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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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  • Secure your front office against the threat of fraud

    January / February 2018
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: In its 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners reported that construction businesses suffered a median loss of $259,000 in the 86 cases reported. Contractors must secure their front offices against such financially devastating crimes. This article points out some of the more common ways dishonest employees steal money and suggests three countermeasures to consider.

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  • Is your website all that it can be?

    November / December 2017
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: In today’s car-buying universe, the primary goals of a dealership website should be guiding customers through the car-buying process and motivating them to eventually buy a vehicle from that dealer. This article discusses helping customers find the right vehicle on a dealership website, gearing up the customer for a trade-in and providing useful content related to car-buying and ownership. It also discusses keeping abreast of current online buying trends.

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  • Donate art and secure a tax break

    April / May 2016
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Valuable works of art may be ideal candidates for charitable donation. Generally, it’s advantageous to donate appreciated property to avoid capital gains taxes. Because the top capital gains rate for art and other “collectibles” is 28%, donating art is particularly effective. This article answers key questions to keep in mind when donating art, including getting an appraisal, being cognizant of the related-use rule, and considering a fractional donation.

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  • Determination letter limbo – IRS makes changes to determination letter program

    Year End 2015
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Sponsors of individually designed qualified retirement plans will need to adjust to the idea of operating without the IRS’s official blessings when changing the plan document to comply with new laws and regulations. Earlier this year the IRS laid out its plans to scale back its plan determination letter program. This article explains what plan sponsors need to know.

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  • Ownership compensation – Beware of IRS scrutiny

    September / October 2015
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Dealership owners who believe that deciding how much the company’s owners should be paid — in salaries and benefits or stock dividends — is a fairly simple profit-driven decision should think again. Many factors need to be considered when making compensation decisions so that, among other things, they’ll hold up to IRS scrutiny in case of an audit. This article explores several of the most important factors, including possible ramifications for C and S corporations if salaries or dividends are set too high.

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  • 3 key factors in succession planning

    Winter 2015
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Succession planning is an important activity for every business owner. Moreover, it’s never too early to start thinking about the general concepts involved. This article describes three key succession planning factors to consider: the family, the buyer and the market.

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  • Prevailing wages remain a sticking point on public jobs

    Summer 2013
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Spending on government jobs seems to have moderated a bit, but the work is still out there for contractors with the skill and service sets to suit the projects available. One of the biggest sticking points in taking on a public job, however, is complying with prevailing wage requirements. Is it better to pay fringe benefits in cash or apply fringe benefit credits for contributions to “bona fide” benefit plans? What are the administrative duties? What are the penalties for noncompliance? This article addresses these issues.

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  • Look harder – The shadowy world of hidden assets

    Summer 2013
    Newsletter: Expert / Valuation & Litigation Concepts

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Whether intentionally or not, the “lower value” side of divorce, shareholder or other conflicts may obscure or ignore certain assets to bolster its case. To establish a fully rounded value estimate, financial experts have to look harder. They must enter the shadowy world of hidden assets. This article explains the kinds of financial data experts look for and how they detect hidden assets.

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  • Have you considered lean construction lately?

    July / August 2013
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: The term “lean construction” was coined back in the early 1990s to describe an adaptation of certain manufacturing principles to building. In today’s technology-driven world of making everything as efficient as possible, the concept is worth considering (or reconsidering). This article explains how lean construction is designed to improve total project performance by emphasizing teamwork from concept through delivery.

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  • Is now the time to rethink associate compensation?

    Spring 2012
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Law firms that still compensate associates the way they always have — using a lockstep model of regular, across-the-board annual pay increases — may be harming profitability and their competitive profile. One alternative is a performance-based system that rewards attainment of specified key competencies. However, if poorly implemented, a performance-based system could squelch associates’ motivation and lead to frustration, resentment and attrition. This article describes three best practices.

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  • Be careful not to overvalue your target’s customers

    April / May 2012
    Newsletter: Merger & Acquisition Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: When access to a company’s customer base is the primary motivation for an acquisition, buyers need to ensure those customers really are as valuable as they seem. If not, the purchase could be a very expensive mistake. This article advises buyers to perform thorough financial due diligence, talk directly with customers and examine the target company’s management practices.

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  • Survive an IRS audit

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: Law Firm Management

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Receiving an audit letter from the IRS may seem ominous. But, as this article explains, by working with their CPA and cooperating fully with the IRS, a law firm can survive an audit. Knowing the types of firms and activities that raise IRS red flags can help law firms minimize their chances of being audited. For those who do receive a notice, the article describes the audit process.

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  • Learning the ropes before taking the reins – A smooth transition requires the successor in a family business to know all areas

    April / May 2011
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Grooming a successor in any business setting can be difficult, but it can be especially tricky in a family business. To help make the transition as seamless as possible, a successor needs to know the family business from the bottom up. To achieve this, the transition plan should include a multidisciplined approach showing the responsibilities and pressures each employee handles. This involves such areas as sales, customer service, finance, human resources and marketing.

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  • The home-office deduction: What you need to know

    January / February 2011
    Newsletter: Tax Impact

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: According to the IRS, a workspace must meet certain tests to qualify for the home-office deduction. This article lists those tests, shows which expenses are deductible, and explains how to account for the deduction when declaring taxes.

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  • Subcontractors and surety bonds: 5 tips for getting paid

    Fall 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: It’s a big mistake for a subcontractor to assume that it’s protected by payment or performance bonds. Before a contract is signed, it’s necessary to perform the due diligence needed to confirm that required bonds exist, that they’re valid and sufficient, and that the surety is financially stable. This article lists five steps a subcontractor should take to help ensure it gets paid for its work and materials.

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