Tax Update: January 2019

Tax Reform

New year, new law, new challenges
Complexity of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and technology delays at the IRS may force taxpayers to extend filings. At a minimum, taxpayers should be prepared to extend and file their returns later in the year, even if they have previously filed by the March or April 15 deadlines. Taxpayers should consult their tax adviser and make a plan to address the appropriate timing and additional steps necessary to file their 2018 returns.


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Tax reform’s impact on business and professional services firms
Business and professional services firms face challenges due to tax reform, but there are opportunities to maximize the benefits, too.

Post-Wayfair misconceptions and technology companies
The Wayfair decision doesn’t just affect online retailers. Technology businesses must address resulting state sales taxes, too.

Tax deduction for pharmaceutical drug inventory
Enhanced tax deduction may be available for drug inventory contributions made to certain charitable organizations.

Nonqualified deferred compensation plan FAQs for employers
When setting up or managing nonqualified deferred compensation plans, employers should consider several key questions.

 

tax preparer typing on computer and using calculator

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

How to Apply Finance Charges in QuickBooks

You may hate to have to do it, but assessing finance charges for late payments may improve your overall cash flow.

There are a myriad of ways to bring in customer payments faster and improve your cash flow. You can:

  • Get a merchant account and let customers pay you electronically
  • Offer a discount for early payments
  • Shorten the payment due cycle (21 days instead of 30 days, for example)
  • Be more aggressive about collections

QuickBooks can help you take all of these steps. It also offers a fifth option: assess finance charges for tardy remittances.

Maybe you don’t want to do this because it seems like a less-than-friendly way to treat customers – especially valued ones. But you’re not in the business of lending money, which is what you’re doing when you continue to let your accounts receivable slide. So, here’s how to do add finance charges to your payment policies.

Multiple Issues Involved

Before you can start adding finance charges to tardy payments, you’ll need to let QuickBooks know how you want them handled. Open the Edit menu and select Preferences. Click the Finance Charge tab in the left vertical pane, then the Company Preferences tab in the window that opens. You’ll see something like this:

example of how to enter finance charges

You’ll need to decide on your QuickBooks Finance Charge settings before you can begin to apply these late fees.

What Annual Interest Rate will you charge? Will there be a Minimum Finance Charge? Do you want to offer a Grace Period? If you’ve never worked with finance charges before, you might be at a loss as to how you should answer these questions. We can talk it through with you if you’d like, and make sure you’re selecting the correct Finance Charge Account. In our example, QuickBooks defaulted to 70100 – Other Income, which may be the best option for you.

The next question may require some research. Some jurisdictions don’t allow you to Assess finance charges on overdue finance charges; you’ll need to find out. If there’s any doubt, make sure that the box in front of that option isn’t checked.

QuickBooks also needs to know on what date it should start calculating finance charges: on the due date or invoice/billed date. Finally, check the box in front of Mark finance charge invoices “To be printed.” QuickBooks doesn’t include finance charges on invoices themselves; it bills them on separate invoices. Check this box if you want the software to print all of them as a batch.

When you’re done here, click OK.

Applying the Charges

 example of how assessment date is used to calculate charges

By selecting an Assessment Date, you’re telling QuickBooks how many late days should be included in its finance charge calculations.

When you’re ready, open the Customers menu and select Assess Finance Charges. A window like the one in the image above will open.

QuickBooks, of course, performs all of the required calculations in the background. But it must first know what specific date you plan to actually assess the charges so that it can determine the number of late days that should be included. This may not be the current date, so be sure the Assessment Date is correct before proceeding.

All you have to do here is make sure there’s a check mark in front of every finance charge that should be invoiced (they’ll probably already be there, but you should verify this). If you send statements, clear the box in front of Mark Invoices “To be printed.” The finance charges will appear on the next statement.

When you’re satisfied, click Assess Charges.

Dispatching the Charges

Your finance charges have now been recorded in QuickBooks as individual invoices. When it’s time to print, open the File menu and select Print Forms | Invoices. You’ll see your numbered finance charge invoices displayed like this:

example of invoice charges when printing them

You can see your finance charge invoices when you go to print them.

(Of course, if you email invoices, you’d click on File | Send Forms.)

It’s a good idea to notify your customers before you start assessing finance charges. This will give them a chance to catch up, and no one will be surprised to see the extra invoices.

QuickBooks does the hefty lifting as far as calculations are concerned, but it’s very important that you set your finance charges up correctly. Customers will be annoyed by mistakes. And it’s much easier for us to help you get this tool set up right from the start than to have to go in and untangle errors. Let us know if you plan to start assessing finance charges, and we’ll help make it work for you.

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

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Insero Names New Tax Partner

Insero & Co. CPAs has announced that Douglas D. Stark has been admitted as a partner in the firm’s Tax Department based in Rochester. He joins Insero with over 35 years of diversified tax and accounting experience serving privately-held businesses, family offices and high net worth individuals.

His areas of specialization include tax and estate planning, business acquisitions and divestitures, family office services, succession planning and wealth transfer strategies. Stark began his career at Deloitte & Touche, where he eventually became partner before making the move to private industry. He has a broad base of diversified business experience working with startups through late stage multi-generational businesses and their owners.

Douglas Stark, Tax Partner at Insero & Co. CPAs

“Doug has a wealth of knowledge to share and our clients will see a great benefit from his return to public accounting,” said Nancy Catarisano, Managing Partner of Insero & Co. CPAs. “With our firm’s growth and the increasing complexities associated with changes in tax law, we are glad to have Doug on our team.”

Stark is a graduate of Houghton College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science in Accounting.

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.

Nonprofit Update: December 2018

Foundations for Board Governance
Looking to increase the effectiveness of your nonprofit’s board? RSM’s guide highlights common problems and practical solutions related to board governance.

The evolving role of outsourcing within nonprofit organizations
Adjusting existing outsourcing strategies can help streamline service delivery and further increase efficiency and productivity.

Phishing awareness: Recognizing, addressing and avoiding threats
Phishing is one of the most common and most successful forms of cyberattack. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of potential phishing.

IRS issues guidance for determining UBTI for separate businesses
The IRS issued Notice 2018-67, providing interim and transition rules for determining UBTI for separate trades or businesses.
Read more.

Recorded webcast: Annual tax update webcast for nonprofit organizations
Learn about the current tax landscape for exempt organizations as well as look ahead to 2019.
View the webcast.

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 nonprofit organizations.

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.

tax expert using a calculator to calculate tax rates for qualified opportunity zones

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 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.