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  • Are you ready for the new overtime rules?

    Fall 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 868

    Abstract: The Department of Labor issued new final overtime rules that update the thresholds for classifying workers as nonexempt and highly compensated. The controversial changes will increase pay for more than 4 million workers. This article explains changes that will go into effect starting on December 1, how they will impact manufacturers and how businesses can legitimately reduce overtime costs. A sidebar highlights the stance the National Association of Manufacturers has taken on the new rules.

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  • The importance of using qualified employee benefit plan auditors

    Summer 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 449

    Abstract: Companies that provide an employee benefit plan that has 100 or more participants generally are required to have the plan’s annual report audited under ERISA. This article provides information about the surprising prevalence of audit deficiencies, key selection criteria for auditors and questions aimed at improving audit quality.

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  • Strategic alliances: Leverage strengths, minimize weaknesses

    Summer 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 589

    Abstract: Although the merger and acquisition market has been hot for manufacturers in the first half of 2016, some business owners are uncertain about buying or selling. A strategic alliance may be a worthwhile alternative for gun-shy owners. This article discusses the short- and long-term upsides of strategic alliances, as well as providing compelling reasons to have a backup plan in case the alliance falls short.

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  • The ins and outs of using accountable plans to save taxes

    Summer 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 653

    Abstract: When an employer pays an expense reimbursement or advance to an employee, the IRS generally considers the arrangement to be disguised taxable compensation. Accountable plans are an exception to this rule, allowing payments to qualify as tax-favored expense reimbursements. This article explains how to set up accountable plans to save taxes for both employees and employers.

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  • 6 simple steps to shrink your outstanding receivables

    Summer 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 891

    Abstract: When cash flow doesn’t keep pace with work flow, manufacturers need to take a hard look at their billing practices to ensure no jobs fall through the cracks. This article outlines ways for manufacturers to strengthen their collection processes. A sidebar highlights a possible tax break for uncollectible accounts.

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  • Social media tips for manufacturers

    Spring 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: Social media can be an inexpensive, but effective, way to market products and brands. This article shows how some trendsetting manufacturers have successfully integrated LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter into their marketing campaigns to drive more traffic to their websites, build brand loyalty and attract new talent.

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  • S corporation vs. C corporation – Is it time for you to make the switch?

    Spring 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 635

    Abstract: The PATH Act of 2015 shortened the recognition period for companies that convert from C corporation to S corporation status to five years from 10 years. This change is causing many manufacturers and distributors to re-evaluate their corporate status. This article explains how electing Subchapter S status can lower taxes and why S corporation status won’t work for every business.

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  • Following the new PATH – Recent tax law extends depreciation expensing tax breaks — and more

    Spring 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 608

    Abstract: Manufacturers and distributors tend to invest heavily in equipment, technology upgrades and leasehold improvements. Among numerous other provisions, the PATH Act of 2015 retroactively reinstated many tax breaks related to depreciating these assets. This article provides details on some depreciation-related breaks that have been permanently carved into the IRS rules and others that have been extended for several years. It also highlights the importance of planning ahead to reap the full benefits of the broad-reaching PATH Act.

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  • Major shift in lease accounting could cause major headaches

    Spring 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 861

    Abstract: Almost every manufacturer leases equipment or real estate. For decades, companies weren’t required to report many lease-related assets and liabilities on their balance sheet. That’s all about to change under a controversial new lease accounting standard that’s scheduled to be published in early 2016. This article provides an overview of the current and proposed lease standards. A sidebar explains why leases remain a viable option for some manufacturers.

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  • Secure equipment disposal – Disposal of IT assets warrants the same attention as acquisition

    Winter 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 461

    Abstract: Manufacturers and distributors spend significant resources choosing the right IT equipment to invest in — and securing devices throughout their useful lives with firewalls, passwords, encryption, antivirus software and dedicated staff. But the importance of security should also extend to the disposal stage of an asset’s life. If not, the company’s most valuable intellectual property could be breached. This article provides guidance on secure and responsible disposal of these assets.

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  • Prepare for major changes to federal rules on employee pay and benefits

    Winter 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 673

    Abstract: One of a company’s most dreaded tasks is probably managing HR. The rules are ever-changing and becoming increasingly complex. This article discusses two recent examples: the DOL’s proposed changes to the overtime rules and the new Form 1095-C and 1094-C reporting requirements under the ACA. The struggle to stay atop these types of regulatory changes often prompts smaller manufacturers and distributors to outsource their HR functions.

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  • Accounts receivable management – How manufacturers can bridge the cash gap

    Winter 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 592

    Abstract: Accounts receivable is often one of the biggest assets on a manufacturer’s balance sheet. But the faster a company is able to convert receivables to cash, the sooner it’s able to pay suppliers, employees and lenders — and the less likely it will be to draw on its line of credit to make up for working capital shortfalls. This article explains how to calculate the “cash gap” and how manufacturers can reduce it and the associated interest costs by improving collections.

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  • Does your business have a valid buy-sell agreement in place?

    Winter 2016
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 831

    Abstract: Owners of manufacturing and distribution companies are often so focused on the here and now that planning for future catastrophes may fall through the cracks. But operating without a valid buy-sell agreement can cause financial distress and even tear a company apart if tragedy strikes. This article outlines the details to address in a buy-sell agreement, including the types of “triggering events,” valuation parameters and buyout options. A sidebar explains how to avoid potential pitfalls when transferring family businesses to the next generation.

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  • Why smart manufacturers review their contracts

    Fall 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 430

    Abstract: Manufacturers and distributors may enter into various types of long-term contracts, including property and equipment leasing, raw materials, confidentiality, exclusivity and joint venture agreements. This article explains why these contracts should be reviewed regularly to ensure that they remain enforceable, compliant and financially advantageous. It also introduces another reason to check up on long-term contracts: ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Although the FASB has postponed implementation of the updated guidance for an additional year, proactive companies will start tracking the effects of the changes as soon as possible to meet the FASB’s retrospective application requirements.

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  • Think outside the retirement planning box – ESOPs can help owners and employees fund their golden years

    Fall 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 576

    Abstract: Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are a popular retirement planning tool, especially among manufacturers and distributors. Most ESOPs are set up to provide a market for a departing owner’s interest in a closely held business. But they can also serve as a supplemental employee benefit plan or a mechanism to borrow money under favorable tax rules. This article explains how ESOPs work, outlines special guidelines that may apply and identifies key financial benefits ESOPs can provide to owners and employees.

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  • It’s not too late for year end tax planning

    Fall 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 721

    Abstract: Manufacturing and distribution companies that expect to owe substantial federal taxes in 2015 can still take steps to soften the blow. But many tax breaks hinge on legislation that Congress might restore before it adjourns for the holidays. This article highlights some last-minute tax-saving strategies to consider before December 31.

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