Manufacturing & Distribution

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  • The future of the supply chain is digital

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 400

    Abstract: As the supply chain for the manufacturing industry becomes increasingly global, it’s also becoming increasingly complex. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many manufacturers and distributors were adopting digital solutions — particularly blockchain — to improve the visibility and traceability of raw materials and goods through the supply chain. This article explains how blockchain can help enhance transparency, security, quality and safety, and reduce the risk of fraud.

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  • Labor shortage – How manufacturers can attract and retain qualified workers

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 537

    Abstract: According to The CFO Survey, a collaboration of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Atlanta, labor quality and availability was the most pressing concern in the second quarter of 2021. The labor shortage has been a major concern among CFOs for years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. Job openings — for positions such as assemblers, machinists, technicians and engineers — exceed qualified applicants by a wide margin. This article provides a few creative ideas to help manufacturers bridge the gap.

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  • Now’s the time to review your estate and succession plans

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 669

    Abstract: Every business owner needs an exit plan. In light of potential tax changes on the horizon, this fall is a good time to review exit plans. Perhaps most significant, the federal gift and estate tax exemption will be cut drastically at the end of 2025 — or much sooner if recent proposals become law. This article highlights proactive measures manufacturing owners can take today to help achieve their long-term estate and succession planning goals.

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  • Is it better for manufacturers to buy or lease equipment?

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 876

    Abstract: Manufacturing is an asset-intensive business, so deciding whether to buy or lease equipment or machinery is critical. This article reviews the advantages of both buying and leasing manufacturers should consider as they make this decision. It also covers what manufacturers need to know about the lease accounting rules. A short sidebar covers AICPA’s Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities.

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  • Remote auditing: Is it here to stay?

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 430

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the way companies conduct business, and audit firms are no exception. Restrictions on the ability of auditors to physically visit business premises have, in many cases, forced them to adopt remote auditing techniques. While for years auditors have taken advantage of technology tools to perform some audit activities remotely, the pandemic has substantially increased the need to rely on these techniques. This article presents five examples of how auditing has adapted to the COVID-19 environment.

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  • Operating in multiple states may have state tax implications

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 587

    Abstract: Nothing is certain but death and taxes. While this may apply to federal taxes, state taxes are a bit more uncertain. Manufacturers and distributors operating in more than one state may be subject to taxation in multiple states. This article discusses how with proper planning, manufacturers can potentially lower their company’s state tax liability.

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  • Are you ready for Industry 4.0?

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 626

    Abstract: Industry 4.0 — sometimes referred to as the fourth industrial revolution — isn’t new. The term was first coined nearly 10 years ago. But the COVID-19 pandemic, by disrupting supply chains and normalizing remote work, seems to have accelerated the industry’s transformation. This brief introduction to the concept explains how it’s changing manufacturing.

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  • American Rescue Plan Act – Employee retention credit extended through 2021

    Summer 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 893

    Abstract: The employee retention credit (ERC) keeps getting better. Established by 2020’s CARES Act, the credit is designed as an incentive for businesses to keep employees on the payroll despite the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article reviews the credit under the CARES Act and its expansion by the Consolidated Appropriations Act in late 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021. A short sidebar covers when businesses’ operations are “fully or partially suspended” so as to qualify for the ERC.

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  • Manufacturing after COVID-19

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 417

    Abstract: As some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel is visible, many manufacturers are turning their attention to the future. While the pandemic’s effects on manufacturing will, in some respects, be temporary, this short article looks at some of its lasting impacts on global manufacturing.

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  • Why a cost segregation study is a good idea – Accelerate depreciation deductions to reduce taxes and boost cash flow

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 584

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many companies conserving cash and not buying much equipment during the past year. An unintended downside is that businesses may not be able to claim the same amount of depreciation tax deductions as they have in past years. A cost segregation study may allow a business to accelerate depreciation deductions on certain items, thereby reducing taxes and boosting cash flow. This article reviews the rules on depreciating property; how, under the right circumstances, a cost segregation study can yield substantial tax benefits; who should conduct a study; and the elements of a study.

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  • COVID-19 relief legislation offers significant benefits for manufacturers

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 682

    Abstract: The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law in December 2020, is known for authorizing a second round of direct stimulus payments to individuals and extending enhanced unemployment benefits. But the law also provides tax relief and new financing opportunities for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This article highlights key provisions relevant to manufacturers.

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  • 7 cash flow tips for manufacturers

    Spring 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 890

    Abstract: In times of economic distress and uncertainty, cash flow issues can quickly bubble to the surface. Managing and improving cash flow can help manufacturers survive tough times and prosper during better times. Managing cash flow is critical during tough times, but it should be an ongoing business activity. This article highlights seven tips to consider to better position businesses to weather the storm when the next economic downturn comes along. A short sidebar covers the pros and cons of accounts receivable factoring.

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  • Remote work may be here to stay — are you ready?

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 336

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to shift gears and focus on ways to conduct business remotely. And many experts believe that the trend toward remote work will continue even after the pandemic is over. Unlike other businesses, manufacturers must continue to rely on workers on the shop floor, such as machinists, assemblers and repair persons. This article provides some possible ways manufacturers can adapt their operations to the new normal.

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  • Keep it simple! “Small” manufacturers may opt to use simplified reporting methods

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 547

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expanded the tax code’s definition of “small business” to include those with average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less (adjusted for inflation) for the three preceding tax years. Manufacturers that qualify as small businesses may be eligible for simpler reporting methods that could also defer federal income taxes. This article takes a closer look at the relevant tax rules.

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  • Now may be the right time to acquire a business

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 644

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in financial losses for many businesses, including manufacturers. As a result, some owners may be looking for an exit strategy. In this uncertain market, some investors see opportunity. For those who are able, now can be a good time to acquire a distressed business with an eye to turning a profit. This article provides some guidance on this strategy to help avoid potential pitfalls.

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  • First-year bonus depreciation and Sec. 179 expensing: Beware the pitfalls

    Winter 2021
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 999

    Abstract: Many manufacturers are eligible for tax write-offs for certain equipment purchases and building improvements. These write-offs can do wonders for a manufacturer’s cash flow, but whether to claim them isn’t always an easy decision. In some cases, there are advantages to the regular depreciation rules. This article reviews why it’s critical to look at the big picture and develop a strategy that aligns with a company’s overall tax-planning objectives. A short sidebar covers the deductibility of website costs.

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