Construction Industry Advisor

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  • Should your company conduct a cybersecurity assessment?

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 431

    Abstract: Contractors are particularly vulnerable to hackers and other threats because of the mobile nature of their businesses. A cybersecurity assessment or audit can help ensure that a construction company is taking the proper steps to protect sensitive information. This article reviews some of the threats out there today and explains the benefits of an assessment.

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  • Help build tomorrow’s workforce with an apprenticeship program

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 531

    Abstract: It’s not always easy to find good news on the topic of the skilled labor shortage, but here’s some: There are few industries better poised to create its own workforce than construction. One reason is apprenticeships. This article urges contractors to consider the benefits of an apprenticeship program and discusses the concept of registering with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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  • Deductibility of meals and entertainment after tax reform

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 665

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes to the deductibility of meal and entertainment expenses. Unfortunately, there’s much confusion about which deductions have been eliminated and which remain. This article provides helpful guidance on what’s allowed in the office, on the jobsite and elsewhere, as well as notable exceptions to the rules.

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  • Lease accounting for contractors – New rules on the way

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 881

    Abstract: It’s been 13 years since the Financial Accounting Standards Board started overhauling its lease standard. Now the new accounting rules are set to take effect in 2020 for companies with a calendar year end. This article explains what’s changing and how the changes may affect a construction company’s financial statements. A sidebar looks at some complexities of how the rules may or may not affect short-term leases.

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  • Watch out for joint employer rule

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: Construction is an inherently collaborative enterprise. But contractors who exercise control over the employees of subcontractors or other parties — or reserve the right to exercise such control — risk being ensnared by the so-called “joint employer rule.” This article discusses the rule and how recent legal machinations have put it in flux.

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  • Checking your paperwork for slow cash flow contributors

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 539

    Abstract: For construction companies, a common contributor to cash flow slowdowns is the very paperwork that contractors use to arrange and close out projects: namely, their contracts and invoices. This article examines both, looking at how each type of document affects cash flow.

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  • Final pass-through deduction regs offer welcome guidance

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 667

    Abstract: In January, the IRS issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 199A. Owners of construction companies organized as pass-through entities should take a close look at the regs with their CPAs. This article recaps the pass-through deduction and offers up some highlights of the regs that are of interest to contractors.

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  • Risk management – Could a captive insurance company suit you?

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 889

    Abstract: A captive insurance company is an insurer established to provide coverage to the company or companies that own and control it. Contractors looking for an ambitious way to control insurance costs and customize coverage should explore the concept. This article explains the workings and benefits of captive insurance while noting its risks. A sidebar looks at the notable tax savings of “microcaptives.”

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  • Mixed reality: The next BIM thing in construction tech?

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 417

    Abstract: Building information modeling (BIM) is one of the most important technological developments in construction history. But BIM doesn’t sit still; it keeps evolving. This article looks at the next BIM thing — mixed reality, which combines virtual reality with the real-world construction site.

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  • Steel yourself against rising materials prices

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 540

    Abstract: Tariffs on steel and aluminum have recently contributed to an increase in materials costs. But there are many other factors that can cause prices to escalate. This article suggests some ways that contractors and subcontractors can manage the risk.

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  • Following the fundamentals of employee retention

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 643

    Abstract: On a nationwide basis, construction businesses face a great challenge in hiring and retaining skilled workers. This means that, if a contractor currently has good people on board, he or she needs to keep them. This article reviews some employee retention fundamentals, including competitive compensation and regular feedback.

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  • A fresh look at the pass-through deduction

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 945

    Abstract: The new 20% “pass-through” deduction can be a valuable tax break for construction businesses organized as sole proprietorships or pass-through entities. But the deduction comes with complex limits and restrictions. This article takes a fresh look at the tax break in light of proposed regulations. A sidebar warns of antiabuse rules that could trip up some taxpayers seeking eligibility for the deduction.

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  • Your contractor’s license: Don’t leave home without it

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 447

    Abstract: The notion of starting work on a project without a license may seem unthinkable. But many contractors have run afoul of licensing issues. This article explains how it can happen, including a summary of an actual court case related to construction licensing. Snider v. Dickinson Elks Building, LLC, 907 N.W.2d 397 (ND 2018)

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  • Don’t put off creating a well-crafted buy-sell agreement

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 683

    Abstract: The thought of creating a buy-sell agreement may strike a certain amount of trepidation into the hearts of some contractors. But putting off the creation of a well-crafted buy-sell can put a construction company at risk if unexpected circumstances arise. This article explains the purpose, as well as some of the ins and outs, of these important, legally binding documents.

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  • Business interruption insurance can help mitigate disaster

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 583

    Abstract: A natural disaster could stop any construction company in its tracks or even put it out of business. For this reason, it’s a good idea for contractors to at least consider business interruption insurance. This article discusses how the coverage works and suggests some good questions to ask when shopping for a policy.

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  • Is it time for a change? Tax reform has expanded availability of accounting methods

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 928

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has made more construction companies eligible to use the cash and completed contract accounting methods. This article provides a brief introduction to the tax accounting options available to contractors and reviews some of the factors to consider in determining whether to switch methods. A sidebar looks at the AMT impact of an accounting method change.

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