Aronson Systems is pleased to launch our 2012 Brown Bag Bytes Series, which will occur the third Thursday of each month. These free 30-minute sessions will offer expert insight, tips and tricks for using various Sage software products, and best practices.
Still spending most of your time “in the weeds” when you should be monitoring the business. It’s time to put MyAssistant to work for you to deliver information to the people that need it when they need it. Please join us on May 17, for “Put MyAssistant to work for you in Sage Timberline Office.” To register for this session, please register here.
The Associated Building Contractors’ Virginia branch hosted a fantastic Lunch and Learn seminar recently. Given by Jesse Whalen of Balfour Beatty Construction, the session highlighted how BIM technology is transforming clash detection coordination. Jesse demonstrated how to set up the project and key players for effective clash detection, how to use Autodesk Navisworks to coordinate and build proper models, how to use the results of the program, and how to schedule a clash detection program.
For anyone new to the concept and possibilities with clash detection technology, clash detection is a pre-construction (or pre-work-in-place) tactic to model and identify exactly where designed components of construction systems may actually clash in physical space. This is of particular importance with mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades. Therefore, identifying these clashes before material fabrication and installation brings immense savings in production continuity.
We are excited to see how Balfour Beatty is taking a lead role in implementing BIM processes and look forward to continued progress in the field.
For info about the software see http://usa.autodesk.com/navisworks/features/.
Please leave any questions or comments below, or feel free to contact Andrew Maffey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That depends on who you ask. If you ask an employer that takes their fiduciary obligations seriously, or one that has had problems with their plan in the past, then the audit is very valuable. However, if you ask an employer that is not so in-tune with their fiduciary obligations and views the audit as a commodity that goes to the lowest bidder, then the audit is a hassle and of little or no value.
For many, a benefit plan audit is not an option:
Once a retirement plan falls into the large plan category, an audited financial statement is Continue reading »
A business owner’s hiring of a worker as an employee has real costs beyond the wages paid to the employee. Such costs range from hard costs (e.g., payroll taxes, unemployment, health and disability insurance, etc.) to costs such as compliance with the regulatory requirements of having an employee, along with the added administrative burdens of payroll and a human resource department. In a perceived cost savings measure, some business owners have been tempted to hire workers and treat them as independent contractors. Nonetheless, the decision to designate a worker an “independent contractor” as opposed to an “employee” is not one without consequences that demand careful Continue reading »
The 2011 IRS Data Book, a compilation of statistical data and IRS activities, is out. You can read the whole book here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/11databk.pdf or just skip to page 22 of the publication for the important stuff.
In summary, the average audit rate for individual tax returns is 1.1%. But what’s in your return can push you above the average. At the high end, those making more than $1 million have an audit instance of 12.5%. At the other end, returns for those making under $200,000 and without any business or rental activities have Continue reading »
After attending a recent Sage futures webcast on the fall release of Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office), it’s apparent that Sage is fully committed to making a big splash with this next release. Some of the enhancements currently underway include the ability to pay vendors electronically, a robust subcontractor compliance workflow, and a significant user interface (UI) uplift. Other changes that have a “reasonable chance” of making it into the software include the ability to mark records inactive – like a vendor or GL account, better integration between inquiries and Excel, and even Google map integration. While priorities could shift between now and the fall, the next release of Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate is sure to be one of the most significant update in years.