Principal named President-Elect of CREW Dallas

Posted by lgtcpa on Nov 29, 2017

Commercial Real Estate for Women’s Dallas Chapter (“CREW Dallas”), a not-for-profit organization, recently named Shea Kracheck, Tax Principal at LGT, as the 2018 President-Elect. Over her four-year term, Shea will shepherd the Board of Directors in their responsibilities for setting goals, priorities, strategic objectives, and more.

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Topics: Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Tax

Sec. 199 deduction looking better for contractors

Posted by Trey Hardy, Tax Senior II on Aug 2, 2017

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.”

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction

Exercise caution with joint venture financing

Posted by Whitney Price, Tax Senior II on Aug 2, 2017

With the real estate market on the rise in many parts of the country, developers are finding they have more opportunities to obtain financing through joint ventures. Such arrangements can have undeniable pay offs, but developers must be conscientious before jumping in. Here’s a look at several issues to address early on.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax

Finding the right QI for your Section 1031 exchange

Posted by Cory Caddell, Tax Services Manager on Jun 26, 2017

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.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction

Pros and cons on joint ventures

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.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction

Succession planning: Look at things from a surety’s perspective

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.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction

Lack of profit objective dooms deductions for real estate activities

Posted by Shea Kracheck, CPA, Tax Principal on Jun 26, 2017

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.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction

The WIP is good: A valuable management tool

Posted by Thalia Mancera, CPA on Jun 26, 2017

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.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction

Triple net lease investments

Posted by Abby Mackey, Tax Manager on Oct 5, 2016

Due diligence is key

Properties with triple net leases offer investors several advantages, but the primary one is the opportunity to receive a steady stream of income with minimal management responsibilities for the property. This is because the tenant is responsible for paying real estate taxes, insurance, and property maintenance.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax

Coming into its own: LLC investments

Posted by Cory Caddell, Tax Services Manager on Sep 7, 2016

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.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, Construction