What are the Prospects for Comprehensive Energy Legislation?

The prospects for comprehensive energy legislation looked good in July, 2009 when the Waxman-Markey Bill passed the House of Representatives, but developments continue to cloud this issue. George Adams explains.... read more >

Health Care Reform: Expansion of Information Reporting Requirements on Form 1099

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By Ron Kramer

Beginning in 2012, “Big Brother” will be watching you a little closer. The new health care legislation contains a provision that expands the information reporting requirements by businesses. The new provision has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with raising revenue to pay for health care. The new reporting requirements will significantly raise paperwork requirements for businesses of all sizes.... read more >

That's The Signpost Up Ahead - Your Next Stop, Ethics Programs

At all levels within organizations, employees confront situations and circumstances that, although not illegal, seem very wrong. Many employees find that there is no clear course of action in their organization for confronting and resolving such matters. “It is the middle ground between light and shadow,” as Rod Serling used to say, “It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”... read more >

Direct Lending - Coming To A College Or University Near You

In all the publicity of the health care reconciliation bill that passed Congress on March 25, 2010, one of the more interesting components was the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). Yes, I said the health care bill and student aid all in the same sentence, and yes, this will have a significant impact on the higher education community.... read more >

Who would have thought lease accounting would be so complicated?


By Michael Renzelman

For years, the number of accounting rules for capital-versus-operating leases has continued to grow and become more and more complex. How many times has a leasing company told you, “This lease qualifies as a capital lease,” only to have your auditors tell you it doesn’t?... read more >

Health Care Reform: 2010 Tax Benefits


By Ron Kramer

The latest in a series of Insights focusing on the tax provisions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Ron Kramer explains the tax credit for small businesses that provide health care coverage to their employees.... read more >

Construction Update: Will Economic Challenges Bring Greater Consolidation?

In challenging economic times, many industries see an increase in consolidations between competing companies. Will this be the future for the construction industry? Ted Pettko shares his opinion.... read more >

Role of the Federal Government in Supporting Innovation by U.S. Manufacturers (U.S. House Committee Hearing Recap)

On Tuesday, March 17, the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing to identify what the federal government should be doing to help U.S. manufacturers innovate. The meeting was attended by members of the Committee and witnesses from manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, General Motors Company and PMC Group Inc.... read more >

Dangle Your Company Carrot

Typically, when we hear the word “carrot,” we think of a crunchy, orange vegetable, or something our mother made us eat in order to get dessert. Switch gears to the business world, and your CEO may refer to it as a reward offered for desired behavior – an inducement. Simply put, a carrot is something used to inspire and motivate an employee.... read more >