Staff Articles

  • The Importance of Planning for Uncertainty in Business

    October 9, 2018

    In business today, senior managers take many calculated risks. But sometimes, risks appear out of nowhere, requiring them to not only react swiftly, but also to work harder at anticipating unforeseen risks and their ramifications ahead of time.

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  • Passing the Torch without Getting Burned

    September 28, 2018

    An interview with RBF managing partner Bill Rucci about the importance of business succession planning.

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  • In a victory for states’ tax coffers, U.S. Supreme Court strikes down favorable online sales tax rule

    July 10, 2018

    By Sudha Vishwanath, CPA Tax Manager, RBF Advisors and Accountants These days, more purchases are made online than from brick & mortar stores. Many of these sales were tax-free until, on June 21, the Supreme Court moved to close this tax loophole. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that online retailers would now be […]

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  • Idiosyncratic vs. Systemic Risk. What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

    July 2, 2018

    By Charlie Goodrich, MBA Goodrich & Associates In the investing world, idiosyncratic versus systemic risk refers to risk related to a specific security. In theory, idiosyncratic risk can be diversified away while systemic risk cannot. So, idiosyncratic risk affects only one security; systemic risk affects all (or at least many) securities. For example, when Theranos […]

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  • What tax reform means for contractors

    June 8, 2018

    By not considering the implications of recent tax reform, you may be leaving valuable tax deductions and credits on the table. By Vincenzo Botta, CPA, CGMA RBF Advisors & Accountants It’s a familiar scenario. On a day-to-day basis, executives of contracting firms do what they need to do to keep the business running. Whether it’s […]

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  • A new approach to Lease Accounting: Will You Be Ready?

    March 6, 2018

    By Vincenzo Botta, CPA, CGMA RBF, Advisors and Accountants In the construction world, there are few companies that do not have some sort of lease obligation that impacts their financial picture. From real estate leases to vehicle and equipment contracts, leases are a fact of business life in the industry; which is why construction company […]

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  • Should You Consider a Captive for Your Business Insurance Program?

    December 8, 2017

    Is it fair that companies with minimal losses end up subsidizing competitors with above average claims? Mark Kingston of Eastern Insurance has a better idea.

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  • Reminder to business owners: 1099 forms due sooner than in past years

    November 30, 2017

    The form-filing tends to be an unwelcomed chore for business owners. And the earlier deadline places businesses under additional time pressure.

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  • House tax reform bill eliminates the dreaded AMT. Or does it?

    November 10, 2017

    The proposed elimination of the AMT is indeed good news on its face. But on closer reading, the bill also proposes eliminating many of the preferences and exclusions of the regular tax system that served to trigger the AMT.

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  • New accounting rules for contract-based companies looming. will you be ready?

    March 6, 2017

    A major change in how companies account for revenue from the contracts they write with their customers is lurking in the not-to-distant future. And the time to act is now.

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