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Category Archives: Municipalities

The Latest News on the Personal Use of Company Cars

The free use of a company car is one of the best perks an employee may be entitled to as part of a compensation package. But the benefit to the employee isn’t completely “free” under current tax law. Essentially, personal use of a company car is treated as a taxable fringe benefit, subject to income tax...

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Celebrating 50 Years in Business

Our father, Daniel Gardiner, started the firm to audit farmer cooperatives, which is still our primary client base. We have a number of clients who have been with the firm the entire 50 years, all cooperatives. Our history with credit unions and our governmental clients starts in the early 1980’s. We have a lot of good memories from all of the years that we have been in business.

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Fraud Controls Lacking at Organizations with Fewer than 100 Employees

Organizations with fewer than 100 employees significantly trail their counterparts in the implementation of formal antifraud controls, according to a worldwide survey by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).  Antifraud experts say formal controls can help small businesses prevent and detect instances of fraud that, left undiscovered, could lead to costly losses and possibly...

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Iowa House File 2455: Changing Governmental Audit Requirements

During the last legislative session, House File 2455 was passed initiating changes in governmental audit requirements. Currently, all Iowa cities with a population over 2,000 are required to receive an annual audit. Cities with population from 700 to 2,000 are required to be audited once every four years and cities with a population under 700 are not required to be audited, except by petition of the citizens. The Cities had the option to hire a CPA firm or the Auditor of State to perform the audit through the request for proposal process, and cities paid a filing fee based on budgeted expenditures to the State Auditor’s Office with the submission of their report.

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A Word About Forms

If you haven’t yet filed forms 1096 or W-3 with the IRS or SSA, it will be easier to fix a mistake on them without the need to file amended returns. However, if you have already filed forms 1096 or W-3 with the government, and there are errors on those forms, then you will also have to file amended reports which can be complicated and time consuming. So, file those 1096s and W-3s closer to their due date to avoid potential amended return filings.

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1099 Reporting Changes, Again

Basically, 1099 reporting requirements will continue to be the same as they’ve always been. This change will significantly decrease the compliance burden small businesses were anticipating. However, this recent change does not do away with the requirement that payers obtain and retain a form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, for all payees.

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