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

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

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

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

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

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