Manufacturing & Distribution

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  • On the road – Let’s review the tax implications of providing company cars

    Winter 2020
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 653

    Abstract: A company car can be a valuable perk for business owners, salespeople and other employees. And now may be an ideal time to invest in business vehicles. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) more than tripled the luxury auto threshold, from $15,800 to an inflation-adjusted $50,000. For 2019, the dollar cap on depreciation deductions doesn’t kick in until a vehicle’s cost exceeds $50,400. This article examines the rules surrounding company cars.

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  • 5 steps to “recession-proof” your business

    Fall 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 430

    Abstract: The manufacturing industry has enjoyed several years of prosperity. But no business is recession-proof. This article highlights five possible steps proactive owners can take today to prepare for downturns in financial performance that may be on the horizon.

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  • Valuing your business

    Fall 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 573

    Abstract: Retirement. Loan applications. Shareholder buyouts. Divorce. There are many reasons to value a business. But manufacturers can’t necessarily find the answer on the face of their balance sheet — or rely on industry rules of thumb. This article explains the importance of hiring a business valuation professional and highlights the objective methods the pros use. A sidebar notes three kinds of adjustments valuators sometimes make to financial statements.

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  • Sales tax after Wayfair – What manufacturers need to know

    Fall 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 571

    Abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair affects many businesses, including manufacturers, that buy or sell products across state lines. This article answers some common questions the decision has raised about the types of businesses and purchases that are affected, the need to register as a sales tax vendor, and potential exposure to income and franchise taxes in the states where you must register. South Dakota v. Wayfair, No. 17-494, June 21, 2018

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  • Are you ready for the new lease accounting rules?

    Fall 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 893

    Abstract: New lease accounting rules will move operating leases onto the balance sheet. This article explains the updated guidance, including the implementation deadlines. A sidebar identifies some strategies for improving business credit scores for those that decide to buy assets, rather than lease them.

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  • QOE reports look beyond the numbers

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 443

    Abstract: In mergers and acquisitions, a quality of earnings (QOE) report can be beneficial to both buyers and sellers. This article explains how QOE reports differ from audits, what affects earnings’ quality and why the QOE report is a valuable tool for evaluating the accuracy and sustainability of reported earnings.

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  • 4 signs that your budget is unreliable

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 549

    Abstract: The annual budget can be a valuable management tool for manufacturers. A comprehensive, realistic budget helps minimize risks and identify opportunities and threats. But some budgets are more reliable than others. This article identifies potential pitfalls in the budgeting process.

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  • Keeping a lid on unemployment taxes

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 602

    Abstract: Salaries, bonuses and payroll taxes are major expenses for manufacturers; so, unemployment insurance can represent a significant cost of doing business. This article explains the unemployment insurance system and factors that affect a company’s state unemployment tax rate, as well as highlighting proactive measures that management can take to help lower this cost.

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  • Why wait to deduct your purchases? Turbocharge tax deductions with bonus depreciation and Sec. 179

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 870

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) creates many saving opportunities for business owners. This article compares and contrasts two especially lucrative breaks for capital-intensive manufacturers: the expanded first-year bonus depreciation deduction and the first-year Section 179 deduction. These breaks provide accelerated deductions for qualifying purchases of property, plant and equipment.

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  • Family and medical leave – Will your program qualify for a federal tax break?

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 459

    Abstract: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced a tax credit for certain employers that provide family and medical leave programs in 2018 and 2019. This article explains the rules for qualifying for the credit.

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  • FASB expands VIE exception for private companies

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 535

    Abstract: Private manufacturers often set up separate legal entities to hold real estate or operate new business ventures. These entities are typically considered variable interest entities (VIEs) that must be consolidated under current U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This article explains an updated accounting standard that will soon allow private companies to opt out of the complicated consolidation rules.

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  • Keys to effective BYOD policies

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Manufacturers may implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies for salespeople who travel, customer service reps who work from home, and managers who use mobile devices to perform business tasks. But allowing access to the company’s systems on an unsecured device presents risks. This article discusses ways to protect your company’s data without violating employees’ privacy rights.

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  • 5 strategies to improve your bottom line

    Spring 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 831

    Abstract: To grow, manufacturers often focus on the top line of their income statement (revenue). But boosting profits is the key to long-term sustainable growth. This article covers five ways to help manufacturers become more profitable, including 1) cutting overhead costs, 2) renegotiating contracts with suppliers, lenders, lessors and insurance companies, 3) upgrading equipment, 4) “upgrading” employees, and 5) revising overly simple (or complex) business structures. A sidebar explains tax-saving opportunities under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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  • Moving your business to the cloud

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 449

    Abstract: Cloud computing is the wave of the future. Some manufacturers and distributors haven’t yet moved to the cloud, possibly because their staff resources and IT expertise are limited. Others have moved to the cloud, but they’re dissatisfied with their current service provider. This article highlights the advantages of cloud computing, along with some key considerations to help evaluate prospective cloud computing service providers.

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  • Critical questions to ask about internal controls

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: The median fraud loss among manufacturers was almost double the median loss for all industries, according to the 2018 Report to the Nations published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Internal controls are a company’s first line of defense in preventing and detecting fraudulent activity. This article identifies five questions proactive managers consider when evaluating the strength of their company’s internal controls.

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  • Entity choice: Is it time for a switch?

    Winter 2019
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 573

    Abstract: From a federal income tax perspective, there isn’t one universal business structure that fits all manufacturers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduces new considerations for those who are deciding on the type of entity to use for a business venture. This article compares the pros and cons of operating as a C corporation vs. a pass-through entity, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S corporation or limited liability company (LLC).

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