Construction & Real Estate

blockchain in construction

Is Blockchain the Future of Construction?

Blockchain is the technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but its value extends far beyond the world of finance. Although this technology may not be ready for prime time in construction just yet, industry experts recognize its promise to transform the way projects are managed. Simple concept The technology behind blockchain is sophisticated. The…

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construction workers' compensation

5 Tips for Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs

For most construction businesses, workers’ compensation insurance is a significant expense. Here are five tips for reducing or at least better controlling these costs: 1. Make sure employees are classified properly. Workers’ compensation insurers assign risk classification codes to employees based on their duties, responsibilities, and level of exposure to the risk of injury or…

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Connecting your succession plan to your estate plan

Connecting Your Succession Plan to Your Estate Plan

For any business owner, contractors included, putting together a succession plan may seem like an overwhelming task. Often, among the most difficult things to conceptualize is precisely how to connect — and beneficially integrate — your succession plan with your estate plan. Here are few ideas to consider. Sell your shares By selling your ownership…

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qualified improvement property

Qualified Improvement Property: Beware of a Potential Tax Trap

In the current economic environment, cash flow is a precious commodity. Construction companies need to make the most of depreciation deductions that can reduce their tax bills. Fortunately, several provisions of the CARES Act can help you do just that.  One of these provisions fixed a technical glitch, retroactive to 2018, that deprived many taxpayers…

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qualified opportunity zones (QOZs)

Qualified Opportunity Zone Deadline Extended

The federal government created qualified opportunity zones (QOZs) in 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. By providing valuable tax incentives for investors in QOZs, the government seeks “to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities,” according to the IRS. Some of the jobs created will be in construction, as investors develop…

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accounts payable

Boost Cash Flow with Savvy Accounts Payable Strategies

Managing accounts payable is a critical task for any business, but it’s particularly important for construction companies. Most contractors juggle payments to a variety of subcontractors, suppliers and other entities. (We’ll refer to them collectively as “vendors.”) And the players involved may differ from job to job, depending on location and other factors. As a…

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construction job schedules

Accurate Job Schedules Add Value to Financial Reporting

When many contractors read the term “financial reporting,” they may naturally think of their financial statements. However, another important aspect of financial reporting is the regular and consistent handling of job schedules. Careful and detail-oriented accounting work is necessary to keep yours as timely and accurate as possible. 3 typical schedules There are generally three…

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ppp loans

Asking for Forgiveness? Contractors Should Handle PPP Loans with Care

Many construction companies have taken advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Established under the CARES Act, the PPP provided eligible businesses with loans — guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) — to help cover payroll and other costs. Recipients of PPP loans may also qualify for debt forgiveness…

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construction tech

5 Construction Tech Strategies for the New Normal

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, tech was transforming the way construction companies go about their business. Whether this transformation was happening rapidly or gradually is up for debate, but there’s little doubt that change was (and is) occurring. The pandemic will likely accelerate the tech (r)evolution as contractors look for ways to work more safely…

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construction planning for the future

Apply the Lessons of Crisis and Prepare for the Future

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any other crisis we have faced in decades. As contractors continue to work back toward normalcy, it’s critical to learn from recent experience and apply those lessons to preparing for the inevitable disasters and economic downturns of the future. Review jobs, backlog and expenses Take inventory of current jobs and…

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