Zero-day Vulnerabilities Continue to Increase

Jeff McCulloch

When a vendor releases software, they believe that it is reliable and safe to use. However, this is not always the case. Often there are holes in the software that vendors are unaware of, and these can be exploited by hackers immediately. These attacks are known as “Zero-day” because on the same day that the flaw becomes known, the software ve... Protect Yourself

The Four Cornerstones of Internal Controls

Christopher Sheridan

Employees of most small to mid-size businesses are seen as part of the family, and business owners could never imagine that their family would steal from them. In fact, employees pose the greatest fraud threat in today’s economy. In its 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, the Association of Certified Fraud Exami... Avoid Fraud

Michigan Manufacturers Must Certify and Pay Essential Services Assessment No Later Than August 15

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

The next step in the State of Michigan's Personal Property Tax reform process was recently released by the Department of Treasury. Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property (EMPP) claimants now need to certify and pay the Essential Services Assessment (ESA) no later than August 15, 2016. The electronic ESA Statement is currently available throug... Learn More

How Many Employees Does Your Business Have for ACA Purposes?

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

It seems like a simple question: How many full-time workers does your business employ? But, when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the answer can be complicated. The number of workers you employ determines whether your organization is an applicable large employer (ALE). Just because your business isn’t an ALE one year... Read More

Throw a Company Picnic for Employees This Summer and Enjoy Larger Deductions

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Many businesses host a picnic for employees in the summer. It’s a fun activity for your staff and you may be able to take a larger deduction for the cost than you would on other meal and entertainment expenses. Deduction limits Generally, businesses are limited to deducting 50% of allowable meal and entertainment expenses. B... Learn How

Department of Labor’s Final Rule on Overtime Signals Big Changes for Companies

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the “Final Rule” version of its amendments to overtime pay requirements, affecting more than four million workers who may qualify for overtime pay. The new rules will take effect December 1, 2016.  The new rules include changes to the criteria used to define overtime exemptio... Learn More

Entrepreneurs: What Can You Deduct and When?

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Starting a new business is an exciting time. But before you even open the doors, you generally have to spend a lot of money. You may have to train workers and pay for rent, utilities, marketing and more. Entrepreneurs are often unaware that many expenses incurred by start-ups can’t be deducted right away. How expenses are handled ... Learn More

Five Ways to Improve Inventory Management

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The latest manufacturing industry statistics are generally encouraging and most observers remain cautiously optimistic as 2016 approaches. But news coverage usually focuses on output. What about handling inventory in this environment of varying supply and demand? This is a constant concern for manufacturers, and possibly you're amo... Learn More

Another Tax Break for Research Expenses

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The research credit isn't the only tax break available for research activities. Section 174 of the tax code allows taxpayers to elect to either: 1) deduct "research or experimental expenditures" or 2) amortize the costs over a period of not less than 60 months. Qualified expenses are limited to the following: In-house wages a... Learn More

The New-and-Improved Research Credit is Now Permanent

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The research credit is back — this time for good — and it's better than ever for some small companies. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, signed into law by the president on December 18, does much more than extend this credit. Under the PATH Act, the research credit is restored retroactive to Januar... Learn More