1/13/20 – In most cases, general contractors have strong relationships with their subcontractors, but fraud happens in every industry — and construction is no exception. Here, we examine some of the typical schemes associated with subcontractor fraud and suggest a variety of measures to stop it.
1/10/20 – As we start the New Year, there is more than enough uncertainty for business owners, management teams, advisors, and others to ponder. Issues about the longevity of the current prosperous economic cycle (for most industries), the upcoming election, which Democratic candidate will win the nomination in July (conservative or moderate), trade wars, impeachment outcomes, rising geopolitical instability, and more combine to leave even the most clear-headed person uncertain regarding what to expect this year and beyond.
1/9/20 – The IRS recently released the final version of the 2020 Form W-4, renamed Employee’s Withholding Certificate. The IRS’s objective with the redesign of the form was to reduce the form’s complexity and make income tax withholding easier to navigate for employees.
1/8/20 – Before its winter recess, one of the most notable agreements Congress reached is a massive government wide spending package. Titled, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, the agreement includes extensions of income tax provisions, along with the new retirement account provisions.
1/7/20 – Congress traditionally passes so-called “extenders” annually, but it neglected to do so for 2018. As a result, several popular breaks for both individuals and businesses expired at the end of 2017. The new legislation extends certain income tax provisions that had expired, as well as some that were due to expire at the end of 2019.
12/30/19 – When it comes to technology, one thing is certain: Community Financial Institutions (FI), who fail to deliver the digital products and services their customers demand, will be left behind.
12/30/19 – Once signed, the repeal of the "Parking Tax" is retroactive to the original date of enactment. Taxpayers should be able to file amended Form 990-T to claim a refund for any UBIT paid related to providing qualified transportation benefits to their employees after December 31, 2017.
12/17/19 – Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law more than a year ago, its impact continues to reverberate. Just one example of this is that, because of changes wrought by the law, many construction companies can now choose from a wider variety of accounting methods for tax purposes.
12/16/19 – Given that the end-of-year and beginning-of-year time frames lend to personal and professional reflection for many business owners, the following list identifies five factors owners and their advisors should account for when considering the potential sale of their business.
12/13/19 – Qualified retirement plan sponsors are subject to many disclosure requirements. Let’s take a look at a “top ten” list of key required, defined contribution plan disclosure documents from the Department of Labor, intended to reinforce a general understanding of those requirements.
12/12/19 – When two nonprofits merge — as in any alliance that blends two staffs and sets of operations — challenges arise. Knowing where the pitfalls lie is half the battle. Here, VonLehman's Stephanie Allgeyer discusses specific challenges that should be anticipated and managed, particularly as they pertain to constituent concerns, layoffs, employee morale, and standardization of operations, policies and procedures.
12/10/19 – The per diem rules themselves haven’t significantly changed. Primarily, guidance for taxpayers who were allowed to deduct certain unreimbursed business travel expenses before the TCJA, has been deleted. Here’s a refresher on what changed under the TCJA and the rules for using per diem rates.
12/3/19 – From greedy employees and hidden accounts, to the notorious wire transfer, commercial fraud has become a mainstay among nightly news agendas. In 2017 alone, it was estimated that over $1 billion was lost in wire fraud attacks. It is critical that you do everything possible to mitigate potential losses, as your insurance will only go so far in recovering these assets.
11/18/19 – ASC 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers introduced a five-step-approach to recognizing revenue from contracts with customers. The approach includes 5 specific actions; once these steps have been completed, you must next determine what the accounting looks like. Here, we're observing the perspective of a distributor applying the five-step-approach in a real-world situation.
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.
11/12/19 – The Treasury Department has announced inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings for 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2/22/19 – Depending on complexity of operations, in-house expertise, and stakeholders' needs, the level of assurance you should request will vary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
3/1/18 – The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act includes new benefits for businesses, including enhancements to the Section 179 deduction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1/6/18 – Studies by the Gallup organization show that the No. 1 reason people leave their jobs is because of their boss.
1/5/18 – Question from contractor - What are the typical problems you’ve seen contractors encounter when implementing a new accounting system?
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.
12/13/17 – Several changes to the Form 5500 were proposed that are scheduled to go into effect for plan years beginning in 2019.
12/11/17 – How often do you review the requirements for operating your 401(k) retirement plan?
12/11/17 – S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes qualify for “pass-through” taxation.
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.
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.
11/27/17 – Learn about the Medicare revenue changes and how to project the bottom-line impact on your agency.
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.
11/13/17 – Can you pay bonuses in 2018 but deduct them in 2018? Find out here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/11/17 – On July 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the 2018 payment update.
9/7/17 – Plan now for the future by preparing & projecting the bottom line impact on your agency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7/13/17 – There has never been a greater need for efficient succession planning than there is today.
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).
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).
6/22/17 – What can you outsource and what are the benefits of outsourcing? Find out here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1/7/17 – Does an affidavit from the supposed dependent supply the IRS with enough evidence to justify a dependency exemption? It depends.
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.
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.
12/14/16 – A major strategy of global companies is to build company and shareholder value through acquisition.
12/12/16 – Qualified education expenses under the American Opportunity Tax Credit are basically tuition, fees and course materials.
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.
11/29/16 – The tax treatment for renting out your vacation home depends on the number of days it's rented.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10/13/16 – When do I have to withhold municipal income tax for my employees working in Ohio?
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.
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.
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.
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.
9/15/16 – What is the most enjoyable aspect of being a board member?
Building new relationships and doing something good.
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.
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.
9/3/16 – When preparing an exit strategy, many business owners focus on operations and profitability, certainly two key areas.
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.
8/31/16 – Standards that have implications for employee benefit plan auditors and accountants have been recently updated.
8/31/16 – Swiss bank accounts. Cayman Islands. Hidden assets. Subpoenas. FinCEN. IRS. Penalties. Disclosure.
8/30/16 – Whether dealing with estates, divorces or business law, owners often face the issue of valuing their business.