Tax Update: August 2017

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 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.

Failure to obtain true ownership led to huge tax on sale-leaseback
Exelon’s power plant sale-leasebacks treated as loans, not as ownership of the property, so the tax deferral Exelon sought was denied.

Are you taking full advantage of the tooling R&D tax credit?
Automotive manufacturers and suppliers have opportunities to increase their R&D credit thanks to some misunderstood R&D credit provisions.

More improvement categories bring more confusion and more opportunity
Confusion around the specific treatment of qualified improvement property could lead to lost opportunities for tax savings.

IRS Partnership Audit Rules
Listen to Don Susswein and tax law specialist Fred Witt discuss why the private capital industry should expect major changes to the way the IRS audits.

North Carolina General Assembly overrides veto of two-year budget bill
Budget bill provides rate reductions for both the corporate income tax and personal income tax, increases the personal deduction.

California guidance on the Other State Tax Credit and deductions
Analyzing recent FTB guidance on determining whether a taxpayer can take a credit or deduction for taxes “paid” to another state.

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Audit & Accounting Update: July 25, 2017

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 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.

Revenue recognition: Lessons learned from an early adopter
Our brief case study provides a high-level overview of how one company reported the financial impact of adopting ASC 606.

Some PBEs may use private company effective dates for ASC 606 and 842
The SEC will allow certain public business entities to use the private company effective dates for FASB ASC 606 and ASC 842.

Audit and Accounting Updates for Business Owners and Financial Professionals

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Audit & Accounting Update: June 27, 2017

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 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.

Changes to revenue recognition in the life sciences industry
Our white paper explains how a life sciences entity could be significantly affected by the FASB’s new revenue recognition guidance.

Update to long-lived asset impairment snapshot for ASU 2017-04
Our white paper has been updated to reflect the goodwill impairment model simplification introduced by ASU 2017-04.

Expected issuance of anticipated new standard on hedge accounting
The FASB recently voted to proceed with the new standard that is intended to improve and simplify hedge accounting.

Form AP tool for audit committees
The Center for Audit Quality recently issued a tool to help audit committees understand the Form AP requirements.

Audit and Accounting Updates for Business Owners and Financial Professionals

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Audit & Accounting Update: June 13, 2017

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 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.

Quarterly accounting update webcast – Summer 2017
Our Quarterly accounting update webcast will cover recently issued guidance and developments in standard-setting projects.
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Accounting for debt and equity instruments in financing transactions
Our guide is a resource for understanding relevant accounting guidance for debt and equity instruments issued in financing transactions.
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Changes to revenue recognition for not-for-profit organizations
Our white paper discusses changes to the accounting for exchange transactions entered into by not-for-profit organizations.
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PCAOB adopts auditor reporting standard
A new standard requires auditors to provide additional information in their reports on audits of financial statements.
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PCAOB proposes standard for auditing accounting estimates
A PCAOB proposal would replace existing standards on auditing accounting estimates and fair value measurements with a single standard.
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Proposal: Auditor’s use of the work of specialists
The PCAOB recently proposed amendments to auditing standards for the auditor’s use of the work of specialists.
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Audit and Accounting Updates for Business Owners and Financial Professionals

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Tax Update: June 2017

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 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.

Tax reform is likely to curtail some credits and incentives
Businesses should understand how they may be affected by the elimination of some credits and incentives and the expansion of others.

Canadian Revenue Agency issues statement on US partnership taxation
CRA representatives shed light on Canadian compliance issues related to US LLPs and LLLPs, specifically mentioning Florida and Delaware.

Exorcise your ghost assets: Stop paying unnecessary property tax
Fully-depreciated fixed assets can haunt your property taxes for years. Identify and fully dispense ghost assets to avoid excess taxation.

Nebraska sales tax leaves contractors with questions
Construction contractors must be well-versed on the state’s classifications options to avoid over or under payment of sales and use tax.

Tax consequences of mergers and acquisitions
Tax planning is vital in an acquisition. Learn six federal, state and international M&A tax considerations that may shape your transaction.

The long-term care insurance decision – a very complex one indeed
Individuals who would like to explore how to cover the cost of long-term care can set the agenda for a productive discussion with an agent.

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Audit & Accounting Update: May 24, 2017

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 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.

Stock compensation: Scope of modification accounting
ASU 2017-09 requires an entity to account for the effects of a share-based payment award modification unless certain conditions are met.
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Customer of operation services in a service concession arrangement
Per the FASB, the grantor is the customer of the operation services for service concession arrangements within the scope of ASC 853.
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FASB tentative decisions regarding down round features
The FASB recently completed its redeliberations regarding the accounting for certain financial instruments with down round features.
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Questions regarding ASU 2015-12
Employee benefit plan administrators commonly have raised three questions related to the implementation of ASU 2015-12.
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Audit and Accounting Updates for Business Owners and Financial Professionals

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Audit & Accounting Update: May 18, 2017

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 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.

New Revenue Recognition Resource Center goes live
RSM US LLP recently launched a Revenue Recognition Resource Center with information about the new guidance in FASB ASC Topic 606.
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IRS permits self-certification for safe-harbor hardship distributions
Two recent IRS memorandums provide guidance on plan participant hardship distribution substantiation requirements.
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Audit & Accounting Guide for employee benefit plans updated
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Audit & Accounting Guide, Employee Benefit Plans, was recently updated.
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Proposed reporting on financial statements of plans subject to ERISA
A recent AICPA proposal addresses the auditor reporting model for audits of employee benefit plans that are subject to ERISA.
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Tax Update: May 2017

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 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.

State gross receipts taxes—a new trend in state tax law?
Facing federal tax reform uncertainty, widespread budget deficits and lackluster economic growth, states are reconsidering revenue generation.
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How middle market companies can manage the transfer pricing life cycle
From planning to analysis to documentation to implementation, a transfer pricing guide for internationally active middle market companies.
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2017 UPPO conference highlights key trends in unclaimed property
Highlights of the changes occurring in unclaimed property and the challenges and opportunities they bring for all stakeholders.
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The first IRS issues-based campaigns: A brief overview of each release (audiocast)
Learn why the IRS is taking an issues-based approach to examinations and hear a quick discussion on each of the first 13 campaigns.
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Understanding how the R&D tax credit can offset payroll taxes
IRS issues interim guidance for election to offset payroll tax with R&D credit for qualified small businesses.
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Employee stock ownership plans: fact vs. perception
Employee stock ownership plans can be hard to understand, so review the facts before drawing a conclusion on the impact on your business.
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Receiving Customer Payments in QuickBooks

It’s one of your more pleasant tasks as a QuickBooks user: receiving payments from customers. Here’s how it works.

QuickBooks was designed to make your daily accounting tasks easier, faster, and more accurate. If you’ve been using the software for a while, you’ve probably found that to be true. Some chores, of course, aren’t so enjoyable. Like paying bills. Reconciling your bank account. Or anything else that has the potential to reduce the balance in your checking accounts.

The process of receiving customer payments is one of your more enjoyable responsibilities. You supplied a product or service that someone liked and purchased, and you’re getting the money due you.

Depending on the situation, you’ll use one of multiple methods to record customer payments. Here’s a look at some of your options.

A Familiar Screen

If you’re like many businesses, you send invoices to customers to let them know what they owe and when their payment is due. So one of the most commonly used ways to record payments is by using the Receive Payments window. To open it, click the Receive Payments icon on the home page or click Customers | Receive Payments.


You’ll use QuickBooks’ Receive Payments screen when you record a payment made in response to an invoice.

The first thing you’ll do, of course, is choose the correct customer by clicking the down arrow in the field to the right of RECEIVED FROM. The outstanding balance from that customer will appear in the upper right corner, and invoice information will be displayed in the table below. Enter the PAYMENT AMOUNT and make sure the DATE is correct. (The next field, REFERENCE #, changes to CHECK # only if the CHECK option is selected.)

Next, you’ll need to ensure that the payment is applied to the right invoices. If it covers the whole amount due, there will be a checkmark in every row in the first column of the table. If not, QuickBooks will use the money received to pay off the oldest invoices first. To change this, click Un-Apply Payment in the icon bar and click in front of the correct rows to create checkmarks.

Several Options

You’ll then want to tell QuickBooks what payment method the customer is using. Four options are displayed. The possibilities that are visible here are:

  • CASH
  • CHECK
  • CREDIT DEBIT (A specific card type may be shown here if you’ve indicated the customer’s preferred payment method in his or her record.)
  • e-CHECK

If the desired payment method isn’t included in those four, click the down arrow under MORE. If it’s still not there, click Add New Payment Method. This window will open:

The New Payment Method window

Click OK. When you choose your new payment method from the list, a window opens containing fields for the card number and expiration date. Click Done after you’ve entered it, and you’ll be returned to the Receive Payments screen. If you’re satisfied with your work there, click Save & Close or Save & New.

Haven’t gotten set up to accept credit and debit cards yet? We can get you going with a merchant account to make this possible. You’re likely to find that some customers pay faster with this option. Your customers will be able to click a link in an emailed invoice and make their payments.

Instant Sales

Depending on the type of business you have and its physical location, there may be times when customers will come in and buy something on the spot. You’ll need to give them a Sales Receipt. Click Create Sales Receipts on the home page or open the Customers menu and select Enter Sales Receipts to open this window:

The Enter Sales Receipts window

You’ll complete this form much like you entered data in the fields of the Receive Payments window. As you can see, you can print the mail for the customer and/or email it.

After all the hard work you’ve done to make your sales, the last thing you want to do is record a payment incorrectly so it isn’t processed and you don’t get paid. Though QuickBooks makes the mechanics of receiving payments simple enough, you still should understand the entire process involved in getting income into the correct accounts. We’re available to help with this and any other areas of QuickBooks.

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Audit & Accounting Update: April 27, 2017

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 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.

Premium amortization on purchased callable debt securities
A recent ASU requires the premium on certain callable debt securities to be amortized to the earliest call date.
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Changes to revenue recognition impacting insurance entities
Our whitepaper discusses changes to revenue recognition impacting third-party administrators, agents and brokers in the insurance sector.
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Auditor’s consideration of ability to continue as a going concern
A new standard provides some revised guidance on the auditor’s consideration of an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern.
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Proposed revisions to Government Auditing Standards
The United States Government Accountability Office is seeking comment on its 2017 Exposure Draft of Government Auditing Standards.
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SEC makes inflation adjustments to certain JOBS Act rules
The SEC recently made inflation adjustments to certain Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act rules, and other technical amendments.
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Proposed improvements to IFRS 8
If finalized, recent proposed amendments would make revisions to International Financial Reporting Standard 8, Operating Segments.
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Audit and Accounting Updates for Business Owners and Financial Professionals

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