How Nonprofits Should Classify Their Workers For Tax Purposes

Employees or independent contractors? It’s not only for-profit companies that struggle with the question of how to classify workers for federal tax purposes. Not-for-profit organizations must withhold and pay Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes for employees, but not for contractors. (There may also be state tax responsibilities.) But be careful before you decide that […]

Accounting For Cloud Computing Arrangements

The costs to set up cloud computing services can be significant, and many companies would prefer not to immediately expense these setup costs. Updated guidance on accounting for cloud computing costs aims to reduce differences in the accounting treatment for these arrangements. In a nutshell, the changes will spread more of the costs of implementing […]

How to Use Visual Aids in Financial Reporting

Thanks to the Internet and social media, we’re bombarded daily with all kinds of information. As a result, most people prefer clear, concise snippets of data over lengthy text. Have your financial statements kept up with today’s data-consumption trends? Show and tell Humans are visual learners. In business, the use of so-called “infographics” started with […]

Still Struggling With How To Account For Contributions?

After the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) 2014 release of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, many nonprofits were confused about whether grants and similar contracts were covered by these new revenue recognition rules. The FASB’s subsequent issuance of ASU No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and […]

Evaluate the Risks of Joint Ventures Carefully

Sometimes a construction project is just too big or complex for one general contractor to handle alone. Joint ventures (JVs) enable two construction companies to temporarily partner up to distribute risk, apportion resources and, one hopes, share profits. There are other reasons to consider a JV. You might need to secure additional bonding capacity or […]

Whipping up more profitable jobs with WIP reports

Jobsites generate many things — dust, rubble, scrap metal. But they also generate a lot of information. And extracting the right financial data from an ongoing project in an accurate, timely and easily digestible manner is critical to maintaining that job’s profitability and avoiding losses. Depending on the size and nature of your construction company, […]

Using your financial statements to recalibrate your estimates

Offering a fair price for quality workmanship lies at the heart of every contractor’s long-term success. Finding this critical balance begins with the estimating process. Over time, however, even the most sound approach to estimating can slip a little bit and require recalibration. The good news is that the tools for the job lie right […]

Improve your bottom line with accurate contract schedules

Tracking the financial minutiae of your contract schedule requires great attention to detail. But do you know what else requires great attention to detail? Construction projects! In the hustle and bustle to win, work on and complete jobs, it’s understandably easy to make accounting mistakes with your contract schedule or to simply lose perspective on […]

Three cash flow boosters for your company

Like every contractor, you want to have a good 2017. And this objective should be eminently doable as long as you stay within your strengths, manage your financials carefully and do good work. But why settle for a good year when it could be great? The key, always, is cash flow. The more working dollars […]