What’s the difference between not-for-profit and for-profit financial reporting?

Board members and new staff from a for-profit background don’t always grasp the differences between the for-profit and not-for-profit ("NFP") worlds. One area of significant variation is their financial reporting approach, including both goals and practices.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Tax, Reporting, Financial

Investment income:  Recognize UBI when you see it

Posted by Nicole Ansiaux, Senior I, Tax Services on Aug 2, 2017

Most not-for-profit leaders understand a principal truth of their tax-exempt status: The IRS generally considers any revenue they take in that’s not related to their mission to be unrelated business income (UBI), and that income is subject to tax. Not-for-profits that don’t pay tax on that income face the possibility of back taxes, penalties and interest — and, in extreme cases, the loss of their tax-exempt status.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Tax

Tax Update:  Check yourself before you tax yourself

Posted by lgtcpa on Aug 2, 2017

When was the last time you checked your tax withholding, when you signed that W-4 eight years ago? There are multiple factors that largely affect how much you owe each year. Be mindful of potential refunds or taxes that you could owe.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, 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