Accounting Software Solutions
Staying on top of the accounting function takes less staff time and effort with accounting software that meets your needs, and is nimble enough to service you as your business grows and as your financial reporting needs change. It could be time to evaluate your current accounting system or learn how to maximize its potential. As accounting professionals, we have practical experience with a wide range of accounting software options and can help you choose and implement the system that best fits your needs.
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Budget Planning and Forecasting
You have a vision for your company and you have mapped out the key performance objectives to accomplish that vision. Budgeting and forecasting is a critical tool in the planning process to ensure you achieve those performance objectives.
SVA’s professionals can review different forecasting models and tools. We can also help identify the best revenue and expense forecasting methodology. The goal of this process is to help you make good financial decisions and manage growth.
Through best practices, benchmarking and other tools at our disposal, SVA can guide you through the typical pitfalls of budgeting. We use our expertise to define the tactics and strategies needed to set your business on course to achieve realistic budgets and stretch goals in order to achieve your desired growth and success.
Business Structuring Strategies
Accounting Method/Period Changes
We help our clients adopt changes in their accounting method or period for tax purposes. We advise them of the facts and circumstances the IRS considers to allow the change, prepare the required elections and forms, and get IRS consent to change the method. We also fully explain the tax consequences of making the change, so that any issues can be addressed and planned for proactively.
Consolidated Tax Returns
We prepare and review an accurate return for multi-entity consolidated groups in accordance with the complex tax laws by using the most highly qualified personnel. We stay abreast of new developments in tax law so that any requirements or beneficial planning techniques are made available to our clients.
Entity Selection, Formation and Structure Planning
We evaluate the different types of entities available and how they should be formed. We evaluate any changes and develop ideas on how to structure the business as it grows to meet client needs, both now and for the future.
In order to attract the best employees possible in a competitive market, often it comes down to what the company offers in employee benefits that drives the decision to accept the offer or take a competitor’s. Our experienced professionals can help implement benefit programs that make sense for the company and the employees.
We work closely with businesses to determine appropriate executive compensation including incentives, options and benefits. We help tailor a plan to meet and balance the objectives of the business as well as the executive.
Inventory Method Planning (FIFO, LIFO, etc.)
Inventory issues can have significant consequences to your business. We can help evaluate the best inventory cost method for your business and the industry, for book and tax purposes.
Organizational Costs/Startup Costs
We assist clients in identifying organizational and startup costs, determine if the costs should be capitalized, expensed or amortized for tax purposes, and make the appropriate elections.
All businesses will one day either change ownership or liquidate. SVA works with our clients to plan for their businesses' future, whether that is passing it along to the next generation, adding or reducing individual owners, or winding down operations. With advance planning, our valuation experts can help business owners increase the value of their business to maximize the selling price. In addition, SVA can assist in proactive analysis and development of a company's buy/sell and operating agreements to avoid confusion and problems in the future.
Business Tax Planning Strategies
Buy vs. Lease
There are a number of factors that must be considered in making a buy vs. lease decision. The risk of obsolescence, capital needs, accounting treatment, and the useful life of an asset are all factors that must be taken into account when this decision comes up. We can help analyze the situation and give insight into what will make sense for the business needs.
Depreciation Method Planning
We help determine the best depreciation method and incentives that will suit your business. We consider your industry and look at various scenarios to get the most tax savings possible. We work with extensive depreciation software that allows us to evaluate book, federal, state and Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) depreciation considerations.
The tax-deferred exchange remains the most important tool in planning for non-personal real estate transactions. We work with clients to navigate the many rules and regulations that affect these transactions. We also will act on our clients’ behalf to arrange and act as a liaison between the various other professionals required to complete the transaction according to strict IRS rules.
Multistate/Nexus Tax Planning
Many companies do business in states other than where they are located – it’s part of growing your company, competing in a larger marketplace and making smarter business decisions. Service providers have a much lower threshold than what a typical “tangible goods” company faces when determining whether they are subject to taxation in a given state. Our professionals can assist you in determining your company’s multistate tax situation, take steps to insulate your activities from overzealous states, and minimize your overall state tax liability.
Stock Incentive Planning
We work with clients to determine the best stock incentive plan for the company and its employees and the best structure for the plan. We work with stock option plans, stock appreciation right (SARS) plans, phantom stock plans, stock award plans, etc.
Cash Flow Projections and Break-Even Analysis
Cash flow is essential – it is the roadmap to performance or the core of the financial process. A cash flow forecast ensures you have the financial resources to fund your company’s growth or simply, to make the next payroll. Most companies want to do better than just covering all of their fixed or variable costs, but aren’t certain where that actually occurs or what all of the factors are to make that goal attainable.
SVA can help this process along by making sure all costs are considered, pricing for your product or service is right in today’s marketplace, your sales goals are set at the right level, the cost of buying the materials for your product is in line and the list goes on. Let us help you clearly define your average per unit revenue, average per unit cost and your monthly fixed costs to get you to that break-even point as fast as possible.
CFO by the Hour
This option is for businesses who can’t justify the cost of a full-time CFO. This is a flexible role for us as your needs change and your business grows. We’re available to guide you through financing plans, capital projects, financial projections, cash flow, day-to-day accounting operations, oversight of accounting staff and all the financial aspects of running a business. You have the flexibility to use SVA professionals as much or as little as you need, scaling up or down in real time as your business demands.