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…

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 companies organized under these entity types should…

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 being ensnared by the so-called “joint…

Insurance is a challenge for most construction businesses. You want to control your costs, but you may struggle to obtain affordable coverage of difficult-to-insure risks or fill “gaps” in your existing coverage. One potential solution for fast-growing or well-established construction businesses is captive insurance. It can help reduce premium costs while providing a variety of…

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 fuel and other transportation costs. What can…

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…

Valuable Information to Help You and Your Company Minimize the Tax Burden It’s here! The 2018-19 Tax Planning Guide! It does require some proactive planning, estimating your tax liability, looking for ways to reduce it and taking timely action. If you don’t have the time necessary, we can help. > Reach Out Guide contents include: How…

Almost a year ago, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law. It may be best known for slashing corporate and individual income tax rates. But another change made by the act will have a big impact on many construction companies — particularly those with gross receipts ranging from $5 million to…

Ongoing vigilance necessary to comply with tax-related provisions Employers face a variety of tax-related compliance requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Perhaps the most notable is the shared responsibility provision, commonly referred to as “play or pay,” which applies to large employers. It had been scheduled to go into effect in 2014, but it…

Stay on the good side of changing requirements and opportunities Employers face a variety of tax-related compliance requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a small employer, you need not comply with one of the most notable provisions — shared responsibility, commonly referred to as “play or pay” — or fear the related penalties….