Once all of the steps are completed in the framework of the FASB Accounting Standard concerning the Revenue from Contracts with Customers, then businesses can completely recognize the revenue. This final step recognizes revenue when or as the performance obligations are completed.
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Previously, we addressed Steps 1, 2, and 3 of the Accounting Standard Update (ASU) No. 2014-19, Revenue from Contracts with customers. This post moves on to Step 4, allocating the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract. This, and one final, step addresses when and how much revenue should be recognized from business contractual obligations.
Revenue from Contracts with Customers, ASU 2014-09, provides framework for businesses to gather revenue and know when and how to report revenue. We have a series of posts concerning the framework laid out in the accounting update; previous posts can be found on the introduction, Step One, and Step Two of this update. We continue now with Step Three: Determining the Transaction Price. This step contains provisions which vary from current accounting principles in the U.S. thus alterations in accepted accounting practices may be necessary.
Now that the holidays are over and 2019 has started, have you thought about preparing for tax season? Probably, not. We have some steps to help you gather documents needed to ensure that you do not miss any tax benefits and make the entire experience of processing your tax return easier.
At Lawhorn CPA Group we work as a member of a team of professionals qualified in their respective fields on behalf of our clients. Whether you need additional assistance with tax attorneys, certified financial planners, or accountants, we seek to provide encompassing assistance to the owners of businesses in our community. With this in mind, we recognize that deciding on retirement plans is an enormous decision for business owners. Making the matter more complicated is the sheer volume of options from which to choose when deciding which retirement plan is right for you. As a business owner, making so many important decisions can cause information overload or decision deadlock. To release some of the pressure, let’s look at your options as a business owner and see which retirement plan could fit best with your organization based on the numerous variables involved.
Life Insurance is one of the best and most common ways to protect your family or business in the event of a death. Life insurance is a contract between an insurance policyholder and an insurance company to pay a specific amount to one or more beneficiaries if the insured individual passes away. This life insurance payout, or “proceeds,” is intended to provide financial stability to those left behind and is typically used to pay outstanding debts of the policyholder, as well as medical and funeral costs. Policyholders pay a monthly premium to ensure coverage over a specific amount of time. The insurance premium is dependent on several factors, including age, gender, occupation, hobbies, medical history, and where you live and travel to frequently.
Even though this explanation makes it seem simple, consumers often get confused with the sea of options that are presented once they begin shopping for life insurance. This discussion will focus on helping you address important questions which should be taken into consideration when deciding which life insurance policy is right for you and your family. Read More
Private foundations have grown in popularity in recent years and go hand-in-hand with estate planning. For individuals who are charity driven, adding a private foundation to an estate plan can be a rewarding experience on several levels. Not only will creating a private foundation afford you the ability to give back and do honorable deeds but it can also reduce income tax liability and eliminate certain assets from your taxable estate. When integrated into your estate planning, starting a private foundation can offer you control of gifts or bequests to charities, giving you, the donor, more control over where how funds are distributed.
Finding tax-free ways to save for college is a big deal for a large portion of the population, and for good reason. Obtaining a college education is one of the best ways for your dependents to secure a better job and a better life. However, despite different attempts to lower college tuition at both the state and Federal level, the cost of a college education continues to grow. US Student loan debt in America has reached nearly $1.5 trillion in 2018, equating to an overwhelming balance of more than $39,000 in debt per the average college graduate.
If you’re slightly confused regarding how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects your personal tax strategy, you’re not alone. One of the primary causes for confusion is the disconnect between lawmakers and the IRS. Even though the new law drastically changes tax law, it has left the IRS scrambling to confirm the rules within its own set of guidelines. This confusion has left tax planning professionals, CPAs, and everyday Americans awaiting IRS approval of numerous tax deductions. One recent example approved by the IRS gives homeowners the ability to write off the interest paid on home equity loans. But, the home equity tax loophole does have a few caveats.
Business owners are now reviewing the repercussions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 or are planning to do so soon. Learning about how these changes will affect your business is an important step to take now in strategic business and tax planning for the years to come. While the majority of the Act’s key criteria are beneficial to businesses, there are several changes that affect only certain types of businesses, and other changes that affect the overall method of accounting a business can use. Perhaps one of the most significant changes made in the new tax overhaul is that more businesses can utilize the cash method of accounting.