Tax and Accounting Desk

While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduces most income tax rates and expands some tax breaks, it limits or eliminates several itemized deductions that have been valuable to many individual taxpayers.

Here are five deductions you may see shrink or disappear when you file your 2018 income tax return: Continue Reading Your Deductions May be Smaller When You File Your 2018 Tax Return

Restricted gifts — or donations with conditions attached — can be difficult for not-for-profits to manage. Unlike unrestricted gifts, these donations can’t be poured into your general operating fund and be used where they’re most needed. Instead, restricted gifts generally are designated to fund a specific program or initiative, such as a building or scholarship fund.

It’s not only unethical, but dangerous, not to comply with a donor’s restrictions. If donors learn you’ve ignored their wishes, they can demand the money back and sue your organization. And your reputation will almost certainly take a hit. Rather than take that risk, try to encourage your donors to give with no strings attached.

Continue Reading How to Persuade Donors to Remove “Restricted” from Gifts

When you file your 2018 income tax return, you’ll likely find that some big tax law changes affect you — besides the much-discussed tax rate cuts and reduced itemized deductions. For 2018 through 2025, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes significant changes to personal exemptions, standard deductions and the child credit.

The degree to which these changes will affect you depends on whether you have dependents and, if so, how many. It also depends on whether you typically itemize deductions.

Continue Reading These 3 TCJA Changes Affect Your 2018 Individual Tax Returns and More

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Kimberly Wood, an Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Transaction Advisory Services Team. Kimberly, welcome back to The Playbook.

Kimberly: Thanks for having me.

Jen: Last time you gave us an overview of the due diligence process. What are some ways to facilitate due diligence?

Kimberly: There are five key ways that the buyer can help facilitate this process:

  1. They can get their house in order, both financially and operationally.
  2. They can show a history of growth. They want to be able to demonstrate or perform a deep analysis of their historical branch level sales. This will just help the buyer see and understand the story better and show their potential for growth.
  3. They want to prove their potential. They want to be able to demonstrate opportunities for revenue, profit, and market growth.
  4. They want to prevent their partners or employees from diverting the process.
  5. They want to be prepared to sell at the right time.

Jen: Perfect. So now, does this apply to both buy side and sell side?

Kimberly: These are things that the sell side will want to do to get ready for the buyer.

Jen: Perfect. We will get you to talk a little bit more about some due diligence topics soon.

Kimberly: Sounds great.

Jen: For more information about due diligence, visit This has been another Thought Leader Production brought to you by PKF Texas – The Entrepreneur’s Playbook. Tune in next week for another chapter.

The results are in! The report of the third annual National Manufacturing Outlook and Insights Survey with Leading Edge Alliance (LEA Global) has been published and released.

The survey was conducted in association with leading accounting firms across the country, and the report benefits our clients as part of our ongoing efforts to help co-develop the client experience with us as trusted advisors.

Over 350 manufacturers participated in this year’s survey, providing their expectations, predictions and opinions for 2019. Located in over 20 states and Canada, the participants produce a wide variety of product, including machine/industrial, automotive/transportation, food and beverage, textiles, construction and more.

Results from the survey include:

  • The top 3 priorities for 2019 are growing sales, improving profitability and addressing workforce shortage.
  • More than 60% of manufacturers expect their sector to expand in 2019
  • Organic growth in the U.S., new product development and strategic alliances provide greatest opportunity for business in 2019.
  • The major hurdles for the year are increased raw material costs from new tariffs, rising labor costs due to inflation, lack of available talent and increased competition.

For the full report, visit

The IRS opened the 2018 income tax return filing season on January 28. Even if you typically don’t file until much closer to the April 15 deadline, this year you should consider filing as soon as you can. Why? You can potentially protect yourself from tax identity theft — and reap other benefits, too.

What is tax identity theft?
In a tax identity theft scheme, a thief uses your personal information to file a fraudulent tax return early in the filing season and claim a bogus refund.

You discover the fraud when you file your return and are informed by the IRS that the return has been rejected because one with your Social Security number has already been filed for the same tax year. While you should ultimately be able to prove that your return is the legitimate one, tax identity theft can cause major headaches to straighten out and significantly delay your refund.

Filing early may be your best defense: If you file first, it will be the tax return filed by a would-be thief that will be rejected — not yours.

Continue Reading File Your 2018 Income Tax Return Sooner Rather Than Later…

Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m here today with Kimberly Wood, an Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of our PKF Texas Transaction Advisory Services team. Kimberly, welcome to The Playbook.

Kimberly: Thanks for having me.

Jen: You’re on our Transaction Advisory Services team, and I know you tend to handle due diligence. What is due diligence and why should somebody do a due diligence project?

Kimberly: Due diligence is an investigation of a company or a business, and basically, we are validating the information or assumptions that haven’t been provided, or that should have been provided. It’s an essential information gathering process, whether it’s for legal, operational or financial due diligence. Continue Reading What is Due Diligence and What are the Benefits?

Commercial buildings and improvements generally are depreciated over 39 years, which essentially means you can deduct a portion of the cost every year over the depreciation period. (Land isn’t depreciable.) But special tax breaks that allow deductions to be taken more quickly are available for certain real estate investments.

Some of these were enhanced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and may provide a bigger benefit when you file your 2018 tax return. But there’s one break you might not be able to enjoy due to a drafting error in the TCJA.

Continue Reading Depreciation-related Breaks on Business Real Estate for Your 2018 Return