Insero Named Best Accounting Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year

Insero & Co. CPAs was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Accounting Firms to Work for by Accounting Today for the fifth consecutive year. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. Insero is the only firm in New York state to have been named to the list each of the last five years.

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“We’re thrilled to receive this honor for the fifth year in a row,” said David Mandrycky, Director of Human Resources at Insero. “We owe many thanks to our entire team for upholding our focus on our people and building an environment where people are fulfilled and excited to come to work each day. Because of this focus, our reputation across the state has grown, employee turnover rate is well below the industry average and we are an employer of choice on the college campuses. That, in turn, benefits our clients, who appreciate being able to work with the best people. It’s truly a win-win.”

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best 100 employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking, which will be announced in November of this year.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving New York state with offices in Rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Cortland and Watkins Glen. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to corporations, individuals, government agencies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and businesses ranging from privately held family businesses to multi-national corporations. These clients represent many industries, including service, manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, telecommunications, education, social services and real estate. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

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Seven Prominent Universities Sued Over 403(b) Plan Fees

The 403(b) community has become the target of retirement plan fee litigation. Lawsuits have been filed against Duke, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, UPenn, Vanderbilt, and Yale on behalf of plan participants. The complaints allege that the plan sponsors failed to monitor excessive fees, did not replace expensive, poor-performing funds with cheaper ones, and generally failed to provide appropriate fiduciary oversight in the administration of their retirement plans. These complaints allege that these failures cost tens of millions of dollars in retirement funds. While 401(k) plan sponsors are more than familiar with these types of claims, this is the first time that nonprofit organizations have been targeted. Read more about the recent lawsuits here and here.

Prestigious Colleges and Universities Sued over Retirement Plan Fees

Are the services your plan receives reasonably priced? Knowing the answer is a vital fiduciary duty. ERISA expects more from plan fiduciaries than simply shopping around for plan providers offering rock bottom rates. Rather, the question turns on whether fees are reasonable in light of services provided. So, in addition to knowing how much the plan is paying, you must determine whether the level of service rendered is appropriate. As a plan sponsor, you should: Read more ›

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Setting Up User Access in QuickBooks

The QBC: QuickBooks® Client Newsletter

Setting Up User Access in QuickBooks

Will multiple employees be working with your QuickBooks company file? You’ll need to define their permission levels.

If you ever did your bookkeeping manually, you probably didn’t allow every employee to see every sales form and account register and payroll stub. Most likely, you established a system that allowed staff to work only with information that related to their jobs. Even so, there may have been times when, for example, someone pulled the wrong file folder or was sent a report that he or she shouldn’t have seen.

QuickBooks helps prevent this by setting virtual boundaries. You can specify which features of the software can be accessed by employees who work with your accounting data. Each employee receives a unique user name and password that unlocks only the areas he or she should be visiting.

QBC 0816 image 1_zpsai8phrevTo help minimize errors, maintain data integrity, and preserve confidentiality, QuickBooks lets you restrict users to designated areas in the software. Read more ›

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Audit & Accounting Update: July 21, 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Consolidation: Interests held through related parties under common control

Upon the effective date of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-02,Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, a single decision maker of a variable interest entity (VIE) is required to consider indirect economic interests in the entity held through related parties on a proportionate basis when determining whether it is the primary beneficiary of that VIE, unless the single decision maker and its related parties are under common control. If a single decision maker and its related parties are under common control, the single decision maker is required to consider indirect interests in the entity held through those related parties to be the equivalent of direct interests in their entirety. This may result in the single decision maker consolidating a VIE even if it has little to no direct economic interests in the VIE. To address this issue, the FASB recently issued a proposed ASU, Consolidation (Topic 810): Interests Held through Related Parties That Are under Common Control.

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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
http://rsmus.com/our-insights/newsletters/financial-reporting-insights.html

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in the attached materials or our service offerings, please contact us directly.

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Tax Update: July 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest federal, state, and international tax news. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Federal

  • Plan sponsors must pay health plan fee by July 31, 2016
  • Grantor’s death can compromise S corporation’s status
  • Potential tax traps for employees who become partners
  • How research tax credits are limited for partners and S corporation shareholders
  • Proposed regulations could affect subchapter S status
  • Look for upcoming ‘hot dog stand’ guidance on corporate spin-offs
  • Controlling shareholder is liable as a transferee for corporate level tax
  • IRS addresses deferred revenue treatment in taxable stock acquisition

International Tax

  • Global survey reveals BEPS middle market impact
  • Multinationals with Indian or Singapore investments should evaluate whether to change investment structures

State and Local Tax

  • Oklahoma eliminates ‘double’ state and local tax deduction

Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
http://rsmus.com/our-insights/newsletters/tax-digest.html

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Make QuickBooks Your Own: Specify Your Preferences

The QBC: QuickBooks® Client Newsletter

Make QuickBooks Your Own: Specify Your Preferences

Your business is unique. Make sure that QuickBooks knows how you operate.

QuickBooks was designed to be used by millions of businesses. In fact, it’s possible to install it, answer a few questions about your company, and start working right away.

However, we strongly suggest you take the time to specify your Preferences. QuickBooks devotes a whole screen to this customization process. You can find it by opening the Edit menu and selecting Preferences.

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Audit & Accounting Update: June 23, 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the McGladrey Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

FASB issues final standard on credit losses

On June 16, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued its long-awaited new standard on credit losses, namely Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-13, Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, which applies to all entities and most financial assets that are not measured at fair value through net income. The ASU represents the culmination of what has been a long and arduous process to address the complexity and perceived shortfalls of existing guidance, including the perception that credit losses are currently recognized too little and too late.

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Source: RSM US LLP
Used with permission as a member of the McGladrey Alliance
http://rsmus.com/what-we-do/services/assurance/financial-reporting-resource-center/fasb-issues-final-standard-on-credit-losses.html

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Should you have any questions regarding the information contained in the attached materials or our service offerings, please contact us directly.

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