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Hiring a Financial Expert: Why Attorneys Should Do It Sooner Rather Than Later

A financial expert can provide valuable assistance to attorneys throughout the discovery phase of a litigation case. Cases involving economic damages often depend on documents to establish or disprove the amount of the plaintiff’s damages. A financial...
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Nonprofits Beware: Protect Tax-Exempt Status During Election Year

Many nonprofit organizations have a vested interest in political issues and their outcomes. But it’s important that nonprofit organizations, board members and leaders clearly understand how their campaign-related activities could attract unwelcome IRS...
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Accounting Software for Family Offices

Family offices are a convenient and effective way for high net worth families to manage their assets. But owning and operating a family office is no small feat. There are a variety of challenges that family offices have to tackle, like generational...
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Virginia Issues Guidelines to Retroactively File 2021 Pass-Through Entity Tax Returns

Virginia’s Department of Taxation has issued long-awaited guidance on pass-through entity tax returns. Here’s what the guidance means for owners of pass-through entities.
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Do Your Due Diligence Before Buying a Business

Frankly, it was a disaster that could have been avoided. “Stan” the buyer was hell bent on making the purchase, the bank was pushing for the seller’s financials, and on the surface the deal and the business looked solid. So instead of a comprehensive...
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How an Employee Stole $26,506 Using a POS Register System

This is the story of a chief financial officer whose diligent review of his sporting goods retailer’s monthly operations resulted in the discovery of employee theft.
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Why Expert Witness Certifications Matter In Litigation

Certifications help signal that someone is knowledgeable and competent in a given subject matter or area. For expert witnesses, a certification can be valuable for emphasizing their competency and eligibility to serve as an expert witness in court. On...
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4 Ways Divorce Attorneys Can Spot Sudden Income Deficit Syndrome

For a couple going through a divorce, there are many things to plan for. If there are children involved, custody issues can become extremely contentious. Spouses have been known to use their children as bargaining chips to try to “win” during the...
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What Do Sureties Look At When They Review A Contractor’s Financial Statements?

The construction industry is diverse, with construction businesses specializing in HVAC, plumbing, electrical, excavation, fire protection, general contracting and other trades. One thing most contractors have in common, though, is who uses their...
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Dissipation of Marital Assets In Divorce: Red Flags to Look For

Divorce is one of the most stressful events that people may encounter in their lifetime, even more so if there is significant hostility between the spouses. As a result of the adversarial nature of divorce, the parties might behave irrationally or even...
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How to Strike Out Fraud In Your Organization

Shohei Ohtani is a household name in Major League Baseball. One of the league’s most formidable players, Ohtani is known as a two-way player who can pitch and hit. Unfortunately for Ohtani and the Los Angeles Dodgers, he’s also known as the victim of a...
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Businesses Employing Veterans Could be Eligible for Federal Award

If your business employs veterans, you might be eligible for a HIRE Vets Medallion Award. Businesses that earn this award are recognized for their leadership in recruiting, employing and retaining veterans.
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Tax Implications of Stock Options In Divorce

More and more, divorce attorneys are finding that stock options are becoming increasingly popular forms of equity incentive compensation. And when considering stock options in family law litigation, the main concern is typically the distribution of cash...
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Tips for Preventing Disbursement Fraud In Your Business

As a Certified Fraud Examiner, I have investigated dozens of employee embezzlements that occurred at small businesses. Many of those embezzlements were committed by bookkeepers through disbursement fraud schemes.
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Calculating Loss of Business Income for Insurance Claims

When an insured party with proper commercial coverage has an interruption due to a covered loss, they may be entitled to recover the loss of their business income. But how is the loss of business income calculated for insurance claims?
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How to Spot and Prevent Employee Fraud In the Construction Industry

The typical organization loses 5% of its revenues to fraud each year according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). When you do the math, the hit to your bottom line can be substantial.
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Calculating an Individual’s Lost Earnings and Benefits

Economic damages claimed by individuals in cases arising from personal injury, wrongful death, wrongful employment termination and employment discrimination typically include lost earnings and fringe benefits. Attorneys frequently retain CPAs as expert...
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What Nonprofits Need to Know About Functional Expenses

The issuance and implementation of the FASB nonprofit financial presentation standard, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, back in 2016 resulted in changes to the presentation of GAAP-based financial statements for nonprofits. These changes were...
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New Grant Program for Maryland Manufacturers Now Open for Applications

Applications are now open for Maryland manufacturers to apply for the Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Program. This program supports businesses that make certain energy efficiency improvements in manufacturing facilities.In...
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How Does the New CECL Model Affect Your Financial Statements?

Non-public entities will need to adopt the new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model starting with 2023 calendar year-end financial statements. What does this mean for your company and your financial statements?
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What Your Nonprofit’s Financial Statements Reveal [Video]

The numbers on your nonprofit’s financial statements tell a colorful story ― if you know what to look for. Nonprofit CEOs, executive directors and board members who have a solid understanding of financial statements typically make better decisions for...
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Optimism Abounds for Maryland’s Manufacturing Industry

There’s a lot to feel optimistic about when it comes to Maryland’s manufacturing industry. I recently sat in on a webinar presented by two of the state’s biggest manufacturing champions, the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) and...
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Common Shortfalls of Accounting Systems In Manufacturing Businesses [Video]

Having proper accounting practices and technology in place is essential for success in your manufacturing business. Without the right accounting system in place, manufacturers face a plethora of challenges and gnarly consequences that can be avoided. ...
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4 Common Misperceptions About Lost Profits Claims

Claims for lost profits arise in many types of cases, including contract disputes, business torts, insurance claims, personal injury and antitrust claims.
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2024 Payroll Update

Social Security & Medicare Tax As of January 1, 2024, the maximum amount of annual earnings subject to Social Security increases to $168,600 (from $160,200 in 2023). There is no limit on the amount of earnings subject to the Medicare tax. The maximum...
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IRS Delays $600 Form 1099-K Reporting Requirement Threshold

Tax season can be a confusing and stressful time for many, with various forms and reporting requirements to keep track of. One form, the 1099-K, is the subject of a delay by the IRS. The IRS recently announced the delay of a 2021 law that would require...
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Tax Strategies to Consider Before Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is an exciting venture, but it comes with important financial considerations, especially when it comes to taxes. Careful tax planning can help you navigate the complexities and optimize your financial situation before making an...
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Budgeting Best Practices for Nonprofits

Creating and managing your nonprofit’s budget probably isn’t a favorite annual task. Though budgeting may feel tedious or even overwhelming, having a clearly established budget plays a key role in your nonprofit’s ability to successfully execute its...
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Maryland Extends Deadline for MarylandSaves Exemption to December 31, 2023

It has been quite some time since Maryland’s general assembly passed MarylandSaves in 2016. After much delay, Maryland finally put its retirement vehicle into motion on September 15, 2022, in the form of a Roth IRA account. Now that the program has been...
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How Too Much Trust Can Erode Internal Controls

There’s a fine line regarding trust in a workplace environment. Too little trust in employees can diminish effective communication, increase conflict and decrease loyalty. But on the flip side, too much trust could create an opportunity for a key...
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Fraud Prevention Tactics Could Have Prevented Massive NFL Team Theft

As first reported by The Athletic, a former employee in the finance department of the Jacksonville Jaguars is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing more than $22 million from the team over a four-year period. The employee, Amit Patel, was a...
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New Rules Allow Rollover of Funds From 529 Plan to Roth IRA

There’s good news for families who diligently save for their child’s education with a 529 plan. Thanks to legislation passed in 2022, this popular savings vehicle just got more flexible. Starting in 2024, unused funds from a 529 plan can be rolled over...
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How to Write a Nonprofit Audit RFP [Plus an Audit RFP Template for Nonprofits]

Hot dog, it's time to issue an RFP for audit services, said no nonprofit ever. If you’re like most nonprofit audit committee members and executive directors, you cringe just a little when it comes time to solicit proposals for a new audit firm. As an...
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4 Key Insights From an Employee Benefit Plan Auditor

With employee benefit plan audit season not too far in the rearview mirror, it’s a good time to reflect on lessons learned. I’m sharing a few insights, from the point of view of an employee benefit plan auditor, for clients who are required to have their...
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Taxpayers Can Expect Changes as Key Tax Provisions Sunset

As we near the end of 2023, individuals may be surprised to learn of substantial tax provision changes sitting on the horizon. The tax provisions enacted in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are sunsetting with the end of the 2025 tax year.
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Government Contractors Procuring Products From Certain Parts of China Subject to New Rule

Any government contractor that procures products from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China is affected by a new ruling by the Department of Defense (DoD). This ruling takes effect October 30, 2023.
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Mastering the Art of Depreciation: Choose the Perfect Tool for Your Business

Depreciation: the unsung hero of every business's accounting saga. It's the silent force that ensures your financial records dance to the rhythm of balance, a vital element in the complex symphony of profit and loss. Yet, for all its importance,...
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Uncovering a Phantom Workforce: the Dangers and Prevention of Ghost Employees

Payroll theft comes in all shapes and sizes and often lies hidden below the surface. Fraudsters who perpetrate ghost employee schemes use the shadow of another employee to cover their tracks. One of the best ways to prevent payroll theft is to understand...
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IRS Halts Processing of New Employee Retention Credit Claims

The IRS announced a moratorium on the popular Employee Retention Credit through at least the end of 2023. Here’s what you need to know about the moratorium.
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Your Business May Need to Comply With New Corporate Transparency Act

There’s a new law that should be on the radar screen of most small- and medium-sized business owners. The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), passed in 2021, will require many businesses to take action in 2024. Now is the time for business owners to be...
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How Officer Compensation Impacts Business Value

To properly value a business, adjustments may need to be made to the business’s revenue and expenses to normalize its income statement and accurately reflect the true economic performance of the business. One of the adjustments that commonly may be made...
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Tax Credits for New Electric Vehicles Purchased In 2023

If you’re one of the half million Americans who purchased an electric vehicle so far in 2023, you might be eligible for a tax credit.
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How Bad Data From Clients Can Impact Valuations

It’s a common saying among data scientists: “garbage in, garbage out.” In other words, bad inputs lead to bad conclusions. It’s no different in business valuation, where an analyst synthesizes many data inputs to arrive at a single estimate of value. Bad...
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Maryland Manufacturers Can Apply for Grants Up to $500,000

Eligible Maryland manufacturing businesses can receive up to $500,000 in state funding as part of the Maryland Manufacturing 4.0 Grant Program. The program supports manufacturing businesses that invest in cutting-edge technologies to remain competitive...
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Quick Guide: Accredited In Business Valuation (ABV) Credential

As a CPA, ABV and CVA, my credentials are a source of pride for me. Most people recognize the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential. However, very few people recognize other credentials in the accounting and forensic accounting field.
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Navigating Tax Issues Related to Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals are all the rage in real estate investing. With droves of vacationers and business travelers using Airbnb and VRBO to seek out homey, comfortable spaces that hotels don’t offer, short-term rentals can be an outstanding real estate...
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Home Energy Tax Credits: Do You Qualify?

If you updated your home in 2022 or 2023 to be more energy efficient, you might be eligible for one or more tax credits. Tax credits are an excellent way to reduce your tax liability.
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FASB Issues Guidance On How to Account for Related Party Leases

There’s new guidance for businesses and nonprofits that are subject to the relatively new lease accounting standard.
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Beware of Employee Retention Credit Scams

If advertisements about the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) have grabbed your attention, you’re not alone. Scammers have jumped on the opportunity to convince business owners to claim this potentially lucrative tax credit. Here’s what you need to know...
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New Cyber Security Regulations Issued By Veterans Affairs

Government contractors who do business with the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) will soon have a great deal of increased cyber security and data privacy responsibilities after the VA recently updated cyber security compliance regulations. These new...
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QuickBooks Desktop 2020 to be Discontinued

Intuit recently announced that it will discontinue service for QuickBooks Desktop 2020 as of May 31, 2023. If you use QuickBooks Desktop 2020, you have some decisions to make. Let’s look at how this will impact your business and what your options are as...
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Guide for Divorce Attorneys: What a Client's Form 1040 Can Reveal About Income & Assets

Determining a couple’s income is one of the most critical financial issues in a divorce case. Reviewing the couple’s Form 1040, to start, can help paint a picture of their financial position and lifestyle. Divorce attorneys who know where to look for key...
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How to Handle Increase In Business Value Post-Separation: Perspective for Divorce Attorneys

Divorce cases where one party owns a closely-held business can create complications in the valuation and division of the marital estate. One of the many questions commonly encountered in Virginia divorce cases involving a closely-held business is, How is...
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Investment and Employment Tax Credits for Mid-Atlantic Manufacturers

The manufacturing industry has been the backbone of the U.S. economy since the Industrial Revolution. The success of this industry has helped position the U.S. as the world's largest economy. An economy with a strong manufacturing presence helps ensure...
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Significant Retirement and Tax Changes In the Secure 2.0 Act of 2022

The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 (“Secure 2.0”) was passed on December 29, 2022 and focuses primarily on enhancing retirement plan incentives for individual taxpayers. Let’s review some key provisions of the bill and how they could impact you and your business.
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A Texas-Sized Fraud: Bookkeeper Embezzles $29M From Texas Family

Barbara Chalmers, 74, pleaded guilty in December 2022 to an embezzlement scheme of at least $29 million over the past decade. Ms. Chalmers was the bookkeeper for a charitable foundation and multiple companies run by the family of Jim Collins, a prominent...
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2 Reasons Why Your Youth-Focused Nonprofit Should Establish an Endowment

Between the merry-go-round of government changes, staffing shortages and a fluctuating financial market, many youth-focused nonprofits lack one of the most vital tools in securing their future–an endowment.
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4 Unlikely Ways Youth-Focused Nonprofits Can Boost Fundraising

If your organization is like many other youth-focused nonprofits, the generosity of donors is a huge source of funding for some, if not all, of your income. As a result, fundraising is always a top priority. Since child-focused nonprofits often compete...
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What Accounting Staff Need to Know About the New Lease Standard

The new lease accounting standard, Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842, is out in full force and there are numerous rules, adjustments and transitions accounting departments need to be made aware of—stat.
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Child-Focused Nonprofits Can Boost Fundraising by Suggesting Tax Planning Strategies to Donors

A recent charitable giving report from Blackbaud Institute confirms that donations in the United States grew by 9% in 2021. This increase occurred for nonprofits of all sizes in all sectors, with 12% of charitable giving coming from online donations. ...
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5 Tips Contractors Should Know for Work in Process

A work in process (WIP) schedule is one of the most important financial tools for a contractor—and it may be underutilized. Not only does a WIP schedule give a construction company and project stakeholders insight into a project’s financial performance,...
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15 Questions Accounting Staff Members Are Asking About the New Lease Standard

If there’s one thing for certain, accounting staff members at businesses and nonprofits have more than a few questions about the new lease standard that’s about to take effect. Implementing the biggest new accounting rule to come our way in decades is no...
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The Tax Impact of Remote Employees On Your Business

One of the unexpected consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the proliferation of remote employees. If your business has remote employees, there are tax consequences and rules you should be aware of.
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Nonprofit Alert: 2022 Single Audit Filings & New Data Collection Form

For nonprofits subject to a Single Audit, there’s a delay in the new requirement to use SAM.gov to submit Single Audit filings.
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Ease Supply Chain Distribution Woes With EDI

In any economy, there are only two ways to increase the bottom line: increase revenue and/or decrease costs. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a tool that can help with both. By eliminating operational bottlenecks, EDI helps lower costs while allowing...
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Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Key Highlights

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 intends to curb inflation by decreasing the amount of money the government spends, imposing new streams of revenue and lowering both healthcare and energy bills for Americans.
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Journal Entries to Account for Operating Leases Under the New Lease Standard

The new lease accounting standard is effective for private companies and nonprofits for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021. This new accounting rule requires organizations to report their operating leases on the balance sheet. This will...
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Accounting for Common Area Maintenance Expenses

Common area maintenance (CAM) costs are expenses incurred by a landlord to maintain or manage common areas in places like shopping centers or office buildings. For example, a parking lot in a shopping center or the lobby in an office building requires...
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Understanding the Company-Specific Risk Premium: A Guide for Attorneys

Whether it’s part of a contentious divorce hearing or to assist a client in selling their business, a valuation is extremely important in determining the value of a business. Understanding risk factors is essential in determining how a business will be...
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The Labor Crisis: Where Are All the Workers?

When I ask business owners about the challenges facing their business, there is one common theme that runs across all industries — the labor dilemma. By now, we have all experienced the effects of the “Great Resignation.” Local businesses have shortened...
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Late Filing Penalties to be Waived for Some Taxpayers

Certain late tax filers are about to see some relief. The IRS is abating the late filing penalties for various tax returns for 2019 and 2020 that were filed late or have not yet been filed. This announcement came on August 24, 2022, when the IRS issued...
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7 Tips for Nonprofits Implementing the New Lease Standard

After numerous delays, the new lease standard has arrived. Any nonprofit organization with at least one lease will be impacted for years beginning after December 15, 2021, which will generally be your nonprofit organization's accounting year end for the...
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How to Spot a Rigged Business Valuation

There are many instances when a business valuation report is needed in litigation. During a divorce, if one or both spouses own a business, it may be necessary for the business to be valued for asset distribution purposes. Each party may hire their own...
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Donor-Advised Funds Can Add Tax Benefits to Your Charitable Giving

Charitable giving is generally a component of a comprehensive tax or estate plan. Receiving a tax benefit for charitable donations used to be a straightforward exercise for taxpayers who itemized deductions. Taxpayers simply made a contribution to a...
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Lisa Johnson, CPA, Gets Inspired by Child Focused Nonprofits

With a passion for serving child-focused nonprofits, Lisa Johnson’s enthusiasm for helping those organizations — both here at Gross Mendelsohn and in volunteer roles — is absolutely contagious. I sat down with Lisa to learn more about her nonprofit...
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Maryland Raises Business Personal Property Tax Exemption

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) made business owners very happy as House Bill 268 (HB268) has officially taken effect. This legislation increases the exemption amount of personal property eligible to be taxed. The...
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Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges Help Defer Capital Gains & Build Wealth

The like-kind exchange is one of the most money-savvy ways to defer capital gains taxes while building your long-term wealth. A 1031 exchange, which gets its name from Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, can help you swap one investment property...
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New Lease Standard: Tips for Implementation

The new lease standard is finally here and effective for all private companies and nonprofits for years beginning after December 15, 2021. After years of discussion and several delays, it’s important for private companies and nonprofits to start...
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Lease Accounting Software Options

In wake of the new lease accounting standards, Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842 and International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) 16, it’s important that you have the right technology in place to handle complicated lease situations and...
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New Lease Standard to Impact Any Business or Nonprofit With a Lease

Some are calling the new lease standard the biggest accounting change of this generation. While the accounting profession moved the goalposts on its effective date for years, the time is finally here for organizations to implement the sweeping changes...
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Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program Set to Launch September 2022

It seems like ancient history, but back in 2016, Maryland passed a law requiring any covered employer (i.e., one that didn’t have its own retirement plan and used a payroll system or service) to participate in the Maryland Small Business Retirement...
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Bars and Restaurants Are Making the Move to a Manufacturing and Distribution Model

While nearly every industry was impacted by the COVID pandemic, one could argue that no sector took a beating like the hospitality industry. Government shutdowns and consumer hesitancy plagued bars and restaurants. Even in the post-pandemic recovery...
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5 Ways Attorneys Can Get Better Outcomes When Working With a Forensic Accountant

When I tell people that I’m a forensic accountant, they sometimes think of Christian Wolff, Ben Affleck’s character in the movie The Accountant. While it’s true that a forensic accountant can use their skills to investigate a company for potential...
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5-Point Checklist for Managing Inflation In Your Business

With inflation running high, businesses everywhere are struggling to manage costs. Regardless of whether or not inflation is in check anytime soon, its effect on business revenue and savings requires planning and prioritizing now. We put together a...
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5 Tips for Making Your Nonprofit Association's Audit Less Stressful

Many nonprofit associations get anxious in anticipation of their yearly audit, but there are ways you can make the process less stressful. Here are five tips from our audit team on how to take some of the stress out of your association’s yearly audit.
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Using Internal Controls to Protect Your Nonprofit Association From Fraud

Internal controls are vital to protect your nonprofit association from fraud. While most leaders believe employees work at an organization as much for the mission as they do for the paycheck, sometimes that just isn’t the case.
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Do You Have to Pay Tax On Student Loan Forgiveness?

Student loan forgiveness is getting substantial media attention, thanks to the Biden administration’s recent announcement that more than a half million borrowers will see their student debt balances wiped out automatically. This forgiveness cancels...
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New Virginia Law Affects Taxation of Pass-Through Entities

Virginia’s Department of Taxation issued guidance on thePTE legislation in early 2024. Read more here. A new Virginia law allows the owners of a pass-through entity (PTE) to shift their income tax burden generated from the PTE away from them personally...
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New Rules for Treatment of R&D Costs Could Impact Technology Companies

Certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) could have a significant impact on technology companies in 2022. Here’s what technology companies need to know about an amendment to Section 174 of the tax code that can affect taxable net income.
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Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers who received funding from the Provider Relief Fund must report the use of funds to the Health Resources & Services Administration according to a specific reporting schedule. Here’s what healthcare providers need to know.
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Digital Assets and Equitable Distribution: A Guide for Family Law Attorneys

In dissolution of marriage cases, the valuation of marital property is necessary to ensure fair equitable distribution. But before values can be placed on marital property, the property first needs to be identified. As family law attorneys know, that...
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Estate Planning Lessons From a Rock Star

When rock star Prince died on April 21, 2016, he didn’t have a will in place. This rather shocking scenario resulted in one of the most complicated probate hearings ever seen in Minnesota, Prince’s home state. Business owners and high net worth families...
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Maryland Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate Changes Explained [2022]

If your Maryland business is subject to unemployment insurance taxes, be aware of potential changes to your tax rate for the 2022 calendar year.
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What Construction Contractors Need to Know About Backlog

Backlog is an important measure of the health of a construction company. Here’s what contractors need to know about backlog and how it can help (or hurt) their profitability.
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Hidden Assets In Divorce

The personal and adversarial nature of divorce litigation is a potent combination that can cause emotions to run high, sometimes leading the parties to lash out and punish the other financially. This can take the form of deliberately wasting marital...
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Maryland Extends Deadline for Individual Income State Tax Returns to July 15, 2022

Yesterday, Maryland announced that the deadline for individual income state tax filings and payments will be extended from April 18, 2022 to July 15, 2022.
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Establishing Rates for Government Contracts

If you’re a government contractor and a potential client asked you to fill a position, could you give them a rough price on the spot? What would you charge for that position? What if a fellow contractor who wants to team with you on a proposal asked,...
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5 Accounting Mistakes to Avoid If You Need a FAR Overhead Audit [Video]

There are several accounting mistakes that government contractors make that can cause major headaches when uncovered during their federal acquisition regulation overhead audit. Here are five of the most common.
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Cryptocurrency FAQs: Answers From an Investment Advisor and a Tax Accountant

We get a lot of questions from clients about cryptocurrency. Whether you’re new to the cryptocurrency scene or already own it but don’t know exactly what to do with it, it’s important to know the tax and investment ramifications of it. That’s why we...
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How Nonprofit Associations Can Prepare for Their Next Audit

Many associations think there’s not much worse than going through a financial audit. Some see it as a “necessary evil,” while a mere few actually look forward to the auditors coming in to check the financial information, processes and controls.
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Tax Benefits of Donating Real Estate

Most people know the tax benefits of making charitable donations in the form of cash, stocks and non-cash (goodwill). But donating real estate is something you might not have considered as part of your charitable giving plan. This article describes three...
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How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Will Impact the Construction Industry

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) gives the United States a generational investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. According to the White House, this bipartisan infrastructure deal will rebuild America’s roads,...
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How to Reduce Inventory Costs with a Just-In-Time Inventory System

Manufacturers and distributors need to have inventory available to ensure a steady flow of goods to producers and consumers. Selling inventory also keeps a steady flow of capital coming into your business. However, handling and storing materials can be...
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Tax Provisions to Help Businesses Become More Accessible for Those with Disabilities

If your business is looking for ways to invest to increase accessibility for employees, customers and visitors with disabilities, there are two tax provisions that can help offset the cost of those expenses.
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5 Form 990 Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising Efforts

Many nonprofits see IRS Federal Form 990 as an informational return that they send to the IRS every year, but in reality, the Form 990 is much more than that. Your organization’s 990 is open to public inspection, which means that your current and...
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Infrastructure Legislation Terminates ERTC

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law on November 15. While most of the legislation is related to investing in the nation’s infrastructure, there were a couple of tax provisions included in the bill. Here’s what you should know...
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Tax Credits for Maryland Manufacturers & Distributors

Between supply chain hurdles, labor shortages and the pandemic, it’s hard to turn a profit. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take advantage of every tax saving opportunity available to your business. Let’s look at some key tax credits for...
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Treatment of Non-Operating Assets and Liabilities In Business Valuation: Quick Guide for Attorneys

A reliable valuation is critical in many different contexts, including private sales, divorce, litigation and estate planning — just to name a few. A frequent challenge in valuing privately-owned businesses involves the treatment of non-operating assets...
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Major Changes to Valuation Discounts on the Horizon

The Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) was introduced in the House of Representatives on September 27, 2021. If this bill is signed into law, it will have broad implications on estate planning, including changes to the unified credit, treatment of grantor...
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2021 Employee Benefit Plan Audits: Big Changes On the Way

Business entities that sponsor employee benefit plans, and plan administrators with the responsibility for regulatory compliance of their benefit plans should take note. There are significant changes coming for 2021 employee benefit plan audits that will...
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Everything Construction Contractors Need to Know About New Lease Accounting Standards [2022]

A new lease accounting standard for construction companies and contractors takes effect on December 15, 2021. This article covers the rules of the new standard and how your company can prepare.
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3 Financial & Occupancy Trends Maryland Skilled Nursing Facilities Should Know [2021]

There were several big financial and occupancy changes in Maryland’s skilled nursing industry due to COVID-19. This is especially evident in areas like occupancy percentages, overall costs per patient day and nursing costs. In this article, we’ll discuss...
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Top Charity Watchdogs Nonprofits Should Know

Charity watchdog sites are often resources that current and future donors (as well as volunteers and employees) rely on to evaluate a nonprofit. An optimized, up-to-date profile on a watchdog site can serve as a differentiator for your nonprofit,...
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Quick Guide: Work Opportunity Tax Credit for Employers

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a long-standing tax benefit that encourages employers to hire employees from ten targeted groups facing barriers to employment.
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Quick Guide for Breweries & Wineries: Accounting for Employee Tips

Who doesn’t love a good tip? If you have ever worked in hospitality, you know there is nothing better than a customer rewarding your service with a generous tip. For business owners on the other hand, tips can be challenging when it comes to accounting....
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3 Common Nonprofit Management Letter Comments and How to Avoid Them

A primary responsibility of nonprofit directors and officers is to ensure that their organization is accountable for its programs and finances to contributors, its members, the general public and government regulators.
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Additional $25.5 Billion in Relief Funds Available for Healthcare Providers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on September 10, 2021, that an additional $25.5 billion in COVID-19 relief funds will be made available to healthcare providers. Here’s what healthcare providers need to know and how they can...
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Private School Financial Reporting Mistakes: Donor Support

Donor support can have complex accounting requirements for private schools. This can lead to schools improperly recording certain types of donor support, which can result in misstatements or reclassifications. The following are just some of the most...
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6 Common Questions Attorneys Have On Stock Options and Deferred Compensation In Divorce

When it comes to stock options and deferred compensation in divorce, attorneys typically have many questions. The division of assets in any divorce is often a complicated process, but when stock options are added to the mix, the work becomes all the more...
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How to Prepare for the Future With an Estate Plan

While no one gets excited about estate planning, for your family's sake, it's important to make sure your plan is up to date. This article covers some of the important information I like to share with clients during the estate planning process.
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Real Estate Investing: Passive vs Active Income

We get a lot of calls from people who want to start dabbling in real estate. While real estate can be a lucrative investment over time, those who want to dabble in real estate should be aware of how their investments will impact their taxes. If you are...
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4 Tax Saving Tips Maryland Manufacturers Need to Know

One challenge manufacturing businesses face year in and year out is taxes. Even with a good CPA working alongside them, no business owner looks forward to dealing with taxes, let alone paying a tax bill. The good news? There are tax breaks specifically...
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What Parents and Grandparents Need to Know About Custodial Accounts

Parents and grandparents establish custodial accounts for children for various reasons. For example, grandma might want to set aside $10,000 for her granddaughter, or maybe Mom and Dad want a tax shelter for their child’s savings. However, many folks...
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Quick Guide: Maryland Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit

There's good news for Maryland residents who have incurred at least $20,000 in undergraduate and/or graduate student loan debt: you may be eligible for a Maryland tax credit.
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3 Budgeting Best Practices for Private Schools [+ Budget Template]

The budgeting process is arguably one of the most important tools for creating a road map to your private school’s success. Planning and monitoring your budget can help you identify wasteful expenditures, adapt to financial changes, and achieve your...
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How to Apply for and Calculate PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is in the forgiveness stage for most businesses. Here’s an overview on how to navigate the PPP loan forgiveness process.
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7 Ways to Spice Up Your Nonprofit’s Board Meetings

You want board members who can contribute to your mission through their efforts, contacts or money. Stated simply, they need to have a passion for your mission. This ensures a level of interest that will help even if board members have different...
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FAR Overhead Rates and Audits for A/E Firms – FAQs

If your architecture or engineering firm is looking into working on state department of transportation awards or other federally funded contracts, you may have heard the term “overhead rate” or “indirect cost rate.” Calculating a rate for the first time...
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Does My Nonprofit Need D&O Insurance?

Hundreds of nonprofits face lawsuits every year, but many nonprofits assume they don’t need directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance. Unfortunately, if your nonprofit doesn’t have a D&O policy, your directors, staff and possibly even your...
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Beginner’s Guide: Tax Implications for Remote Employees

Remote employees can complicate taxes for businesses. In most cases, having a remote employee creates nexus or the obligation to file tax returns and pay taxes in the local jurisdiction and/or state that an employee works.
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Beginner's Guide: Real Estate Waterfalls

A real estate waterfall is a term used to describe how real estate partners distribute cash flow. The “waterfall” is a way of visualizing various “pools” in a real estate partnership. Cash flow fills up each pool in succession, which spills over into the...
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Pay Less In Taxes When Transferring Your Family-Owned Business to the Next Generation

There are many different ways a business owner can transfer a family-owned business to the next generation. Each method comes with its own set of risks and benefits, especially when it comes to tax implications associated with the transfer or sale.
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CMMC Certification for Government Contractors

If your government contracting business doesn’t have its CMMC certification, you could be ineligible for future contracts — causing a hard hit to your revenue stream. With all eyes on cyber security these days, CMMC compliance is a critical issue that...
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King of Pop’s Estate Prevails Against IRS

The U.S. Tax Court recently issued a 271-page opinion, ending the long-running litigation between the Estate of Michael Jackson and the Internal Revenue Service. The court’s ruling was a major win for Jackson’s estate and the decision has the potential...
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How to Prepare for Your Private School’s Next Audit

While students might be out for the season, summer is often the time when private schools hit the books to prepare for their yearly audit. Here's a quick guide on how to prepare your private school for this year’s audit.
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Before Transferring Your Family Business to the Kids, Consider These Things

I was on my way home the other day, talking with a client who was stressed about a major decision she was facing. After years of pouring her heart and soul, not to mention money, into building a successful family-owned business, she was ready to move on...
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Quick Guide: Accounts Receivable Management for Long Term Care Facilities

As every long term care provider knows, effectively managing accounts receivable is critical to an organization’s financial success.
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8 Characteristics of Successful Family-Owned Businesses

There’s no magic bullet for making your family-owned business hum smoothly along from one generation to the next. The good news? You can learn from successful family-owned businesses that have made it to the second, third, fourth and even fifth...
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When Do You Need a Business Valuation?

A business valuation is often required to accomplish various personal, estate or business goals. There are certain life events that require business owners to get a business valuation.
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Quick Guide: Exit Planning for Family-Owned Businesses

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t know what’s coming around the corner. And like the pandemic, the next thing that comes around the corner will likely be out of your control. But there is something you can control with...
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Tracing Commingled Property In Divorce

A challenging aspect of any divorce proceeding is the division of assets — who gets what and how much?
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Why Real Estate Companies Should Consider Income Tax Basis Accounting for Financial Statements

While it’s not necessarily a secret, there may be some real estate companies that aren’t aware that there’s an alternative to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) for maintaining their accounting records and presenting their financial...
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IRS to Increase Audits by 50% in 2021

They are the last words any business owner wants to hear: “You are being audited by the IRS.”
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Tips for Managing Cash Flow In a Recession

In a recession, the most important thing a business can do is take control of its finances, especially when it comes to cash flow.
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Quick Guide: Membership Retention Rates for Associations

As I write this, it’s hard to believe we are in February 2021. It’s even harder to believe that we are almost a year into the pandemic. As much as we all want to forget about 2020 and go full steam ahead in 2021, now is the time for associations,...
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Exit Planning Would Have Saved This Family-Owned Business from Bankruptcy

Whether you want your company to continue growing after you retire or simply want to turn a profit on the sale of your business, every company owner needs an exit plan. As a CPA who has worked with business owners for decades, I’ve seen several companies...
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4 Critical Tax Consequences to Consider When Selling Your Business

The sale of a business is often the most significant financial event an owner faces during his or her lifetime. Many times, however, the owner begins negotiating the sale without understanding how critical tax aspects of the deal structure can have a...
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Jennifer Rock: Nonprofit CPA and Rock Star Volunteer Offers Advice

The spirit of volunteerism runs deep here at Gross Mendelsohn. Recently I sat down for a conversation with Jennifer Rock of our Nonprofit Group. Jenn is a nonprofit auditor and has been an absolute rock star volunteer for several local nonprofit...
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3 Ways Construction Contractors Can Prepare for Their First Audit

Maybe you have a new contract that requires an audit or maybe your bank requested audited financial statements. If you’re a construction contractor, a first-time audit can seem overwhelming and daunting. Because your work in process schedule is crucial...
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Family Offices — Lessons for Everyday Families

It’s normal for high net worth families to have “family offices” that manage banking, investments, bill paying and more. But most of us aren’t born with the name Rockefeller and we don’t have family offices. However, I believe there are lessons to be...
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Five Keys to a Successful Family-Owned Construction Business

Running a family-owned construction business comes with its own unique set of opportunities and pitfalls. Between managing employees, some of them family members, and identifying a successor to continue your legacy, the dynamics of a family-owned...
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Deductibility of Meals Provided by Restaurants Increases to 100% in 2021 and 2022

There’s a win-win for business taxpayers and restaurants in the latest round of stimulus legislation, known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Under the new legislation, business meals provided by restaurants in 2021 and 2022 are now 100%...
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Valuation Experts Clash Over Prince’s Estate

Legendary musician Prince died on April 21, 2016 without a will. As a result, it created one of the largest and most complicated probate hearings in his home state of Minnesota’s history. The Internal Revenue Service is claiming that the executors of...
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Exit Planning Strategies for Construction Contractors

Even when you love your work, it's inevitable that you will eventually have to leave your role as the owner of your construction company. The bad news is, there is significant planning to do. The good news is, there are things you can do to leave your...
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Layoff or Furlough: What’s Right for Your Business?

If you are considering ways to manage your workforce to protect the financial viability of your organization, you’re faced with some tough decisions ahead. It’s important to know what your options are, and how each option affects your business and...
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How to Prevent Fraud at Your Small Business

When a small business has an issue with fraud, it’s usually for one key reason: a lack of internal controls. Internal controls are “checks” a business has in place to deter fraud.
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Owners of Maryland Pass-Through Entities Could See Significant Tax Deduction

Ever since the sweeping tax law changes brought about by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, high-tax states like Maryland have been scheming to circumvent the $10,000 cap on state tax deductions. After some trial and error, the U.S. Treasury and the IRS...
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How to Leverage a Financial Advisor During or After a Divorce

The story is a common one: the divorce settlement has been finalized. The couple parts ways, with both parties walking away with certain assets. Inevitably, only one of the parties has likely maintained a relationship with their financial advisor. Often,...
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How to Claim a Home Office Deduction

With the rise in remote work, many people who would traditionally commute to an office or jobsite every day are now working from home. There may be tax benefits for individuals who find themselves setting up shop at home for the foreseeable future....
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Valuation of Business for Estate Planning

An interest in a closely-held business can often be one of the most significant assets in an individual’s estate. As such, there are many planning opportunities that exist when creating an estate plan for a business owner. A timely valuation prepared by...
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Phantom Income: Pass-Through Entity Income Used for Support In Divorce Cases

Calculating income for support purposes, whether it be child support or alimony, can be complicated. For owners of pass-through entities (“PTEs”), it can be especially difficult.
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How Long Should I Keep Tax Records?

Figuring out how long you need to keep your tax records can be tricky. The easiest (and vaguest) answer is that it depends.
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DC Paid Family Leave Program

Effective July 1, 2020, employees who work in the District of Columbia more than 50% of the time and whose wages are subject to DC unemployment tax are eligible for paid family leave.
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6 Things to Know About Virginia’s New Budget Bill

On May 27, 2020 Virginia enacted a biennial budget bill containing various corporate and personal income tax provisions. Here is a summary of six key changes that’ll impact corporate and individual taxpayers.
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Maryland Changes Tax Payments for Pass-through Entities

Taxpayers and tax professionals alike have debated the merits and faults of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) over the last two years. One change that has negatively affected many individuals who itemize their federal deductions is the $10,000...
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DOL Releases Updated Voluntary Self‐Identification of Disability Form

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently approved the use of a revised Voluntary Self‐Identification of Disability Form, also known as Form CC-305. The more streamlined, user-friendly form is intended to increase the response rate of applicants...
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5 Tips for Growing Your Business

Most small to mid-size business owners have a lot on their plate. Not only are you still involved in much of the day-to-day operations at your company, but you probably also wear the hat of accountant, marketer, recruiter and more. This shifting list of...
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Accounting for Computer Software Costs

Computer software drives the world. Businesses use software to account for transactions, communicate with colleagues and customers, and design and manufacture new products. One thing is clear: without software, we’d be lost. Accounting for the costs...
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The Nonprofit “Parking Tax” Was Repealed

On December 20, 2019, the “parking tax” for nonprofits was repealed. The parking tax, otherwise known as the taxation of transportation fringe benefits by nonprofit employers under Section 512(a)(7), was first brought into law with the passing of the Tax...
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How Taxpayers Will Be Impacted By Recent Tax Law Extenders

With the holidays over, tax-minded individuals are now focused on gathering their paperwork to file 2019 returns and project what their tax situation will look like in 2020.
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Liquidity Disclosures: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Nonprofits are required to include a liquidity disclosure in their financial statements. This liquidity disclosure overviews qualitative and quantitative information about how the nonprofit manages its liquid resources. This information can make it...
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Exposure to Personal Liability of Business Owners and Employees Increases Thanks to Wayfair Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair continues to have a ripple effect for businesses with interstate sales. With the Wayfair decision adding potentially significant sales tax exposure to some businesses, there is also the potential...
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Economic Presence vs Physical Presence: Sales Tax Considerations After Wayfair

In June 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued their ruling in the case of South Dakota vs. Wayfair, which cleared the way for states to collect sales tax from businesses that do not have a “physical presence” in the state, but do have an “economic...
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Businesses Must Use New Form W-4 Starting January 1, 2020

The long awaited new Form W-4 is finally here. Here’s the rundown on the new form, which businesses must start using for new employees hired on or after January 1, 2020.
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E-Filing Will be Mandatory for All Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently announced new rules for e-filing requirements for tax-exempt organizations. The Taxpayer First Act requires all tax-exempt organizations to electronically file Form 990. Currently, only a limited number of nonprofits are required to file...
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Gross Mendelsohn’s Staff Gets Social

Our firm has had a strong presence on social media for years, but when our staff asked for tips for using social media tools like LinkedIn to supplement their own networking efforts, we got right to work pulling together an internal training program. We...
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How to Protect Your Nonprofit With a Conflict of Interest Policy

A conflict of interest policy is important for any business, but has greater significance for nonprofit organizations. A good conflict of interest policy helps a nonprofit organization protect its reputation AND its tax-exempt status.
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How to Report Cryptocurrency Transactions

The IRS recently publicized that it will be cracking down on taxpayers for not properly reporting cryptocurrency transactions. In this article, we’ll summarize different types of transactions and how the IRS has recommended they be reported.
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Volunteering Together Makes Us Better Together

Just as sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie might be staples on your Thanksgiving table, community service days are staples for Gross Mendelsohn every autumn. Individually, our staff members volunteer year-round for organizations they believe in (you’ll see a...
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How to Select a Business Valuation Expert: A Guide for Attorneys

Figuring out how to select a business valuation expert can be tough. A quick Google search yields hundreds of so-called valuation experts, but how do you whittle down the list? The good news is there are specific qualifications and certifications...
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How to Improve Nonprofit Board Governance

When the IRS revised Form 990 to include several questions regarding governance policies and board members’ roles in performing fiduciary activities, board governance became a hot topic.
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Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Audit Committee

Do you know what you’re signing up for if someone asks you to be on the audit committee of a nonprofit organization?
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Which Valuation Method Should be Used for a Valuing Business for Gift and Estate Tax Purposes?

In the recent Tax Court opinion in Estate of Aaron U. Jones v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (T.C. Memo 2019-101), the court came to some surprising opinions that benefit taxpayers valuing businesses for gift and estate tax purposes.
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How to Make Your Private School’s Next Audit Stress-Free

We recently polled private school heads and financial staff to find out whether their last audit was “stress-free.” Not surprisingly, nearly half of respondents answered “no.” While it’s easy to look at your school’s annual audit as a necessary evil, not...
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Are Your Payroll Taxes Actually Getting Paid?

Business owners and financial executives now have one more thing to keep track of – making sure payroll taxes are actually getting paid to tax authorities. With so many businesses relying on outside parties to process paychecks and pay employment taxes,...
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Divorce Lessons From Outer Space

It’s something that divorce attorneys see fairly regularly – one spouse accusing the other spouse of accessing their private bank accounts during the divorce process. But what happens when one of the spouses is accessing the bank accounts from space? ...
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How This Nonprofit Lost Their Nonprofit Status — Giving Hearts, Inc.

It’s not too often that you hear about an organization losing their nonprofit status. Here’s the story of one that did.
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Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Pilot Is Extended by GSA

Government contractors and GSA acquisition personnel will have more time to understand and participate in the Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) pilot. GSA just announced that the TDR pilot has been extended through FY2020.
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IRS Waives Tax Penalty for 400,000+ Taxpayers

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in December 2017, many taxpayers couldn’t foresee the implications of the legislation on their individual withholding for the coming year.
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The Current State of the Skilled Nursing Industry [Infographic]

This year has brought some big changes for skilled nursing facilities. October will mark the implementation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). It’s no secret that this implementation has some facilities feeling skittish. In this year’s 2019...
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Quick Guide: Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program

The Maryland Department of Commerce is helping defense contractors grow their businesses, increase profits and find new opportunities. The Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance (MDDA) program seeks to help defense contractors diversify into new...
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How to Use Capital Campaigns In Nonprofit Fundraising

Capital campaigns can be a great opportunity for a nonprofit to raise money for a specific project. However, not every nonprofit capital campaign performs as well as it should.
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The One Word That Can Make Your Construction Business More Profitable

Construction contractors often benefit by saying “no” more often. “No” to certain jobs, and “no” to certain customers.
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Why Bringing Your Financial Expert to Mediation Is a Game Changer

The vast majority of cases settle before ever going to trial. In many instances, they are settled through mediation. Having your financial expert at mediation, whether it’s for a divorce matter, damages claim, or any claim dealing with a complex...
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How to Engage Your Nonprofit’s Board In Fundraising

Nonprofit fundraising isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Most organizations struggle to bring in fundraising dollars. This can be especially difficult when your nonprofit’s board isn’t on board with fundraising. The board helps your nonprofit thrive. That...
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Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Must Update NLRA Rights Poster

The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) rights poster, which federal government contractors and subcontractors are required to display.
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Why Does Culture Matter at Your Construction Business?

Culture can make or break a construction business. It’s not enough anymore to offer the lowest prices to customers or pay employees the most. Employees want to work for a business with a good culture. Not to mention, customers want to hire a business...
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How Universal Paid Leave Will Affect Employers In the District of Columbia

Earlier this year, we discussed the new income tax credit for qualified family leave. This credit applies to employers who satisfy certain criteria and pay employees under qualified plans.
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How to Receive Matching Funds for Your Maryland 529 College Savings Plan

If you have children or grandchildren, you’re likely concerned about the cost of their college education. For Marylanders, there is a little bit of relief in sight, thanks to the state teaming up with the Maryland College Investment Plan. You might be...
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What to Look for When Hiring a CPA for Your Construction Business

If you need to hire an outside Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for your construction business, you’re most likely wondering how to choose the best firm for the job. Finding a quality CPA can sometimes be time consuming, even for those who’ve been...
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