Tax Update: November 2018

Tax Reform

IRS releases proposed regulations for Qualified Opportunity Zones
The IRS released proposed regulations and a Revenue Ruling providing guidance on the newly created Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Investing in opportunity zones under the 2017 Tax Act
Taxpayers need to consider the tax benefits (deferral and possible exclusion) of investing realized gains in opportunity zone funds.

Cushioning the double-tax blow: the section 962 election
Double tax on dividends received by United States shareholders from foreign corporations addressed via TJCA through section 962.


Trending in Tax

Capital expenditures are not meeting expectations
How tax laws affect a company’s growth and cash flow depends on management’s priorities. The key is investing for the long term.

South Dakota v. Wayfair and manufacturing: 3 misconceptions debunked
The Wayfair decision goes beyond just retail and can impact manufacturers that sell exempt to resellers or distributors.


Tax Planning

2018 year-end tax considerations for businesses
A business guide to tax considerations for 2018 and beyond to help the middle market make smart, informed decisions.


Special Interest

The Real Economy: Volume 45
Developing markets face growing risks that present a clear and present danger to middle market firms.

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Source: RSM US LLP
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Disclaimer

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 as well as updates pertaining to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Insero Named Best Accounting Workplace for Seventh Consecutive Year

Insero & Co. CPAs has been named as one of the 2018 Best Accounting Firms to Work for by Accounting Today for the seventh 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 seven years.

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. Insero was ranked 13th in the medium employer category, consisting of firms with 50 to 249 U.S. employees.

“We’re thrilled to receive this honor for the seventh 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.”

Employees of Insero & Co. CPAs, named a Best Accounting Firm to Work for, celebrate in downtown Rochester, NY

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.

“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.”

ABOUT BEST ACCOUNTING FIRMS TO WORK FOR

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

ABOUT INSERO & CO. CPAS

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is an accounting and business advisory practice with five locations serving New York state. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to government agencies, colleges and universities, non-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.

 

Non-Profit Update: October 2018

Is there really a tax cut in the TCJA for exempt organizations?
Potential tax increase for exempt organizations hidden in the TCJA as part of the corporate tax cut.

Cybersecurity: Understanding the threat
Answer our five-question online assessment to help evaluate how your security program stacks up.

Changes to accounting for grants and contributions made and received
An overview of the clarifications to identifying reciprocal and nonreciprocal transactions and conditional and unconditional contributions.

Managing lease accounting for public and private higher education
Colleges and universities must adjust to the new level of judgments and estimates required under ASC 842 and GASB 87 lease accounting.

Recorded webcast: 2018 federal grants management update
Learn about current developments in grants management compliance requirements for nonprofits.

 

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. This includes regular updates on the latest insights for non-profit organizations.

Interview: The First Year in Accounting

This fall, I sat down with a few of Insero’s audit staff to discuss their experiences during their first year in accounting at the firm. Here is what they had to say:

Erin Heizyk: What about your first year at the firm was surprising or different from what you expected?

Erica Cratsley: I was surprised about the responsibilities that new staff are given. We are given the chance to interact directly with clients from day one as well as constantly take on more responsibility and ownership over the work we are doing.

Edwin Hoefler: I was surprised by the number of people and industries I was able to work with during my first year. I have gotten the opportunity to work for each manager and partner in our audit practice and have had direct interactions with them during the process.

Shannon Allen: I was surprised by how many happy hours and fun events the firm hosts outside of work. I think it’s awesome to get together with everyone and have fun together instead of relationships being strictly work only.

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Erin Heizyk: Are there any aspects of the job that took some time to get used to?

Shannon Allen: I had a general idea of what busy season would be like, but with no prior experience I’d say that’s something that took me a while to adjust to. Along with that, getting adjusted to working full-time was a something that took me a couple of months to get used to.

Erin Heizyk: Have you had support as you made the transition from student to full-time employee?

Shannon Allen: I’m pretty impressed with our mentor and advisor programs. It’s extremely helpful as a first year to have someone I can go to ask questions, discuss my schedule, and help manage stressors that come with being a first year and learning something completely new.

Marissa Budwey: The advisor program has been something that really impressed me at Insero too. I have had an ally that I could go to about anything from the moment I started. I had no idea how much I would like having someone that I can talk to about my schedule, career path overall, even the little questions that I was afraid to ask anyone else. They also give us feedback that is passed down, and it is comforting to talk to my advisor about my feedback opposed to someone I don’t interact with constantly.

Erin Heizyk: What stood out to you during your first year at the firm?

Shannon Allen: I’ve appreciated how helpful everyone I have worked with has been. It’s comforting knowing that questions are encouraged and there is no such thing as a stupid question. Along those lines, I am surprised and happy that there is an open door policy around here. I figured that work I performed would go up the chain of command and I wouldn’t really ever interact with managers and partners until I was at a certain level. However, I’ve worked with and received help from multiple managers and partners. There’s a big push for first years to be more open to talking to and working with management instead of feeling like we can only go to select people for help.

Erica Cratsley: Everyone has the opportunity to be involved with out-of-town clients that require some travel. The best part about this is how much we are encouraged to make the most out of personal time in new cities. For many of these jobs we work regular hours and then get to see the city at night. The Audit Department even has a Summer Picture Challenge, which shows how much Partners and Managers expect us to be making the most out of our travel opportunities.

Marissa Budwey: The people that we work with at all levels trust us but are great about on-the-job training. We aren’t expected to know everything walking in the door, we have great group training but I found I have learned most on the job with my peers and managers teaching me. They don’t just tell you how to complete a workpaper, they encourage you to understand the process, why the steps are being completed, and explain how each step fits into the big picture. I started at the firm as an Intern, and by the end of my internship, I was taking responsibility for entire employee benefit plan audit files, not just doing the mindless work I assumed I would be doing.

Adrian Black: One thing that I think stands out about Insero is how much the partner group shares with the firm. I had no idea how much information would be shared with us on through firmwide communication calls. We get regular updates on new clients, events that the firm is participating in, the goals that the partners have set and what is being done to reach those goals, and noteworthy updates from each department and major committee.

To learn more about what it’s like to work for Insero, benefits, and current openings, click here.

Employee Benefits Update October/November 2018

This issue’s topics include:

Why target date fund oversight matters

Money management giant Vanguard began tracking the popularity of funds with professionally managed allocations — primarily target date funds (TDFs) — in 2003. Over the years, the organization has reported a steady growth of their prevalence in defined contribution retirement plans. As of the end of 2017, 58% of participants invested in a TDF, and Vanguard projects that number will hit 77% by 2022. This article discusses the reasons behind the TDF explosion, and a short sidebar covers some tips from the Department of Labor.

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Investment option overload?

A cautionary tale from Yale University

When it comes to defined contribution plan investment options, giving participants an abundance of choices can backfire. Yale University recently dodged a bullet in this regard when it beat back — at least initially — a class action lawsuit accusing the institution of an ERISA breach. This article discusses why the case is instructive for plan sponsors.
Vellali et al v. Yale, Civil No. 3:16–cv–1345 (AWT), 03/30/2018

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Investing in HSAs for long-term retirement goals

Retirement plans are about saving for the cost of living in ― retirement. And typically one significant expense for retirees is medical bills. Actuaries at Fidelity Investments estimate that a typical 65-year-old couple retiring in 2018 will incur $280,000 in combined out-of-pocket health expenses during their retirement, excluding the cost of long-term care. This brief article discusses Health Savings Accounts, when employers can offer them to participants and why participants may be interested in them.

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New IRS preapproved plan regime takes effect

Last year, in Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS announced a new regulatory regime for defined contribution plans. The regime was issued to encourage employers with individually designed plans to convert to the preapproved format. This article discusses what employers should know going forward to meet the October 1, 2018, deadline for prospective submitters of “preapproved” defined contribution plan documents.

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Compliance alert

This feature lists a few key tax reporting deadlines for October and November.

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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 Employee Benefit Plan Services, please feel free to contact me directly.

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Audit & Accounting Update: September 2018

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.

Accounting

Proposed amendments to credit losses standard
On August 20, the FASB issued a proposal to amend the effective date of ASU 2016-13 for non-public business entities.

Changes to accounting for grants and contributions made and received
Our white paper will help financial statement preparers understand the clarifications made by FASB ASU 2018-08.

FASB proposes narrow-scope amendments to ASC 842
A recent FASB proposal addresses issues lessors sometimes encounter when implementing ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842).

Two working drafts: Allowance for credit losses implementation issues
The AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee is requesting comment on two working drafts discussing ASU 2016-13 implementation issues.

Accounting guidance for long-duration insurance contracts
A recent ASU addresses long-duration insurance contracts, such as life insurance, disability income, long-term care and annuities.

Changes to fair value measurement disclosure requirements
Recently issued FASB ASU 2018-13 removes, modifies and adds certain disclosure requirements within ASC Topic 820.

Changes to disclosures for sponsors of defined benefit plans
ASU 2018-14 changes certain disclosure requirements for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension or other postretirement plans.

Accounting for costs of cloud computing implementation
ASU 2018-15 addresses the customer’s accounting for the costs of implementing a cloud computing service arrangement.

Changes to revenue recognition in the industrial products industry
Our white paper explains how FASB ASC 606 could significantly affect entities in the industrial products industry.

SEC

SEC disclosure update and simplification
The SEC recently amended certain disclosure requirements that have become redundant, outdated, overlapping or superseded.

Compliance guide: Amendments to smaller reporting company definition
A recent SEC compliance guide addresses matters related to a final SEC rule that amended the smaller reporting company definition.

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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the RSM US Alliance
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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.

What Non-Profits Need to Know About ASU 2018-08

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2018-08. This update improves and clarifies the guidance regarding contributions received and contributions made.

The board found that there was a lack of clarity and consistency in how grants and contracts were characterized as either exchanges or contributions. In addition, they found that non-profit organizations differed in how they determined if contributions were conditional or unconditional.

“That’s important because that distinction between conditional vs. unconditional impacts the pattern of revenue recognition,” said Christine Botosan, FASB Board Member.

top tab folder labeled grants related to ASU 2018-08

ASU 2018-08 provides criteria for determining between exchanges or contributions by looking at whether the provider is receiving commensurate value in return for resources transferred. This clarification will help organizations determine if the transfer should be treated as a contribution (nonreciprocal transaction) or an exchange (reciprocal) transaction.

Note that the “commensurate value” described above is value to the provider, not to the general public. So, funds transferred from New York State would be considered a contribution unless New York State itself receives commensurate value.

If commensurate value is not provided, the organization should determine if the transaction is a third-party payment for an existing exchange transaction (such as Medicare, Medicaid, Pell Grant, etc.) If commensurate value is not provided, and the transaction isn’t a third-party payment, it should be accounted for as a contribution.

The ASU also provides additional detail on how to distinguish conditional contributions from unconditional contributions, as well as the difference between donor-imposed conditions and donor-imposed restrictions. Conditional contributions must include a barrier that must be overcome and a right of return or right of release. If a contribution is determined to be unconditional, it must be analyzed to determine if it is restricted or unrestricted.

ASU 2018-08 applies primarily to non-profit organizations, however it can apply to organizations that receive or make contributions of cash and other assets, including businesses. It does not apply to transfers of assets from governments to businesses.

The amendments in this ASU are effective for reporting periods beginning after June 15, 2018 for non-profit organizations and public companies serving as resource recipients (and December 15, 2018 for other organizations). For non-profit organizations serving as resource providers, the amendments are effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018 (and December 15, 2019 for other organizations.) Early adoption is permitted.

For more information on ASU 2018-08, visit https://www.fasb.org/home.

For more information on Insero’s non-profit solutions, visit https://inserocpa.com/clients/non-profits.html or contact us today.

Tax Update: September 2018

Tax Reform
A closer look at the new pass-through deduction proposed regulations
Initial thoughts, observations and insights on several key areas of the new pass-through deduction proposed regulations.

Trending in Tax

Wayfair, sales tax, and economic presence laws
Economic sales and use tax nexus laws are gaining momentum as states make a direct challenge to traditional physical presence standards.

How to structure executive compensation in a competitive market
Effective executive compensation includes strategy, a mix of components and metrics closely aligned with the organization’s goals.

Ninth Circuit finds transferee liability in asset sale
Former shareholders found liable for tax from asset sale as transferees because the subsequent stock sale lacked economic substance.

 

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

Disclaimer

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.