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Last Chance to Claim a 2013 Refund

According to the IRS, nearly one million taxpayers who failed to file a return for 2013 are in danger of losing refunds.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 04.04.17

Fees Fees Fees

With the new rules regarding the fiduciary responsibilities of retirement plan trustees, it makes sense to request at least annually a complete detail of your plans administrative, custodial and management fees.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 02.16.17

2017 Section 179 Deduction

In 2017, businesses can expense up to $510,000 of qualified new or used business equipment purchases, with a $2,030,000 annual purchase limit. In addition, new equipment purchased in 2017 may qualify for 50% bonus depreciation. This rate drops to 40% in 2018, so plan your purchasing accordingly.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 02.02.17

Manage Business Insurance Costs

Liability, property, vehicles, directors, officers, employees – you can buy an insurance policy for many of the risks your business faces.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 02.01.17


Data on the full year of construction will not be available until February but it’s apparent from what we know of the first 11 months that some trends have slowed or reversed in 2016 and among economists, there are the first signs of recession on the horizon for 2018.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 01.26.17

WHATS IT COST – January 2017

Five years of steady expansion for the construction industry have yielded a labor market and supply and demand for building products that are pushing inflation higher. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn by the recent months’ readings on producer prices and completed costs of construction.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 01.26.17

Back How to Make the Right Impression at Meetings

Uh-oh. A last-minute meeting popped up on your calendar for tomorrow—and some of your organization’s head honchos will be across the table.

What will you do? What if someone asks a question you aren’t prepared to answer? Can you check your phone if things drag out? What if nature calls?

“I think you learn from experience,” said Eduardo Morales, CPA, a senior associate with Marcum LLP in Roseland, N.J. “Early in my career I was working as an executive administrative assistant, and I was sitting down in meetings with directors and senior VPs. I just tried to absorb as much as I could.”

Here are other CPAs’ best tips on how to comport yourself at a meeting, along with some advice from an expert in business etiquette:

Read full post  |  Posted by on 01.17.17

Keep Up With Wage Laws

While the new federal overtime rules that were scheduled to take effect in 2016 have been put on hold, perhaps permanently, other wage laws are still around, including those that establish minimum pay levels.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 01.11.17

How to Become an Extreme Saver in 2017

This year, it's going to be different. At the end of 2017, you really will have some money stashed away for your emergency fund, your retirement, your kid's college education and that elusive worldwide vacation.

But to do that, you're going to need to be an extreme saver. And if you're really going to pull it off this time, you need to act fast and start some new habits. Because as January continues to unfold, you risk forgetting about your vow to save money. You'll be too distracted by the car tire that went flat. You'll be thinking about your kid's D in math. You'll be consumed by what's on the news or whatever those Real Housewives are doing on TV.

Seriously, if you're going to really do this, here's what everyone in the know says you need to do. Now.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 01.05.17

Update Your Mileage Rate Reimbursements For 2017

If you intend to use your vehicle for business, charitable activities, medical appointments, or moving during 2017, be aware that the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible costs have changed.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 01.04.17

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