How to Choose the Right CPA for your Construction Company

How to Choose the Right CPA for your Construction Company

By Kathe Barrington
Owner at Kathe Barrington, CPA

Construction accounting, just like the job itself, is complex. Many contractors have benefited greatly by retaining a construction Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to help manage the financial complexities of their businesses, but choosing the right one can be challenging. The unique accounting requirements of construction means not all CPAs can provide the same level of support. Evaluating multiple CPAs can seem overwhelming especially if you’re not an expert on the subject matter. How do you start looking for a construction CPA? What qualifying questions should you ask? Which CPA referrals can you trust? With over 20 years of experience as a construction-focused CPA and longtime partner to Deltek + ComputerEase, here are suggestions on how to effectively choose the right CPA for your business:
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The Deltek + ComputerEase Story

Construction Site - Deltek + ComputerEase Construction SoftwareBy John Meibers

By now you’ve heard the news that Deltek has acquired ComputerEase. I know you may have some questions, so I would like to share why I am so excited and energized by this change. This acquisition is a strategic step forward for ComputerEase, for Deltek, and for our current and future customers. We carefully selected a home that preserves the values at the heart of this business so that we could offer the same ComputerEase products that our customers know, but with greater functionality and more rapid development and deeper support. Continue reading

You’re Invited – More Than Survival Webinar

08.20.2019 | 2:00 PM EDT

Presented by John Meibers & Shawn Van Dyke

Do you feel like that you can never get ahead? Are you under-bidding your future jobs to make up for losses from previous jobs? It’s not uncommon in the construction industry. In fact, it is the #1 reason construction companies go out of business. Continue reading

Building Partnerships with AICPA

ComputerEaAICPA 2016se is a major sponsor of the AICPA’s annual Real Estate and Construction Industry Conference in Las Vegas, NV next week! John Meibers, President of ComputerEase, will be attending and hosting an educational session entitled “WIP or Get Whipped: Why Accurate, Timely Work-in-Progress Reporting is Essential to Contractor Clients.” Continue reading

Year-End Tax Planning for Business

While the fate of several business-related tax extenders such as Research & Development tax credits, bonus depreciation, and Section 179 expensing that expired at the end of 2014 is uncertain, there are still a number of end of year tax planning strategies businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2015. Continue reading

Small Business Investment Company Program

There are a variety of alternatives to bank financing for small businesses, especially business start-ups. The Small Business Investment Company Program fills the gap between the availability of venture capital and the needs of small businesses that are either starting or growing. Licensed and regulated by the SBA, SBICs are privately owned and managed investment firms that make capital available to small businesses through investments or loans. They use their own funds plus funds obtained at favorable rates with SBA guaranties and/or by selling their preferred stock to the SBA. Continue reading

Business Record Keeping Essentials

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Complete and accurate financial record keeping is crucial to your business success. Good records provide the financial data that help you operate more efficiently. Accurate and complete records enable you to identify all your business assets, liabilities, income and expenses. That information helps you pinpoint both the strong and weak phases of your business operations. Continue reading

The 7(m) and the (504) Loan Programs for Business

The 7(m) MicroLoan Program
The 7(m) MicroLoan Program provides small loans ranging from under $100 to $25,000. Under this program, the SBA makes funds available to nonprofit intermediaries; these, in turn, make the loans. The average loan size is $10,000. Completed applications usually are processed by the intermediary in less than one week. This is a pilot program available at a limited number of locations. Continue reading

Minority and Women’s Pre-qualification Programs for SBA Loans

If you are a woman or minority who owns or wants to start a business, The Minority and Women’s Pre-qualification Programs can help. Intermediaries assist you in developing a viable loan application package and securing a loan. On approval the SBA provides a letter of pre-qualification you can take to a lender. The women’s program uses only nonprofit organizations as intermediaries; the minority program uses for-profit intermediaries as well. Continue reading