Delivering Client Confidence: A Construction Company Story

Construction companies appreciate the proactive service that Briggs & Veselka professionals provide in audit, tax, and consulting to address today’s regulatory and compliance issues, along with helping anticipate, rather than react to, changes in the landscape.

How We Can Assist with Current Construction Industry Accounting & Tax Issues

New Lease Accounting Regulations

These new accounting rules could have an impact on bank loan covenants as they might change the borrowing base for many loans essential to construction companies.

How to prepare: Briggs & Veselka is already working with clients to advise them on the possible implications of these new accounting regulations to help them prepare possible revisions to existing covenants and as guidance for future loan agreements. 

New Accounting Standards for Revenue Recognition

Under the new FASB rules, which went into effect on December 15, 2016 for public companies and in 2017 for all construction companies, contracts must meet certain requirements before revenue can be recognized. Additionally, contract modifications and performance obligations fall under new scrutiny, and the incremental costs of obtaining a contract will be recognized as an asset, which could impact your balance sheet.

How to prepare: The Briggs & Veselka construction practice has prepared a confidential, no obligation checklist to allow management of construction companies better insight into the impact of these FASB rules, which could impact contracts being executed even before the regulations go into effect. 

Accumulated Earnings

The practice of recording accumulated earnings for closely-held C corporations has come under greater scrutiny by the IRS.  

This is further complicated for construction companies who often must retain capital either for bonding purposes or for purchase of capital equipment.

How to prepare:   Because of the vagueness of the IRS regulations, smart construction companies should have a consistent, well-documented approach to earnings that are withheld, in order to justify the approach in the event of an audit.  

Briggs & Veselka has benchmarked leading practices in this area and can share them with you upon request.

Worker Classification

State and federal regulators are placing higher scrutiny on companies who claim the use of subcontractors, which places construction companies square in the sights of regulators looking for employment tax revenue.

How to prepare: Briggs & Veselka has prepared an employment tax liability worksheet to help construction companies get ahead of the curve to document behavioral control, financial control, and relationships of parties—the primary triggers taxing authorities look for. 

Getting ahead of this issue can prevent costly tax claims by government entities, as well as back wages and benefits claims by those you consider subcontractors.

Recovery from Vendors

Oftentimes actual contract delivery and performance varies from the terms of a supplier contract, causing hidden losses for the construction company or in a joint venture.

How to prepare: Briggs & Veselka professionals can perform audits of actual vs. contracted performance and, depending on the terms of the contract, find cash recoveries for the company. The firm can proactively examine current contract structure from a performance standpoint to advise you on how to create opportunities for recovery in future contracts.

Financial Closing Issues

Project billing, month-end closings, and reports for lenders can place burdens on your existing finance and accounting staff. And with the uncertainty in Texas' economy due to energy pricing, many construction companies are reticent to staff up.

How to prepare: Briggs & Veselka’s Outsourced Accounting Services gives you budget flexibility and control when you require interim support of full back office accounting functions.

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