Real Estate & Construction
Phil Shechter Discusses Tax Reform with South Florida Legal Guide
In a recent interview with South Florida Legal Guide, Cherry Bekaert’s (“the Firm”) Phil Shechter, CPA, discusses the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on both individual and business taxpayers. Shechter, the Firm’s National Leader of Litigation Support Services, provides general information on tax reform affecting individual tax rates, mortgage interest deductions, small businesses and pass-through entities. Read Phil’s full interview on the South Florida Legal Guide website. Additionally, if you seek guidance on forensic and litigation matters, Cherry Bekaert’s Forensic & Litigation Advisory Services team is ready to help.
Planning for the New Business Interest Expense Deduction Limitation
As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, some important changes have been made with respect to the deductibility of business interest expense for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under prior law, business interest expense was generally deductible in the year in which the interest was paid or accrued, except that corporations were subject to certain limitations under IRC Section 163(j) (“the earnings stripping rules”). TCJA created a new limitation, which replaces the “earnings stripping rules” and applies to all businesses, regardless of form, on the deductibility of net. Read More.
Companies Seek More Guidance on Adopting FASB Leases Standard
Before the year ends, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) intends to take another look at Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). According to FASB Chairman Russell Golden, the board will likely consider revising the method companies must use when transitioning to the new leases standard, how landlords determine common area maintenance charges in rent payments, and updates to disclosures regarding leases in foreign currency and short-term lease expense. The standard, which requires balance sheet disclosures regarding a company’s assets and liabilities related to rented property and equipment, has raised questions concerning whether companies are prepared to implement. Read More.
What Will Be the Impact of the Construction Worker Shortage?
The construction industry has a big problem that’s costing businesses and consumers alike, adding thousands of dollars and delays to almost every project. On the surface, things should be great. Business is booming. Homebuilding and large-scale construction projects are in demand. However, the problem is – there aren’t enough people to do the work. That has everyone asking, what will be the impact of the construction worker shortage? How We Got Here There’s a shortage of skilled labor in construction right now, because: The construction workforce is aging. Not enough young people are choosing careers in construction to replace retiring. Read More.
AICPA Committee Issues 20 Working Drafts for Implementing Revenue Standard
Twenty working drafts have been created to help companies implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee, the draft implementation guides cover eight industries with respect to airlines, healthcare businesses, energy companies, and telecommunications. The working drafts are as follows: Working Draft: Airlines Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #2-5A: Timing and Classification of Commissions in Interline Transactions Working Draft: Airlines Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #2-6G: Changes in the Volume of Mileage Credits Under a Cobranded Credit Card Arrangement Working Draft: Asset Management Revenue Recognition Implementation. Read More.
Topics: AICPA, AICPA Audit and Accounting Guide, AICPA Draft Implementation Guide, AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee, Airlines, Energy, healthcare, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), Revenue Recognition, Telecommunications, Working Drafts
REITs Want Clarity on Reporting Maintenance Fees from Tenants
Several office real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) are asking the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to reconsider its lease standard’s reporting requirement concerning maintenance fees that are calculated into a tenant’s rent. In a September 28 letter to the FASB, the REITs responded to the requirement under Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), which would make landlords account for service and maintenance fees separately from the real estate rental. REITs argued that separately accounting for such fees provides minimal benefit to investors and analysts. Kilroy Realty Corp Senior Vice President Merryl Werber highlighted the issue by saying there. Read More.