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Opportunity Zones – What Are They and How They Provide Tax Savings

Recently, the Houston Business Journal published an article on their website authored by PKF Texas Tax Director, Martin Euson, JD, about Houston’s designated “opportunity zones.” What are opportunity zones? According to Euson’s article, opportunity zones are part of the U.S. Treasury Department’s new program, which was created by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act… Continue Reading

Leadership Tips for Not-For-Profit Mergers

If your not-for-profit is contemplating a merger or acquisition with another organization, you have a lot of work ahead of you. One of the most daunting challenges is keeping leaders focused and invested in the process. Most not-for-profits are run by both board members and internal management, and this structure can bog down decision making… Continue Reading

Putting Controls in Place to Protect Businesses from Fraud

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a director and one of our Certified Fraud Examiners. Danielle, welcome back to the Playbook. Danielle: Thank you, Jen. Jen: We’ve done a whole series on fraud, and I’ve heard people say, “Cash is king.” What… Continue Reading

Key Q4 2018 Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. October 15 If a calendar-year C corporation that filed an automatic six-month extension: File a 2017 income tax… Continue Reading

Steps to Take if You Suspect Fraud in Your Company

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a director and one of our Certified Fraud Examiners. Danielle, welcome back to the Playbook. Danielle: Thanks for having me, Jen. Jen: Certified Fraud Examiner – clearly handle fraud for our firm – what happens if… Continue Reading

SEC Amends Rules to Eliminate Redundant, Overlapping and Outdated Disclosures

As part of its Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative of the Division of Corporation Finance, the SEC, in Final Rulemaking Release No. 33-10532, Disclosure Update and Simplification, has adopted amendments to certain of its disclosure requirements that are redundant or outdated or that overlap with, or have been superseded by, other SEC disclosure requirements — disclosures required… Continue Reading

Foreign Income Impact on State Income Tax, Flow-Through Entities and Small Businesses

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Frank Landreneau, one of our International Tax Directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Well, thank you. It’s great to be back. Jen: So, we’ve done a series – we talked about GILTI, we’ve talked about FDII, we’ve… Continue Reading

FASB Issues Targeted Improvements to New Lease Accounting Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-11 with targeted improvements to ASC Topic 842, Leases, to (1) add an optional transition method that would permit entities to apply the new requirements by recognizing a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the year of adoption,… Continue Reading

Licensing Arrangement Considerations for Not-For-Profits

Licensing your not-for-profit’s name to a for-profit company can provide a valuable new revenue source — but it can also be risky. If you’re considering a licensing arrangement, ensure that the partnership really will generate funds and, possibly more important, a positive impression of your brand. Success . . . and Controversy When a licensing… Continue Reading

What Steps to Take for Revenue Recognition

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a director on our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services team. Danielle, welcome back to the Playbook. Danielle: Thanks for having me again. Jen: So a few episodes back we talked about revenue recognition. Another one of our directors… Continue Reading

How Not-For-Profits Can Prepare for Sudden Outpouring of Support

Americans gave unprecedented sums to charity in response to the devastating hurricanes last year. Large organizations, such as the American Red Cross, were equipped to handle the huge influxes of donations. However, some smaller charities were overwhelmed. Although it may seem like an unlikely problem, not-for-profits need a plan to handle a potential outpouring of… Continue Reading

What is the Right Accounting Method for Your Tax Purposes?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) liberalized the eligibility rules for using the cash method of accounting, making this method — which is simpler than the accrual method — available to more businesses. Now the IRS has provided procedures a small business taxpayer can use to obtain automatic consent to change its method of… Continue Reading

Understanding FDII – Application and Calculation

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Frank Landreneau, one of our International Tax Directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Thanks, Jen. It’s great to be back. Jen: A couple of episodes back we talked about the Foreign Derived Intangible Income incentive. How does… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Revisit the Donor Bill of Rights

The Donor Bill of Rights was designed about 25 years ago as a blueprint of best practices for not-for-profits. Some critics have since asserted that the rights are out of date or not comprehensive enough. However, revisiting the list’s basic principles can help you build solid relationships with donors — and even boost fundraising. Here… Continue Reading

How Private Foundations Can Avoid Costly IRS Attention

IRS rules governing private foundations are complex and include many exceptions, which is why your foundation needs to write and follow a detailed conflict-of-interest policy. Taking this proactive step can help you avoid potentially costly public and IRS attention. Casting a Wide Net Conflict-of-interest policies are critical for all not-for-profits. But foundations are subject to… Continue Reading

Understanding Fraud in International Business

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Danielle Supkis Cheek, a Director at PKF Texas and one of our Certified Fraud Examiners. Danielle, welcome back to the Playbook. Danielle: Thanks for having me. Jen: So, Houston’s an international city—we’ve had Frank Landreneau, one of our international… Continue Reading

How Data Analytics Can Help Solve Your Not-For-Profit’s Challenges

If your not-for-profit wants to improve its budgeting, forecasting, fundraising or other functions but is having a hard time identifying both problems and solutions, data analytics can help. This form of business intelligence is already considered invaluable in the for-profit world. But it can be just as useful to not-for-profits. Informed Decision Making Data analytics… Continue Reading

GILTI Tax – Who it Impacts and Restructure Planning

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski and I’m back again with Frank Landreneau, one of our International Tax Directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Thanks, Jen. It’s great to be back. Jen: Last time we talked about the GILTI tax. Remind our viewers, if they didn’t watch last time, what does it stand for? Frank: What GILTI stands for – it’s… Continue Reading

International Middle Market and Foreign (Repatriated) Funds

Jen:  This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemsamski, and I’m back with Frank Landreneau, one of our international tax directors. Frank, welcome back to the Playbook. Frank: Well, thanks for having me. I appreciate it. Jen: So, I’ve heard a little bit about a so-called toll or repatriation tax; can you explain… Continue Reading

Metrics to Make the Most of Not-For-Profit Fundraising

The amount of money your not-for-profit raises in fundraising campaigns is meaningful, but so is how efficiently you’re able to raise it. Such costs can be measured using two metrics: Cost ratio and return on investment (ROI). Let’s take a look. Find a Formula These two metrics can be used to evaluate both fundraising activities… Continue Reading