Improving segregation of duties in a small organization

Internal controls should be designed to safeguard assets and help prevent or detect losses from employee dishonesty or error; the owner’s involvement in a small organization is important in maintaining good internal controls. One area of focus should be segregation of duties, which largely means having different people responsible for authorizing transactions or contracts, recording …

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It’s not all about the paycheck. Equity Compensation

Many companies look to other forms of compensation to reward employees outside of standard cash paid wages and salaries. One common form is equity compensation. Equity compensation is the practice of granting non-cash pay that represents partial ownership in a company in exchange for services. The purpose of equity compensation is to allow the company’s …

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Contractors who build a culture of excellence

Construction companies who value employees as their most important asset are set to be successful during good and bad economic times. It is no secret that there is a significant labor shortage problem in the construction industry that is influencing project performance and profits. While construction workers seem to be the main beneficiaries of being …

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Doubtful of your allowance accounts?

In the accrual world of accounting, GAAP says that expenses should be recorded in the period in which the related revenues are earned. When it comes to your customers or clients paying their bills, it might not always happen and depending on the terms of the arrangement, it could be months before you are sure …

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New revenue recognition for contractors: wasted or unproductive costs

Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, of the Accounting Standard Codification has been discussed extensively for the past few years and while most discussions focus on the technical issues, I want to discuss application of the standard, particularly on how it affects the construction industry. Don’t miss: Accounting for payments and discounts to customers …

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A sigh of relief: accounting changes for leases

On July 17th, 2019, the FASB voted to give privately held companies until 2021 to follow the new lease standard, rather than having to implement it next year. Private companies can all let out a sigh of relief. The reasoning behind this decision comes down to the fact that changing from the old standard to …

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Revenue recognition for contractors: uninstalled materials

The new revenue recognition has been discussed extensively for the past few years and while most discussions focus on the technical issues, I like to discuss application of the standard, particularly on how it affects the construction industry. On a previous blog, I discussed contract fulfillment costs and how these costs are treated under the …

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Accounting for goodwill after acquisition

Over the years, the subsequent accounting for goodwill has been an area that has seen a lot of changes and our blog has tried to keep you up to date with all of these. Where do we stand now? First off, goodwill mainly arises from a business combination where the purchase price exceeds the fair …

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Expanded consolidation relief for private companies

Back in 2014, FASB initially provided variable interest entity (VIE) consolidation relief to certain common control leasing arrangements. While this was great as common control leasing arrangements were probably the most frequent occurrence that led to consolidation of a VIE, there has always been hope that this alternative would be expanded to all common control …

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Unclaimed property: a whole lot of money and no place to call home

What would you do with $1 billion? This astounding 10-digit figure is the approximate value of unclaimed property held by the State of Arizona and belongs to roughly one million current or former Arizona residents. Chances are one in seven of finding unclaimed property if you live in the Grand Canyon State! So, what exactly …

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