Final Pass-Through Deduction Regs Offer Welcome Guidance In January, the IRS issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 199A. This section allows owners of pass-through entities — sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations — to deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income (QBI) from those entities. Owners of construction…

Watch Out for Joint Employer Rule There’s no getting around it: Construction is an inherently collaborative enterprise. Many, if not most, projects involve a variety of contributors. But therein lies a danger. Contractors who exercise control over the employees of subcontractors or other parties — or reserve the right to exercise such control — risk…

Are You Maximizing the Section 199A (Pass-Through) Deduction? As a construction business, your company may be eligible for the Section 199A deduc­tion for “domestic production activities.” This tax break is known by several names, including the “domestic production activities deduction” and the “manufacturers’ deduction.” In fact, many contractors overlook the Sec. 199 deduction because they believe…

What is Building Information Modeling Technology? Building information modeling (BIM) is one of the most important technological developments in construction history. As you’re no doubt aware if you’ve used it, the software helps everyone involved resolve design conflicts and other issues before construction begins. When used to its maximum potential, BIM can also enhance quality,…

Steel Prices Lead the Rising Material Costs Tariffs on steel and aluminum have recently contributed to rising materials costs. There are many other factors that can cause prices to escalate, too, including shortages brought about by building booms in other parts of the country or world; environmental issues, such as loss of forestlands; and rising…

Skilled Labor Shortage Still Big Problem The skilled labor shortage has been a problem for so long that you might be tired of reading about it. Yet, on a nationwide basis, the fact remains that construction businesses face a great challenge in hiring and retaining well-trained and experienced workers. If your construction company has good…

A Fresh Look at the Pass-Through Deduction Is your construction business organized as a sole proprietorship or pass-through entity (such as a partnership, S corporation or limited liability company)? If so, the new 20% “pass-through” deduction can be a valuable tax break. But the deduction is subject to complex limits and restrictions. That’s why it’s…

Enhance your Operations with Benchmarking Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics with your own historical data or those of other, similar companies. Through this process, you can identify the “best in class” business practices in the construction industry, or in another industry where similar processes exist, and compare these approaches and results with your own….

New and Improved Research Credit Benefits Smaller Companies The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 made the research credit permanent after decades of short-term renewals. It also made two important changes that expand the benefits of the credit for smaller businesses. First, beginning in 2016, the act allows businesses with average gross receipts for the…