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Posted by: Tina Beyers 2 months ago
When you outsource your accounting, you’re forming a connection with someone who can not only handle the books, but also help your company reach its goals. The better your relationship is, the more your company will benefit. Here are 5 tips for making your outsourced accounting relationship successful: 1. Be clear about your expectations. When you outsource your accounting, make your pri...
Posted by: Jessica Nordenstrom 2 months ago
How should I adjust my internal controls while working remotely? It’s no surprise that one of the most commonly asked questions our assurance department receives from clients lately is “how should I adjust my internal controls for COVID while working remotely?” It’s a question everyone is curious about and looking for recommendations on. The answer isn’t as cookie-cutter as some may think, giv...
Posted by: Kate Serpe 2 months ago
On June 3rd, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.  The bill now awaits the president’s signature.  The bill includes some much needed changes that will help businesses and organizations utilize the funds to meet their needs.  The covered period is now extended to 24 weeks, up from the original 8 week period.The covered period is now extended to December 31,...
Posted by: Kate Serpe 5 months ago
No matter how long you’ve owned your business, you probably feel comfortable relying on the methods that have served you well in the past, like doing your own bookkeeping. But when it comes to accounting, it pays to outsource. Keeping your own financial records takes a lot of time, especially if you use Excel or other tools that require tedious hours of manual input. Whether you handle your accounting...
Posted by: Lisa Lang 6 months ago
According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2018 report, when looking at 2,690 cases of occupational fraud across 125 countries, there were $7 billion in total losses with a median loss of $130,000 per case. The two largest categories of fraud are asset misappropriation (i.e. theft) and financial statement fraud (i.e. lying). Asset misappropriation is the more common type, accounting for 8...
Posted by: Amanda VanNatta 7 months ago
Legislation signed December 20, 2019 retroactively repealed Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7), which increased unrelated business taxable income by amounts paid or incurred for qualified transportation fringes.  The IRS released guidance this week on how to go about obtaining refunds if an organization incurred any tax related to qualified transportation fringes. Internal Revenue Code Section...
Posted by: Yigit Uctum 8 months ago
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a provision that had a significant impact on certain tax-exempt organizations that provided qualified transportation fringe benefits. It required these organizations to pay an “unrelated business income tax” (UBIT) on the cost of the transportation benefits provided after December 31, 2017. The President signed into law legislation that includes a repeal of...
Posted by: Yingying Yuan 8 months ago
In July 2019, the AICPA issued SAS 136, which makes significant changes to virtually every aspect of audits of employee benefit plans covered by ERISA.  The revision with the most significant impact on auditors is the effective replacement of the "limited scope audit" provisions with new Section 103(a)(3)(C) audit rules. This SAS effective date will be for periods ending on or after December 15, 2020....
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Posted by: Sheridan Bearheart 10 months ago
I’m a plan sponsor, now what? A retirement plan can be a great way to attract new employees and offer a benefit to existing employees, but it comes with certain responsibilities. If your company or organization sponsors a retirement plan, you have certain fiduciary responsibilities as the plan sponsor. But, let’s get to know ERISA first. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERIS...
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Posted by: Christin Biermeier 10 months ago
Audits aren't supposed to be scary. Watch as Abby and Emily give some practical tips to make your audits a little less scary and make sure you don't give your auditor a fright! https://youtu.be/XuSCRTT0EBQ ...