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Bill to Defer Stock Options Tax Attracts Bipartisan Support

September 14, 2016

Stock options are a very popular part of executive compensation packages but some tax rules make it difficult for employees of start-up and private companies to exercise their options and take control of their ownership stake. To broaden access to... Read More

Are your wellness program incentives taxable to your employees?

August 5, 2016

Yoga classes, weight loss programs, biking to work, and free health screenings are becoming a ubiquitous part of the modern workplace. A recent survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) estimates that 80% of employers... Read More

Time to take a look at Overtime: The Department of Labor has redefined “white collar” overtime

June 6, 2016

An estimated 4.1 million salaried workers will become eligible for overtime pay under the new rule published by the DOL that goes into effect December 1, 2016. The updated rule substantially changes which administrative employees are entitled to overtime pay... Read More

Has the Technology Revolution Left Depreciation Behind?

May 23, 2016

The existing depreciation system was developed over 30 years ago, when desktop computers had a capacity of 512k, and there were no cell phones, tablets, or Chromebooks™. Class lives and recovery periods for business assets are now outdated and have... Read More

Big changes are coming to Lease Accounting: How will they impact your company?

March 29, 2016

Balance sheets for many companies will start looking a bit different in the relatively near future. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced changes under the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) that will require companies that lease real estate,... Read More

R&D Tax Credit Changes Benefit Tech Start-Ups

February 15, 2016

While there are many tax benefits available for small businesses and technology companies, the challenge is how to take advantage of them in the early years when there is no taxable income to offset. The 2016 changes in the research... Read More

Department of Labor Asks Employers to Seek Qualified Benefit Plan Auditors

January 11, 2016

Late in December the Department of Labor (DOL) sent out an important communication to companies across the country about their Employee Benefit Plan Audits. The DOL is encouraging plan fiduciaries to take a closer look at their auditors’ qualifications and... Read More

Not another Ladies Luncheon…

November 11, 2015

Adelle Erdman, Frazier & Deeter’s Director of Marketing, reflects on the need for programming for women senior executives and business owners. When I changed jobs 3 years ago I found myself involved in a corporate Women’s Initiative for the first... Read More

DOL Survey Says: Choose Your EBP Audit Firm Wisely

July 30, 2015

Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) audit providers conduct over 80,000 audits each year. A recent Department of Labor (DOL) study analyzed the quality of employee benefit plan audit work done by CPA firms, and the results may be alarming to some... Read More

Would an ESOP Work for Your Company

May 25, 2015

Like hemlines and hairdos, employee stock ownership plans (or ESOPs) have had their ups and downs in terms of popularity. For owners of manufacturing and distribution companies seeking an exit strategy, it’s worthwhile to consider whether an ESOP might work... Read More

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