Accounting for payments and discounts to customers

Many companies sell to large, national retailers. Often, when selling to these retailers, these companies will need to make separate payments to these customers or have amounts deducted from the payments received on their invoices. However, many times we don’t see these accounted for appropriately. How should these be accounted for? It depends on the …

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Emotional Intelligence in accounting

We’ve all heard about IQ, as the measurement has followed us through school and in pursuing careers. However, what about EQ? Emotional Intelligence matters both in the workplace and in interaction with the public. So, what is it? Emotional intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions, and to handle …

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Help! I need an Uber, the IRS is coming!

After going public last year, Uber reported in its first quarter report to the SEC that they were currently under audit by the IRS. The 2013 and 2014 returns are being examined but no other information is available at this time. I know what you all must be thinking; can they really go back that …

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The auditor’s role in detecting fraud

“How did the auditors not catch this? Isn’t it the auditor’s job to detect fraud?” It is a common misconception that fraud is detected by external auditors. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s 2018 Report to the Nations, tips are the most common detection method, at 40%, for occupational fraud while external audit …

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Plan terminations and partial plan terminations

Many plan participants may be surprised to learn that their employer can discontinue their 401k plan at their own discretion. The IRS considers a plan terminated once an official date of termination is established by the sponsor, the benefits and liabilities under the plan are determined, and all assets are distributed as soon as administratively …

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IRS installment agreements: how to pay your taxes

Have you been faced with a large tax bill and do not have the funds to pay the entire balance? Do you have prior tax returns that have not been filed and there are outstanding balances calculated by the IRS? There is a solution to this dilemma. The important thing to remember is that the …

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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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New overtime threshold proposed by Department of Labor

In case you missed it, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on March 7, 2019 its proposal to raise the minimum salary for employees to qualify for Fair Labor Standards Act white-collar exemptions from $23,660 per year to $35,308 per year. Employees making less than this amount would automatically be eligible for overtime pay …

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IT safeguards, are you protecting your business?

Generally, when executives are discussing the company’s internal safeguards, they look to controls within the accounting department such as segregation of duties, dual check signors and purchase order matching. But what about safeguards within the information technology environment? As the role of IT continues to grow in the business world, your company should continue to …

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Revenue recognition: contract fulfillment costs

The new revenue recognition standard 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. In a previous blog, I discussed the importance of adopting the new standard and how it …

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