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  • Getting employees to join the fight against fraud

    Fall 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 893

    Abstract: U.S. businesses lose millions of dollars to white-collar criminals every year. The manufacturing sector is especially vulnerable to fraud schemes involving billing, corruption and noncash assets, such as theft of inventory and equipment. Research suggests that businesses that provide a convenient and confidential way for employees to report unethical behavior are more likely to unearth wrongdoing sooner and suffer smaller losses than those without established “whistleblower” policies. This article recommends ways to make reporting hotlines as effective as possible. A sidebar outlines the benefits of using an outside forensic accounting specialist when fraud strikes.

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  • Why deal structure counts – Comparing and contrasting asset and stock deals

    Summer 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 640

    Abstract: The merger and acquisition market is picking up along with the performance of the manufacturing sector. If you’re planning to buy or sell soon, you’ll need to negotiate more than just the selling price. This article discusses how deal structure can have a major impact on expected cash flow and exposure to potential liabilities after the dust settles.

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  • Spotlight on financing alternatives

    Summer 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 430

    Abstract: Private manufacturers and distributors can select from a wide menu of loan options from financial institutions. Popular choices include lines of credit, term loans, leases, mortgages and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. This article helps owners and managers decide which option makes the most sense in today’s low-interest, tight-credit lending environment.

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  • Should manufacturers consider the expired research tax credit?

    Summer 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 661

    Abstract: On Dec. 31, 2014, the research credit expired yet again. The congressional track record of continually renewing this credit suggests that it’ll be available again in 2015. This article provides a four-factor test that research expenses must pass to qualify for this tax break and explains various ways the credit may be calculated, so manufacturers can be prepared if Congress renews the research credit again this year — or possibly file amended returns to claim the credit for recent years.

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  • Creative ways for manufacturers to attract fresh talent

    Summer 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 836

    Abstract: Owners of manufacturing companies know firsthand just how rewarding careers in this sector can be, both financially and intellectually. Some have found creative ways to breathe new life into their mature companies by enticing millennials to join their workforces. This article explains how flexible work options, personal development opportunities, investments in intuitive technology and participation in Project Lead the Way programs can help manufacturers close the talent gap. A sidebar discusses possible solutions to the driver shortage that many distributors now face.

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  • Using an IC-DISC to lower taxes

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: Manufacturers and distributors who export products should consider the use of an interest charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) to reduce their tax burden. This article answers some frequently asked questions about this strategy.

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  • Worker classification: What’s in a name?

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 659

    Abstract: As a recent class action lawsuit demonstrates, worker classification is a hot button for manufacturers and distributors. Making a clear distinction between employees and independent contractors is critical to avoiding class action lawsuits and audits by the IRS and state taxing agencies. This article lists the characteristics that distinguish employees from contractors and provides policies that can help you draw the line between these two types of workers.

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  • Uncle Sam wants you to invest in technology and training

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 610

    Abstract: The White House recently announced a series of executive actions for subsidies totaling roughly $550 million for investments in advanced manufacturing. These actions provide financial incentives for your company to increase spending on technology and training, if it’s not already part of your 2015 budget. This article discusses the three pillars of support that underlie the president’s manufacturing initiatives: enabling innovation, securing the talent pipeline and improving the business climate.

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  • Inventory fraud – Knowledge is your first line of defense

    Spring 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 831

    Abstract: Inventory is one of the biggest assets on a manufacturer’s balance sheet. It’s also one of the hardest assets to measure and track. This article explains why inventory is so susceptible to fraud and how fraudsters typically steal or misstate inventory in a manufacturing environment. A sidebar reveals which types of manufacturers are the most at risk for fraud and why.

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  • Wage increases: Look before you leap

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 438

    Abstract: A recent Gallup poll shows that roughly three-quarters of Americans support a minimum wage increase. Factories and warehouses tend to employ a large number of entry-level and low-wage workers. For manufacturers who may be considering a wage increase for their hourly workers, this article looks at some important questions to factor into the decision. It addresses wage competitiveness and the up-front and hidden costs of an increase.

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  • Spotlight on final tangible property regs

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 691

    Abstract: Last winter, the IRS released long-awaited final regulations on the tax treatment of tangible property expenditures that apply to the current tax year. This article provides an overview of these rules, including several safe harbors, to help manufacturers file an accurate 2014 tax return. The regs address, in particular, expenditures on material and supplies and on capitalizable building improvements.

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  • “Made in the USA” makes a comeback

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 623

    Abstract: The trend of outsourcing to overseas suppliers and contractors may be losing some of its luster. Many businesses are returning to U.S. manufacturers — also known as reshoring — to obtain goods faster and at lower costs than foreign suppliers can offer. What’s more, “Made in the USA” tags can win over domestic customers who want to feel good about their purchases. This article discusses the benefits that domestic manufacturers offer and how manufacturers can comply with FTC requirements in order to claim a product is “Made in the USA.”

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  • 4 IRS hot buttons – Defending your business against tax audits

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 861

    Abstract: Everyone has at least one pet peeve. The IRS has many. This article describes items that the tax agency may target on a manufacturer’s 2014 tax return: owners compensation, travel expenses, meals and entertainment, and net operating losses. A sidebar explains how to proceed if the IRS mails a notice of inquiry.

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  • Demystifying LTL freight classification

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 438

    Abstract: The National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®) system can be overwhelming. But manufacturers that understand how carriers classify freight can find creative ways to lower their costs for less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. This article describes the factors that affect freight rates and offers ways to qualify for lower, less expensive freight classes.

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  • Look who tops the 2014 fraud list

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 634

    Abstract: Manufacturing is among the top three sectors that reported fraud cases in the latest biennial study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The median fraud loss was $250,000, and manufacturers are particularly susceptible to schemes involving billing, corruption and noncash theft. But this article lists the top 10 of what the study deems to be the most effective control measures to prevent fraud.

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  • Workplace violence – Proactive efforts foster safe, productive work environments

    Fall 2014
    Newsletter: Manufacturer

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 607

    Abstract: No one thinks their factory or warehouse will be the setting for a work-related homicide — until it’s too late. But much more common than well-publicized workplace shootings are threats, bullying, emotional abuse, intimidation and assaults. If left unchecked, these less severe violent behaviors can escalate into more serious situations. This article looks at the different types of workplace violence and steps that companies can take to minimize the opportunities for violence to occur.

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