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Accounting & Finance

Accounting
LIBOR phase out

The phase-out of LIBOR

Many companies pay interest on variable rate loans based on LIBOR. How will this phase-out impact banking and the investment community?

Accounting
Assessing internal controls

Internal control risk in your organization

Performing a policy and procedure evaluation is one way to identify such risk. The comprehensive evaluation should address these areas.

Accounting & finance
Accounting and finance webinars

Accounting and finance webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various accounting and finance topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Finance
Utilizing data analytics

Using analytics to mitigate fraud

Applying data analytics to combat fraud, waste and abuse can help protect your assets and better manage your financial risk.

Accounting
Preparing for audit

Preparing for an audit

While preparing for an audit can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, these management tips can help you plan ahead and execute successfully.

Accounting
Prepare now to implement FASB revenue recognition standard

Revenue recognition

How to identify new contract liabilities and how the standard will affect the processes and controls of revenue recognition.

Accounting
Keys to becoming a more effective auditor

Keys to being an effective internal auditor

Being an effective internal auditor in today’s fast-paced, technology savvy environment can be challenging and overwhelming.

Finance
DIY v. AGH business valuation

DIY v. AGH Business Valuations

Understand the risks and benefits of DIY business valuation compared to business valuation from a highly trained and accredited professional.

Accounting
Lease accounting

New Lease Accounting Standard

A high-level overview of major changes coming to FASB’s lease accounting standard.

Accounting
Understanding balance sheets

Making Sense of Your Balance Sheet

Here’s a practical reference tool featuring key terms and performance indicators for your balance sheet.

Accounting
Qualified business income deduction flowchart

Finance 101

Many business owners excel in the day-to-day operations of working with customers and delivering services or products. But they may not grasp the insight their financial statements can provide.

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Succession & Exit Planning

Succession & Exit Planning
Succession and Exit Planning Podcast

Podcast: Succession Planning & Taxes

Learn about succession planning, tax concerns and how to get your business ready for a transition that maximizes returns and business value, while managing the tax implications so you don't overpay your obligations to Uncle Sam.

Succession & Exit Planning
Succession and Exit Planning Podcast

Podcast: Business Succession Planning Concerns

When it comes to family business succession planning, there are several important questions you must answer as you start the planning process. Are you ready to step away?

Success & Exit Planning
Business transition webinars

Business transition webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various business transition topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Succession & Exit Planning
Succession and Exit Planning

Are There Gaps in Your Succession or Exit Plan?

Take a holistic approach to determine whether there are gaps in your existing plans or get your planning started by considering these questions.

Succession & Exit Planning
Factors affecting business price

Business Sale Price Factors

Learn about 5 critical areas of a business often overlooked when selling a business.

Succession & Exit Planning
Business successors

Selling Your Business?

For a successful transition of your business’ ownership, remember these tips.

Succession & Exit Planning
Questions to ask when selling your business

30 Questions You Need To Answer

If you’re considering selling the business, get a head-start with these questions you’ll want to have or find answers for if you decide to sell.

Succession & Exit Planning
Build your talent bench

Build Your Talent Bench

This worksheet can help guide you through the process of selecting potential candidates based on the needs of each role and determining what will be necessary to ready them for the transition.

Succession & Exit Planning
What drives a business' value?

Business Value Drivers

Value drivers for closely held companies either reduce risk or increase growth/return. Learn more about the four critical value drivers that can influence your business' worth.

Succession & Exit Planning
Valuing your business

Valuing Your Business

Business valuations can help determine the fair market value of a business and are essential when contemplating a change in ownership.

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Construction Industry

Construction
PPP & construction industry

PPP provisions with unique application to construction

Don’t overlook certain documentation, expenses and planning opportunities applicable to the construction industry.

Construction
Davis Bacon Act for Contractors

Contractors: Davis-Bacon Act compliance

New opportunity to save tax dollars, win more government contracts and attract top talent.

Construction
Construction accounting methods

Accounting methods for contractors expanded

Newly eligible construction businesses should determine whether these would be advantageous and, if so, consider switching methods.

Construction
Building construction talent pipeline

Finding Skilled Labor in Construction

The need to build a strong talent pipeline grows as construction companies continue to see a lack of skilled labor to fill jobs in their organizations.

Construction
TCJA effect on construction industry

Construction and the TCJA

The construction industry can make good economic times even better by taking advantage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Construction
Communication in construction

Communication in Construction

As construction companies struggle to find and retain qualified workers, they are often overlooking an essential tool for employers: communication.

Construction
KS tax effects on construction

Kansas Tax Changes Affect Construction

With the non-wage business income exemption repealed, it’s time for construction companies to reexamine their tax strategy.

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Family Business

Family Business
Succession and Exit Planning Podcast

Podcast: Guiding change in family businesses

AGH's Daniel White talks about the dynamics around guiding change in family businesses in the midst of the additional challenges from COVID-19.

Family Business
Family business next generation

Next Generation of Family Business

There’s a lot that goes into developing your family business’ next generation of leadership. Don’t wait to start.

Family Business
Business successors

Passing the Baton

Your organization’s key positions need successors in place. Here are some factors to keep in mind when finding and preparing them.

Family Business
Family business stumbling blocks

Obstacles for Family Businesses

As family businesses grow, they’ll need to overcome new hurdles surrounding management and succession planning.

Family Business
Family business

Family and Business

Strike while the iron is cool. The right preparation can prevent destructive outcomes and create positive resolutions, strengthening both the family and the organization.

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Financial Industry

Banking
Cannabis banking

Cannabis in banking and impact on BSA practices

The decision to bank marijuana-related businesses creates additional steps for banks regarding their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) practices.

Banking
Banking talent pipeline

Strategies to address your talent pipeline

While banks are seeing tremendous growth, they also continue to see a lack of talent to fill the jobs that will be created as a result of this potential growth.

Banking
Banking accounting methods

Accounting methods for financial institutions expanded

Newly eligible businesses should determine whether this method change would be advantageous and, if so, consider switching methods.

Banking
TCJA effect on banking industry

Banking and the TCJA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains a number of provisions all businesses should be aware of. Here are some significant sections that affect the banking industry.

Banking
CECL effect on purchase accounting methods

CECL's Effect on Purchase Accounting Methods

Expect CECL's effect to be felt when the standard becomes effective in 2020 for publicly traded banks and 2021 for all other banks.

Banking
CECL preparation for banks

Banks Need to Prep for CECL

Financial institutions must prepare now for big changes in how they calculate loan and lease losses. CECL becomes effective in 2020 for SEC filers and 2021 for all others.

Banking
information security keyboard

Banks & Cybersecurity

What do banks need to know about managing cybersecurity risk to help protect themselves against cyber attacks? Brian Johnson puts the threats into context for banking leaders.

Banking
FFIEC Assessment basics

FFIEC Assessment Basics

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) created a risk assessment tool to help financial institutions manage their cybersecurity risks.

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Government & Public Sector

Alert
CARES act for state and local governments

CARES Act: Relief for state & local governments

Title VI outlines appropriate use of funds for providing coronavirus aid, relief and economic security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alert
OMB issues Single Audit extension

OMB issues Single Audit extension due to COVID-19

Memorandum provides short term relief for administrative, financial management and audit requirements for federal awards.

Government
Government webinars

Government webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various government topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Government
Workplace violence

Protecting government employees from workplace violence

It is the employer’s responsibility to actively combat the possibility of an attack and to minimize the effects should one occur.

Government
Davis Bacon Act for government entities

Davis-Bacon Act compliance

Governmental entities that enter into contracts with Davis-Bacon requirements must include the required prevailing wage rate clauses in the contracts or subcontracts.

Alert
Single Audit Update

Single audit update on micro-purchases threshold

The micro-purchases threshold has been raised. What does this mean for you?

Government
Government audit success

Governments: Preparing for a Successful Audit

While preparing for an audit can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, these management tips can help you plan ahead and execute successfully.

Government
GASB 45 v. 75

GASB Statement 45 vs 75

This infographic covers four of the major changes the Governmental Accounting Standards Board has made from statement 45 to 75.

Government
Government financial plan

Long Term Planning for Governments

Who should be involved in long-term financial planning in what roles during mobilization, analysis, decisions and implementation?

Government
Government financial management

Financial Planning for Governments

Long-term financial planning is a step-by-step process to help government leaders (both elected and staff) look ahead.

Government
Managing government debt

Managing Government Debt

Before issuing debt for major capital projects, it’s often helpful to rely on a checklist of factors to consider for the best results in a bond issuance.

Government
Fiscal policies

Government Fiscal Policies

Having well-thought-out fiscal policies in place can help governmental entities mitigate risk, increase fiscal soundness, and serve as good stewards of taxpayer funds.

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Human Resources & Payroll

Alert
IRS provides relieft for retirement plan loans/distributions

IRS guidance provides RMD rollover relief

IRS guidance has provided relief to individual taxpayers affected by COVID-19 who take distributions or loans from retirement plans and offers guidance to employers regarding the administration of loan relief.

Human Resources
New I-9 form

New 941 form for second quarter payroll reporting

The IRS has revised Form 941 in response to payroll reporting changes resulting from COVID-19 stimulus.

Human Resources
Human Resources (HR) webinars

Compensation & benefits webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various compensation and benefits topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Alert
U.S. Supreme Court rules on Title VII

U.S. Supreme Court issues landmark ruling on Title VII

Sexual orientation and transgender status are protected employment categories.

Alert
Final electronic disclosure rules

Final electronic disclosure rules for retirement plans

The Department of Labor (DOL) published the final rules for electronic disclosure of required documents pertaining to retirement plans. Here is a list of the top questions and answers on what it may mean for you and your plan.

Human Resources
New I-9 form

New Form I-9 effective

The new form is dated 10/21/19 and expires 10/31/22. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes a paper I-9 Form and an electronic, fillable I-9 Form.

Payroll
Employment tax deposit relief

Employment tax deposit relief

IRS has issued guidance providing relief from failure to make employment tax deposits.

Alert
Final regulations for FFCRA and Cares Act

Final regulations issued for FFCRA & CARES Act

DOL regulations address key provisions related to paid sick leave and family medical leave that were effective April 1.

Alert
CARES Act

CARES Act: New retirement plan participant options

The Act provides new benefits to retirement plan participants that meet COVID-19 eligibility requirements.

Alert
DOL updates on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New DOL updates on FFCRA

Department of Labor provides additional guidance for employers related to requirements of Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Alert
DOL guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Guidance issued on FFCRA

The Department of Labor issues limited guidance and additional resources following recent enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Alert
Coronavirus Response Act

President signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Act includes important provisions designed to aid the economy, support individual financial stability and curb the spread of COVID-19.

Alert
New form W-4

IRS issues new Form W-4

Beginning in 2018, the TCJA made significant changes to tax rates, deductions, tax credits and personal exemptions, which changed to zero. The IRS released new withholding tables for 2018 and 2019, but Form W-4 remained largely unchanged until now.

Human Resources
2020 COLA limit

IRS announces updates

The IRS recently announced the new 2020 amounts for 401(k) deferral limits, IRA contribution limits, Social Security wage base and more.

Human resources
ERISA audit

Employee benefit plan audit changes

Changes to employee benefit plan audits begin to take effect for audits of these plans for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Human Resources
Workplace violence

Protecting your employees from workplace violence

It is the employer’s responsibility to actively combat the possibility of an attack and to minimize the effects should one occur.

Alert
DOL announces overtime pay changes' information

DOL announces overtime pay changes

The US Department of Labor has published changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act that will affect which employees are eligible for overtime pay.

Payroll
Paycheck checkup is recommended by the IRS for all taxpayers

Paycheck checkup

After paycheck checkup, the payroll withholding employees have in place may no longer fit their revised tax situation.

Human Resources
Five things to avoid in your 401k plan

Five things to avoid in your 401(k) plan

There are several aspects of a 401(k) plan that employers should consider when choosing what is best for their employees and business.

Human Resources
IRS 2018 tax limits

New 2018 Fringe Benefit Limits

IRS recently came out with limits on Social Security wage base, funding retirement plans, health savings account contributions, and more.

Alert
Year-end employee benefit plan

2017 Year-End Employee Benefit Plans

There are rising risks and complexities for plan administration as the year ends. Here are some key areas plan administrators need to focus on.

Alert
Overtime eligibility

Judge blocks overtime rule

The earlier stay on additional overtime eligibility has become a permanent block. Also, pay reporting on EEO-1 is suspended.

Alert
New I-9 form

New Form I-9; use by Sept. 18

USCIS issued a slightly revised Form I-9 which employers must implement by Sept. 18 or face potential penalties.

Human Resources
HR adding value

The Value of Human Resources

HR pros affect the bottom line through your key assets – your talent.

Alert
Phishing email

Watch out for these email scams

Awareness of email scams and social engineering is your best bet to protect your company from new fraud schemes.

Human Resources
Employee background checks

Employee Background Checks

Like most aspects of business, the handling of background checks is subject to government rules.

Human Resources
HR phishing

Employee Information Hacking

Keeping your employees' information safe starts with accepting that your company's IT security is only as strong as its weakest employee's understanding of information security.

Human Resources
Drug testing

7 Guidelines for Drug Testing

The following steps should help you ensure a safe, healthy and productive work environment.

Alert
EB plan audits increasing

DOL Audits to Increase?

The Department of Labor appears to be sending plan sponsors two parallel messages based on its hiring trends and a 2015 DOL study of employee benefit plan audit quality.

Human Resources
Fixing the skilled labor gap

Skilled Labor Gap & How To Fix It

Employers must continue to put solid efforts into looking for ways to recruit and retain their current workforce as well as plan for future employment needs.

Alert
SPDs to all employees

SPDs to All Employees

A recent court case demonstrates that using intranets/internal websites or common-area postings (such as a break room posting) isn't enough to ensure all employees receive SPD.

Alert
Timely deposits scrutinized by DOL

Timely Deposits Scrutinized

DOL is cracking down on employers who are late depositing employee earmarked funds withheld from their paychecks into their retirement plan.

Payroll
Payroll compliance

Payroll Compliance

All too often, businesses get in trouble with the IRS because they do not understand the intricacy of payroll tax laws.

Human Resources
Costly retirement plan mistakes

Retirement Plan "Sins"

Even the smallest mistakes must be corrected or a plan is subject to IRS disqualification, leaving plan sponsors and employees potentially subject to increased taxes on funds in the plan.

Human Resources
Absence policy

What's Your Absence Policy?

Employees need time to recharge their batteries and recuperate from sickness or stress. To that end, many employers give their employees paid leave as part of their benefits package.

Human Resources
Retirement plan risks

Retirement Plan Risks

5 questions plan sponsors should ask about their retirement plan.

Human Resources
Why you need an employee handbook

Why You Need An Employee Handbook

An employee handbook serves as the bible of a company, providing the answers to some of the most basic employment questions.

Human Resources
Managing personnel files

Managing Personnel Files

Every employee's personnel file should contain his or her complete employment history. This should include the job application, resume and employment agreements and exit interview.

Human Resources
HR audits and cost savings

HR Audit: Don't Delay

HR audits examine employee processes and procedures for compliance with federal employment laws, alignment with the organization’s business strategy, and HR best practices.

Human Resources
What is an HR audit

Do You Need An HR Audit?

The results of a human resources audit help organizations reduce risk, increase productivity, enhance profits, and become an employer of choice.

Human Resources
What to do before an employee leaves

Before An Employee Leaves

Whether an employee leaves your company amicably on his or her own terms or after being fired, there are a number of steps businesses should take to ensure their security.

Payroll
Top payroll tax mistakes

Top Payroll Tax Mistakes

Payroll tax payments are federally mandated and you must withhold the tax amount from employees' paychecks. Despite your willingness to adhere to the law, mistakes can still happen.

Human Resources
401k plan statistics and trends

401(k) Plan Statistics Trends

Employers can optimize their 401(k) plans so employees contribute to their plans. Several key trends may affect a plan's ability to attract an employee's hard-earned savings.

Human Resources
Terminating an employee

Terminating An Employee

Terminations have an effect on company morale, but more importantly, if you're not careful you can open yourself up to legal action in the form of a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Payroll
Understand overtime compliance

Understanding Overtime

As is the case with most laws, overtime laws have some exceptions. Not all employees are entitled to overtime. And not all employers are required to pay it.

Payroll
Avoid payroll tax issues

8 Ways to Avoid Payroll Tax Issues

Since the IRS expects you to manage and pay your employees' payroll taxes, it is your responsibility to make sure these are done.

Human Resources
Compensation reviews

Compensation Reviews

If you haven’t done a compensation review in the last couple of years, it’s time. This infographic captures the key points you need to know for conducting a compensation review.

Human Resources
I-9 audits

Avoiding an I-9 Audit

I-9 compliance is tough for many businesses and it's easy for companies to be levied large fines if regulations are not followed appropriately.

Human Resources
Improve your HR skills

Improve Your HR Skills

To help strengthen your HR skills, and in turn your employee recruiting skills, we have listed four tips for anyone responsible hiring and retaining key personnel.

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Leadership & Management

Management
Practicing employee soft skills

Soft skills cannot be learned; they must be practiced

To survive in the current and future marketplace, businesses must continue to focus on improving both technical and soft skills. However, it’s important to understand that each skillset requires a different approach.

Management
Employee soft skills

Why everyone needs better soft skills

By taking the time to increase your self-awareness, you will be on your way to developing the soft skills that will help you become a more effective, compelling and valued professional.

Management
Organizational development webinars

Organizational development webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various organizational development topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Management
Managing the next generation

The key to managing the next generation? Authenticity

While there are many helpful tips out there for managing the next generation in the workforce, many of them boil down to one-character trait: being authentic.

Leadership
Innovation after COVID

Your business in a post-coronavirus world

Now that many organizations have dealt with the immediate needs of responding to the pandemic, it is time for leaders to think about the future.

Management
Soft skills gap

Top five soft skill gaps & how to overcome them

Despite the importance of soft skills, many still struggle with them, and everyone has room to grow.

Leadership
2020 operational concerns for CFOs

Top concerns for CFOs in 2020

As the new decade gets underway, research shows resistance to change, succession challenges and cyberthreats are among the top concerns.

Management
Strategic doing

Strategic planning v. strategic doing

For many leaders, strategic planning is not a meaningful activity. They have seen plans fail and don’t see the point in planning.

Leadership
Strategic CFO

Managing Disruption

As our environment continues to change, the CFO’s role in managing risk has become more than just the numbers.

Management
Personal development

Invest in Yourself

Personal development is more than formalized education. Learn how you can max out your potential with these tips.

Management
Providing effective feedback

Provide Effective Feedback

Increase employees’ professional growth by providing both positive and negative feedback effectively.

Leadership
Organizational strategy algorithm

How Does Your Strategy Stack Up?

Three questions to help gauge your organization’s strategic alignment.

Management
Managing remote workers

How to Manage Remote Employees

Use these four tips to get the best results when managing remote employees.

Leadership
Setting your agenda

Prioritize & Learn to Say No

How learning to say no can open up time and resources for your top priorities as a leader.

Management
Bridging differences picture

4 Steps to Bridging Differences

Use these steps to move past workplace differences and start connecting with co-workers.

Leadership
Board of directors

Myths About Boards of Directors

Don’t let these myths keep you from assembling a board of directors.

Leadership
Mission and vision for recruitment

Purpose as a Recruitment Tool

One of your organization’s most effective recruitment tools comes from what may seem like an unlikely source.

Leadership
Strategic planning derailments

Why Strategic Plans Can Fail

Whether it’s thinking too big, too fuzzily, or too rigidly, strategic plans can fail for a variety of reasons – here are 6 to be wary of.

Management
Writing employee warning

Writing Employee Warnings

A written warning can be useful in getting an employee to realize the severity of his or her behavior. It also can provide legal protection from a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Leadership
Strategic planning failures

Strategic Plan Failures

This article sheds light on why strategic plans fail and what organizations can do to get back on track.

Leadership
Mission and vision

Understand Your Organization's Why

Organizations must recognize why they exist before they can truly succeed in how they carry out their mission.

Management
Motivate your employees

Motivate Your Employees

Unlike traditional employee recognition programs, positive reinforcement helps develop employees who not only do their jobs well but also look for opportunities to consistently go above and beyond.

Management
manager-employee meeting

Struggling With Employees?

Too often, performance management can become a paperwork exercise completed more to meet deadlines than to yield results.

Management
Manager-employee meeting

More Effective Employee Meetings

What is the right way to conduct effective meetings between managers and direct reports? Use this checklist to get the most from one-on-one meetings.

Leadership
CFO of the future

The CFO of the Future

The requirements for a top CFO have evolved quickly from a transactional, data-reporting role to one now responsible for strategic management of the organization’s assets.

Management
Improve soft skills

Improving Employee Soft Skills

The term “soft skills” has more to do with how employees act than what they know – skills such as collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication.

Leadership
Build a board of directors

Build A Strong Board

Developing a board that truly adds value is not an easy task; it takes keen self-examination and planning on the part of senior leadership.

Management
Avoid job burnout

Avoiding Job Burnout

Many people suffer from job burnout, particularly in today's challenging economic conditions. But burnout can often be alleviated.

Management
Tough conversations on the job

Tough Conversations

We assembled the following six steps to help you with a difficult discussion (although we suggest getting an HR professional's advice when dealing with critical HR issues).

Management
Cyberslacking at the office

Cyber Slacking In Your Organization

It's all too common to stroll by an employee's desk and catch him/her surfing the Web -- obviously, for personal use not business-related research.

Management
Employee engagement

Your Employees Are Disengaged

Engaged employees who are committed, putting forth extra effort and who feel connected to the organization don’t get that way because of a “program.” See what you can do to keep them engaged.

Leadership
Improving working relationships

Improve Relationships

No matter what size company you work for, you have probably seen a disconnect between management and team members.

Leadership
Boost your office performance

Boost Your Performance

The key to improving your performance is not to be overwhelmed by setbacks or problems but to control problems and improve how your work gets done.

Leadership
Solving business problems

Solving Business Problems

Everyone experiences problems at work, but how we approach these problems makes all the difference in how well we resolve them in an efficient manner.

Management
Employee motivation

Employee Motivation

The job of owners, directors or managers is to get things done through their employees. And to make this happen, leaders need to be able to motivate their staff.

Leadership
Be a better leader

You Can Be A Better Leader

We have put together a number of tips to help you or someone you know become a better leader in the coming months.

Leadership
Word-of-mouth advertising

Free Word-of-Mouth Advertising

Word-of-mouth advertising is one of the cheapest and most effective types of advertising. In order to make this happen, you need to get out of your office and network.

Management
Better employee reviews

Conducting Better Employee Reviews

To get the most out of your employee reviews, we have listed crucial steps that need to be taken to ensure an effective employee performance review.

Management
Managing expectations

Managing Expectations

Managers should not underestimate the power of managing expectations. In fact, the reality of managing expectations revolves around three simple principles.

Management
Keep a healthy office

Maintaining A Healthy Workplace

Research has proven that the more uncomfortable a worker feels, the less productive he or she is for the company.

Leadership
community service networking

Community Service

Networking through community service is a win-win situation. Your company will benefit from the exposure and you will feel good knowing that you are helping your community.

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Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing
Manufacturing M&A trends

M&A trends in manufacturing

The volume of M&A activity is one of the indicators available to help identify trends within the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing
Could a cost segregation study help you accelerate depreciation deductions?

How to reduce taxes and boost cash flow

Businesses that acquire, construct or substantially improve a building - or did so in previous years can utilize a cost segregation study to accelerate depreciation deductions.

Manufacturing
Manufacturing accounting methods

Accounting methods for manufacturers expanded

Newly eligible manufacturing businesses should determine whether these would be advantageous and, if so, consider switching methods.

Manufacturing
Manufacturing risks

Vulnerabilities beyond IT

While it is necessary to bolster cyber defenses, manufacturers should not lose sight of other vulnerabilities.

Manufacturing
Building manufacturing talent pipeline

Finding Skilled Labor in Manufacturing

The need to build a strong talent pipeline grows as manufacturing organizations continue to see a lack of skilled labor to fill jobs in their organizations.

Manufacturing
Manufacturing inudstry and TCJA picture

Manufacturing and the TCJA

Good economic times can be made even better by taking advantage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Manufacturing
HPIP for manufacturers

High Performance Incentive Program

Kansas manufacturers can earn significant tax breaks through the High Performance Incentive Program.

Manufacturing
What is the IC-DISC?

What is the IC-DISC?

For many companies with export sales, setting up an IC-DISC, or Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation, can deliver significant tax savings.

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Risk Management & Technology

Technology
Business intelligence 101

Find the story in your data

New to business intelligence? Want to start making better business decisions? This extensive primer will help you get started.

Risk Management
IT governance

IT governance drives better outcomes

Today’s reliance on technology introduces risk. Managing that risk requires effectively integrating sound IT practices into an organization’s overall governance framework.

Risk Management
Risk management webinars

Risk management webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various risk management topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Alert
W2 scam protect your employees' information

IRS warns employers of W-2 scams

Identity thieves prey on businesses and organizations of all sizes given the fact that they hold sensitive tax data on their employees

Risk Management
Watch out for tax-related identity scams all year long

Tax-related identity scams

The IRS has taken successful steps to reduce tax-related identity theft, but it cautions taxpayers to stay alert for scams year round.

Risk Management
Information security questions for leaders

5 Questions for Leaders

If something as small as a smart phone has the potential to put your entire business in jeopardy, why do business leaders avoid analyzing and managing their information security risks? These questions can get you started.

Alert
Phishing liability

ALERT: Phishing Responsibility

An employer could face legal action and be forced to pay financial damages for an employee’s mistake.

Alert
Equifax breach

FTC: Consider Freezing Credit

Following the Equifax data breach, the Federal Trade Commission recommends consumers consider a freeze with credit reporting agencies.

Risk Management
Cyberattacks lessons

3 Cyber-Attacks to Learn From

Avoid becoming a victim of devastating cyber-attacks by learning from these three incidents.

Risk Management
Workers compensation

What Injuries Aren't Covered?

Workers' comp insurance covers most, but not all, on-the-job injuries. However, it does not cover the following...

Technology
Email phishing

How to Prevent Phishing Attacks

Use these tips to help stop phishing emails from harming your organization.

Technology
Phishing toolkit

Our Phishing Prevention Toolkit

Phishing is a top cybersecurity threat for every organization. It can cause problems ranging from inconvenience to catastrophic interruption.

Risk Management
Prevent payroll fraud

8 Tips to Prevent Payroll Fraud

From fraudulent expense reimbursement claims, to claiming overtime for hours not worked, to adding "ghost employees" to the system, there are myriad ways in which fraud can infiltrate your payroll.

Risk Management
Handcuffed active shooter

Active Shooter in the Workplace

There is no one-size-fits-all plan, but here are three steps you and your staff should take to increase your chance of survival.

Risk Management
Managing fraud checklist

Checklist For Managing Fraud

No checklist can protect an organization from the possibility of fraud, but there are many preventive actions that can reduce a potential fraudster’s opportunities to do harm.

Risk Management
Cybersecurity questions

Cybersecurity Questions

Leadership – including boards, top-level executives, and others – must be constantly aware of and asking questions about their organization's cybersecurity.

Risk Management
Avoid identity theft

IRS Helps You Avoid Identity Theft

Criminals have a variety of methods to steal your private data. The IRS wants you to understand how they operate so you can avoid becoming the victim of a scam artist.

Risk Management
Prevent fraud

Preventing Fraud At Your Organization

Although small or medium-sized entities likely don’t have the resources for sophisticated fraud-prevention strategies, this eBook outlines ways to mitigate the most important fraud risks.

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Prevent payroll fraud

Prevent Payroll Fraud

Payroll and money theft begins with a person(s) giving signs of stealing. There are common signs you should be cognizant of as a business executive.

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IT risk

IT Risk: Whose Risk Is It?

In an era of constant potential cyber-breaches and attacks, who is ultimately responsible for making sure that sensitive information is secure?

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Prevent cash fraud

How You Can Prevent Cash Fraud

What steps can you take, if they're not already employed, to protect your org. against cash fraud? For the short answer, look at our brief presentation.

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Tax

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Start up expenses

How to treat start-up expenses on your tax return

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, some entrepreneurs are kicking off new businesses. Here’s how start-up expenses must be handled on a federal tax return.

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PPP good faith certification

New flexibility provided in approval of PPP bill

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act extends covered period, makes lending terms more favorable and addresses other details that have challenged organizations.

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Tax webinars

Tax webinars

Watch on-demand webinars covering various tax topics. The on-demand webinars are available 24/7 for your convenience.

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HSA amounts 2021

IRS releases 2021 HSA amounts

Review the many advantages of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), along with the HSA inflation-adjusted amounts for the 2021 calendar year.

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PPP forgiveness update

PPP loan forgiveness application now available

Loan forgiveness details include a new Alternative Covered Period and documentation requirements.

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PPP good faith certification

New SBA guidance on PPP good-faith certification

New FAQ addresses how SBA will review the required good-faith certification of borrowers concerning the necessity of loan requests.

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PPP FAQ from Treasury

Treasury issues new FAQ for PPP

The new FAQ extends the repayment date to May 14 and indicates that additional guidance is also expected from SBA.

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PPP good faith certification

PPP borrowers can return funds without penalty

This alert summarizes the “good faith” certifications required by the PPP and addresses recent guidance from the Treasury Department and SBA.

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PPP costs non-deductible

Important IRS news on PPP expenses

IRS Notice indicates that expenses paid to qualify for loan forgiveness under PPP will not be deductible.

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COVID-19 assistance

COVID-19 assistance recap

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the IRS and U.S. Department of Treasury are providing taxpayers additional relief to ease tax burdens.

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Simplified Employee Pension

Do you have a SEP?

Do you own a business but haven’t gotten around to setting up a tax-advantaged retirement plan? Fortunately, it’s not too late to establish one and reduce your 2019 tax bill.

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CARES Act financing options

CARES Act: PPP & other financing options

Act creates a new SBA Paycheck Protection Program to provide funding to qualified small businesses and certain non-profit organizations.

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CARES act passed by Congress

CARES Act provides needed relief

Massive stimulus bill approved to address the financial and health care crisis resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kansas extends tax filings and payments

Kansas extends tax filings and payments

Executive Order extends tax filing and payment deadlines to July 15, but does not defer estimated tax payments.

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Latest COVID related tax information

Latest information on federal and state extensions

This page will track all tax related changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Current as of March 23, 2020.

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Coronavirus Response Act

President signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Act includes important provisions designed to aid the economy, support individual financial stability and curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Proposed meal deduction regulations

Proposed meal deduction

The proposed regulations provide that the deduction limitation rules generally apply to all food and beverages, whether characterized as meals, snacks or other types of food or beverage items.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) extended

Work Opportunity Tax Credit extended

If you are hiring from one or more targeted groups, a recent tax law may have extended a tax credit for you. The WOTC was set to expire on December 31, 2019, but is now extended through December 31, 2020.

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2020 tax deadlines

2020 tax calendar

Review this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due to make sure you don’t miss any important 2020 deadlines.

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Tax changes, retirement and estate planning implications

Newly enacted and extended tax breaks

Two laws passed just before the end of the year could have substantial repercussions for tax, retirement and even estate planning.

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State sales tax exemptions

Utility bills may mean lower tax payments

If utilities are consumed in the process of making a product, you may be eligible for a sales tax exemption covering utility costs.

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Charitable guidance given the TCJA

Charitable guidance following federal tax reform

New limitations on itemized deductions effective for tax years beginning in 2018 may impact the tax benefit of charitable donations.

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Year-end tax strategies

New year-end tax strategies emerge after TCJA

The passage of the TCJA brought changes to the tax landscape. Some tried-and-true strategies have changed and others remain viable.

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Opportunity zone incentives

Opportunity Zone tax incentives

Taxpayers generally may rely on these rules if they apply them in their entirety and in a consistent manner.

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Deductions for meals and entertainment update

Business meal expense deduction update

IRS issues guidance that confirms the deduction remains allowable and clarifies when businesses can claim it.

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Is changing your business structure to a C Corp. the answer?

A closer look at S Corp v. C Corp

After the TCJA, C Corporation income tax rate was reduced dramatically, tempting business owners to change their business structures.

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Aggregating business activities for qualified business income deduction

Aggregating business activity for income deduction

The aggregation rules can provide a significant benefit to taxpayers with higher taxable income subject to the phase out limitations.

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Qualified business income deduction definitions

Definitions for QBI deduction rules

Recently released IRS guidance addresses definitions for what constitutes an eligible business for qualified business income deduction purposes.

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Capital gain deferral

Capital gain deferral opportunity

You may be eligible to invest capital gain recognized after 1/1/18 into a Qualified Opportunity Fund to access benefits.

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IRS clarifies home equity deduction

Good News for Home Equity Borrowers

In an effort to address confusion over certain changes to deductions on home equity loans, the IRS has issued a statement.

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Tax reform 2.0

Is more tax reform on the horizon?

While many individuals and businesses are still working to fully understand how the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect them, lawmakers are prepping for Tax Reform 2.0.

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Online sales tax

Supreme Court opens door to taxation of online sales

If you are a remote seller, make sales online or make sales into multiple states, you may be impacted by a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Business interest expense deduction limit

TCJA: New limit on business interest expense deductions

Prior to the TCJA, most taxpayers were unaware of the interest limitation because it only applied to corporations in very limited circumstances.

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Not-for-profit taxable income

Taxable Income for Not-for-Profits

How not-for-profits can know when income is subject to tax.

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Qualified business income deduction flowchart

QBI Deduction Flowchart

The qualified business income deduction is a valuable opportunity for businesses that operate as pass-through entities.

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TCJA depreciation and expensing

TCJA: Depreciation and Sec. 179 Expensing

Provisions related to depreciation and expensing of fixed assets have been modified under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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TCJA pass-through entities provisions

Pass-through provisions of the TCJA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains valuable opportunities for businesses that operate as pass-through entities.

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Deductions for meals and entertainment

Tax Changes for Meals and Entertainment

The Tax Cuts and Jobs act has changed the deductibility of business-related meals and entertainment.

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Proposed Congressional tax reform effect on itemized deductions

Highlights of the New Tax Reform Law

The new tax reform law, commonly called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA), is the biggest federal tax law overhaul in 31 years, and it has both good and bad news for taxpayers.

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Conservation easement tax deduction

Land Conservation with Tax Benefits

Property donation to a qualified entity delivers tax deduction while allowing continued use of the land via conservation easement.

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Partnership tax risks

IRS increases tax risks to partnerships

Action may need to be taken now to amend your partnership agreements to allow for these changes and who makes these decisions.

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Work opportunity tax credit

How to Apply for WOTC Credits

Reference for employers seeking Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring employees in targeted groups – forms and deadlines

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Work opportunity tax credit

Employers: Tax Credits for Hires

File for Work Opportunity Tax Credit within 28 days of hiring eligible employees to potentially earn tax credits.

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Tax scams

Watch for these new tax scams

Taxpayers receiving requests for personal info or tax/fee payment should make sure they’re legitimate before responding.

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Treating partners as employees

Treating Partners as Employees

A common question among partnerships with service partners is whether those service partners may be treated as employees of the partnership.

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Don't treat partners as employees

Don't Treat Partners as Employees

The IRS issued temporary regulations in May clarifying that partners in a partnership entity cannot be treated as employees of the partnership.

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IRS seeing rise in scams

IRS Seeing Rise In Scams

We recommend you educate employees on how to help protect the organization and themselves from scams. These 5 simple steps are a good start.

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Common IRS questions

Common IRS Questions

The IRS has changed the services they can provide through their toll-free number. They are guiding taxpayers to use the Internet to find the answers to most of their tax inquiries.

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