Should You Go Phishing With Your Employees?

Every business owner is aware of the threat posed by cybercriminals. If a hacker were to gain access to the sensitive data about your business, customers or employees, the damage to your reputation and profitability could be severe. You’re also probably aware of the specific danger of “phishing.” This is when a fraudster sends a […]

Preparing For The Possibility Of A Remote Audit

The coming audit season might be much different than seasons of yore. As many companies continue to operate remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, audit procedures are being adjusted accordingly. Here’s what might change as auditors work on your company’s 2020 year-end financial statements. Eye on technology Fortunately, when the pandemic hit, many accounting firms already […]

Reinforce Protection Of Your Company’s Mobile Devices

Whether it’s a smart phone, tablet or laptop, mobile devices have become the constant companions of today’s employees. And this relationship has only been further cemented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has thousands working from home or other remote locations. From a productivity standpoint, this is a good thing. So many tasks that once kept […]

Business Website Costs: How To Handle Them For Tax Purposes

The business use of websites is widespread. But surprisingly, the IRS hasn’t yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted. Fortunately, established rules that generally apply to the deductibility of business costs, and IRS guidance that applies to software costs, provide business taxpayers launching a website with some guidance as to […]

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 […]

4 Ways AI Is Impacting the Construction Industry

Thanks in part to the Internet (of Things) and cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) has transitioned from science fiction to everyday life. The impact of AI is already felt throughout our daily lives — from automated spam email detection to viewing suggestions on our favorite streaming service to smart speakers that put voice commands into […]

Take cybercrime seriously: Your donors’ identities depend on it

Financial transactions increasingly are being conducted online — and that includes charitable donations. The Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact reports that online giving grew more than 17% between 2016 and 2018. For nonprofits without the appropriate IT infrastructure and security policies, such increased online donations can also mean greater cybercrime risk. Many nonprofits blame budgetary […]

Which accounting system upgrades should I look for?

Construction accounting is unique and complex. Each of your projects serves as an individual profit center with its own revenue, expenses and payroll. This means contractors shouldn’t use an off-the-shelf system. When looking to upgrade, focus on industry-specific features such as: Job-cost tracking. Contractors need to track expenses according to projects, cost codes, classes, and […]

Could a CRM system help me win more jobs?

My construction company recently celebrated its 15th year in operation and, even better, business is really heating up. My concern is that, with this lengthy history and sizable client list, so much information seems to be falling through the cracks. We try to track everything through a shared spreadsheet, but it’s kind of a mess. […]