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by posted Jan 7 2016 10:51:40 AM
Court Rejects Homebuilder’s Deduction of Employee Compensation In a recent case, a builder of custom and speculative homes was required to capitalize -- rather than deduct -- certain employee salaries and year-end bonuses, including $1,318,000 in total compensation paid to the company’s founder and CEO.* The decision affirmed an earlie
by posted Sep 28 2015 9:21:00 AM
Warning Signs in Your Financial Statements   A regular review of your company’s financial statements can help you catch warning signs that may alert you to future problems. Detecting problems early can help you prevent long-lasting damage to your firm’s financial health. Here are five warning signs you should be on the lookout
by posted Jun 22 2015 2:35:00 PM
  Are There Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage?   Construction is by its very nature dangerous, unpredictable, and subject to a variety of industry-specific risks. That’s why it’s so important to have the proper insurance coverage. Insurance protects against the financial consequences of unanticipated events.   Knowing
by Construction Newsletter posted Mar 20 2015 9:39:00 AM
  What's It Cost   The much-reduced price of diesel fuel and petroleum products continued into mid-February, even though the price for oil and gasoline has recovered some 15 percent from its late January market bottom. The price of #2 ultra-low-sulfur diesel hit $2.90 on February 2
by Construction Newsletter posted Nov 18 2014 8:41:00 AM
  Whats It Cost   Several metrics for construction costs showed increased upward pressure on prices through September but an unexpected decline in the price of oil has the potential to offset most of the price increases for building materials and products.   HIS Global reported that all 12 of the components of its PEG Engineerin
by Construction Newsletter posted Sep 23 2014 1:05:00 PM
Is Your Company Ready for a Retirement Plan? Research shows that a majority of workers fail to adequately prepare for retirement. As a construction company owner, it makes good business sense to provide your employees with a tool that will help them lay the groundwork for a financially sound retirement. Why? A retirement plan can help you recruit
by Construction Newsletter posted Mar 20 2014 12:15:00 PM
It's Time To Give Your Bonding Capacity a Boost With signs that the construction industry is showing strength and climbing out of a particularly difficult period, it's critical that contractors lay the groundwork now to take advantage of the projected growth in construction activity. One step contractors should consider taking is to add bonding ca
by posted Dec 18 2013 1:27:00 PM
Developments in Tax and Business Construction Fatalities Jump in 2012 The U.S. Department of Labor reports that fatal work injuries in the private construction sector increased 5% to 775 in 2012 from 738 in 2011. Though this rise in construction fatalities marked the end of five consecutive years of declining fatal injury counts, the overall tren
by posted Sep 24 2013 3:06:00 PM
How Effective Are Your Internal Controls? The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that businesses around the world lose 5% of annual revenues to fraud. Your construction company’s internal controls are a key element in ensuring that its assets will be protected from unauthorized access and use. Companies with weak internal c
by posted Jun 14 2013 10:13:00 AM
IRS Says Masonry Workers Were Not Independent Contractors Construction firms that misclassify employees as independent contractors could have the IRS demanding unpaid payroll taxes. The IRS reviews a wide range of factors in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. A recent case involving a masonry subcontractor hi
by Scheffel Construction posted Apr 18 2013 12:27:00 PM
Creating a stronger economy and a healthier planet: How construction firms can take advantage of the Section 179D David Ji, alliantgroup Managing Director The movement towards “green” living is sweeping the U.S. We see it every day, from electric cars to compost bins in grocery stores. As it is everyone’s responsibility to be s
by Scheffel Construction posted Jan 24 2013 2:24:00 PM
TREND TO WATCH Did the Election Matter? As far back as April of 2012 there began to be a self-imposed moratorium on development and construction that was attributed to the uncertainty of the November election. While owners were a bit fuzzy about the exact remedy that the election was going to bring, it was clear that private enterprise favored a
by Scheffel Construction posted Nov 27 2012 11:25:05 AM
WHATS IT COST  Prices spiked for several key construction components in September for the second consecutive month. The producer price index (PPI) for inputs to construction – which includes materials that go into every type of project, plus items consumed by contractors – increased 0.9 percent in September and August after severa
by Construction Newsletter posted Sep 13 2012 11:37:21 AM
  Strategies To Maximize Your Bonding Capacity What would your surety find if it reviewed your firm’s financial statements today? The reality is that what your surety finds on the financial statements will determine whether you receive bonding and the amount you will be charged. Your fiscal year-end statements generally will form the b
by Construction Newsletter posted Aug 9 2012 9:45:52 AM
   New Requirements for Sponsors of Group Health Plans If your contracting firm sponsors a group health plan, you’ll need to comply with new regulations recently issued by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the health care reform law). Starting this fall (basically for open enrollment peri
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