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LBAHS Makes the 2019 Inc. 5000 List

Inc. Magazine unveils its annual list of America’s fastest-growing private companies – the Inc. 5000. For the sixth time, LBA Haynes Strand appears on the 2019 Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 4291.

Inc. magazine today revealed that LBA Haynes Strand is No. 4291 on its annual Inc. 5000 list. This is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology
The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

IPA Top 400 Accounting

LBA Haynes Strand Named Top 400 Firm

LBA Haynes Strand is one of the Top 400 American accounting firms according to INSIDE Public Accounting. The firm appears on this list for the second year in a row. The IPA 400 ranks firms by their net revenue, which the organization compiles by analyzing more than 500 survey responses from the largest accounting firms in the nation. In addition to this recognition, LBA Haynes Strand also ranks as a Best Place to Work by the Charlotte Business Journal and a Fastest-Growing Privately Held Company by the Charlotte Business Journal and INC 5000.

About LBAHS

LBA Haynes Strand is a full service accounting, assurance, tax, and advisory firm with offices across North Carolina. LBA Haynes Strand provides value-added services throughout the service delivery process to improve operations and ensure compliance with relevant regulations. We take a strategic and holistic approach to accounting that looks at more than just your business tax situation. Our team works to understand your finances, your culture, your goals, and your aspirations. With this comprehensive understanding of your organization in place, our firm is able to provide the best possible service. We help you protect and improve your organization’s fiscal health and well-being — for now, and for the future.

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA)

IPA’s annual rankings of the 400 largest firms in the U.S. range from the multi-billion-dollar Big 4 to firms of roughly $5.5 million in net revenue. The list includes firm headquarters, MP, net revenue, ranking in the previous year and percentage change. The rankings are compiled from data gathered in the annual IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms. The annual survey attracts participation from 550 firms.

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Tax-Free Weekend in South Carolina

If you’re anything like our LBAHS employees, you have already planned your weekend shopping trip. For those who may not know, August 2nd through August 4th is tax-free weekend in South Carolina. This is an annual sales tax holiday where both resident and non-resident shoppers are provided with the opportunity to purchase certain items free of sales and use tax.

This is a great time to go back-to-school shopping and save on school supplies, shoes, and clothing. In years past, shoppers have saved between two and three million statewide during South Carolina’s tax-free weekend. We have created a small list below of exempt and non-exempt items to give you an idea of what items may be of interest to purchase during this time period.

Exempt Items – items you will not have to pay tax on
  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • School supplies including bookbags, binders, lunchboxes, calculators, etc.
  • Computers, printers, and computer software
Non-exempt Items – items you will have to pay tax on
  • Jewelry
  • Cosmetics
  • Furniture
  • Rental of clothing and footwear

If you plan to go shopping, be sure to check out the full list of exempt vs. non exempt items from the South Carolina Department of Revenue. The Federation of Tax Administrators has also provided a full list of sales tax holidays nationwide.

Asheboro Expansion

LBA Haynes Strand PLLC Acquires Asheboro, NC Office

LBA Haynes Strand is excited to announce the acquisition of the Asheboro office of Cherry Bekaert LLP. With this acquisition, we will expand our firm’s footprint to maintain the Asheboro office location. With nearly 80 professionals across North Carolina, clients will have access to local resources and immediate support.

“Our firm has been focused on the middle market client base for more than three decades,” said LBA Haynes Strand CEO and Principal, John Bly. “We are excited for the opportunity to add quality team members in the Asheboro market, along with a strong client base. This is the next step in our firm’s growth plan.”

Cherry Bekaert partner, Brad Crumpler, has announced his retirement and will assist our firm through the transition period. Elizabeth Scott (Senior Associate) and Donna Smith (Administrative Assistant) will be joining the LBA Haynes Strand team.

Principal Chris Bunting will continue to lead the firm’s assurance department while principals Dave Recchion and Courtney Ageon will build and maintain local relationships in the Asheboro community. In addition, the Greensboro office team will be readily available to support all client needs.

Since its inception, the focus of LBA Haynes Strand has been to become a partner in our clients’ success. Cherry Bekaert clients will be able to continue working with high quality professionals committed to delivering excellent client service.

LBA Haynes Strand expanded into Winston-Salem in January 2019 and looks to grow more across North Carolina and the southeast.

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Dental Accounting Mistakes

Simple accounting mistakes can cause major financial problems for a growing dental Practice. In order to avoid these, Practices must have an accurate and well-maintained accounting system in place.

Understand the differences between cash flow and profit.

Many dentists and in-house accounting staff do not understand financial reports and may wrongly assume profit equals cash available. This mistake could result in a Practice owner making purchases and incurring penalty and overdraft fees. For this reason, it is important to know the different between the two.

Profit is the result of revenue less expenses for a certain period of time. Cash flow is money moving in and out of the business from the beginning to the end of a month. If a Practice owner wants to know how much money the Practice has available, they are looking for the cash flow number.

Do not accidentally record transactions in a previous period.

It is important to “close the books” on a monthly basis. A common mistake is to accidentally enter transactions from a previous period. This will result in balance adjustments that do not match the bank balance or financial reports. If this error goes unnoticed, all future reports, tax documents, and cash figures will be incorrect. The mistake can become a larger issue and result in misrepresentation of cash and penalties from the IRS.

Use an industry standard chart of accounts.

When building your accounting system, a dental accountant should set up and track accounts according to dental industry standards. Our dental team focuses on establishing a dental specific chart of accounts. This way, we can provide the insight necessary to streamline and grow your Practice.

Work with a dental specific CPA.

It can take a while for owners to notice mistakes made by inexperienced accounting employees. For example, they may not realize a mistake has been made until they receive high tax bills, notice incorrect cash account reconciliations, or theft occurs. For this reason, it is crucial for Practice owners to work with an experienced dental specific CPA.

Our team of professionals wants to help you save time, money, and implement an effective accounting system. To learn how we can support your Practice, contact us!

529 IRA

Saving for College: Roth IRA or 529 Plan?

College is expensive and the cost continues to rise each year. As a parent, you want to be prepared and start saving for this expense early. There are a few tax-smart options to consider when saving for this expense – a Roth IRA or 529 plan. When you utilize an account that offers a tax break, you have the ability to stretch your money further. There are pros and cons for both of these options. Review the details to help decide which account would work best for you and your family.

Basic Overview
The Roth IRA was created to encourage people to save for retirement. The difference between a Roth IRA and other traditional retirement accounts is the ability to withdraw contributed money any time, free of taxes and penalties. 

529 plans are similar to Roth IRAs but were intended for people to save for college instead of retirement. As long as the money withdrawn from the plan goes to qualified education costs, you will not owe taxes or penalties.

Roth IRAs
While you are able to withdraw contributed money, keep in mind that you will owe taxes and a 10% penalty on any investment earnings you take out of this account before age 59 ½. However, an exemption could work in your favor. If you withdraw money to pay for qualified education costs, you will not owe the 10% penalty, but you will still owe taxes on any investment earnings withdrawn.

Many people prefer the Roth IRA because of the flexibility and variety of investment choices. If you aren’t 100% sure your children will attend college, this may be option for you. That way, you can save the money now and decide what to utilize it for later. 

529 Plans
While you will owe taxes when withdrawing investment earnings from a Roth IRA to pay for qualified education costs, you will not face the same dilemma with the 529 plan. However, if you withdraw money from a 529 plan and it goes to another purpose other than education, you will owe both taxes and a 10% penalty on investment earnings. With this being said, it may seem like the Roth IRA is the way to go just in case your child decides to forgo college. Here are a few more factors to consider:

  • Does your state offer a 529 tax break and a good 529 plan option? The deduction or credit is like free money.
  • Are you going to need financial aid? Roth withdrawals generally count as income when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Having more income translates into receiving less aid.

You should always consult a professional before making any financial decisions. We can help. Contact us today!

Community Service

LBAHS Day 2019: Second Harvest Food Bank

Each year, our office doors close to provide employees with the opportunity to give back to a local organization. We call this “LBAHS Day.” This year, LBAHS Day took place at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM). This organization strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger. They do this by the solicitation and distribution of food throughout the Charlotte metro area.

Our LBAHS staff looks forward to this day each year. They jumped right in to help clean, organize, and sort donations throughout the warehouse. Kasey Mayfield, an associate, describes, “Despite being at different offices most days, we all got into an efficient rhythm while inspecting and sorting together. At one point, we had to organize the largest bin of canned goods I’ve ever seen. It started with five of us sorting but an assembly line formed and we knocked out the whole bin in around 30 minutes! Knowing there was a whole team of people there to give us help was an awesome feeling.”

Brandi Dunn, a senior associate, summarizes the day by saying,”It’s always fun to take a break from the office and able to help the community! I am glad our firm sees the value in this.”

To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank and how you can help, click here!

In both 2017 and 2018, our team volunteered at Out of the Garden Project in Greensboro.

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Sales and Use Tax for Practice Owners

Over the past few years we have seen an increased focus by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) on dentists for the audit of sales and use tax compliance. With this in mind, we want to work with our Practice owners to educate and proactively prevent the massive impact these audits can cause.

Sales tax is what we all expect to pay when we purchase items in our day-to-day lives. As a Practice owner, it is necessary to charge sales tax on certain items like electric toothbrushes. As a general rule of thumb, we tell our dental clients: If it leaves in the patient’s mouth, the items and services are NOT subject to sales tax. With this being said, everything else that does not leave in the patient’s mouth may be subject to the tax. If you are unclear which items this applies to, our team will work with you to review your product offerings and determine which items sales tax should be added to.

When looking at use tax, this is what applies when you purchase items from a vendor and they do not charge you tax. If you receive invoices for supplies and equipment or office supplies, your Practice is responsible for reporting this information. In addition, you must pay the sales tax the vendor did not charge. For example, this could be when Practice owners purchase items from out of state suppliers, online vendors, or small retailers.

While it can be time consuming and difficult, compliance with both parts of the tax is necessary. For this reason, one of our main goals is to implement procedures to ease the compliance process for our clients.

Best Practices

Each month you should total the number of items sold by your Practice that were subject to sales tax and forward to your accountant. Remember, review your Practice Management software reports as this information may already be shown.

For use tax, we recommend you include your office manager or a trusted member of staff in this process. This staff member must review all invoices from your vendors to verify if sales tax was charged. If not, those invoices should be set aside for payment of Use Tax. This information needs to be shared with your accountant on a regular basis.

To learn more about how we can support your Practice in this process, contact us!

IRS Business Owners

Interacting with the IRS: New Business Owners

Did you start or acquire a new business this year? If so, you may feel a little overwhelmed with the new responsibilities and you could be a little intimidated interacting with the IRS for the first time. The first thing you should do as a new business owner is get a tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can apply for this directly through the IRS online.

Your Tax Responsibilities:
  • File your business’s annual income tax return
  • Pay estimated taxes for you if you own a pass-through entity or for your C Corporation
  • Payroll Tax Activities: withholding, depositing payments, and filing employer tax returns
  • Submit information returns if you have independent contractors, maintain qualified retirement plans, or offer other benefit programs to your staff

You can and sometimes must handle certain tax responsibilities electronically. Many online activities can be facilitated utilizing government provided resources listed below. Not everything listed below may apply to you so remember to consult your accountant if you have any questions.

Depositing Taxes
  • If you have a payroll or make estimated tax payments, schedule your tax deposits in advance by using EFTPS.gov.
  • Transmit W-2s to the Social Security Administration
  • Submit copies of employees’ W-2s with an IRS transmittal form (Form W-3) to the Social Security Administration through the Business Services Online. This suite of services allows organizations, businesses, individuals, employers, attorneys, non-attorneys representing Social Security claimants, and third-parties to exchange information with Social Security securely over the internet. You must register and create your own password to access Business Services Online.
  • Remit Information Returns to the IRS
  • You may have to file annual information returns to inform the IRS about your payments to independent contractors you utilize. Complete this task through the Filing Independent Returns Electronically (FIRE) System
Filing Annual Retirement Plan Returns

If you want or need to file a form in the 5500 series electronically, do this through the Department of Labor’s EFAST2. This is an all-electronic system designed by the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The purpose is to simplify and expedite the submission, receipt, and processing of the Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF. These forms must be electronically filed each year by employee benefit plans to satisfy annual reporting requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code.

If you need assistance with any of the required tasks above, our professionals can help. Click here to contact us today!

5 Important Cybersecurity Tips

As your team of trusted advisors, one of our main objectives is to provide you with the knowledge and resources to help you achieve your goals. In today’s digital world, we understand that you are susceptible to cybercrime and identity theft daily.

We have compiled a few cybersecurity tips to help protect you against these threats:
  1. Understand that you are a target. It is a mistake to assume that you will not be targeted by a hacker or cyber-criminal. If you let your guard down, you put your personal and financial well-being at risk.
  2. Update your devices and their software. It is important to keep your computer and any additional internet-connected devices such as your smart phone or tablet updated. These updates are sent out because vulnerabilities have been found.
  3. Keep your passwords strong and do not reuse them across multiple sites. Ensure that the passwords you are using are unique and would not be easily identified.
  4. Think before you click (or open). Be careful when clicking links or opening attachments within an email. If something seems suspicious, it probably is. In order to check, hover your cursor over a link before clicking. When doing this, you are able to preview the link allows to ensure you will be directed to a safe site.
  5. Physically protect your devices. Take every precaution to prevent your computer from being used or stolen by unauthorized individuals. Laptops are easy targets for theft so it is important to store them in a secure and locked location when not in use.

As your team of trusted advisors, we want to encourage you to take the necessary steps to protect you and your business against cybercrime. To begin protecting yourself, be proactive and have a complete understanding of the cybersecurity tips in this post.

LBA Haynes Strand aims to alert the public on any scam or fraudulent attempt to steal identities or gain access to important financial information. To automatically receive updates like these, subscribe to our newsletter.

Practice Health Insurance Options: Professional Employer Organizations

Your first question is likely, what is a PEO? Simply, it’s a Professional Employer Organization. That probably doesn’t help your understanding, does it? To define PEOs, we’ve brought in an expert in the industry, Jeff Wanner, to describe the components and advantages further.

What is a PEO?

PEOs (Professional Employer Organizations) have become a widely popular strategy for small and medium sized businesses across the country. PEO partnerships provide a great deal of value across an organization to greatly simplify administrative functions, contain employee benefit costs, and a streamlined strategy for compliance.

How does it work?

The role of the PEO is to co-employ their client’s employees, which is the primary mechanism for delivering everything previously mentioned. The responsibility to follow state to state employment regulations, payroll tax filings, worker’s compensation claims, and employee benefits administration falls squarely on the shoulders of the PEO.

These organizations work with clients across the country and accumulate massive buying power for things like medical benefits. Being a part of these groups allows for a much more consistent and predictable medical increase structure as years progress. Many PEOs have averaged less than 3% annual increases over the past 10 years, whereas the national average is well above 10%. With medical benefits being the largest employee-related expense (outside of salaries), it’s not difficult to see why this strategy is very appealing economically as the years go on.

I can use this for my Dental Practice?

Dental practices have found this strategy to be very appealing over the past 5+ years. As you know, dentists are extremely busy business owners that don’t benefit from adding complexity to their practices. Dentists aren’t students of state to state employee regulations and compliance. With one evaluation, they are able to turn the key on essentially every aspect on the employee side of their practice. The only challenge is picking the right partner for your practice!

Companies like PairPEO are great resources for these evaluations and will even help through the implementation process for your practice. This is a good resource to start with to ensure the correct partner is brought to your practice.

If you have questions or would like to connect with a health insurance partner in your area, contact us today!

Practice Health Insurance Options: QSEHRA

Historically, small businesses, including dental Practices, have met the need for employee insurance with a traditional group plan or providing an increase in salary to allow employees to purchase their own insurance. With the work of Congress, there is a new option in the marketplace. This option is the qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA).

Through QSEHRA, businesses with 50 employees or less are able to offer employees a monthly allowance of tax-free money. Sounds easy, right? Maybe. Employees then must choose and pay for their own health care, potentially including personal insurance policies, and the business reimburses them up to their allowance amount.

This allows businesses to keep control over their budget while offering a meaningful benefit to their employees. At first glance, Practice owners always love this option but the devil is in the details so, let’s review those.

How it works:

Step 1: Practices set the allowance. Practices choose a monthly, per-employee allowance of tax-free money to make available. Currently, there are no minimum contribution requirements and Practices are able to offer different allowance amounts based on an employee’s family status. In 2018, QSEHRA contribution limits allowed businesses to offer up to $420.83 a month for single employees and $854.16 a month for employees with a family.

Step 2: Employees make purchases. Employees with a QSEHA are permitted to buy what fits their personal health needs. There are a variety of expenses eligible for reimbursement, including personal health insurance premiums, copays, deductibles, prescription drugs, and many more.

Step 3: Employees submit proof of expenses. After incurring an eligible expense, employees are required to submit proof to the Practice through documents that include: a description of the product or service, the cost of the expense, and the date the employee incurred the expense.

Step 4: Practices review and reimburse employees’ expenses. After an employee submits an expense, the Practice or an approved third party should review the documentation and reimburse the employee from their monthly allowance.

With the QSEHRA, reimbursements are free of payroll tax for both the Practice and its employee. Reimbursements can be free of income tax for employees if the employee is covered by a policy providing minimum essential coverage (MEC).

Often, the QSEHRA is a good option for Practices to consider since it allows for complete personalization. Understanding your staff, their incentives, and their needs will be a priority when exploring this option.

If you have questions or would like to connect with a health insurance partner in your area, contact us today!