Thinking about converting your home into a rental property?

In some cases, homeowners decide to move to new residences, but keep their present homes and rent them out. If you’re thinking of doing this, you’re probably aware of the financial risks and rewards. However, you also should know that renting out your home carries potential tax benefits and pitfalls. You’re generally treated as a […]

Proper Accounting For Change Orders Makes All The Difference

If there’s any aspect of the construction business that gives you mixed feelings, it’s probably the humble —  or in some cases not-so-humble — change order. On the one hand, the circumstances that give rise to change orders tend to be disruptive and often cause confusion or even conflict between contractors and project owners. On […]

What Is Bonding Capacity, Really?

Many construction companies rely on their ability to procure surety bonds to win projects. Owners of those jobs — government agencies in particular — often require bonding to guarantee that work will be completed one way or another. As you’re likely aware, contractors are urged to manage their financials carefully to preserve and even increase […]

6 Ways To Fortify Your  Cybersecurity Defenses

Small to midsize businesses might assume hackers won’t bother with them. But construction companies of any size are indeed a prime target for cybercriminals. In fact, construction was the top industry hit by ransomware attacks between 2020 and 2021, according to a report by NordLocker. The encryption software firm analyzed 1,200 companies across 35 industries […]

Tax considerations when adding a new partner at your business

Adding a new partner in a partnership has several financial and legal implications. Let’s say you and your partners are planning to admit a new partner. The new partner will acquire a one-third interest in the partnership by making a cash contribution to it. Let’s further assume that your bases in your partnership interests are […]

Management Letters: Follow Up On Your Auditor’s Recommendations

Maintaining the status quo in today’s volatile marketplace can be risky. To succeed, businesses need to “level up” by being proactive and adaptable. But some managers may be unsure where to start or they’re simply out of new ideas. Fortunately, when audited financial statements are delivered, they’re accompanied by a management letter that suggests ways […]

The HSA: A healthy supplement to your wealth-building regimen

A Health Savings Account (HSA) can be a powerful tool for financing health care expenses while supplementing your other retirement savings vehicles. And it offers estate planning benefits to boot. ABCs of an HSA Similar to a traditional IRA or 401(k) plan, an HSA is a tax-advantaged savings account funded with pretax dollars. Funds can […]

Tighten up billing and collections to mitigate economic uncertainties

While many economic indicators remain strong, the U.S. economy is still giving business owners plenty to think about. The nation’s gross domestic product unexpectedly contracted in the first quarter of 2022. Rising inflation is on everyone’s mind. And global supply chain issues persist, spurred on by events such as the COVID-19 lockdowns in China and […]

CFO, yes or no? Here’s how to decide

Whether your not-for-profit organization needs a chief financial officer (CFO) depends on many factors, such as the size of your organization, the complexity and types of revenue sources, and the number of programs you have. Static organizations are less likely to need a CFO than those with evolving programs and long-term plans that rely on […]