Nonprofit accounting is different

Carolyn, the executive director of an educational nonprofit, was thrilled, after a long search, to welcome two new members to her charity’s board of directors — both from the for-profit business world. However, she was a little concerned about a few of the comments and questions that arose in their first board meeting. It was […]

New revenue guidance provides direction to nonprofits

In 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new standard on revenue recognition (ASU 2014-09). The ASU was intended to clarify and standardize across various sectors revenue reporting. But many nonprofits found the new standard confusing because it didn’t account for the unique nature of revenue sources such as contributions and grants. Now, […]

Fine-tune equipment costing for a smoother-running company

Imagine you’re standing on the jobsite and someone says, “Nice piece of equipment. What did it cost you?” Your mind might immediately go to how much you paid for the asset in question. But, as you’re surely aware, contractors must continually account for the cost of their equipment over time. It’s a good idea to […]

Let’s talk about leases: New accounting standard to usher in significant changes

If your construction company leases assets and it follows U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), an important development occurred earlier this year. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued its long-awaited update revising the appropriate treatment of leases on financial statements: Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). Affected construction companies should start […]