How are 401(k) withdrawals like a relationship?

| Business Miscellaneous

Part 3 of 3 in the “How to Survive a 401(k) Audit” By Tyler Kleinschmidt, CPA     How can your company survive its 401(k) audit? How does one survive a relationship? Much like starting any new relationship, Part 1 of this series focused on a brief history of pension plans (What do you do, why are you here?). Then Part 2 moved onto “participant contributions” (What do you bring to this relationship and how much are you able to participate?). And finally, Part 3 will focus on the challenges Read more [...]

Ensuring a peaceful succession with a buy-sell agreement

| Business Briefs, Business Miscellaneous, News

A buy-sell agreement is a critical component of succession planning for many businesses. It sets the terms and conditions under which an owner’s business interest can be sold to another owner (or owners) should an unexpected tragedy or turn of events occurs. It also establishes the method for determining the price of the interest.   This may sound cut and dried. And a properly conceived, well-written buy-sell agreement should be — it is, after all, a legal document. But there’s a human side Read more [...]

Is outsourced accounting right for your NFP?

| Business Briefs, Business Miscellaneous

By Chris Mennel     As your nonprofit strives to use its resources as effectively as possible, at some point, you might consider outsourcing the functions that fall under your accounting and financial umbrella. Nonprofits often outsource areas that require specialized knowledge or a significant number of hours, such as payroll processing and payroll tax preparation. Outsourcing accounting functions also can provide benefits – if it matches up with your organization’s needs and budget. Before Read more [...]

How can I make our 401(k) audit run smoothly?

| Audit and Accounting, Business Miscellaneous

Part 2 of 3 in the “How to survive a 401(k) audit” series By Justin Schwartz, CPA   Preparing for a defined benefit or profit sharing plan audit may seem like a daunting task; however, understanding which key areas the auditor may be testing should help put your mind at ease.  Auditors typically focus on three main areas:  participant data, employee/employer contributions and withdrawals from the plan.  We will focus on participant data and employee/employer contributions below. Auditors Read more [...]

Why must our 401(k) be audited?

| Audit and Accounting, Business Miscellaneous

Part 1 of 3 in the “How to survive a 401(k) audit” series By Evan Rauch, CPA     For generations, defined benefit pension plans were the retirement plan standard for just about every employer. However, these pensions became financially draining for employers as the life expectancy of their retired employees increased, making way for a new type of retirement plan – the defined contribution plan or a profit sharing plan.  Nearly 40 years later, defined contribution plans have become the Read more [...]

Want younger board members: Consider a second board

| Business Briefs, Business Miscellaneous

By Chris Mennel & Natalie Hopkins     If you have been around nonprofits for very long, you have discovered that recruiting new board members is an ongoing challenge. Finding the best mix of talent to fill their needs (finance, development, etc) within the right age demographic can be a struggle. Add to this mix the search for younger board members so the nonprofits can effectively plan their futures, and the challenge grows. To overcome this obstacle, an increasing number of organizations Read more [...]

Negotiations: tips from the trenches

| Business Miscellaneous

By Michael Alerding, CPA     We all exercise the art of negotiation many times each day.  We negotiate with family about weekend activities or plans for dinner and even who gets to take the dog out for a walk.  Negotiations are a natural part of our existence.  We usually don’t realize we are negotiating, but whenever two or more people endeavor to reach a conclusion that will satisfy the entire group, that’s called negotiation.  Conversely, if one person has the authority to make decisions Read more [...]

What can a valuation expert do for your succession plan?

| Business Briefs, Business Miscellaneous

Most business owners spend a lifetime building their businesses. And when it comes to succession, they face the difficult decision of whether to sell, dissolve or transfer the business to family members (or a nonfamily successor). Many complicated issues are involved, including how to divvy up business interests, allocate value and tackle complex tax issues. Thus, as you put together your succession plan, include not only your financial and legal advisors, but also a qualified valuation professional. Various Read more [...]

ESOP repurchase obligations are real

| Business Miscellaneous

By Mike Staton     All too often companies setting up an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) concentrate on the legal documents, projections and banking arrangements without considering all of the long-term obligations. Not only do you have the cash flow requirements of the outside loan with the bank or the selling stockholders, you have future Repurchase Obligations to consider in an ESOP. Repurchase obligations are not required by GAAP to be recorded on the company’s financial statements, Read more [...]