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September 14, 2016 | Michael Fitzgerald

IRS Temporary Regulations May Permanently Impact Manufacturers

Companies that outsource part or all of their manufacturing will want to pay particular attention to several proposed and temporary regulations which are likely to affect deductions for oil-related activities, production and construction definitions, film licensing, and changing which party is eligible for the deduction when property is produced on behalf of another. Read on »

August 31, 2016 | Lawrence Knutson and Rebecca Potts

Changes to the R&D Tax Credit: New Opportunity for Early Stage Biotech and Medical Device Manufacturers

​Early stage biotech firms often bring in little or no revenue while they are faced with considerable expenses related to research and development. A significant portion of the R&D costs are taken up by researchers. As of early 2016, biotech businesses can take advantage of the federal R&D tax credit to offset their payroll taxes. Read on »

July 1, 2016 | By Rebecca Potts

The Money Is Out There: Tips for Medical Device and Biotech Companies Seeking Funds

Uncertainties in the healthcare market can increase volatility in investment projections, which impacts financial incentives for investors. Greater risk is associated with financing research and development, given the need to clear clinical and regulatory hurdles before receiving approval and going to market. In addition, with each new stage in development, investors must... Read on »

June 22, 2016 | By Kreg Brown

How a Strong Company Culture Provides a Foundation for Lean Manufacturing Operational Improvements

Many companies know the benefits of lean manufacturing and other process improvement programs, including decreased costs as a result of enhanced operational performance, elevated quality, and quicker throughput. These outcomes can also lead to... Read on »

June 7, 2016 | By Kreg Brown

Talent Shortage Tidal Wave: What Can Be Done as the Manufacturing Skilled Labor Shortage Grows?

Manufacturers need workers, and workers need jobs. Yet manufacturers increasingly face problems finding skilled labor, while many job seekers are unable to find suitable employment. This problem for manufacturers will only get worse; in fact, the talent shortage... Read on »

May 20, 2016

2015 Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Survey Report

​EKS&H, the leading audit, tax, technology and business consulting firm serving the craft brewing industry, conducted an annual survey of industry leaders based on 2014-2015 financial statement results. The survey covered a variety of information including strategy and... Read on »

February 9, 2016 | John Devore and Mike Madden

Craft Brewery Tax Strategies – Using P.A.T.H. to Reduce Your Taxes

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion tax and spending bill that contains major benefits to craft brewers and the brewing industry. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 extended some tax laws and made some tax laws permanent that may significantly reduce craft brewers’ tax bills. Read on »

February 9, 2016 | John Devore and Mike Madden

Tax Strategies to Accelerate the Expense of Kegs

Craft brewers face a number of obstacles in an increasingly competitive market. The EKS&H 2014 Craft Brewing Financial Benchmarking Survey identified challenges that include finding and retaining the right employees, improving production efficiency and profitability, and acquiring capital. Another challenge is the significant cost of brewing equipment. Read on »

August 19, 2015 | Kreg Brown and Tim Heaton

The New Make vs. Buy Debate: How to Build a Workforce in 2015

In the manufacturing industry, the “make versus buy” decision is a choice executives must make daily. Simply put, it’s the choice between whether to produce an item in-house, or purchase it from an outside source. Considerations include resources, capabilities, costs, product availability, and timing.  Read on »

July 7, 2015 | John DeVore and Mike Madden

Money-Saving Tax Strategies for Craft Breweries

Breweries that are expanding into new facilities or expanding current operations can use cost segregation to reduce their tax burdens. For example, rather than applying a standard 39-year depreciation to a brewhouse and everything attached to it, a brewery may apply a shorter schedule to certain specialty items. The determination of which items are eligible for cost segregation requires an engineering-based study, which identifies building parts that can be depreciated over a shorter lifespan.  Read on »

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