February 19, 2018
Retirement Plans: How much is a catch-up contribution worth?

If you are age 50 or over by year-end, you have the opportunity to make “catch-up” contributions to your retirement plans.

February 19, 2018
Use Benchmarking to Swim with the Big Fish

You may keep a wary eye on your competitors, but sometimes it helps to look just a little bit deeper. Even if you’re a big fish in your pond, someone a little bigger may be swimming up just beneath you. Being successful means not just being aware of these competitors, but also knowing their approaches and results.

February 19, 2018
Watch out for Identity Theft

As there are more and more data breaches affecting consumers, identity theft issues area at an all-time high.  It is the number one complaint reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Judging from recent news reports, this doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

February 15, 2018
When Using an EBITDA Multiple Isn’t Optimal

Often when I talk to clients, attorneys, or other professionals about business value, they want to think in terms of EBITDA multiples. It is, after all, the standard valuation metric in the M&A world, and for good reason.

February 15, 2018
How Long Should I Keep My Business Records?

When determining how long to keep most of your income tax records, we look to the time frame that the IRS or state revenue agency can audit a tax return.

January 30, 2018
Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, or WOTC for short, is a somewhat complicated tax credit.  Basically, a tax credit exists when a business pays wages to employees that are part of a qualified group.  The obvious question is what makes an employee part of the qualified group?

January 29, 2018
Cost Segregation Study

A cost segregation study looks at a building or piece of property and segregates the total cost into portions with shorter depreciable lives.   This optimizes depreciation resulting in substantial cash flow benefits.  In general, a building is classified as 39 year property.

January 29, 2018
Research and Development Credits

Both the federal and state research and development credits (R&D credit) are in place to reward those companies that develop new products or new processes.

January 26, 2018
Should I Record Interest Income On My ESOP?

No.  Nothing really happened.  The company makes a contribution of $XX, which is paid the ESOP.  The ESOP turns around a pays the Company $XX for principal and interest.  The checking account did not change.  The expense the company needs to record is the actual value of the shares released to participants.

January 26, 2018
I Went ESOP. When Should I Expect our DOL Audit?

There is a high likelihood that if you are an ESOP, then you will be visited by the DOL (Department of Labor).  This is different than an IRS audit.  The chances from my experience is 20%.  IRS audits are much lower, more like 2%.

January 26, 2018
New: Qualified Business Income Deduction = 20%

A major provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a 20% deduction available for pass-through entities with qualified business income. Pass-through entities include sole proprietors, partnerships, and S corporations.

January 25, 2018
What are SARS and Why Would an ESOP Want Them?

This question often comes up when a company goes 100% ESOP.  Prior to the ESOP transaction, ownership had a direct incentive to increase the share price.