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October 12, 2018

The Business Meal Expense Deduction Lives on Post-TCJA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was packed with goodies for businesses, but it also seemed to eliminate the popular meal expense deduction in some situations. Now, the IRS has issued transitional guidance — while it works on proposed regulations — that confirms the deduction remains allowable in certain circumstances and clarifies when businesses can claim it. The need for guidance Before the TCJA, Section 274 of the Internal Revenue Code generally prohibited deductions for expenses related to entertainment,… Read more ›

October 12, 2018

IRS Issues New TCJA Guidance for Businesses

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a new general business tax credit for certain businesses that grant their qualifying employees paid family and medical leave in 2018 and 2019. The IRS now has released Notice 2018-71, which addresses several related issues, including eligibility, types of leave covered and calculation of the credit amount. Notably, the guidance allows employers currently without a paid family and medical leave policy to adopt a retroactive policy before year end and claim the… Read more ›

October 5, 2018

Are You Creating a Moving Target for Your Accountant?

Unlike many accounting systems, QuickBooks does not require you to close your books at the end of an accounting period. But is that a good thing? Most accountants would argue that it is not! At a minimum, you should update the QuickBooks closing date annually to ensure that the data will continue to match the tax return prepared by your accountant. But even when using this feature, it’s often deployed way too late in the game. Generally, when you are… Read more ›

October 3, 2018

Steps to Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Initiatives

It is very likely that in the past week you have received at least one, if not multiple, phishing emails containing malicious attachments or requesting large-scale wire transfers. As cyberattacks evolve and hackers become more sophisticated, cybersecurity is now more important than ever. Reaching the highest figures to date, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported 1,579 data breaches and 179 million records compromised nationwide in 2017. Hacking (which includes phishing, ransomware/malware, and skimming) continues to rank as the highest attack… Read more ›

September 24, 2018

4 Reasons Your Contracting or Subcontracting Business Should Consider Working with an Outsourced Accounting Team

To ensure success, contracting and subcontracting companies need accounting professionals responsible for managing cash flow, budgeting, bank reconciliation, payroll, financial reporting, and other accounting functions. For many small and medium companies, the workload may not require full-time staffing or competent professionals may be too expensive. An alternative to hiring in-house staff is to outsource all or a portion of the accounting department, which offers a variety of benefits you may not even have considered. Here are some of the top… Read more ›