International Financial Reporting Standards

The consequence of growing international trade is that companies have to deal with different provisions and laws when they have dealings with other countries. Without a proper safeguard, companies have to use different accounting standards that are difficult to understand. Read More

How Do I Organize A Business in The United States?

Organizing your business protects your entire company. There are many reasons why you should organize your business, and these include tax purposes and protection against possible legal disputes. Another benefit of organizing your business is that it makes it easier for your business to obtain things such as insurance, bank accounts, and loans, as well as set up the payroll.

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Cash vs. accrual reporting: Which is right for your business?

Small businesses often use the cash-basis method of accounting. As businesses grow, they usually convert to accrual-basis reporting for federal tax purposes and to conform with the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Starting this tax year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has increased the threshold for businesses that qualify for the simpler cash method for federal tax purposes. Here’s how these accounting methods compare and how the TCJA could affect your financial and tax reporting decisions.

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Get SMART when it comes to Setting Strategic Goals

Strategic planning is key to ensuring every company’s long-term viability, and goal setting is an indispensable step toward fulfilling those plans. Unfortunately, businesses often don’t accomplish their overall strategic plans because they’re unable to fully reach the various goals necessary to get there. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, trace your goals back to their origin. Goals that are poorly conceived typically set up a company for failure.

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Do you need to make an estimated tax payment by September 17th?

To avoid interest and penalties, you must make sufficient federal income tax payments long before your April filing deadline through withholding, estimated tax payments, or a combination of the two. The third 2018 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is September 17th. If you don’t have an employer withholding tax from your pay, you likely need to make estimated tax payments. But even if you do have withholding, you might need to pay estimated tax. Read More

The New Revenue Recognition Standard and the Impact on the M&D Industry

Effective for your fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, all non-public entities will need to implement the new revenue recognition standards as outlined in Accounting Standards Update 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) (ASU 2014-09). The standard requires all companies to take a look at their revenue recognition, measurement of revenue, financial statement disclosures, systems, processes and internal controls to ensure they are in compliance with this new standard. Read More

Hidden liabilities: What’s excluded from the balance sheet?

Financial statements help investors and lenders monitor a company’s performance. However, financial statements may not provide a full picture of financial health. What’s undisclosed could be just as significant as the disclosures. Here’s how a CPA can help stakeholders identify unrecorded items either through external auditing procedures or by conducting agreed-upon procedures (AUPs) that target specific accounts. Read More

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