This guide provides an overview of the most consequential changes under the TCJA and other key tax provisions you need to be aware of. It offers a variety of strategies for minimizing your taxes in the new tax environment. It will be important to work closely with your tax advisor this year. He or she can help you identify which changes affect you and the best strategies for maximizing the new tax law’s benefits and minimizing any negative tax ramifications. Plus, more tax legislation could be signed into law this year, and your tax advisor can keep you apprised of the latest information.
We know it’s a tough transition to stare at your 30s and say good-bye to youth. Seriously, though, millennials have great opportunities to transform how people live, work and do business in the next three decades. With that power comes great responsibility to manage your finances wisely. This article will stare into the abyss of mortality with you and help you recognize the possibilities to soar rather than settle.
Improving restaurant efficiency can become an ongoing part of your point of sale and accounting systems, allowing you to make continuous improvements. This can help owners and managers exceed industry benchmarks, free up focus for customers and growth, and create an easier path to sell when it’s time. From choosing the right restaurant software to finding areas where owners and managers can improve the bottom line, an experienced restaurant accountant has the inside knowledge you need.
We’re very pleased to publish our first ever Executive Pulse Survey and Report. The survey, which was conducted exclusively in the Dallas Fort Worth area, targets executives in the Construction, Energy, Manufacturing and Distribution, Professional Services, and Real Estate industries. The Pulse Survey is designed to explore the opinions of DFW-based executives on a wide range of topics and trends that impact how businesses and organizations operate. It is also intended to provide information regarding their peers’ thinking across a variety of industries and topics.
The survey was developed by our firm in collaboration with our sponsors Richard P. Slaughter Associates, Comerica Bank, Scheef & Stone, and Insperity. The survey and report would not have been possible to produce without our sponsor and participant support. We hope you find the report useful and insightful.
A financial statement audit is conducted by an independent certified public accountant. The independent auditor’s overarching goal is to obtain reasonable — but not absolute — assurance that the financial statements prepared by plan management are fairly presented. To communicate that assurance, the independent auditor provides an opinion about whether the plan’s financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles as promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) (GAAP) or a special purpose framework that is acceptable to the DOL, such as the modified cash basis of accounting.
Manufacturing firms spend a lot of time focusing on streamlined operations and leveraging technology to reduce constraints in the supply chain. What if the theories of supply chain management were applied to business transition planning? In similar ways, you must assess demand, identify and find solutions around constraints, communicate effectively and take the critical path. This whitepaper aligns supply chain theory with business transition planning to give owners and leaders common language — and maybe some motivation to get started.
There are two schools of thought when creating cash flow for a buy here pay here auto dealership. One involves selling cars as quickly as possible and repossessing them just as quickly. The other more viable option is to focus on customer service. By keeping customers in a vehicle longer, the dealer can also secure steady cash flow and support repeat customers as well as referrals. Dealers, collections staff and service technicians are all involved in the customer experience. This article reviews the benefits of a customer-centric approach to cash flow and financial management and the tools that help dealers achieve more profitable payment streams.
The Department of Labor and IRS are ramping up efforts to improve compliance in corporate employee benefit plan administration. Frequent errors point to inadequate or improper administration by organizations, but also to auditors that lack the proper training and experience to conduct a technically appropriate employee benefit plan audit. Failure to make improvements can result in penalties and fines to companies and organizations — and even criminal charges in severe cases. That’s why it’s so important to choose an audit team with experience once your organization reaches 100 eligible participants.
Oil and gas investments have unique aspects of finance and taxes that are not seen in any other industry. High oil inventories have driven commodity prices and oil investment prices down, and it may be time to consider adding oil investments to a portfolio. Different entity structures and the accounting methods used make it difficult for investors to get a side-by-side comparison of O&G developers. Investors need to understand the pros and cons of each investment type under consideration, including the impact of accounting methods used, the developer’s strategy with regard to reserves, and finally the potential tax benefits or impacts.
The AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC) has prepared this advisory to provide you, the plan sponsor, administrator, or trustee with an understanding of the importance of hiring a quality auditor to perform your employee benefit plan financial statement audit, and information to help you select a quality auditor.