New VIE guidance impacting private companies

Over the past seven years, the guidance for variable interest entities (VIEs) has evolved due to collaboration between the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Private Company Council (PCC). The list below depicts the evolution through FASB ASU No. 2014-07 and most recently FASB ASU No. 2018-17. Prior to FASB ASU No. 2014-07 Required …

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit updates

On December 19th, the Senate passed the “Disaster Act”. It was previously passed by the House on December 17th, and the President is expected to sign it soon. Part of the Disaster Act extends the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (“WOTC”) through 2020. The WOTC allows employers who hire employees of certain targeted groups to potentially …

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How does Wayfair affect your restaurant business?

For half a century, sales tax from interstate commerce abided by two U.S. Supreme Court rulings: National Bellas Hess v. Department of Revenue of Illinois and Quill v. North Dakota. In these cases, the Court concluded that an out-of-state seller must have physical presence in a state before sales tax collection laws could be imposed. …

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Tax considerations when selling your restaurant

Successful restaurant companies are a hot commodity in today’s marketplace with existing operators looking to diversify segments served or leverage economies of scale through acquisition – and let’s not forget the private equity group interest. If you’re thinking of selling your restaurant, it’s important to know the value of your company to get top dollar …

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Section 163(j): trap for the unwary!

Although the Qualified Business Income deduction (QBI or “pass through deduction”) receives all the favorable buzz with the new tax law, we want to make sure that you are aware of another provision established by tax reform – Section 163(j) – which is alarming to your tax-geeky CPA. First off, does this sound familiar? You …

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