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Book Review – Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business

By |2019-09-06T12:40:59-05:00September 6th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Goals, Preparation|

Do you feel like you get caught up in the day-to-day details of your business and never have the opportunity to work on the business itself? This is exactly how our firm’s leadership group felt here at TDT. Fortunately, we found Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business, by Gino Wickman, and it changed the [...]

3 Alternative Engagements to an Audit

By |2019-09-03T09:51:44-05:00August 15th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Budget, Compliance, Nonprofit|

Last quarter, I discussed what an audit accomplishes and what it does not accomplish in my article titled “Do You Really Need An Audit?” In that article, I introduced the idea that an audit may not be right for every organization, especially if resources are tight, as audits can be costly. Below, I discuss a [...]

Data Security: Is Your Organization Doing Enough?

By |2019-09-03T09:50:55-05:00August 14th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Fraud, Internal Control, IT, Nonprofit, Preparation, Tips|

The term data security broadly refers to defensive measures put into effect to prevent unauthorized admission into computers, databases, websites, and any other places data may be stored. Data security is typically applied to systems which protect personally identifiable information (PII). Examples of more sensitive PII include social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, full names, [...]

How Does Your Company Keep Score?

By |2019-08-29T21:16:40-05:00August 14th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Goals, Value|

  To keep score of anything, you have to identify the triggering event. It can be a ball going through the hoop or matching up numbers on a bingo card. In a business environment, a company may have hundreds of triggering events, also known as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Measuring KPIs will provide a value [...]

Have You Thought About a Liquidity Policy?

By |2019-08-29T21:16:23-05:00August 14th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Change, Compliance, Nonprofit|

New Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2016-14 The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issues these new standards. This new standard affects nonprofit organizations in all industries (i.e. healthcare, affordable housing, social services, foundations, and education) and is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 (Calendar Year 2018 or Fiscal Year 2019). ASU 2016-14 requires [...]

4 Takes on Succession Planning: Part 2

By |2019-09-03T09:50:04-05:00August 14th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Morale, Preparation, Succession Planning|

You’ve worked hard to build your business, and it’s a big part of who you are. No matter how great the selling price, how capable your successor, or how excited you are for the next phase of your life, change is hard. Our friends, Bob Hodges and Colin Hendricks, and their estate planning group from [...]

4 Takes On Succession Planning-Part 1

By |2019-06-18T12:48:06-05:00March 27th, 2019|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Morale, Preparation, Succession Planning|

You’ve worked hard to build your business, and it’s a big part of who you are. No matter how great the selling price, how capable your successor, or how excited you are for the next phase of your life, change is hard. Our friend, Rena Striegel, owner of Transition Point Business Advisors, is focused on [...]

Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deduction for Charitable Contributions

By |2019-03-29T13:10:20-05:00March 20th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Deductions, Donation, Saving, Tax, Tax Reform|

The benefits of charitable contributions may be eliminated for some taxpayers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) doubled the standard deduction, meaning more taxpayers may find themselves in a better tax position by choosing the standard deduction over itemizing. Since charitable contributions are itemized, this is leaving many to wonder, “Will I still receive [...]

Can I Use My Endowment As Collateral?

By |2019-04-01T13:30:06-05:00March 13th, 2019|Assurance, Board, Budget, Cash Flow, Gifts, Nonprofit|

Organizations looking to expand their programs sometimes need to obtain bank financing for large projects such as the acquisition of a building. Depending upon the financing received, collateral is often a necessary piece of closing the deal. For organizations with large endowments, the question may come up as to whether the organization may use the [...]

Is That IRS Call Legitimate? 5 Tips for Catching Tax Season Scams

By |2019-03-29T13:10:05-05:00March 6th, 2019|Advisory, Fraud, IRS, IT, Tax, Tips|

Tax Day is just around the corner, which also means the peak of tax-related scams. The IRS annually compiles its list of the “Dirty Dozen,” or the worst tax scams. For the complete list visit IR-2019-49. Here are two common scams that often target taxpayers: Phishing – These types of schemes come in the form [...]