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?

Audit

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

Tax

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 >

Experts Provide Value in Damages Litigation

Hiring a qualified damages expert can be a key factor in the outcome of litigation. Damages experts provide accomplished opinions on the appropriate amount of damages suffered by a party in litigation. Marisa Gentile provides background information on the role of experts in damages litigation.... read more >

Participation Rate Rises Slightly

The average participation rate in 401(k) plans was 82.7% at the end of 2008, according to the 52nd Annual Survey of Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans by the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America. That is a very small increase over the previous year’s rate of 81.9%. Pre-tax participant deferrals averaged 5.5% of pay for non-highly compensated employees and 6.6% for highly compensated employees.... read more >

Auto Update: Health Care Impact on "The New Model"

Automobile

By Paul Matvey

Paul Matvey shares his thoughts on the possible impact of the proposed health care plan on the auto industry.... read more >