Category Archives: Industry News

While the Yellow Book has been around since 1972, it was the 1988 revision of the standards which first established specific hourly CPE requirements for auditors working on Yellow Book engagements. The genesis of the CPE requirements stems from auditing history and experience as much as anything. When auditors leave college, they typically have little […]

IRS announced the 2019 COLA adjustments to retirement plan limits on November 1, 2018 in Notice 2018-83. Elective deferrals for 401(k), 403(b), etc. plans rise from $18,500 to $19,000, plus $6,000 for those age 50 or older. The limit on defined contribution accounts increases from $55,000 to $56,000. The definition of a key employee in […]

In May 2014, FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update regarding Topic 606: Revenue from Contracts with Customers, along with various amendments, to be implemented in 2017 and 2019. In this post, we’ll talk about exact adoption dates of the new construction revenue recognition standards, the major updates, and how you can help your construction clients […]

As a CPA you have made a significant investment in your career and your education by earning and maintaining your license. You’ve come a long way on this often challenging (yet rewarding!) journey, including the hundreds of hours completing your degree, passing the CPA Exam, and working hard to achieve success in your career. And […]

The tax reform law includes a new Section 199A which creates a deduction for Qualified Business Income (QBI). For tax years 2018 through 2025, an individual Taxpayer may deduct 20% of QBI from a partnership, S corporation, or sole proprietorship. QBI is the net amount of qualified items of income, gain, deduction, and loss with […]

Tax Reform Webinar for CPAs

With the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act now signed by President Trump—and many clients already asking their accountants what they should do this year in light of the bill’s provisions—Surgent’s internal team of tax experts has prepared an all-new professional education course, Critical Tax Reform Update for CPAs: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TACT). This […]

Compromise Tax Reform Bill Likely to Pass

Republican lawmakers released their conference committee report for The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 15, 2017. This compromise tax reform package passed in both the House and Senate the week of December 18th. President Trump’s signature has heralded in the most substantive changes to the tax code in over 30 years. The basic […]

The Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at approximately 2 a.m. on the morning of December 2, 2017, almost entirely along party lines. The final vote was 51-49 with only Senator Bob Corker (Republican, Tenn.) defecting. The House is scheduled to vote December 4, 2017 regarding conferencing with the Senate […]

By Rich Daisley, CPA As Tax Reform legislation works its way through Congress, we’ve mostly heard about its potential impact on personal or corporate income tax bills (i.e. “how will the GOP tax plan affect me?”) However, those involved in the financial reporting process should also be considering how potential tax reform could impact financial statements. […]

By Nick Spoltore On November 9, 2017, the Senate released its Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act,” detailing many proposed changes to the Code. The following highlights are major points of the proposed legislation. The changes apply to tax years beginning in 2018 unless noted. 2017 Tax Rates – […]