Accounting

What to Consider When Selecting an Employee Benefits Plan

By |2019-01-16T09:51:45+00:00January 16th, 2019|Accounting, Advisory, Economy, Employment, Insurance, IRS, Tax|

For business owners, identifying ways to provide fringe benefits to attract and retain employees has become more crucial than ever.  In this era of low unemployment rates, having a competitive advantage in the labor market can be difficult. This will, in turn, impact a business’ ability to recruit and retain qualified employees and keep operations [...]

Highly Appreciated Assets: Should You Keep it, Sell it, or Die with it?

By |2019-01-16T09:51:09+00:00January 9th, 2019|Accounting, Agriculture, Estate Planning, Executor, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform, Value|

Keep it, sell it, or die with it may seem like strange choices, but with highly appreciated assets, those may be the very choices that need to be considered.  Examples of highly appreciated assets include real estate and stock investments which have gone up significantly in value.   Let’s look at an example.  To Sell Or [...]

Filing Date Options for Farm Returns

By |2019-01-25T11:28:34+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Accounting, Agriculture, Change, Compliance, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform|

It’s a  mystery to many farmers why their tax return filing deadline is March 1, while the filing date for most taxpayers is in April. There are multiple date options when filing your farm returns. Susan K. Voss, CPA will explain the options, the benefits of each and will  explain why filing by March 1, [...]

Here They Are…More Changes to Financial Statements!

By |2019-01-16T09:40:45+00:00December 11th, 2018|Accounting, Board, Budget, Cash Flow, Change, Compliance, Investment, Nonprofit, Preparation|

Previously in “Changes to Financial Statements for Not-for-Profit Entities, Are You Ready?” we provided information on the changes to net asset presentation and underwater endowments under the new financial statement presentation standard. Now we will address the new presentation and disclosure items related to liquidity and availability disclosures, functional expenses, investment expenses, and the statement [...]

What Accounting and Payroll Reminders Should You Keep in Mind for 2019?

By |2018-11-16T15:25:13+00:00October 16th, 2018|Accounting, Compliance, IRS, Payroll, Preparation, Tax, Tax Planning, WOTC|

The end of the calendar year will soon be upon us.  There are a few items to keep in mind as you begin to think about government forms that must be submitted in January. Bonuses Employers often give their employees holiday bonuses around the end of the year. It is important to remember that all [...]

Changes to Financial Statements for Nonprofit Entities, Are You Ready?

By |2018-12-13T15:48:59+00:00September 19th, 2018|Accounting, Change, Nonprofit|

FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee determined that existing standards for financial statements of Not-for-Profit entities could be improved to provide more useful information to donors, grantors, creditors, and other users. The update is effective for years beginning after December 15, 2017. If your organization has a calendar year-end, you’ll be required to present financial statements under [...]

Choosing the Right Accounting Method for Tax Purposes

By |2018-08-31T10:05:14+00:00August 31st, 2018|Accounting, Cash Flow, Change, IRS, Tax Planning, Tax Reform|

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) liberalized the eligibility rules for using the cash method of accounting, making this method, which is simpler than the accrual method, available to more businesses. Now the IRS has provided procedures a small business taxpayer can use to obtain automatic consent to change its method of accounting under [...]

Do You Need to Adjust Your Withholding?

By |2018-08-28T16:57:05+00:00August 28th, 2018|Accounting, Change, Deductions, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Planning|

If you received a large refund after filing your 2017 income tax return, you’re probably enjoying the influx of cash. But a large refund isn’t all positive. It also means you were essentially giving the government an interest-free loan. That’s why a large refund for the previous tax year would usually indicate that you should [...]

Business Deductions for Meal, Vehicle, and Travel Expenses

By |2018-08-24T13:56:03+00:00August 24th, 2018|Accounting, Deductions, IRS, Saving, Tax Reform, Tips|

A Critical Requirement Subject to various rules and limits, business meal (generally 50%), vehicle and travel expenses may be deductible, whether you pay for the expenses directly or reimburse employees for them. Deductibility depends on a variety of factors, but generally the expenses must be “ordinary and necessary” and directly related to the business. Proper [...]

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changes Some Rules for Deducting Pass-Through Business Losses

By |2018-08-24T13:55:12+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Accounting, Change, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform|

It’s not uncommon for businesses to sometimes generate tax losses. But the losses that can be deducted are limited by tax law in some situations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) further restricts the amount of losses that sole proprietors, partners, S corporation shareholders and, typically, limited liability company (LLC) members can currently deduct [...]