New rules on the way for leases and contractors

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), which made significant changes to lease accounting. These new rules are in effect for private companies with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, in other words, 2020 for companies with a calendar year end. While publicly traded business entities are already using the new standard, it’s worth noting that there has been strong support from the AICPA to delay the implementation date at least one year, meaning that private business entities with a calendar year-end would not have to adopt the new standard until 2021, though any potential delays are still pending. The FASB discussed this delay in their July 17, 2019 board meeting, with an exposure draft being released on August 15, 2019. Exposure drafts have a comment period of 30 days, which ended September 16, 2019; therefore we are currently awaiting the results of that comment period.

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Topics: Construction, Lease

The Importance of Buy-Sell Agreements

Posted by Briana Frost, Staff II, Tax Services on Jul 30, 2019

Well-crafted and legally-binding buy-sell agreements can reduce the risk of unexpected circumstances for construction companies.

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Topics: Construction, Buy Sell

Attracting and Retaining Talent with Equity-based Compensation

Construction is a competitive industry!  In today’s business world, contractors aren’t just competing for projects; they’re also competing for a dwindling supply of new management talent and other skilled workers. Salary, bonuses, incentives, and other fringe benefits options may get individuals in the door, but the problem remains:  How to retain your talented employees as they move up the ranks?

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Topics: Construction, compensation

A Fresh Look at the Pass-Through Deduction

Posted by Ruth Ollarzabal on May 3, 2019

The deduction is allowed for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026. This pass-through deduction is for sole proprietorships, S corporation, and partnerships; C corporations are not eligible.

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Topics: Tax, Construction

Will Your Company Survive Your Retirement?

Posted by Lee Ann Collins, CPA, Managing Partner on May 1, 2019

I am Lee Ann Collins, Managing Partner at Lane Gorman Trubitt, and recently I found myself awake instead of peacefully sleeping. The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France was burning, and I watched the news feeds while praying with the rest of the world. The amazing emergency service teams in Paris were able to put out the fire, saving many lives and the rose window. It had me thinking about how buildings and monuments like the cathedral are a mark of those that came before us. They take a community of people to build and maintain.  Long after the architect, builder, and owner are gone, the testament to their vision and dedication remains.

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Topics: Auto, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Construction, consulting, medical, managing sleepless nights, succession planning

A Brief Q & A with Lance Trammell

Over the last six months our Construction Industry team here at Lane Gorman Trubitt has been working on producing an informative video series covering the new revenue recognition guidance and how it will impact how contractors consider and account for revenue on its contracts with customers. During that time we have fielded questions about this topic and its impact on the construction industry. Here are the some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Topics: Real Estate, Construction, Financial Accounting Standards Board, Revenue Recognition, FASB

How to Mitigate Disaster with Interruption Insurance

Posted by Trey Hardy, Tax Supervising Senior on Oct 23, 2018

No part of the country is immune from disaster. Whether your construction company operates near water or in a desert, in the city or the suburbs, a natural calamity could stop you in your tracks and even put you out of business. For this reason, it’s a good idea for every contractor to at least consider business interruption insurance.

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Topics: Construction, insurance

Collaboration and the Estimator's Role

Technological innovations and other recent developments are rapidly altering the job estimators perform for construction companies. Estimators are taking on a more collaborative, value-added role — enabling them to have a significant impact on project costs, quality and risk management. Let’s look at some of the most important changes.

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Topics: Construction, accounting

Lock down financial assets with the right controls

Posted by Trey Hardy, Tax Supervising Senior on Jul 25, 2018

You’ve got a fence around the job site. Your heavy equipment is turned off and the keys stored securely. Your materials are tied down and, where possible, kept out of sight. But what about your financial assets? Are you protecting those as carefully as your physical assets?

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Topics: Tax, Construction, consulting, accounting

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

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