Author Archives: Whittaker

Approaches for Improving the Outlook of a Cash-Strapped Business

If your business is facing a cash crunch, you’re not alone. In good economic times and bad, businesses in every industry can find themselves struggling to maintain financial balance from month to month or even week to week. Cash challenges can come from a number of directions. Perhaps a key customer has stopped or delayed

Strategies for Controlling Accounts Payable

Summer is heating up, but an economic snowball is growing larger every day. Many businesses are seeing wild fluctuations in revenue and cash flow, which may translate into ballooning accounts payable (AP) ledgers. The cascading effect of interconnected businesses not paying their bills threatens to topple firms that aren’t following good practices for financial health.

Business Deductions for Meals and Entertainment Expenses

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposed new limitations on business deductions for meals and entertainment expenses that were incurred or paid after December 31, 2017, the effective date of the applicable Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provisions. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) allows a 100% deduction for certain business meal

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To Understand Cost Segregation Studies, Start at the Beginning

Cost segregation—“cost seg” to a tax accountant—can be a potent strategy for owners of commercial real estate to take advantage of the faster depreciation schedules applicable to qualified components of their properties. The basic contours of today’s approach to cost segregation were established in 1997 by the United States Tax Court in its decision in

The Federal R&D Tax Credit is an Untapped Resource for Many Businesses

How much time and money does your business spend figuring out how to do something new or something better? We talk to businesses all the time who don’t know their activities could qualify for the federal research and development (R&D) tax credit. Meeting the requirements of the credit takes effort and planning, but a business

Lessons from a Less-than-Ideal Cost Segregation Analysis

A cost segregation study categorizes the component parts of a commercial property for tax purposes, which allows the owner to optimize depreciation claims. A textbook cost seg analysis takes place not long after a property is acquired or a new building is completed, so the owner can begin taking full advantage of depreciation in the

Tax Strategies In Turbulent Economic Times

Surprisingly few businesses take a proactive approach to tax planning. For many, the time for thinking about tax strategies is during the preparation of tax returns. By then, many of the most impactful tools for lowering tax liability and improving cash flow are no longer available. There is never a bad time to start being