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  • Qualified opportunity zone deadline extended

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 410

    Abstract: The federal government created qualified opportunity zones (QOZs) in 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities,” according to the IRS. This article reviews the thinking behind QOZs and notifies readers of an important deadline extension.

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  • Boost cash flow with savvy accounts payable strategies

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 541

    Abstract: Managing accounts payable is a critical task for any business, but it’s particularly important for construction companies. As a back-office function, however, payables don’t always get the attention they deserve. This article provides tips and best practices for improving the process, including being strategic and leveraging technology.

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  • Accurate job schedules add value to financial reporting

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 677

    Abstract: When many contractors read the term “financial reporting,” they may naturally think of their financial statements. However, another important aspect of financial reporting is the regular and consistent handling of job schedules. This article describes three types of job schedules and explains why it’s so important to keep these schedules accurate and up to date.

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  • Asking for forgiveness? Contractors should handle PPP loans with care

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 922

    Abstract: Many construction companies have taken advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Loan recipients may qualify for debt forgiveness if they meet certain requirements and submit a timely application with their lenders. This article explains some of the factors in qualifying for forgiveness and discusses recent federal guidance. A sidebar looks at the tax considerations of loan forgiveness.

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  • Playing the long game: 4 lessons from past crises

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 395

    Abstract: COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, but economic downturns are nothing new. As the world continues to adapt to the pandemic’s repercussions, law firms can turn to past economic crises for some lessons about what they might expect and how they might capitalize. This article highlights four areas law firms should consider when making decisions about long-term sustainability.

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  • AI takes hold in law firms

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 567

    Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) — which is defined as computers that perform tasks that typically require human intelligence — climbed out of the pages of science fiction and into the real world some time ago. But the legal industry has only recently begun to embrace its possibilities. While AI already is making an impact in so-called Big Law, it also can help attorneys and administrators at smaller firms. Moreover, as firms increasingly commoditize legal services, clients expect firms to use every tool they can to expedite work and cut costs. This article examines how law firms can use AI to their advantage.

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  • How to move your firm ahead profitably

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 738

    Abstract: 2020 has been a year to remember — and it’s not over yet. In this uncertain year, law firm management has had to wrestle with the profitability of their firms. While law firms can’t control the economics resulting from COVID-19 and events such as the presidential election, this article highlights a few ways they can take control of profitability.

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  • See you at the office? COVID-19 prompts a new look at office needs

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 812

    Abstract: Office space expenses usually are the second highest expense for law firms, behind personnel. It’s not surprising, then, that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty have prompted some firms to take a closer look at their needs for space. This article reviews why firms may be thinking about whether they should relocate, reduce and/or redesign. A short sidebar discusses the nonfinancial ramifications of changing office spaces.

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  • Bank Wire – FFIEC updates BSA/AML examination manual

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 423

    Abstract: This summary of recent developments in banking discusses several significant revisions to the FFIEC’s Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual. It also notes that the OCC has proposed an update to its regulations that permits banks to hold in-person meetings, and that in June the OCC released its Spring 2020 Semiannual Risk Perspective, reporting key issues facing the federal banking system. In addition, the article points out that the FFIEC recently provided cloud computing guidance.

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  • Are off-site bank examinations here to stay?

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 542

    Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, many banking regulators have shifted to an off-site, or remote, examination process. Many people believe that off-site examinations — with their obvious efficiencies and other benefits — will become standard operating procedure in the future. This article explains the Federal Reserve’s position on use of off-site examinations under unique circumstances and looks at some key factors in how examiners determine whether they’re appropriate, including a bank’s risk profile and management preferences.

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  • Hedge your bets – Balance risk vs. reward in asset concentrations

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 661

    Abstract: A community’s economy is often based on just one or two industries, with a smattering of others in the mix. But primarily lending to just one industry, whether it’s to farmers, manufacturers or any other group, can throw a community bank’s loans out of whack and make it tough to recover if that industry takes a hit. This article discusses how community banks can balance risk and reward as they provide lending services to local industries.

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  • Now’s the time to review your internal controls

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 907

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way banks and other organizations do business. Some banks have closed branches — and many are operating with reduced staff or relying more heavily on remote workers. These conditions create internal control challenges. This article suggests that it’s a good idea for banks to review their internal control policies and procedures and consider strategies for making them more efficient and effective. A sidebar offers some cybersecurity tips for remote workers.

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  • 4 ways construction teams can work more remotely

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 448

    Abstract: Contractors can’t work from home, but they can benefit from technology that supports remote collaboration and safer distancing to address COVID-19 and other threats. This article looks at four technology solutions that can help team members stay more separated but still connected, including videoconferencing and construction cameras/drones.

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  • Now’s a good time to re-evaluate employee benefits

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 544

    Abstract: In difficult economic times, cost cutting becomes a necessity — and employee benefits are an easy target. Yet one of the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the value and importance of benefits. This article explores various low-cost options that contractors should consider, such as Health Savings Accounts, employee assistance plans and SEP-IRAs.

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  • Enhancing preconstruction to protect workers and the bottom line

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 669

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic slowdown have made careful planning of every job essential. More stringent safety protocols and, in many instances, a scarcity of projects mean a much slimmer margin of error. This article reviews some key aspects of preconstruction.

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  • Year-end tax planning – Depreciation deductions remain viable

    Fall 2020
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 956

    Abstract: Like so many aspects of 2020, year-end tax planning will be different this year. Contractors should review tax-related legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but some tried-and-true strategies remain viable. This article discusses Section 179 expensing, “bonus” depreciation and cost segregation studies. A sidebar reminds readers to manage cash flow independently of tax deductions.

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