October 4, 2017/Employee Benefit Plans

Employee Benefit Plan Commentator Summer 2017

With the advent of social media, there has been a proliferation of new acronyms making their way into our everyday language. Even those who are not social media savvy may likely recognize some of these popular acronyms. Similar to the world of social media, there are many acronyms pertaining to employee benefit plans (EBP). This edition of the Summer 2017 EBP Commentator explores several EBP acronyms we believe would be beneficial for plan sponsors to understand.

September 28, 2017/Furniture Insights

September 2017 Furniture Insights

The results of our recent survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors continued the last few months of positive news. New orders in July were up 11 percent over July 2016, following increases of 6 percent in June, 8 percent in May and 7 percent in April. New orders increased over last year for 67 percent of our participants.

September 28, 2017/Tax

CPAs Wanted

CPAs Wanted: For difficult and complex tax work. Overtime, accountability, commitment to serving clients, and ability to work well under pressure required. Excellent opportunity to work with a team of highly-skilled tax professionals in a learning environment. Career advancement and partnership potential for those up for the challenge.

August 30, 2017/Furniture Insights

August 2017 Furniture Insights

Our most recent survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors continued to have good results. New orders in June were up 6 percent over June of 2016 and were up 6 percent year-to-date. As with most of our surveys in recent years, the tide was not up for all boats. New orders increased for approximately 60 percent of the participants for the month, up slightly from last month. Year-to-date, new orders were up for approximately 68 percent of the participants, up from 60 percent reporting last month.

August 11, 2017/Triad Lifestyle

Want to Live and Work in a Charming City?

Two cities in the Piedmont Triad recently made CNN’s list of “15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked.” Smith Leonard is proud to have clients and team members who live, work, serve, and play in both cities. Many of the locations highlighted in the article are employee favorites, and several of our recruiting events and industry continuing education summits are often held at The Proximity. We even hosted our 10th Anniversary Celebration for employees at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in January of this year. If you need more reasons to fall in love with the Piedmont Triad, check out a few notables about each charming city.

August 1, 2017/Press Release

Smith Leonard Named Best Place to Work for 8th Straight Year

For the last eight years, Accounting Today and Best Companies Group has named Smith Leonard PLLC as one of America’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For.” This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses.

July 31, 2017/Furniture Insights

July 2017 Furniture Insights

The results of our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors was a little like the results last month—a bit surprising based on conversations at and since the High Point Market. New orders were up 8 percent in May 2017 versus May 2016, following the 7 percent increase reported last month. New orders were up for some 58 percent of the participants up from 47 percent reporting increases last month.

Real Estate and Construction Monitor Summer 2017

The latest edition of BDO’s Real Estate and Construction Newsletter features key topics including how technology could change the property industry, making real estate investments attractive to tax-exempt investors, latest takeaways from REITWise 2017, and how private equity groups are concerned with brick and mortar retailers despite spiking M&A activity.

July 10, 2017/Tax

NC Tax Rates Lowered

On June 28, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to override North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget bill for fiscal years 2017-2019, and enacted legislation that reduces various tax rates.

June 30, 2017/Furniture Insights

June 2017 Furniture Insights

Our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors produced somewhat unusual results. New orders increased 7 percent in April over April 2016. The unusual part was that only 47 percent of the participants posted increases in new orders. The 7 percent increase followed a 4 percent increase in March when 77 percent of the participants reported increased orders.

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