A Business Owner’s Key to Success: Focusing on the Big Picture

David W. Schaeffer

Why do so many businesses continuously struggle to make ends meet, while others appear to thrive year after year? Why do some business owners seem to have an unlimited amount of time to take family vacations and play active roles in their communities, while others work an excessive amount of hours and are seemingly chained to their business? On... Learn the Keys to Success

Understanding the Domestic Production Activities Deduction

Steven Treece

The domestic production activities deduction, also known as “DPAD” or “Section 199 deduction,” is meant to encourage domestic production. This potentially valuable tax break can be used by many types of businesses, from manufacturing to farming. Understanding the acronyms Before trying to calculate the DPAD, it helps to understa... Learn More

Security Awareness Training ― CyberSecurity for Your Manufacturing Organization

Jeff McCulloch

Take a moment and think about all of the security features that are used to keep your organization’s network safe. Passwords and firewalls help keep the bad guys away from your vital information. But all of these security measures don’t mean a thing if someone clicks on a malware link inside an email. As phishing attacks have grown, so ... Learn More

Get Ready for FASB’s New Lease Accounting Requirements

Jacob R. Sopczynski

Winter is coming, and so are changes to accounting standards. Changes in revenue recognition were introduced recently and now changes are coming for lease accounting. Although FASB’s Accounting Standards Update of Topic 842 isn’t effective for nonpublic entities until years beginning after December 15, 2019 (years beginning January, 1, ... Learn More

Accelerated Filing Deadline for 2016 Form W-2 and Form 1099

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Employers and small businesses will soon face a new filing deadline for Form W-2 reporting wages and Form 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation. This new deadline was enacted by the PATH Act of 2015 to help the IRS verify the legitimacy of tax refunds before issuing them. Beginning with the 2016 forms (those filed in 2017),... Learn More

Tax Implications of the New Revenue Recognition Standard

Amy Buben

Last year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The new standard, which takes effect in 2018 for privately held companies (2017 for public companies), creates a single, comprehensive revenue recognition model to replace today’s industry-specific ... Learn More

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