Construction Industry Advisor

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  • Failing to properly complete Form I-9 can be costly

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 463

    Abstract: Recently, immigration authorities have been cracking down on not only companies that hire those who are in the country illegally, but also businesses that mishandle the paperwork related to Form I-9. This article explains some of the related rules and suggests essential compliance steps for construction companies to follow.

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  • Attract and retain talent with equity-based compensation

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 547

    Abstract: Today’s contractors aren’t just competing for projects; they’re also competing for a dwindling supply of new management talent and other skilled workers. One way to attract, retain and motivate quality employees is through equity-based compensation. This article discusses two options: phantom stock and stock appreciation rights.

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  • Contractor controlled insurance may suit some growing companies

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 654

    Abstract: A contractor controlled insurance program (CCIP) can enable construction companies to more closely manage how a given project is covered. But whether implementing one is worthwhile depends on a variety of factors. This article explains how a CCIP works and examines the risks vs. benefits.

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  • Should you reconsider your entity choice? Tax reform changes the equation

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 875

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many construction company owners thinking about converting their pass-through entities to C corporations. Although some businesses may benefit from doing so, the decision isn’t just a matter of comparing the previous top corporate tax rate with the current one. This article reviews key factors to consider. A sidebar looks at the limits of the recently introduced tax deduction for owners of certain pass-through entities.

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  • Focus on collaboration: The estimator’s changing role

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 448

    Abstract: Technological innovations and other recent developments are rapidly altering the job of the estimator in construction. In short, estimators are taking on a more collaborative, value-added role. This article looks at some of the most important changes affecting this critically skilled position.

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  • Lock down financial assets with the right controls

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 666

    Abstract: Many contractors worry so much about petty theft or misuse of equipment that they overlook the home office or job trailer where so much important information is held and so many financial transactions take place. This article describes some ways to lock down financial assets, including dividing up job duties and performing random audits.

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  • Are you ready for the new revenue recognition standard?

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 582

    Abstract: A new revenue recognition accounting standard is coming soon to calendar-year nonpublic companies that comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Construction businesses that fit this description must be ready. This article explains how the standard works and what steps contractors should take to prepare themselves.

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  • Public projects – Leverage fringe benefits to reduce costs

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 880

    Abstract: Public construction projects are often subject to prevailing wage laws that govern how and how much contractors must pay their workers. One area that deserves close attention is fringe benefits. This article explains how contractors can leverage fringe benefits to reduce costs and make bids more competitive. But a sidebar warns of the severe consequences of failing to comply with prevailing wage laws.

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  • 3 tips for dealing with design issues

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 440

    Abstract: A contractor’s role is traditionally to implement a design created by an architect or other design professional. But given the vagaries of the industry, it’s not unusual for plans and specifications to be incomplete when construction begins. This article offers three tips on how contractors can deal with design issues while minimizing the risks of being held financially liable for them.

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  • Exploring the many facets of an ESOP

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 689

    Abstract: Every contractor must consider his or her retirement (and succession), as well as ways to improve employee engagement. One ambitious and somewhat complex way to do it all is by offering an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). This article explores the functionality of these plans, the tax impact and some potential risks to consider.

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  • We’re covered, right? Additional insured provision doesn’t guarantee protection

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 553

    Abstract: Construction subcontracts often contain provisions requiring a subcontractor to name additional insureds under its commercial general liability policy. But the existence of such a provision is no guarantee that another contractor is indeed protected. This article reviews a recent case demonstrating this danger and offers tips on how to determine one’s level of protection. Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Harleysville Insurance Co., No. 16-3929-cv (L), October 4, 2017 (2nd Cir.)

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  • Tax planning – Dig deep to determine the TCJA’s total impact

    Winter 2018
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 919

    Abstract: 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, however, have been eliminated or limited.

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  • New AIA contracts emphasize insurance requirements

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 426

    Abstract: AIA construction contracts are among the most commonly used documents in the industry. In April 2017, the AIA updated its forms, making a number of significant revisions particularly focused on insurance. This article takes a closer look at the changes.

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  • Reviewing retainage, in concept and practice

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 651

    Abstract: One way construction project owners look to mitigate risk is through retainage. Many contractors’ feelings about this range from annoyance to outrage, yet the practice continues. This article reviews the concept of retainage and suggests some ways to potentially mitigate its negative effect.

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  • Does your company need a controller or CFO?

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

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    Word count: 520

    Abstract: Many contractors reach a point where they should either appoint or hire a controller or Chief Financial Officer (CFO). But the differences between these two roles are often misunderstood. This article describes some of the typical responsibilities of both jobs and suggests some circumstances under which hiring a controller or CFO may be wise.

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  • Year-end tax planning – Explore 2017’s key areas

    Fall 2017
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 910

    Abstract: As the end of 2017 approaches, it’s once again time for contractors to explore strategies for reducing their companies’ tax bills. This article explores some key areas — including deferrals and accelerations, depreciation breaks and tax credits. A sidebar looks at the potential impact of tax reform.

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