News

News

Get the latest news and announcements from HL&B.

HOW BUSINESS OWNERS ARE APPROACHING THEIR FUTURES

As a business owner, you know that planning is crucial, and that the new year is typically when you implement new strategies. As the new year begins, many business owners have begun to examine what they’ll do, if anything, about the long-term future of their businesses. Winston Churchill once said, “Failing to plan is planning […]

HOW TO REDUCE THE TAX RISK OF USING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It also frees the business from responsibility for withholding income taxes and the worker’s share of payroll taxes.For these reasons, the federal government views misclassifying a bon …

HOW TO TRIM THE FAT FROM YOUR INVENTORY

Inventory is expensive. So, it needs to be as lean as possible. Here are some smart ways to cut back inventory without compromising revenue and customer service. Objective inventory countsEffective inventory management starts with a physical inventory count. Accuracy is essential to knowing your cost of goods sold — and to identifying and remedying discrepancies between your ph …

BEWARE OF UNEXPECTED TAX LIABILITIES UNDER NEW ACCOUNTING AND TAX RULES!

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) contains a provision that ties revenue recognition for book purposes to income reporting for tax purposes, for tax years starting in 2018. This narrow section of the law could have a major impact on certain industries, especially as companies implement the updated revenue recognition standard under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ( …

2018 Q4 TAX CALENDAR: KEY 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. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. October 15 If a calendar-year C corpor …

HL&B PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

HL&B is excited to to announce three employee promotions. Kevin Hubbard, David Borda, and Michael Killian have been selected to help grow and represent HL&B. For details on the promotions see the listings below: Kevin Hubbard, CPA Partner-in-Charge of Tax Services EDUCATION: University of Houston-Clear Lake Kevin has been named Partner-in-Cha …

AUDITING THE USE OF ESTIMATES AND SPECIALISTS

Complex accounting estimates — such as allowances for doubtful accounts, impairments of long-lived assets, and valuations of financial and non-financial assets — have been blamed for many high-profile accounting scams and financial restatements. Estimates generally involve some level of measurement uncertainty, and some may even require the use of outside specialists, such as appraisers or engineers.

As a result, examining estimates is a critical part of an audit. Companies that understand the audit process are better equipped to facilitate audit fieldwork and can communicate more effectively with their auditors. Here’s what you need to know about auditing the use of estimates as we head into next audit season.

HIDDEN LIABILITIES: WHAT’S EXCLUDED FROM THE BALANCE SHEET?

Financial statements help investors and lenders monitor a company’s performance. However, financial statements may not provide a full picture of financial health. What’s undisclosed could be just as significant as the disclosures. Here’s how a CPA can help stakeholders identify unrecorded items either through external auditing procedures or by conducting agreed upon procedures (AUPs) that target specific accounts.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT ACCOUNTING METHOD FOR 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 accounting under the TCJA. If you have the option to use either accounting method, it pays to consider whether switching methods would be beneficial.