For many years, contractors have been advised to look into the Section 199 tax deduction for “domestic production activities.” Although the deduction focuses on manufacturing, it’s also available for “construction of real property performed in the United States” by companies “engaged in the active conduct of a construction trade or business.”
So, you’ve decided to participate in an Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Sec. 1031 exchange. Qualified intermediaries (“QIs”) can make or break your exchange, so hiring the right one is crucial. Here’s what you need to know.
Joint ventures offer several potential advantages. They enable smaller construction companies to take on large projects while dividing the contractual and financial risks of such projects. Further, those projects could be in geographic locations that you otherwise would not be able to access. A joint venture can also enable you to increase your bonding capacity, provide an opportunity to learn about more sophisticated technologies, and access other contractors’ relationships.
A well-designed succession plan is critical to the long-term survival of a construction business. In developing one, it’s important to consider the objectives and needs of your company’s owners as well as their family members. But it’s equally important to examine your plan from the perspective of your surety.
Some people are drawn into the real estate game largely for the potential tax benefits—done right, for example, you can leverage any real estate losses you sustain into some generous deductions for business expenses. There’s a catch, though: You can’t be engaged in your real estate activities just to generate losses. If the IRS finds that you lack a profit motive, it will limit and perhaps disallow your deductions altogether. One taxpayer recently learned that the hard way.
Financial statements are an indispensable tool for gauging your construction company’s historical results and financial health. But relying on them alone is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror. To see the road ahead, you need a work-in-progress (“WIP”) report for every job.
Using recycled and reclaimed materials for construction projects can help curb greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Doing so can also reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
6 common accounting mistakes to avoid
You’re probably familiar with the term “crunch the numbers.” Well, in a tumultuous industry like construction, it’s all too easy to let crisp, timely financials go soggy with outdated data and flat-out mistakes. Here are six common accounting errors to avoid.
During the last decade, limited liability companies ("LLCs") have become one of the most preferred forms of business entities through which to hold title to investment real estate properties. Prior to LLCs, real estate investors seeking limited liability protection were largely limited to using corporations to acquire title — a form of entity that has potential drawbacks.
Don’t overlook the research credit
Construction businesses are often surprised to learn that they may be eligible for the research tax credit, often referred to as the “research and development,” “R&D” or “research and experimentation” credit. Too often, they assume that this tax break is for only large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, software, and aerospace companies, so they don’t bother to investigate whether any of their activities qualify.