Construction & Real Estate

Vetting subcontractors is more important than ever

Vetting Subcontractors is More Important Than Ever

General contractors now face two primary challenges: 1) recover from project shutdowns and slowdowns caused by the pandemic, and 2) capitalize on what could be a much stronger economy in the months ahead. In this environment, vetting subcontractors for quality of work and financial stability is more important than ever. Strength of ownership The first…

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buy-sell agreement construction companies

Is Your Buy-Sell Agreement Up to Date?

A buy-sell agreement is a critical tool for owners of closely held construction companies. It ensures an orderly ownership and management transition when an owner dies, becomes disabled or otherwise leaves the company. And it creates a market for departing owners’ shares, providing them and their families with liquidity and ensuring that the business stays…

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Tax Planning Construction CAA

Tax Planning: Don’t Forget About the CAA

Remember the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA)? It was signed into law on December 27, 2020, providing relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to reducing 2020 tax bills, the act provides several tax benefits for 2021, so be sure to keep it in mind as the year rolls along. Here…

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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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