Insights: Financial Institutions

Escheatment 2023: What You Need to Know

November 8, 2023

By: Randy Cole With recent changes to unclaimed property laws in West Virginia, now is a good time for a refresher on the escheatment laws currently in place to ensure your bank is in compliance. Notable changes to laws over the last few years include reduced dormancy periods for certain property types and guidelines on…

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West Virginia Security for Public Deposits Program

July 25, 2023

By: Josh Sharp, CPA For better or worse, State and Federal laws are constantly changing regarding the banking environment. Occasionally, some changes will go under the radar. In this article we recap WV Senate Bill 438 changes and what you can expect. Senate Bill 438 is an act to amend and reenact §12-1-5 of the Code…

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Changes to TDR Accounting and Disclosures for CECL Adopters

May 30, 2023

Written By: Kelly Shafer, CPA In March of 2022, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a follow-up standard to ASU 2016-13 – Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (CECL) to address recommendations from a post-implementation review of CECL. This new standard, ASU 2022-02 – Troubled Debt Restructurings and Vintage Disclosures, introduces concepts deemed…

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If you’re hiring independent contractors, make sure they’re properly handled

May 22, 2023

Many businesses use independent contractors to help keep their costs down — especially in these times of staff shortages and inflationary pressures. If you’re among them, be careful that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies them as employees, it can be an expensive mistake. The question of whether…

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Businesses, be prepared to champion the advantages of an HSA

April 26, 2023

With concerns about inflation in the news for months now, most business owners are keeping a close eye on costs. Although it can be difficult to control costs related to mission-critical functions such as overhead and materials, you might find some budge room in employee benefits. Many companies have lowered their benefits costs by offering…

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5 valuation terms that every business owner should know

April 18, 2023

As a business owner, you’ll likely need to have your company appraised at some point. An appraisal is essential in the event of a business sale, merger or acquisition. It’s also important when creating or updating a buy-sell agreement or doing estate planning. You can even use a business valuation to help kickstart or support…

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CECL Model Validation

March 2, 2023

By: Kelly Shafer, CPA The implementation of the new expected credit loss (CECL) standard on 1/1/23 has raised questions from regulators about the need for model validation. CECL replaces the incurred loss model and affects the calculation of the allowance for credit losses (ACL). Given the complexity of this calculation, many Financial Institutions (FIs) use…

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Tax Implications of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

August 24, 2022

The House of Representatives passed The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Friday, August 12, and President Joe Biden sign into law August 16. The legislation, which is a pared-down version of the proposed Build Back Better plan, was passed through the budget reconciliation process and is expected to pay for itself and decrease the budget deficit.…

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Checking in on Your Accounts Payable Processes

June 15, 2022

Accounts payable is a critical area of concern for every business. However, as a back-office function, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Once in place, accounts payable processes tend to get taken for granted. Following are some tips and best practices for improving your company’s approach. Be strategic Too often, businesses take a…

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Standard Mileage Rates Increase

June 13, 2022

As gas prices continue to soar, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on June 9 an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022. Starting July 1 through December 31, 2022, the standard mileage rate for the business use of employees’ vehicles will increase four cents from 58.5 cents…

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