Tax Update: September 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest federal, state, and international tax news. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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Company Readiness: 5 ways to get your business ready for succession
Establish initial goals, focus on core actions and gain control of your business succession plan. Plan well today to minimize conflict tomorrow.
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PATH act increases tax benefit of foreign investment in US real estate
Recent tax changes to FIRPTA may affect foreign investors in U.S. real estate and real property interests.
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Applicable rates decline for August—which means what, exactly?
A dip in interest rates renews opportunities for wealth transfer.
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Should you be registered for Canadian GST/HST?
U.S. companies doing business in Canada need to understand the Canadian sales tax landscape.
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Proposed restrictions on nonbusiness assets in spinoffs
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New deadlines for 2016 wage reports: Is your company ready?
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US Congressman taking steps to preserve Quill among recent criticism
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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
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What Are Payroll Items in QuickBooks?

If you plan to process your own payroll using QuickBooks, you need to understand how payroll items work.

Considering processing your own payroll in QuickBooks? Whether you’re moving from a payroll service or getting ready to pay your first employee, you’re taking on a complex set of tasks that requires a great deal of setup and absolute precision. But the reward is complete control over your compensation records and transactions, and constant access to your payroll data.

If you have no experience dealing with paychecks, deductions, and payroll taxes, we strongly recommend that you let us help you get started. QuickBooks simplifies the actual mechanics of setting up and running payroll, but there’s still a lot you need to know.

It goes without saying that accuracy is critical here. You’re responsible for your employees’ livelihoods and for maintaining any benefits they’ll receive. Federal, state, and local taxing agencies will count on you to submit the proper payroll taxes and filings on time; failure to do so can result in stiff penalties and worse.

A Look Around Payroll Items

That said, we’ll give you a brief preview of how QuickBooks Payroll Items work. You must first make sure that payroll is turned on. Open the Edit menu and click Preferences, then click Payroll & Employees | Company Preferences.

Company Preferences

The Company Preferences screen in Payroll & Employees Preferences

Under QUICKBOOKS PAYROLL FEATURES, make sure the button in front of Full Payroll is filled in by clicking on it. If you’re interested in exploring Intuit’s online payroll service, we can tell you about that, as well as advise you on the other options displayed here.

This element of your accounting is complicated enough that QuickBooks has a separate setup tool to guide you through the myriad details you’ll need to provide. You find this tool by going to Employees | Payroll Setup. This is a multi-screen, wizard-like tool that walks you through the process of providing information about employees, compensation, benefits and other additions/deductions, and taxes. Each page poses questions, and you provide answers by entering data and selecting options from drop-down lists. In doing so, you’re creating Payroll Items.

This is a time- and labor-intensive process, one that will send you scrambling for all of the minutiae that make up your payroll system. Once you have your payroll framework established, though, as we said earlier, everything will be in one place and easily accessible.

A Useful List

The information you entered in Payroll Setup is likely to change and need modification. Maybe you forgot to account for something while you were working in the wizard, or perhaps you just want to look up a bit of payroll data. To do any of these, open the Lists menu and click on Payroll Item List.

 New Payroll Item

You can access this menu from the bottom of the Payroll Item List screen.

The window that opens contains a list of the Payroll Items you created. It looks like a checkbook register, with one line devoted to each item. You’ll be able to view, for example, its Type, any Limit imposed, the Payable To name, and Tax Tracking designations. At the bottom of this list, you’ll see three drop-down menus: Payroll Item, Activities, and Reports. When you click on the down arrow next to Payroll Item, you’ll see the menu displayed in the above image.

Warning: There are many options in this menu for altering Payroll Item definitions. QuickBooks allows you to do this, but we would caution you here. If it involves an action that we have not gone over with you, please ask us about it.

This is fairly self-explanatory. To Edit or Delete a Payroll Item or make it Inactive, highlight it in the list and click on the correct option. You can also Customize Columns in the table and perform other related tasks. When you click on New Item and select EZ Setup on the next page, this window opens:

Payroll item type

You can add Payroll Items by working your way through this wizard-like progression of screens.

QuickBooks will help you here by asking questions and building a Payroll Item based on your responses.

There’s much more to know about working with Payroll Items and assigning them to employees. We’re ready to help introduce you to payroll processing in QuickBooks – once you’re ready to take it on.

For more QuickBooks tips, tricks and info on training from our team of Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors® subscribe to The QBC.

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Not-for-Profit Update: September/October 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest insights for not-for-profit organizations. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Fundraising success: Properly managing accounting, risk and technology
Fundraising campaigns are critical to the sustainability of nonprofits, and organizations must consider several key elements to help ensure campaign success.
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Not-for-profits: Important changes ahead
FASB issues new financial statement presentation requirements for not-for-profits.
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Modernizing the finance function in nonprofit organizations
RSM technology and management consulting specialists share insights about the transformation of the finance function from a back-office recording and reporting function to a strategic enabler and insightful advisor for achieving business goals.
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Disclosure requirements for tax-exempt organizations
Important disclosure rules of which a tax-exempt organization’s management and board of directors need to be aware.
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Public charity grant-making: Protecting tax-exempt status
A review is provided of the regulations and best practices for foreign operations of U.S.-based public charities.
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Proposal: Consolidation of for-profit limited partnership by not-for-profit entity
To clarify, the consolidation guidance for not-for-profit entities, the FASB recently issued a proposed ASU.
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Used with permission as a member of the RSM US Alliance

Audit & Accounting Update: September 1, 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Financial instruments: In-depth analysis of new standard on credit losses
Our white paper provides answers to key questions regarding the FASB’s new standard on credit losses.
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Status of FASB’s project on hedge accounting
Our summary discusses the FASB’s ongoing efforts to simplify hedge accounting.
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Proposal: Consolidation of for-profit limited partnership by not-for-profit entity
To clarify, the consolidation guidance for not-for-profit entities, the FASB recently issued a proposed ASU.
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Proposed presentation of items in a financial statement
A recent exposure draft describes proposed concepts related to how recognized items should be presented in a financial statement.
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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
http://rsmus.com/our-insights/newsletters/financial-reporting-insights.html

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in the attached materials or our service offerings, please contact us directly.

Tax Update: August 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest federal, state, and international tax news. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

5 myths that keep companies from filing for WOTC
Mistaken ideas about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) keep many employers from realizing tax savings.
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The future of carried interest?
Carried interest is always a hot topic in partnership taxation. Is change coming and, if so, what might it look like?
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Minnesota Supreme Court upholds partial MTC repeal
Minnesota Supreme Court holds the enactment of the MTC did not create a contract prohibiting the state from partially repealing the law.
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What’s the deal with sales and use tax on remote purchases?
Growth in remote purchasing has states seeking ways to collect the sales tax funds they are due, holding both retailers and consumers responsible.
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Tax planning for high net worth individuals immigrating to United States
Understand the U.S. income, gift and estate tax exposures of immigrating to the United States.
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BEPS will mean higher costs and uncertainty for middle-market companies
A 2016 survey commissioned by RSM and conducted by Euromoney Institutional Investor found middle-market companies face major impact from BEPS.
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Research tax credit limitations for partners and S corporation shareholders
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IRS addresses deferred revenue treatment in taxable stock acquisition
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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
http://rsmus.com/our-insights/newsletters/tax-digest.html

Disclaimer

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in the attached materials or our service offerings, please contact us directly.

Employee Benefits Update: August/September 2016

This issue’s topics include:

DOL fiduciary rule rocks plan investment advice landscape

When the final version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary standards rule for advisors to retirement plans was issued in April, the wait for the long-anticipated regulatory package was over. With the benefit of the intervening months, the implications for plan sponsors have become clearer. This article highlights what plan sponsors need to know about the new rule. A sidebar looks at what constitutes investment “advice.”

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Insero Named Best Accounting Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year

Insero & Co. CPAs was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Accounting Firms to Work for by Accounting Today for the fifth consecutive year. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. Insero is the only firm in New York state to have been named to the list each of the last five years.

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“We’re thrilled to receive this honor for the fifth year in a row,” said David Mandrycky, Director of Human Resources at Insero. “We owe many thanks to our entire team for upholding our focus on our people and building an environment where people are fulfilled and excited to come to work each day. Because of this focus, our reputation across the state has grown, employee turnover rate is well below the industry average and we are an employer of choice on the college campuses. That, in turn, benefits our clients, who appreciate being able to work with the best people. It’s truly a win-win.”

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best 100 employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking, which will be announced in November of this year.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving New York state with offices in Rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Cortland and Watkins Glen. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to corporations, individuals, government agencies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and businesses ranging from privately held family businesses to multi-national corporations. These clients represent many industries, including service, manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, telecommunications, education, social services and real estate. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

Seven Prominent Universities Sued Over 403(b) Plan Fees

The 403(b) community has become the target of retirement plan fee litigation. Lawsuits have been filed against Duke, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, UPenn, Vanderbilt, and Yale on behalf of plan participants. The complaints allege that the plan sponsors failed to monitor excessive fees, did not replace expensive, poor-performing funds with cheaper ones, and generally failed to provide appropriate fiduciary oversight in the administration of their retirement plans. These complaints allege that these failures cost tens of millions of dollars in retirement funds. While 401(k) plan sponsors are more than familiar with these types of claims, this is the first time that nonprofit organizations have been targeted. Read more about the recent lawsuits here and here.

Prestigious Colleges and Universities Sued over Retirement Plan Fees

Are the services your plan receives reasonably priced? Knowing the answer is a vital fiduciary duty. ERISA expects more from plan fiduciaries than simply shopping around for plan providers offering rock bottom rates. Rather, the question turns on whether fees are reasonable in light of services provided. So, in addition to knowing how much the plan is paying, you must determine whether the level of service rendered is appropriate. As a plan sponsor, you should: (more…)

Setting Up User Access in QuickBooks

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Setting Up User Access in QuickBooks

Will multiple employees be working with your QuickBooks company file? You’ll need to define their permission levels.

If you ever did your bookkeeping manually, you probably didn’t allow every employee to see every sales form and account register and payroll stub. Most likely, you established a system that allowed staff to work only with information that related to their jobs. Even so, there may have been times when, for example, someone pulled the wrong file folder or was sent a report that he or she shouldn’t have seen.

QuickBooks helps prevent this by setting virtual boundaries. You can specify which features of the software can be accessed by employees who work with your accounting data. Each employee receives a unique user name and password that unlocks only the areas he or she should be visiting.

QBC 0816 image 1_zpsai8phrevTo help minimize errors, maintain data integrity, and preserve confidentiality, QuickBooks lets you restrict users to designated areas in the software. (more…)

Audit & Accounting Update: July 21, 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Consolidation: Interests held through related parties under common control

Upon the effective date of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-02,Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, a single decision maker of a variable interest entity (VIE) is required to consider indirect economic interests in the entity held through related parties on a proportionate basis when determining whether it is the primary beneficiary of that VIE, unless the single decision maker and its related parties are under common control. If a single decision maker and its related parties are under common control, the single decision maker is required to consider indirect interests in the entity held through those related parties to be the equivalent of direct interests in their entirety. This may result in the single decision maker consolidating a VIE even if it has little to no direct economic interests in the VIE. To address this issue, the FASB recently issued a proposed ASU, Consolidation (Topic 810): Interests Held through Related Parties That Are under Common Control.

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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
http://rsmus.com/our-insights/newsletters/financial-reporting-insights.html

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in the attached materials or our service offerings, please contact us directly.

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