E.O.W (End of the Week) Notable Tip: Numbers Vs People

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a great week! Read below for the EOW for today, Friday, October 6, 2017.

“When it comes to safeguarding the bottom-line, hitting the numbers is the only focus. This narrow thought process causes leaders to lose sight of what truly drives those numbers and that is their employees and customers. When employees and client satisfaction is made top priority revenue/profitĀ  follows.”

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tip!

As always, “Success is continuous improvement.”

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Taxes: Depreciation Categories

When buying assets it is important to know the best way to purchase and depreciate to take advantage of tax loopholes. Capital expenses usually include the following assets: buildings, cell phones, computers and software, copyrights and patents, equipment, improvements to business property, inventory, office furnishings and decorations, small tools and equipment, vehicles and window coverings. Below you will find a more detailed account of these depreciation categories.

3 year property:

  • plastics
  • metal fabrication
  • glass

 

5 year property:

  • cars
  • trucks
  • small planes
  • trailers
  • computers
  • peripherals
  • copiers
  • calculators
  • manufacturing equipment (for apparel)
  • construction activity assets
  • R&D equipment

 

7 year property:

  • office furniture
  • manufacturing equipment
  • fixtures
  • oil
  • gas
  • mining assets
  • agricultural structures
  • personal property

Commercial buildings can be depreciated over 39 years while residential rental real estate can only be depreciated over 27.5 years. Expenses incurred for improvements to sidewalks, roads, drainage facilities, fences and landscaping are depreciated over 20 years.

To learn more about Notable Bookkeeping’s tax planning, preparation and research services call us today at 201-937-3428.

Top 10 Business Tax Shelters You Should Know

As we all know, two things are certain in life, death and taxes. I personally enjoy doing my taxes but like everyone else I don’t enjoy paying them. In business, it is critical that you know all the deductions that are available to you when it comes to keeping your bottom line healthy and your tax payment as low as possible. See below for the top 10 business tax shelters you should know:

  • Real Estate
  • Pension Plans
  • 401K/Roth
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance/Reimbursement
  • Charity
  • Leasing Vehicles (offers larger deductions than owning one)
  • Assets bought on credit (e.g.; computers, equipment, inventory, office furnishings, et cetera)

It is important that businesses keep a separate high yield savings account designated for taxes and automate quarterly deposits.

Notable Bookkeeping knows taxes. Let us help you with your tax planning and research needs. Contact us today

Lean Wednesday Tip: Accounts Payable Performance

 

“By encouraging your A/P team to report and make critical department KPI metrics visual, such as, process cycle time, activity lead times, and cost per invoice with industry and competitor comparisons you realize the opportunity to reduce costs, increase productivity and streamline processes.”

How to stop Freight Charges from eating away at profits

The shipping and delivery cycle time race amongst valuable brands like Amazon and Walmart is a fierce one. Many parcel companies like UPS and FedEx may offer discounted rates for delivering on time but the real question is, “Are they actually delivering on time?”

By implementing effective visual internal controls, your company’s accounts payable team may be able to identify delivery discrepancies per regular parcel audits and if they are found you are not required to pay them.

Other things to look for while auditing would be:

  • Duplicate Invoices: Parcel vendor may generate duplicate invoices with different purchase order numbers, tracking numbers, invoice numbers, et cetera.
  • Discount Rate Verification: Thorough analysis of the invoice is critical for the purpose of ensuring that the proper discount rate was included.
  • Improper Billings: Sometimes there are multiple parties involved and you could be billed for the shipment when your contract specifically stated that “Vendor XX” was responsible for payment. You should integrate freight audit software into your accounts payable process to mitigate this risk.
  • Rate Verification: Essentially, your accounts payable team should be ensuring that the rate base, math, mileage, product classification and weight all match your purchase order and contract agreement, otherwise you are overpaying.
  • Fuel surcharges: It is important that this charge matches what is in your contract and not the current market rate.

Auditing offers the opportunity to gather critical data, such as, shipping spend by origin, destinations, general ledger codes, customers, fuel charges, vendors and carriers. This data can be used to improve your financial planning and analysis, and offer opportunities to streamline processes and realize cost innovations.

Lean Wednesday Tip

 

“To run an efficient accounting department opt for a chart of accounts with less than 180 accounts for improved productivity and financial planning.”

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