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Governor Scott Issues New Emergency Rules for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes Following Hurricane Irma

9/20/2017

The Reingruber ALERT provides insights from advisors serving the post-acute healthcare community. Learn more about the effects of Hurricane Irma on new emergency rules, tax relief measures, and business interruption loss claims.

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Identifying Third-Party Sender Relationships

8/17/2017

In a previous FAQ for the new NACHA rule, I addressed common concerns about the upcoming Third-Party Sender Registration rule, which takes effect on September 29, 2017. A key component of this rule is being able to properly identify Third-Party Sender relationships before the registration period begins. 

Many times, while performing audits, it is determined that the financial institution has customers acting as a Third-Party Sender and don’t even know it.  To help make sure that you are not one of those institutions, here is some information that describes what a Third-Party Sender is and some guidance on how to identify a Third-Party Sender, so you won’t be caught off guard. 

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Beware of Behavioral Red Flags That May Indicate Fraud

7/27/2017

For most business owners, the idea that a trusted employee would steal from the company is almost unthinkable. After all, many employees have been with the company for years, and some may even be family members.

But the truth is that occupational fraud is a serious threat to businesses of all sizes. According to the 2016 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, fraud perpetrators tend to display certain behavioral warning signs. These are red flags that all employees should be looking out for to help reduce fraud.

In fact, the ACFE says that at least one red flag was exhibited in 91 percent of the fraud cases they analyzed in the report. And in 57 percent of cases, multiple red flags were observed before the fraud was detected.

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6 Steps to Better Time Management

7/27/2017

That happy balance between maximizing billable hours and enjoying a personal life can be elusive for attorneys. The trick is to make each moment of the workday count.

This starts with protecting yourself from the time-robbers that lurk outside your door. Here are six tried-and-true time management tactics to put into practice:

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Understanding Investment Value and Synergies in a Sale

7/27/2017

When it comes to selling a business, the big question in the owner’s mind is simple: “What’s it worth?” And as any valuation professional will tell you, the answer is, “Whatever the buyer will pay for it.”

Of course, this type of exchange is frustrating for a business owner seeking quick, hard-number guidance on value. But it’s important to remember that value is a somewhat imprecise term. Value depends on the circumstances surrounding the business, its cash flow, financial position, competitive situation, management team and many other factors. 

And in every case, value also depends on the buyer’s goals and what the business can provide for that individual or entity. 

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Could You Survive a Trust Account Audit?

7/27/2017

Are your trust accounting practices sufficient? They may not be if your system doesn’t include these essentials:

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You May Be Seated! Preparing to Sit for the CPA Exam

7/13/2017

As discussed previously, passing the CPA exam is a daunting challenge, yet it is only a step along the journey toward one ultimate goal – to become a Certified Public Accountant. A successful exam preparedness plan begins with researching what is required to be a licensed CPA in your chosen state and then crafting a plan of attack to fulfill all of the state’s licensure requirements. 

I cannot stress enough the importance of these initial steps. I began my CPA journey with a misunderstanding about the educational requirements needed for licensure, and it hindered my progress by more than a year. My failure to plan correctly wreaked havoc upon my financial planning, affected my timeline for taking the CPA exam and delayed starting my career in public accounting.

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Cancellation of Debt Part Two: Exceptions to the Rule

7/6/2017

In my last blog, I discussed the “normal” tax consequences of having a debt canceled by your creditor. But, there are exceptions to the “norm.” These exceptions do allow for the forgiven debt to be “erased” from your income; however, this exclusion from income could reveal that you are even in worse shape than you thought! 

Let’s discuss the six primary exceptions for your canceled debt.

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CPA Exam Prep: From Daunting to Doable

6/29/2017

The CPA exams are difficult. Unfortunately, no magic Tips on How to Pass or 5 Do’s/Don’ts or even the top-rated study materials can guarantee you a passing grade on your exams for CPA licensure. What you can do is ensure that you’ve prepared for every step of the process. 

We asked four young CPAs who have recently passed or are in the process of taking their exams what they wish they had known before taking their first step towards getting their CPA license.

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Working Remotely: Perks & Pitfalls

6/14/2017

So you want to work remotely?  Being able to work from home, out of the office, or off the job site sounds like a great idea, and it can be! But like anything else, it comes with unique perks and pitfalls of which you need to be aware.  Here are a few simple “Do”s and “Don’t”s to aid in your decision to work remotely and help you become successful at it.

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4 Reasons Why Your Start-Up Needs a CPA

5/25/2017

Accounting is the language of business.  You have probably heard this phrase before. But what if you aren’t fluent?  Should you be spending hours and days learning a new language when you are launching a new business? Not at all!  Let a CPA help you.

 

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Word to the Wise: Know Your Leadership Style

3/23/2017

What’s the difference between leadership and management? Perhaps management guru Peter Drucker put it best: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” 

As a business owner and leader, you must not only “do the right things,” but you must also inspire others to do the same. According to Daniel Goldman’s well-known Harvard Business Review article, “Leadership That Gets Results,” a manager’s leadership style is responsible for 30 percent of a company’s profitability.

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Document Retention and Destruction: Understanding the Document Lifecycle

3/23/2017

Documents have a distinct lifecycle. They move from being online (production) to near line (easily recoverable) to offline (archived). Knowing what to keep and for how long can be tricky business for law firms.

While it’s important to be able to produce critical documents when they’re needed, maintaining a file longer than necessary can cause trouble. Suppose a client follows standard document retention procedures and disposes of a set of documents. If the law firm retains related documents beyond that retention schedule, those documents then become discoverable in a legal matter. 

The key is to develop document retention and destruction procedures that protect your interests as well as those of your clients.

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Deferred Compensation: How to Mitigate the Risks of an Unfunded Plan

3/23/2017

The past can come back to haunt law firms that made promises to provide retired partners with substantial incomes, sometimes for life. Often, these promises of future benefits were made back in the “old days” when firms were smaller, partner incomes were lower and “for life” didn’t mean as long as it does now.

The problem with these deferred compensation arrangements is that they were often made without funding. Earning partners then became burdened by cash flow obligations to retired partners. The resulting impact on future profits can lead to some worrisome consequences, including these:

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Cash Flow Planning Pointers

12/1/2016

Attorneys are often surprised that even with revenue coming in, they can still come up short on cash. Problems occur because cash coming in often lags cash going out. Profits may be reported, yet the practice still experiences a short-term cash shortfall.

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Stop Costly Clients at the Door

12/1/2016

For most attorneys, turning away business is a hard call to make. But the truth is that not all clients are worth having. Unreasonable and over-demanding clients can be costly — they detract from your profitability, productivity and peace of mind.

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Avoiding Ethical Concerns with Client Funds

12/1/2016

An unsettling number of disciplinary actions against law firms are based on this simple fact: Somehow, an attorney has mismanaged a client’s funds or property.

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Court Cases Illustrate Key Valuation Concepts

12/1/2016

For valuation professionals, there’s never a shortage of interesting court cases to learn from. Here are two recent cases that shed light on the key concepts of tax affecting and loss of value.

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Who's Counting Your Cash?

10/27/2016

In a world of credit and debit cards, it’s easy to forget the importance of proper cash handling. Hundreds of thousands of dollars disappear from medical practices each year simply because “no one was looking.”

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Word to the Wise: How Will New Overtime Rules Affect Your Business?

9/5/2016

The Department of Labor recently published new overtime and worker classification changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will impact more than 4 million workers and their employers.

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Word to the Wise: Don't Ignore State and Local Tax Liabilities

8/16/2016

With all the responsibilities you have as a business owner, it’s easy to overlook your company’s state and local tax (or SALT) liabilities. These taxes vary widely from one locality to another, and business owners are often unaware that they have SALT liabilities outside their home state. Figuring out what’s owed where can be complicated.

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Buy-Sell Agreements - A Must for Partnerships

8/15/2016

If you’re a business owner, you’re an optimist. And as an optimist, you might assume that you and your partners will have smooth sailing for as long as your company is in business.

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Law Practice Economics - Riding Herd on Your Biggest Expenses

8/15/2016

When it comes to profits, it’s not always about rainmaking … sometimes it’s about cost cutting. The reality is that reducing expenses — combined with steady or increasing revenue — results in increased profits.

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Buyer Beware: How to Perform Proper Due Diligence

8/11/2016

You think you’ve found it — the right company to buy. You’ve made a bid, signed a letter of intent and have the seller’s financial statements. They look good, but is the seller telling the whole story?

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Strategic Recruitment - Winning the War for Talent

8/8/2016

Competition has always been fierce for the legal profession’s best and brightest. The current upturn in the legal marketplace has only heightened the war for top talent — whether it’s a partner with a strong following or an associate with specialized skills who can plug a gap in the firm’s offerings.

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