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Compare and Contrast the House and Senate Tax Bills

November 9 was a busy day in Washington for lawmakers in their race to hammer out a tax reform package. The House Ways and Means Committee made amendments to, and approved, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. And the Senate Finance Committee released “policy highlights” for its proposed version of a tax plan. Many of […]
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Sweeping Tax Changes Proposed for Individuals and Business in House-Released Bill

On November 2, after months of discussion, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee released its sweeping bill to reform the tax code. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the individual and business provisions in the 429-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Generally, the changes would go into effect after December 31, 2017, but […]
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Revenue Recognition for Construction Clients — A Blueprint

After years of work, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have issued ASU 2014-09, the Revised Revenue Recognition Model. The model is intended to harmonize what had been a collection of over 200 specialized revenue recognition systems under US GAAP, and provide a more principle-based framework for business […]
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Can I use my IRA to Buy Real Estate?

“A common question from clients, or often times from people at dinner parties, is “Can I use my IRA money to buy real estate?” The easy answer is “yes,” the rules for IRAs allow for a myriad of investing opportunities beyond stocks and bonds and do include real estate. However, there are a number of […]
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Micro-Donations: Good Things Come in Small Packages

Donations to nonprofits plunged during the latest recession and have been edging their way to healthier levels ever since. But many contributors today can afford only small gifts in a still-tight economy. Enter the micro-donation. Realizing the Purpose Micro-donations are often defined as gifts of an amount that a person wouldn’t think twice about spending. […]
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How To Account For Special Events

More and more nonprofits are turning to special events as a major source for generating funds. As if event planning isn’t complicated enough, organizations also must take care to properly present the associated revenues and costs in their financial reporting. Beyond “Fundraising” When you sponsor an auction, golf outing or “fun run,” the main goal […]
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