Construction & Real Estate

construction employee retention

Following the Fundamentals of Employee Retention

The skilled labor shortage has been a problem for so long that you might be tired of reading about it. Yet, on a nationwide basis, the fact remains that construction businesses face a great challenge in hiring and retaining well-trained and experienced workers. If your construction company has good people on board right now, you’ve…

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A Fresh Look at the Pass-Through Deduction

Is your construction business organized as a sole proprietorship or pass-through entity (such as a partnership, S corporation or limited liability company)? If so, the new 20% “pass-through” deduction can be a valuable tax break. But the deduction is subject to complex limits and restrictions. That’s why it’s important to review your situation carefully to…

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Deferring Capital Gains: VA Opportunity Zones Investments

What is an Opportunity Zone? The Federal Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) which passed December 2017 included new provisions to increase the economic growth in communities across the United States that were labeled as “opportunity zones.” According to the IRS, an opportunity zone is classified as an economically-distressed community where new investments,…

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Your Contractor’s License: Don’t Leave Home Without It

The notion of starting work on a project without a contractor’s license may seem unthinkable. But, in their rush to win bids and start work, many contractors have run afoul of licensing issues. Here’s how it can happen. A major culprit Out-of-state work is a major culprit. If you work on projects in other states,…

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Don’t Put Off Creating a Well-Crafted Buy-Sell Agreement

The thought of creating a buy-sell agreement may strike a certain amount of trepidation into the hearts of some contractors. The mere suggestion of ownership change can raise delicate issues that are often avoided. But putting off the creation of a well-crafted buy-sell can put a construction company at risk if unexpected circumstances arise. Understand…

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Business Interruption Insurance Can Help Mitigate Disaster

No part of the country is immune from disaster. Whether your construction company operates near water or in a desert, in the city or the suburbs, a natural calamity could stop you in your tracks and even put you out of business. For this reason, it’s a good idea for every contractor to at least…

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Is it Time for a Change?

Tax reform has expanded availability of accounting methods Almost a year ago, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law. It may be best known for slashing corporate and individual income tax rates. But another change made by the act will have a big impact on many construction companies — particularly those…

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Failing to Properly Complete Form I-9 Can Be Costly

Recently, immigration authorities have been cracking down on not only companies that hire those who are in the country illegally, but also businesses that mishandle the paperwork related to Form I-9. This article explains some of the related rules and suggests essential compliance steps for construction companies to follow.

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Employee Incentives: Attract and Retain Talent with Equity-Based Compensation

Today’s contractors aren’t just competing for projects; they’re also competing for a dwindling supply of new management talent and other skilled workers. One way to attract, retain and motivate quality employees is through equity-based compensation. This article discusses two options: phantom stock and stock appreciation rights.

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Contractor Controlled Insurance Can Benefit Some Growing Companies

A contractor controlled insurance program (CCIP) can enable construction companies to more closely manage how a given project is covered. But whether implementing one is worthwhile depends on a variety of factors. This article explains how a CCIP works and examines the risks vs. benefits.

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