Are you ready for the new revenue recognition standard?

It’s been eight years since the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") first proposed an overhaul of its revenue recognition standard and four years since it issued the new standard. Now the standard’s effective date is finally approaching — Jan. 1, 2019, for calendar-year nonpublic companies that comply with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Is your company ready?

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Audit, Construction, consulting, revenue, guide

Recent legislation encourages low income developments

Both the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("TCJA") and Congress’s massive new spending package received widespread media coverage, but a couple of provisions that incentivize investments in low income housing have largely gone under the radar. One provision in the tax law offers significant tax breaks for investors looking to defer or abate capital gains taxes, while the spending bill boosts the Low Income Housing Tax Credit ("LIHTC").

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Tax, IRS, consulting

Do you want a dynamic practice?

Management expert Peter Drucker famously said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Within a medical practice, it’s possible — though not necessarily desirable — to measure anything and everything, ranging from the number of patients per day to the amount of time spent on phone calls. So what should your medical practice measure?

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Healthcare, medical, practice

Seven more tips and tricks for SEO

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on May 30, 2018

The more people come to your site, the more likely they are to become clients or customers. Continuing to drive people to your site is beneficial for your overall business. In this last installment of the search engine optimization (“SEO”) series, we’ll be covering a few more tips that will help bring traffic to your site again and again.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction

Documentation matters in real estate professional exception

You would normally be right if you thought a dentist could not qualify as a “real estate professional”, allowed to deduct rental real estate losses — after all, the IRS thought the same thing. In this case you would be wrong, though. The U.S. Tax Court found that a dentist who also operated a real estate business qualified for the real estate professional exception, based largely on his extensive documentation of the hours he’d spent.

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Topics: Real Estate, Tax

A look inside the 2018 manufacturing survey

Posted by Joshua Woods, Practice Growth on May 30, 2018

For the second year, the Leading Edge Alliance (“LEA”), has conducted a Manufacturing Outlook and Insights survey with participants across the country. This year there was a 75% increase in participation. Overall, the survey resulted in a positive outlook for individual businesses, the industry as a whole, and the economy. There were several factors that contributed to the positivity: some of the factors were intrinsic, while others were from outside sources, such as the growing U.S. economy. Let’s take a look inside some of the survey results and dig deeper into the future of the manufacturing industry.

 

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Topics: Manufacturing & Distribution, Reporting, consulting

Dig deep to determine the TCJA’s total impact

Posted by Cristina Tirado, Tax Services on Apr 25, 2018

The passage of a new tax law in December was intriguing, if not downright exciting, news for most construction company owners. Now that the dust has settled, this article takes a look at some highlights, including reduced tax rates and boosted depreciation deductions. A sidebar points out that some valuable tax breaks have been eliminated or limited.

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Topics: Tax, Construction, IRS

User experience and your website

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on Apr 25, 2018

Welcome to the next blog post in a series of best practices for search engine optimization (“SEO”) and your organization’s website. We’ll discuss user experience (“UX”): what it is, what it means, and what you can do to help potential clients gain a better understanding while visiting your website. We’ll also go over user interface design (“UI”) and how it relates to UX.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction

New Texas Tax Amnesty Program

On May 1, 2018, Texas will begin a two-month tax amnesty program. If you have any potential exposure for any Texas back taxes, LGT would welcome the opportunity to discuss the program with you to determine whether it would be worth pursuing. Additional information about the program is below.

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Topics: Tax

Four basic SEO practices

Posted by Victoria Hernandez, Communications on Mar 26, 2018

In a series of SEO, we’ll discuss different tasks you can do in order to help maximize traffic on your site.

Let’s start from the beginning. What is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. What does that mean? Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo all use algorithms that decide how to rank sites on their pages, and SEO is the process that helps your site rank closer to the top of the page.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Construction, consulting