Lowering the Bar on Performance and Payment Bonding

June 23, 2020

Acquiring or increasing your firm’s bonding capacity can open a whole new market of jobs. It can allow you to take on a multitude of public works projects or larger, more profitable, higher-profile private jobs that require a more hearty bonding capacity than what you, or your agent, are used to.

The traditional method of laying out up to 20% of the bond value in cash collateral may be uncalled for if you approach your agent in the right way with the following cash-saving opportunities.

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Crunching Numbers for Multiple Corporations

June 23, 2020

It might be advantageous from a tax standpoint to run a business through multiple entities. For example, a construction company might form a separate company to own and lease its trucks and equipment back to its related entities. Or a corporation might transfer appreciated property to an affiliated corporation in order to limit risk in case it is sued.

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Tax Court Sets Boundaries on Commuting Deductions

November 30, 2018
Commuting Deductions

Commuting between your residence and place of business are generally non-deductable, but there are a few exceptions.

Although you usually can’t deduct typical “commuting” expenses from home, you may qualify for a special exception if you’re away working on temporary assignments. But the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court won’t allow borderline deductions, as evidenced by one case involving a construction worker.

We’ll explain what happened in the case, but first, here is some background information. Read more

Fight Back Against Internal Fraud

October 12, 2018
Internal Fraud

Internal fraud can take a toll on your operation. Here are some tips to fight against it.

Internal fraud drains approximately $4 trillion annually from global businesses, according to an estimate by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

The median loss from internal fraud at companies in the construction industry is $227,000, according to ACFE’s latest Report to the Nations. Read more

Apply the Critical Path Method to Manage Cash Flow

October 10, 2018
Cash Flow

One way to help ensure your company meets it’s cash flow and financial goals is to apply a form of critical path analysis.

Construction project financing and cash flow management are unique for several reasons.

First, start-up construction companies are very easy to form with the “two men, tools, and a truck” business model. Because of this, credit and business history often are not extensive as the positive histories that typically give businesses access to large sums of capital to start the business. Read more

How Does a Hold Harmless Clause Work in the Construction Industry?

June 13, 2018
Hold Harmless

General contractors and owners commonly use hold harmless clauses to reduce their exposure to risk, thereby helping them maintain lower insurance premiums.

Construction work, by its very nature, is a high-risk type of business. It usually isn’t a matter of if a loss occurs, but when and how much. When a loss does occur, such as an electrical wiring fire, all the parties involved with the project generally point the finger at the other parties. Read more

Four Ways to Keep Cash Flow High During Busy Season

June 13, 2018
Cash Flow

How do you keep ahead of the costs of starting a new job while you wait to be paid for the last one?

Everyone struggles to keep up when business really takes off. Projects come all at once. You may hire additional field workers to meet the demand. Payroll is stretched because payments which come in on your new projects lag months behind the large sums you lay out weekly to pay your workers. Read more

Tax Reform for Construction Contractors

April 11, 2018
Contractors

Construction contractors should start strategizing their businesses tax plans in light of the new law.

By Justin Gipp and Jason Dudas, CPA 

In December 2017, Congress signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. There are many changes in the new tax bill that will cause varying effects on businesses and individuals. As the dust starts to settle on the new tax bill, most businesses expect their income tax expense to decrease. However, a general understanding of the new tax law is necessary to effectively make tax planning decisions for your business. Business owners can start strategizing their plan by reviewing the five most significant changes that are expected to affect construction contractors. Read more