – While the branches of The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) are far reaching, one leaf you can’t afford to overlook is that of business expense reimbursables. This article offers a succinct interpretation of meal and entertainment reimbursement revisions set forth in the TCJA.

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – Opportunities and Incentives for Contractors

3/27/18 – The new Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) includes sweeping changes impacting virtually every type of business. The changes provide some great opportunities and incentives for contractors to invest in their businesses and employees, including saving on taxes!

Selling Your Business? Here's Why Timing Is Crucial

3/15/18 – Much the way retailers rely on location, location, location, sell-side transactions are extremely reliant on timing, timing, timing. A number of factors impact “the right time,” and good advisors with considerable experience can draw upon a number of examples to help steer you in the right direction.

Enhance Your Operations With Benchmarking

3/14/18 – Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics with your own historical data or those of other, similar companies. But how can that help you?

Infographic: What Fraud Risks Do External Auditors Look For?

3/8/18 – Occupational fraud costs an organization an average of 5% revenue loss each year. Paying attention to these common red flags can keep your risk for fraud at a minimum.

Infographic: How The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Enhances A Popular Business Tax Break

3/1/18 – The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act includes new benefits for businesses, including enhancements to the Section 179 deduction.

Private Companies Grapple with New Revenue Recognition Standard

2/28/18 – The AICPA is asking the FASB for special breaks for private companies as they implement the new revenue recognition standard, which goes into effect for private companies in 2019.

Contractors - 6 Common Accounting Mistakes to Avoid

2/20/18 – In a turbulent industry like construction, it’s all too easy to let crisp, timely financials go soggy with outdated data and flat-out mistakes. Here are 6 ways to ensure your financial reporting is accurate.

ERISA Litigation - Are You Being Targeted?

2/19/18 – No matter what the size the retirement plan, if the plan sponsors aren’t careful, they can be faced with some serious trouble. Here, we review some of the most common red flags leading to ERISA litigation.

M&A Goes Smoother with Experts on Your Side

2/13/18 – Would you allow your dentist to perform an open heart surgery on you or a loved one? The easy answer is no.This analogy applies to many things in business and life – it definitely applies to business owners embarking on selling their business or buying another business.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Impact on Manufacturers & Distributors

2/12/18 – The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides many tax planning opportunities for Manufacturers and Distributors. Several of the changes are highlighted here; bear in mind more specific information is yet forthcoming.

Construction News: Prepare Now For Revenue Recognition Changes

1/30/18 – FASB recently issued a new Accounting Standards Update that addresses revenue recognition under U.S. GAAP and includes a new 5-step process.

11 Deal Killers to Avoid During Your Business Sale

1/17/18 – Selling a business is difficult. From marketing to vetting buyers, to preparing financial statements and keeping negotiations on track, a lot can go wrong. Almost no detail is too small to affect the outcome of an M&A deal. But you can reduce the odds of making a deal-killing mistake by knowing how similar transactions have gone astray.

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: Provisions for Businesses

1/11/18 – The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and is effective for tax years beginning January 1, 2018 and after. Corporate provisions in this new law are permanent, and we've explained the changes here.

Infographic: How the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Impacts Individual Taxpayers

1/11/18 – The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act is effective for tax years beginning January 1, 2018 and after. Listed below is a snapshot of how the new tax law affects individuals.

What Makes a Good Boss?

1/6/18 – Studies by the Gallup organization show that the No. 1 reason people leave their jobs is because of their boss.

Making A Successful Transition To New Accounting Software

1/5/18 – Question from contractor - What are the typical problems you’ve seen contractors encounter when implementing a new accounting system?

As Seen in the Cincinnati Business Courier: 3 Tax Tips to Heed with Tax Reform Coming in 2018

12/22/17 – It is that time of year when everyone asks, "What can I do before year-end to lower my tax bill?" This year is no different than previous years except for one minor detail – Congress just finalized tax reform.

The Uncertain Future Of Form 5500

12/13/17 – Several changes to the Form 5500 were proposed that are scheduled to go into effect for plan years beginning in 2019.

401(k) Plan Checklist

12/11/17 – How often do you review the requirements for operating your 401(k) retirement plan?

What Are The Limits On Fringe Benefits For Pass-Through Entity Owners?

12/11/17 – S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes qualify for “pass-through” taxation.

10 Questions To Help You Evaluate A Valuation Report

12/8/17 – Not all business valuation reports are created equal. So it’s critical that attorneys scrutinize information prepared by valuation experts — both their own and their opponents’ — for signs of weakness or susceptibility to challenge in court.

Ohio Announces Tax Amnesty Program

12/4/17 – Ohio is offering an early holiday gift! Ohio has announced a tax amnesty program that will be open from January 1, 2018 to February 15, 2018.

Medicare Home Health in 2018 and Beyond: Exploring the Final Rule

11/27/17 – Learn about the Medicare revenue changes and how to project the bottom-line impact on your agency.

Medicare Home Health CY 2018 PPS Payment Update - Base Rate Analysis

11/15/17 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Calendar Year 2018 update for Home Health Agencies in the November 7, 2017 Federal Register. This represents the annual payment rate update for home health.

Infographic: Some Businesses Can Accelerate Deductions For Bonuses

11/13/17 – Can you pay bonuses in 2018 but deduct them in 2018? Find out here!

Proposed Tax Plan from House Republicans

11/9/17 – On November 2, 2017 House Republicans released a bill which, if passed, would make major changes to the current tax code impacting virtually every individual and business. The proposed plan has a long way to go before any of the provisions are passed and made effective.

Nonprofits: Ready For A Raffle?

11/7/17 – Raffles have long been a popular fundraiser for nonprofits. They’re easy to produce, affordable for participants and reliable revenue generators. But they’re also subject to strict rules, particularly in the area of tax law.

Contractors: Seven Tips For Hiring, Training & Managing Millennials

11/3/17 – Contractors continue to face a serious shortage of skilled workers, both on the job site and in the office. Not only did many of these talented professionals leave the construction industry for good following the 2008 recession, but many Baby Boomers are now retiring — further depleting the workforce.

Build A Buy-Sell Agreement To Protect Your Construction Company

10/26/17 – A buy-sell agreement is a contract set forth by the owner or owners of a business to describe how ownership changes may take place. More frequently than you might imagine, these key documents are absolutely vital for managing potentially turbulent situations among shareholders.

Infographic: Can the DPAD Help Minimize Your Company’s 2017 Tax Bill?

10/12/17 – The Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD) is commonly referred to as the "manufacturer's deduction" but can come from a number of activities, including the construction of real property in the United States, as well as engineering or architectural services performed stateside to construct real property.

Making Sense of FASB’s New Nonprofit Reporting Standard

10/4/17 – The FASB recently released its first update to the financial reporting rules for nonprofits since 1993. The new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, will affect the financial statements of most nonprofits when it takes effect.

Cracking Down on Project Fraud

9/26/17 – If just one unscrupulous employee commits project fraud, a contractor’s chances of turning a profit can diminish significantly or disappear completely. For this reason, construction business owners have got to stay cognizant and proactive about cracking down on unethical and illegal practices.

Exploring Medicare Home Health in 2018 and Beyond

9/11/17 – On July 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the 2018 payment update.

Exploring the Proposed Rule for Medicare PPS for 2018

9/7/17 – Plan now for the future by preparing & projecting the bottom line impact on your agency.

How Family-Owned Manufacturing Companies Weather Breakups

8/29/17 – Many successful small manufacturing businesses are run by families. Unfortunately, family members sometimes disagree and decide to part ways. Here are some valuation methods and common adjustments that apply when dividing marital estates and buying out dissenting shareholders from the family business.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Sell!

8/28/17 – The most significant financial transaction in a private business owner’s life is likely to be the sale of his or her business. Although many sales are premeditated, others result from unplanned events, which is why every owner should have an exit strategy.

Do You Sell Products Online? You May Be Able to Have Taxes Forgiven

8/15/17 – Do you sell products online? If so, you don’t want to miss out on the new tax amnesty opportunity for online sellers. Last week, the Multistate Tax Commission announced its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative.

R&D Credit: Are You Getting All That You Deserve?

8/8/17 – Don’t overlook the research credit! Construction businesses are often surprised to learn that they may be eligible for the research tax credit, often referred to as the “research and development,” “R&D”, “R&E” or “research and experimentation” credit.

News for Nonprofits: Is Your Next Board Chair Prepared to Lead?

7/18/17 – Only half of board chairpersons are prepared for their leadership role when they take on the post, according to a recent survey by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Infographic: Business Owners Aren’t as Ready to Retire as They Could Be

7/13/17 – There has never been a greater need for efficient succession planning than there is today.

How Tax Reform May Affect Financial Reporting

7/11/17 – As Congress and the Trump administration push for major changes to the U.S. tax code, large companies are encouraging the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to monitor how the changes may affect U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

IRS Warning: New Phone Scam Involving Fictitious Certified Letters

7/7/17 – The Internal Revenue Service is warning people of a new scam that is associated with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

Infographic: 3 Reasons to Outsource Your Business’s Bookkeeping

6/22/17 – What can you outsource and what are the benefits of outsourcing? Find out here!

Considering Automation? Know the Pros and Cons

6/19/17 – Manufacturers and distributors face rising costs of labor and benefits, burdensome government regulations and a shortage of skilled workers. Investing in automated equipment may seem like a smart alternative to relying on people. But automation can sometimes be more expensive and time-consuming than management expects.

Predict Your Company’s Future Through Cash Conversion

6/1/17 – How long does it take your company to convert purchased raw materials into cash collected from customers? Cash flow is one of the most important metrics used in managing a manufacturing company and is often the factor that differentiates an average company from a very successful company.

Infographic: How Your Organization Can Fortify Itself Against Fraud

5/22/17 – The core of any organization’s fraud-prevention program is strong internal controls. Yet too many organizations either fail to develop controls that address common risks or, if they establish controls, neglect to enforce them. Your organization must do both if it wants to help prevent occupational theft and fraud perpetrated by outsiders.

Spotlight on the Research Credit

5/16/17 – After being continually renewed since the 1980s, the research credit was finally made permanent under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. This change allows manufacturers to plan (with certainty) for their R&D expenditures. Here’s an overview of the current rules on how to claim credits for R&D spending, including how the break has been expanded for certain manufacturers.

Are You Ready for a DOL or IRS Plan Audit?

5/3/17 – Federal audits and investigations of retirement plans are on the rise. With proper preparation, you can get through the process with minimal problems. A well-prepared employer will help simplify the audit process, minimize paperwork, lower administrative costs and reduce risks connected with an audit.

It's Vital to Know the Value of your Business

5/1/17 – Would you be surprised to learn that most business owners don’t know the value of their own businesses? More than half of business owners have never had their company valued and don’t anticipate doing so, research shows, and many believe they don’t need a valuation unless they are planning to sell their company.

The Case for Internal Controls

4/30/17 – The core of any organization’s fraud-prevention program is strong internal controls. Yet too many nonprofits either fail to develop controls that address common risks or, if they establish controls, neglect to enforce them. Your nonprofit must do both if it wants to help prevent occupational theft and fraud perpetrated by outsiders.

What Really Motivates Donors? New Research Suggests Surprising Answers

4/24/17 – Recent research provides some insight into donor motivation that can help nonprofits grow their financial support. This article summarizes a study of high net worth individuals that finds wealthy donors are primarily motivated by philanthropy. But other studies suggest that such factors as tax advantages and matching donations are critical to giving rates.

Infographic: Global Mergers & Acquisitions Trend Upward in 2017

4/20/17 – While the past few years have seen ups and downs, volume has surged in the opening months of 2017. Will your company be part of this trend?

New Rules Impact How Manufacturers and Distributors Report Financial Results

4/18/17 – Major accounting rule changes for leases and revenue recognition are expected to have significant impacts on how manufacturers and distributors report their financial results. This article explains what’s changing and when, as well as how the updates will affect financial statements.

7 Steps to Post-Exit Financial Security

3/12/17 – If you were forced to exit your business tomorrow, do you know how much money you would need? Some owners seem to have a handle on what they want, but fewer know how much they need. Both are important to understand. The post-exit lifestyle you want is critical in determining what value you will need from your business.

Navigating the Final Rule for Medicare PPS in 2017

2/16/17 – We're discussing changes to the financial components of PPS and how to analyze the impact of the final rule on your agency. If you have questions about the final rule for HHA PPS, you'll find answers here.

Business Expense Deductions: What Are Adequate Records?

2/6/17 – If you travel for business purposes, you may be eligible to take tax deductions for ordinary and necessary job-related expenses – but your records can't be haphazard if you want to satisfy the Internal Revenue Service's substantiation requirements.

Best & Worst Financial Signs & Practices for Contractors

2/1/17 – CFMS who strive to lead Best in Class companies not only care about the companies they serve, but also actively seek to learn more about providing the best service and advice possible.

Business Expenses: Accountable vs. Nonaccountable Reimbursement

1/22/17 – Employees frequently incur expenses in the course of their employment. Some expenses may be reimbursed by the employer, while others may be the expense of the employees.

It’s a Dependency Exemption Question

1/7/17 – Does an affidavit from the supposed dependent supply the IRS with enough evidence to justify a dependency exemption? It depends.

Taxpayer Responsible for Inaccurate Return

12/21/16 – It's obvious that taxpayers aren't eligible for the American Opportunity Credit when they don't have any qualified educational expenses, but it may not be as clear to taxpayers that they are responsible for the accuracy of their federal income tax returns – even when they pay a tax preparer to file for them.

Protect Yourself Against Insolvency

12/16/16 – Lenders will try to do what they can to help their clients succeed. But financial institutions could be held accountable by a customer’s creditors under the legal theory of “deepening insolvency” if the customer seeks bankruptcy protection. In deepening insolvency, a struggling company takes on additional debt or equity financing, thereby compounding its insolvency and significantly impairing its ability to repay creditors.

Acquisition: Major Tool for Increasing Company Value

12/14/16 – A major strategy of global companies is to build company and shareholder value through acquisition.

American Opportunity Tax Credit: What Expenses Qualify?

12/12/16 – Qualified education expenses under the American Opportunity Tax Credit are basically tuition, fees and course materials.

Location, Location, Location - Why it Matters to Contractors for Sales and Use Tax Purposes

12/5/16 – Recent events in Indiana have shined a spotlight on the differences in sales and use tax law in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Contractors with job sites in each state can simplify the process of paying the correct amount of sales and use tax to each state by asking themselves the right questions about their transactions. The trick is knowing which questions to ask.

Tax Effects of Turning Vacation Home into Rental

11/29/16 – The tax treatment for renting out your vacation home depends on the number of days it's rented.

How Does the Economy Bias Valuations?

11/19/16 – In a perfect world, a business valuation would be a totally objective assessment of a company’s worth.

But many factors can influence the outcome, including parties involved and the purpose of the valuation.

The Income Approach to a Valuation: Specific Company Risk

11/17/16 – When you buy a new car, what exactly are you purchasing? You are buying a tangible asset, a method of transportation and often a symbol of taste and stature.

How to Use Charitable Donations to Reduce Your Taxes

11/16/16 – As the year moves relentlessly toward December, individual taxpayers should review their tax situation at year-end and take actions that can reduce their tax liability.

Cash Flow Projections Essential for Nonprofits

11/14/16 – To keep your nonprofit organization functioning, you need to know exactly how much cash you need – and when. A cash flow projection will help you identify shortfalls in advance. And, even if you have generous reserves, you need to measure cash needs against deposits so you don’t blow through your buffer funds.

Grantwriting: Today’s Funders Consider Themselves Investors

11/10/16 – Nonprofits are on the road to recovery, but it hasn’t been easy. Only those around during the Great Depression or maybe World War II have seen times tougher than these for securing grants – whether from a government agency, private foundation or corporation. Foundation and government funders are increasingly defining themselves as investors rather than as funders or donors. They take the term “investor” seriously, and before making an investment, they perform due diligence instead of just evaluating a proposal.

Highly Under-Utilized Tax Credit for Kentucky Small Businesses

11/8/16 – Are you one of the many Kentucky small businesses that are leaving millions of dollars on the table? Since the inception of the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit (KSBTC), the state has allotted $6 million to the KSBTC, however, it has only awarded $2.2 million to Kentucky small businesses.

Hidden Liabilities Affect the Value of a Business

10/27/16 – No business is perfect.

Some liabilities or poorly performing assets are obvious and stated – debts and payables, uncollectable accounts receivable, obsolete equipment and warranty agreements.

Nonprofits Must Work Overtime on New Rule

10/15/16 – The U.S. Department of Labor's long-awaited final overtime rule will have a significant effect on practically every industry and profession in the country. And the nonprofit sector isn't immune.

Municipal Withholding Tax in Ohio

10/13/16 – When do I have to withhold municipal income tax for my employees working in Ohio?

Your Nonprofit Audit: An Overview

10/10/16 – Making a nonprofit’s financial results public is a key to the transparency required today. This overview is focused on the audits of financial statements performed by independent CPA firms. Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, along with alternatives to a GAAS audit are discussed.

Big Valuation Case Shows Necessity of Certified Appraiser

10/2/16 – In what is being called one of the biggest valuation decisions of recent years, the Tax Court had to determine which of four substantially different valuations of an estate interest in an investment holding company was the closest to the true value.

When a Partner Leaves – Issues that Affect Valuation

9/23/16 – Business partnerships have been compared to marriages – and never is that more apparent than when they come to an end. Without a solid agreement and valuation plan, the situation can get very messy.

Fiscal Responsibility Primary Goal of Board

9/17/16 – Although each board’s involvement in its nonprofit agency’s operations varies from situation to situation, all boards share a mandate to exercise fiscal responsibility.

Seven Tips for Successful Board Meetings

9/15/16 – What is the most enjoyable aspect of being a board member?

Building new relationships and doing something good.

How to Delegate to Volunteers

9/6/16 – Delegation is one of the most important skills of successful managers. It lets them spend less time on routine tasks and more time being a leader and a planner.

Do You Know How to Read Financial Statements?

9/4/16 – Most people have little experience or know-how when it comes to reading a financial statement. For some, it seems a foreign language; for others, a task best left to someone else.

Fighting Threats that Diminish Business Value

9/3/16 – When preparing an exit strategy, many business owners focus on operations and profitability, certainly two key areas.

Valuations Testimony Can be Tricky

9/3/16 – Anyone who has ever reviewed the summaries of valuations cases can readily see that testifying in a valuations case can be a very tricky business.

Employee Benefit Plans Have Updated Standards

8/31/16 – Standards that have implications for employee benefit plan auditors and accountants have been recently updated.

Demystified: How to Report Foreign Financial Assets

8/31/16 – Swiss bank accounts. Cayman Islands. Hidden assets. Subpoenas. FinCEN. IRS. Penalties. Disclosure.

Key Issues in Choosing a Valuation Expert

8/30/16 – Whether dealing with estates, divorces or business law, owners often face the issue of valuing their business.

Form 990: What the Watchdogs are Watching

8/15/16 – Nonprofit entities and tax preparers seem to be getting a handle on the new form despite continued IRS modifications and clarifications. They are also becoming more comfortable with the document being publicly available upon request and published on websites. However, there are increased pressures from public scrutiny that should be making nonprofits and their advisers take a second look at their Form 990.

Top 10 Things an Out of State Business Should Know About the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax

8/8/16 – The Ohio Commercial Activity Tax has been in place since 2006. Each year the state gets a bit more aggressive in auditing potential taxpayers.

High Income Americans Neglecting Estate Planning

7/30/16 – Billionaire Warren Buffett – who is giving most of his fortune to charity – has famously said about the rich leaving money to their children: “Give them enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing.”

Why it’s Vital to Know the Value of Your Business

7/23/16 – Would you be surprised to learn that most business owners don’t know the value of their own businesses?

Audit Coming? How to Prepare

7/22/16 – If your organization is facing an audit, it’s important to be well prepared before the auditors arrive.

Three Easy Fixes to Help Reduce Fraud

7/18/16 – Job rotation and mandatory vacations, rewards for whistleblowers and surprise audits are the three least used anti-fraud controls by organizations that have been victims of employee theft. Less than one-third of organizations employ these methods to deter fraud.

How to Proceed when Fraud Is Suspected

7/18/16 – When a fraud is suspected, organizations must proceed quickly, but carefully.

Four Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills

7/6/16 – Time is a precious and perishable resource.

It is, perhaps, the most perishable resource on the planet. Each second that passes is the destruction of an asset – the asset of time. We can’t save it to use later, we can’t recycle it, and we can’t reclaim it once it has passed.

CPA Objectivity Crucial In Valuation

7/2/16 – As cliché as it may sound, one of the pillars of the accounting profession is integrity.

Fair Market Value: What Does it Mean?

6/25/16 – According to the IRS, fair market value is defined as “the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, when the former is not under any compulsion to buy and the latter is not under any compulsion to sell, both parties having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.”

What Improvements Should be Made before Selling Your Business?

6/10/16 – You’ve made the decision to sell. How can you get the most for your business?

How Cash Flow Impacts the Sale of a Business

6/8/16 – Appraising a business can be approached from a number of different directions, including book value of assets, capitalized income and discounted future earnings.

Keeping Good Records Pays off in Auto Expense Deduction

6/7/16 – A recent Tax Court case shows that keeping good auto mileage records – as well as a little persistence – pays off when it comes to dealing with the IRS.

Interest Rate Swaps May Have Hidden Risks

6/4/16 – Once only seen on Wall Street, interest rate swap derivatives have migrated to Main Street and become a common way for companies to attempt to borrow with a fixed amount of interest.