Sooner than Later: Changes in Lease Accounting

Ready or not, here it comes.  Starting in 2019 for public companies (2020 for private companies), the way leases are accounted for and reported will change.  These changes can impact the financial statements of lessees.  While the implementation date might seem far away in the future, companies should start preparing for the changes in order to achieve a smooth transition.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, accounting, Lease

Changing the Rules: The TCJA and how it effects UBI

Posted by Jules DeWitt, CPA, ACS Supervising Senior on Aug 29, 2018

As the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made its way through Congress, many nonprofits understandably focused on the provisions likely to affect charitable giving. But the law also contains some significant requirements affecting unrelated business income (UBI). If you engage in “unrelated business” — and even if you don’t — you could find that your unrelated business income tax (UBIT) liability increases under the new law.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, accounting, TCJA, UBI

Navigating a shifting landscape

Posted by Jules DeWitt, CPA, ACS Supervising Senior on Jul 25, 2018

Every medical practice faces ongoing challenges in maintaining a successful bottom line. New challenges arise whenever Medicare and Medicaid policy, or the economy, changes. Still, a handful of problems rise to the top in most medical practices. Here are some ideas for solving them before they become overwhelming.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Healthcare, Financial, consulting, doctors, accounting

News for Not-for-Profits — June 2018 edition

Do you qualify for the new family leave credit?

The new tax law creates a credit for eligible employers in 2018 and 2019 based on paid leave for up to 12 weeks, granted under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). Employers aren’t required to pay employees for FMLA leave, but — for 2018 and 2019 — those that do may qualify for a tax credit of 12.5% of the wages paid. That’s if the rate of payment under the leave program is at least 50% of employees’ regular rate.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Not-for-Profit, Audit, Financial, consulting

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

Is a GP fund right for your deal?

Posted by Abby Mackey, Tax Manager on Feb 27, 2018

Sponsors are often on the hunt for innovative ways to fund their real estate projects, particularly when they find themselves under capital constraints that limit their ability to invest. Some sponsors turn to general partner (“GP”) funds to meet their capital contribution obligations while maintaining the freedom to invest in additional projects.

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Topics: Real Estate, Accounting Tips, Financial

New rules for partnership audits

Posted by Shea Kracheck, CPA, Tax Principal on Nov 29, 2017

The new rules for partnership audits enacted by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 ("BBA") will dramatically impact not only how tax adjustments are assessed, but who is responsible for them. These rules will go in effect for partnership tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. We advise you to discuss with your legal counsel, so that your agreements include the new elections and address the updated regulations summarized below.

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Tax, Audit, IRS

Harvey Disaster Declarations and Additional Tax Relief

Hurricane Harvey Tax Update

In August 2017, at the request of Texas Governor Abbott, President Trump began making disaster declarations for Texas counties expected to be impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Additional Texas counties have been added to the Harvey disaster declaration list through October 2017 which include Dallas and Tarrant counties. (For a complete list of the Hurricane Harvey covered disaster areas:  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-harvey) This declaration permitted the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the Presidential Disaster Areas. (For additional information click here for our Hurrican Harvey communication)

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Topics: Accounting Tips, Tax, hurricane harvey, IRS, disaster, relief