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Should Gifting Be Part Of Your Succession/Transition Plan?

By |2020-01-16T15:29:45-06:00October 5th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Agriculture, Gifts, Preparation, Succession Planning, Tax, Tax Reform, Tax Services, Value|

There has been a lot of commotion in the gifting arena recently. Gifting is something to consider when moving farm assets from one generation to another. Particularly land if the intention is to keep it in the farming operation indefinitely. Timing may be of the essence when it comes to gifting decisions and getting [...]

Preparing for 2020 Payroll

By |2020-01-13T08:56:40-06:00September 20th, 2019|Accounting|

Taxable Limit Bases & Rates Social Security wage base $137,700; rate 6.2% Medicare wage base unlimited; rate 1.45% Additional Medicare tax 0.9% on wages in excess of $200,000 Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) wage base $7,000; rate 0.6% Iowa unemployment tax wage base $31,600 You should have received a notice of your 2020 rate in early [...]

Work Opportunity Tax Credit 2020

By |2020-01-09T12:33:27-06:00September 20th, 2019|Accounting, WOTC|

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. The target groups include unemployed veterans, ex-felons, designated community residents in Rural Renewal Counties (ages 18 to 39), etc. Some of the Rural Renewal Counties in [...]

Book Review – Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business

By |2020-01-16T15:02:24-06:00September 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 [...]

3 Alternative Engagements to an Audit

By |2019-12-09T13:12:09-06:00August 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 [...]

Data Security: Is Your Organization Doing Enough?

By |2019-12-09T13:12:32-06:00August 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 [...]

How Does Your Company Keep Score?

By |2019-12-09T13:13:38-06:00August 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 |2019-12-09T13:20:10-06:00August 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 [...]