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  • KPIs for contractors – Finding your way with mission-critical metrics

    Spring 2016
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 916

    Abstract: With proper preparation and guidance, contractors can have at their fingertips a wealth of statistical insight into how their companies are performing — far beyond the bottom line on an income statement. The metrics that make this possible are commonly referred to as key performance indicators (KPIs). This article looks at just a few of the best indicators to track. A sidebar discusses software that allows users to view KPIs in a visually dynamic manner.

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  • Employee misclassification – What contractors should know right now

    January / February 2016
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 916

    Abstract: Government agencies have long been watchful for “employee misclassification” — that is, treating an independent contractor like a bona fide employee to, inadvertently or otherwise, avoid tax and benefits obligations. And, right now, the scrutiny has never been greater. This article explains what contractors should know about this issue and the latest government compliance efforts. A sidebar reveals that the IRS and DOL have joined efforts in 26 states to enforce employee classification rules.

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  • Directing your attention to indirect costs – Their profitability impact is considerable

    Fall 2011
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 916

    Abstract: The potential impact of indirect costs is considerable. If contractors don’t stay on top of them, they can creep up over time and drag down profitability. This article lists examples of indirect costs, and how their treatment for tax purposes depends on the nature of a contract and the company’s accounting method. It also offers suggestions for reducing indirect costs. A sidebar discusses two depreciation-related tax breaks that are particularly valuable right now — and scheduled to expire at year end.

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  • Finding the appropriate valuation standard

    September / October 2009
    Newsletter: Viewpoint on Value

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 916

    Abstract: Valuation isn’t static and can change depending on the purpose of the valuation. This article looks at the three most common standards of value: fair market, investment and fair. It briefly defines each standard and discusses the circumstances in which one standard may be more appropriate than another. The article points out that identifying the appropriate valuation standard up front can minimize confusion down the road. The goal is to arrive at a reasonable and supportable value conclusion in light of all the surrounding facts and circumstances.

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