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The Importance of Personal vs. Business Use of Auto

By Pam Swartout, Manager and Jacoby Shade, Staff Accountant at Blue & Co. Many business owners provide a company vehicle to their employees as part of their employment. This is a company benefit that has tax implications and is extremely important for both the employer and employee to understand these implications. Employers can deduct only […]

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Have You Started to Prepare for Filing Last Year’s 1099s and W-2s?

By Pam Swartout, Manager and Tracey Selig, CPA, Senior Accountant at Blue & Co. The time of year for preparing and filing your 1099s and W-2s is here. In order to ensure timely and accurate submissions of the above-mentioned forms, Blue & Co. wants to inform you of the Form 1099 and W-2 requirements, their […]

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New Kentucky Utility Services Sales Tax and Exemptions

By Sydney Settle and Derek Gray, CPA, Director at Blue & Co. Beginning January 1, 2023, utility services for property other than a primary residence will be subject to six percent sales tax. This broader sales tax is a result of 2022 Kentucky House Bill 8 (HB8). HB8 amended KRS 139.470(7) which established exemptions from […]

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Year-End Depreciation Update for Real Estate Investors

By: Lance Williams, CPA, Manager, and Kimber Sutton, CPA, Staff Accountant The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed at the end of 2017. Of the many changes it made to the tax code, one that is temporary and currently scheduled to begin sunsetting, is the provision to allow for bonus depreciation under Section […]

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Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit Program

By Emma Kuhl, CPA, and Zach Mattingly, CPA In September, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear urged Kentucky small businesses to take advantage of the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit Program (KSBTC), a tax credit many small businesses may not know they are eligible for. The program offers small businesses a tax credit ranging between $3,500 – […]

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Kentucky Sales Tax: Additional Services Subject to Sales Tax and Other Excise Tax Changes Effective January 1, 2023

By Amy Sandlin, CPA, Senior Tax Manager and James Wooten, CPA, Senior Tax Manager Starting January 1, 2023, Kentucky sales and use tax will apply to 30+ additional service categories. Businesses that provide these services will be required to collect 6% sales tax from their customers in the new year. This expansion of sales tax […]

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Common Control Lease Arrangements: FASB’s Newly Issued Exposure Draft and Steps to Take Before Year-end

By Jennifer Miloszewski, CPA, Director at Blue & Co. Time is running out for privately-held companies to adopt the infamous new lease standard. Effective for year-end December 31, 2022, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases, (codified as ASC 842), the standard requires lessees to recognize substantially all leases on their balance sheets as lease liabilities […]

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Vsimple and Hearn Construction Workflow Management Webinar

On-Demand Webinar: Vsimple Success Stories – Hearn Construction

Blue & Co. and Vsimple hosted a webinar on Tuesday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST entitled Workflow Management: How Hearn Construction is Standardizing & Simplifying Their Business Processes Using Vsimple. This is part one of a series of use case examples demonstrating the success that client’s of Vsimple have discovered while […]

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Managing Cash Flow in the Age of Supply Chain Disruption

By Mike Stevenson, CPA, Director Emeritus at Blue & Co. Many of our manufacturing clients are having difficulties ensuring consistency in cash flow when their manufacturing base is overseas. The factories overseas are able to produce product, but there seems to be a bottleneck once it’s shipped from the overseas port to the domestic warehouse. […]

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Cybersecurity Risks in the Manufacturing Industry

By Thomas Skoog, CISA, CISSP, Principal at Blue & Co. The manufacturing industry has seen a larger increase in the number of cyber attacks and data breaches than any other industry in the last 18 months. According to an IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index study, the manufacturing industry accounted for 25% of all cyber-attacks, outpacing […]

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COVID Tax Relief – IRS Provides Penalty Relief for 2019 & 2020 Tax Filings Due to the Pandemic

By Stephen Stringer, CPA, Director and Amy Sandlin, CPA, Senior Manager Shortly after the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 grabbed the headlines out of Washington, the IRS announced a broad-based penalty relief program for individuals, businesses, trusts, and exempt organizations who are late filing certain 2019 and 2020 tax returns. This relief is to help […]

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Reaping the R&D Tax Benefits of Innovation Across Manufacturing Sectors

By Stephen Stringer, CPA, Director at Blue & Co., and David Seibel, Senior Manager at McGuire Sponsel Manufacturing and machine tool clients often qualify for Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits through internal optimization or new product development for customers. Contract manufacturers and machine tool companies are often approached by other companies and asked to […]

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Pass-through Entity Level Tax: Is This a Viable SALT Cap Workaround?

By Jacob Boyd, CPA, Tax Manager; Amy Sandlin, CPA, Tax Senior Manager; Eric M. Bennett, CPA, Director The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) capped the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000 for individuals who itemized their deductions for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. This cap […]

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Ohio’s New SALT Cap Workaround

By Kevin Krieg, CPA, and Amy Sandlin, CPA In 2022, through legislation signed by Governor DeWine, Ohio joined the growing list of states to pass SALT Cap workarounds. Ohio Senate Bill 246 allows qualifying pass-through entities (PTEs) to elect to be subject to a new entity-level tax. The legislation makes the entity level tax fully […]

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someone handing car keys to another person personal use of auto

The Importance of Personal vs. Business Use of Auto

By Pam Swartout, Manager and Jacoby Shade, Staff Accountant at Blue & Co. Many business owners provide a company vehicle to their employees as part of their employment. This is a company benefit that has tax implications and is extremely important for both the employer and employee to understand these implications. Employers can deduct only […]

Learn More
w-2 and 1099 tax forms

Have You Started to Prepare for Filing Last Year’s 1099s and W-2s?

By Pam Swartout, Manager and Tracey Selig, CPA, Senior Accountant at Blue & Co. The time of year for preparing and filing your 1099s and W-2s is here. In order to ensure timely and accurate submissions of the above-mentioned forms, Blue & Co. wants to inform you of the Form 1099 and W-2 requirements, their […]

Learn More
utility bills calculator and a clock

New Kentucky Utility Services Sales Tax and Exemptions

By Sydney Settle and Derek Gray, CPA, Director at Blue & Co. Beginning January 1, 2023, utility services for property other than a primary residence will be subject to six percent sales tax. This broader sales tax is a result of 2022 Kentucky House Bill 8 (HB8). HB8 amended KRS 139.470(7) which established exemptions from […]

Learn More
year end depreciation update for real estate investors

Year-End Depreciation Update for Real Estate Investors

By: Lance Williams, CPA, Manager, and Kimber Sutton, CPA, Staff Accountant The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed at the end of 2017. Of the many changes it made to the tax code, one that is temporary and currently scheduled to begin sunsetting, is the provision to allow for bonus depreciation under Section […]

Learn More
woman backing boxes

Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit Program

By Emma Kuhl, CPA, and Zach Mattingly, CPA In September, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear urged Kentucky small businesses to take advantage of the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit Program (KSBTC), a tax credit many small businesses may not know they are eligible for. The program offers small businesses a tax credit ranging between $3,500 – […]

Learn More
kentucky house bill 8 sales tax expansion

Kentucky Sales Tax: Additional Services Subject to Sales Tax and Other Excise Tax Changes Effective January 1, 2023

By Amy Sandlin, CPA, Senior Tax Manager and James Wooten, CPA, Senior Tax Manager Starting January 1, 2023, Kentucky sales and use tax will apply to 30+ additional service categories. Businesses that provide these services will be required to collect 6% sales tax from their customers in the new year. This expansion of sales tax […]

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