The Proactive Solutions Blog

Home Builder Controller Conference

Weber O'Brien presents the second annual Home Builder Controller Conference

October 6 -7, 2016    Washington, DC

National Association of Home Builders - The Westin City Center, Washington DC

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Saving For a Comfortable Retirement Is Up To You

If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, participating can mean the difference between having a sufficient nest egg and worrying about your expenses after you stop working. 

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Who pays for Social Security and Medicare?

According to the 2016 Summary of Annual Reports by the trustees, the major source of funding for the Social Security and Medicare programs is the payroll tax you and your employer pay, or that you pay as a self-employed worker. 

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Margin vs. Markup

Understanding the difference between markup and margin, as used in estimating, is essential to the success of your construction company.  Understanding margin allows you to easily make financial decisions and gauge their impact on your bottom line.  Bankers and accountants commonly speak of margin, not markup.

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Breakeven Analysis

Business owners must know their breakeven point. Knowledge of the various components of the breakeven point allows business owners the ability to evaluate fixed costs, variable costs, margin, and profitability.

The breakeven point, using the contribution margin method, is computed as follows:

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ACA and Employers: How Seasonal Workers Affect Your ALE Status

When determining if your organization is an applicable large employer, you must measure your workforce by counting all your employees.  However, there is an exception for seasonal workers.

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Constructing a Construction Company Future with Employees as Owners through an ESOP

The difference between company ownership and employment is being recognized by a growing number of construction companies, which are finding it increasingly beneficial financially and operationally to convert to ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans).

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The Benefits of R&D Tax Credits

Construction is not an industry that has historically been known for innovation, but times are changing. The advent of "green" building and new sustainability standards, along with advances in digital technology and connectivity, have created the impetus for innovation in everything from building materials to modeling and engineering techniques.

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Nonprofit Standard Newsletter - Summer 2016

Philanthropic donations reached a record-high of $373.25 billion in 2015, according to Giving USA's latest report. As the sector expands, so do the hurdles and complexities nonprofit organizations face in achieving their missions. Read the latest issue of BDO's Nonprofit Standard Newsletter for comprehensive insights on new regulations and current trends in the sector. In this issue, we discuss tips on enhancing nonprofit cybersecurity and review pending tax legislation designed to protect the charitable deduction.

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Barbara Hahn, CPA Named Director, Tax Services

Weber O'Brien is very pleased to announce the promotion of Barbara Hahn, CPA to Director, Tax Services. Barbara works with entrepreneurial companies specializing in manufacturing and construction.

Barbara graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor of Arts, Accounting degree. Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant. 

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