Determining the market value of your construction company may be necessary or desirable for many reasons. Examples include a sale or merger, financing, succession planning, tax and estate planning, insurance claims, divorce, or setting up an employee stock ownership plan. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consult an experienced valuation professional. Some contractors use rules…

Would you recognize an indirect cost if you saw one? Indirect costs can have a substantial impact on a construction company’s financial picture and bottom line. But they’re not always the easiest things to “see.” Let’s zoom in to bring indirect costs better into focus. Viewing the numbers It helps to first define project costs…

Most contractors struggle with cash flow occasionally, if not regularly. These problems can take a variety of shapes and sizes and stem from many causes. One common contributor to cash flow slowdowns is the very paperwork you use to arrange and close out projects: namely, your contracts and invoices. Read the fine print When you…

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. In doing so, you’ll hopefully…

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 previous three years of $50 million or less to claim the…

Construction businesses are often surprised to learn that they may be eligible for the research tax credit, often referred to as the “research and development,” “R&D” or “research and experimentation” credit. Too often, they assume that this tax break is for only large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, software and aerospace companies, so they don’t bother to investigate…

It’s been eight years since the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) first proposed an overhaul of its revenue recognition standard and four years since it issued the new standard. Now the standard’s effective date is finally approaching — Jan. 1, 2019, for calendar-year nonpublic companies that comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Is your company…

Construction is a highly competitive industry in the private sector. But when it comes to public projects, winning a job can be even more cutthroat. That’s because government jobs are often subject to prevailing wage laws, such as the federal Davis-Bacon Act or the “little Davis-Bacon acts” that have been adopted in many states. Government…

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) is proud to present its first ranking of the nation’s largest 400 accounting firms – the only one of its kind. The IPA 400 firms was listed in the October issue of IPA and picked up where August’s IPA 300 issue left off, ranking firms from No. 301 to No. 400. To…

On long-term construction projects, it’s critical for contractors to have systems in place to accurately estimate the cost to complete (CTC). Knowing a project’s CTC helps you develop a more accurate picture of the project’s performance to date, avoiding surprises that can hurt your profitability and shake the confidence of lenders and sureties. By getting…