One of the best treats in life is to be able to learn from the challenges of others. For private companies implementing Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, 2018 is providing just this opportunity. Most public business entities (PBEs) adopted Topic 606 on January 1, 2018. This represented the culmination of, for many PBEs, […]

As both public and private companies scramble to complete the new revenue standard, Topic 606, they should not lose track of the fast approaching effective date for the FASB’s new lease accounting guidance, Topic 842. In addition to requiring the capitalization of all leases by companies, along with the related lease liability, the new lease […]

The Service recently responded to widespread confusion surrounding changes made through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by announcing that taxpayers can often still deduct interest on a home equity loan, home equity line of credit or second mortgage, without regard to the label placed on the loan. Tax reform imposed a lower limit of […]

Last week, IRS recalculated the previously released 2018 figures for Health Saving Account (HSA) family coverage deductions. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, inflation adjusted figures previously utilizing the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) would be indexed under the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U). Though of little […]

Under AU-C section 240, Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit, the auditor is required to evaluate whether information obtained from risk assessment procedures and related activities performed indicates that one or more fraud risk factors are present. Management should also be looking for and responding to the presence of accounting fraud risk factors. […]

You’ve probably seen the large impacts that many publicly traded entities have announced related to the accounting for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It’s important to remember that tax reform’s impact on financial statements isn’t just a large or publicly traded company issue. All corporations need to record the impact of the change in […]

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The main purpose of the legislation was to fund the government through March 23, 2018, but it also provided a few relevant retroactive tax changes we should note and be aware of for tax year 2017. The […]

So the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) is here. While many are focusing on the impact of individual rate reduction and the impact on their itemized deductions, corporations need to assess the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on financial statements–specifically on their deferred tax balances as part of the 2017 […]

Choice of Entity considerations post-tax reform

Choice of entity is undoubtedly a discussion for practitioners currently meeting with clients for tax return preparation. Clients are confused as to which structure–C corporation or S corporation–is best suited for their entity after tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered the tax rate for C corps to 21%. Moreover, the new §199A […]

Reduce stress with the secret of the bicycle

With busy season looming while you’re furiously trying to learn all about the massive tax reform law, you’re probably looking for ways to reduce stress. I’m not talking about the stress that motivates us; I’m talking about the wasteful stress that just consumes energy and throws us off balance. You’ve heard many ways to fight […]