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The Importance of Incident Response Plans – Lessons Learned

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  Sir Winston Churchill This is our fifth and final article in our five-part series on the importance of incident response planning as part of your cybersecurity program. As a reminder, the concept of Incident […]

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Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry

By: Tom Skoog, Cybersecurity & Data Management Practice Leader Cybersecurity for the construction industry is a growing challenge. The industry is moving towards digital connectivity, not only across the supply chain, but also ‘on site’ as more metrics related to performance, progress, and health & safety are monitored in ‘real time.’ This increase in connectivity […]

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2021 Annual Report to Congress Released by IRS Taxpayer Advocate Office

By: Sara Jacobi, CPA CEPA Director Still waiting for your 2021 Federal tax refund? Tried calling the IRS, only to wait on hold for two hours without talking to anyone? Sent correspondence to the IRS to resolve a notice, only to continue to receive collection notices? If one or more of these items apply to […]

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Update on Status of ERC Refunds & PPP Forgiveness Questionnaire

By:  Alaina Fischer and Damien Strohmier, CPA, CCIFP ERC Refunds Did you file an Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return or a Tentative Refund form and are waiting on a refund? According to a recent IRS update, you could be waiting longer. As of May 6, 2021, the IRS reported having about 1.9 million Employer Quarterly […]

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INDOT Technical Applications Pathway and Prequalification Application – Common Questions

By: Andrew Eiler, CPA The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) introduced a new online system for construction contractors to complete their Contractor Prequalification application. Two common questions have been encountered when using the new INDOT Technical Applications Pathway (ITAP); presentation of contract assets and retainage receivable, and aggregate bidding capacity listed on the qualification certificate. […]

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Columbus CEO Talks Cybersecurity and Data Management with Blue & Co.

The following article was made available and moderated by Ray Paprocki, publisher and general manager at Columbus CEO. In this article, Ray interviews Tom Skoog, the Cybersecurity and Data Management practice leader at Blue & Co., LLC. Columbus CEO Virtual Roundtable: Cybersecurity The U.S. government recently blamed the Russians for a major hack of federal […]

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Paid Sick Leave Refundable Credit

By: Damien Strohmier, CPA, CCIFP Note: On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes the following provisions related to the employer tax credits discussed in this article: Extension of the period for which the credit for providing paid sick and family leave may be taken from […]

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Not Eligible for Second Draw? Look Again…

By: Damien Strohmier, CPA, CCIFP Eligibility criteria for the second draw loans includes terminology that misled several companies to believe they were not eligible to apply. This article will review the eligibility requirements and specifically review the 25% reduction in gross receipts test that has been frequently misinterpreted. Employee Threshold For a borrower to be […]

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How to Account for and Record PPP Forgiveness

By Damien Strohmier, CPA, Senior Manager As many companies are receiving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) debt forgiveness and loan payoffs, the question of how to record forgiveness has resurfaced. This article will revisit accounting for PPP loans as debt or government grants and provide guidance on recording forgiveness. Accounting for PPP Loans as Debt Debt […]

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Physician Fee Schedule: 2023 CMS Final Ruling

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) operates within a budget neutral approach. This occurs at the same time the healthcare community continues to try and find balance between reducing administrative burdens, accurately recognizing and recording services provided, and upholding the highest quality care possible. Over the last three years, there have been significant […]

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Blue & Co., LLC acquires Alerding CPA Group

Blue & Co., LLC acquires Alerding CPA Group

Carmel, Ind. (November 23, 2022) – The accounting and consulting firms of Alerding CPA Group (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Blue & Co., LLC (Carmel, Ind.) have announced their merger. The combined firm will operate as Blue & Co., LLC (Blue & Co.), effective December 1, 2022. This acquisition will provide Blue & Co. with greater market […]

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Not-for-Profit Single Audit Requirements – Evaluation of Revenue Sources

By: Holly Fields, CPA, Senior Manager Not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) that receive federal financial assistance over certain levels, either directly from a federal agency or indirectly through state or local agencies, may be required to have a single audit performed under Federal Uniform Guidance. Single Audit Requirements A single audit includes not only an audit of […]

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