Accounting

New Lease Accounting Standard: Is Your Organization Prepared?

By |2020-03-31T14:18:42-05:00March 17th, 2020|Accounting, Assurance, Change, FASB, Lease|

  In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02 – Leases (Topic 842), which contains substantial changes in the accounting for leases by lessees: organizations which lease assets. The new lease accounting guidance will require lessees to record an asset and liability on the statement of financial position [...]

Refine Your Chart of Accounts

By |2020-06-30T11:56:55-05:00February 4th, 2020|Accounting, Advisory, Tax Planning|

  Your financial reports should provide the relevant information you need to make financial decisions. An analysis of your company’s Chart of Accounts should be done to compare these accounts with the data utilized in the report, so you have quick access to the information you need. All accounting systems ultimately gather costs or revenues [...]

Why Trusted Employees Steal From Small Business Owners

By |2020-01-16T16:31:57-06:00January 14th, 2020|Accounting, Advisory, Fraud, Internal Control|

  As businesses grow, trust and delegation can cause the business owner to be less hands-on with their financials. Small businesses don’t always have the people and resources to put the proper checks and balances in place. As a result, small businesses are more susceptible to employee fraud. It’s important to understand how employee fraud [...]

5 Reasons Outsourcing Works for Growing Businesses

By |2020-03-30T13:07:48-05:00November 27th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Goals, Internal Control, Payroll, Tips|

As your small business grows, the demands on your time and energy grow, too. You and your employees can find yourselves consumed with activities that creep beyond your passion and proficiency. This can be risky for your business, at worst, and boring or unfulfilling for you and your employees, at best. Many business owners [...]

What Your Financials Say About Your Business

By |2020-01-28T12:18:10-06:00November 21st, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Goals, Tips, Value|

Have you recently provided your financial statements to a lender, investor, large customer or vendor? Did you wonder what they were looking for? Were you caught off guard by the questions they asked or the decisions they made? Financial statements reveal a lot about a business. Readers of financial statements use financial information to make [...]

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 [...]