The MWE Distribution Advisor is our quarterly e-newsletter focused on the specific concerns of Distributors. In this edition, you’ll learn how to deduct travel expenses with confidence, carefully weigh the pros and cons of automation, use the E-Verify system to confirm employment eligibility, and get a close-up on how forensic accounting investigations work.
Deducting travel and entertainment expenses with confidence
When owners, managers and salespeople attend trade shows, call on customers and evaluate suppliers, they may incur travel and entertainment expenses. This article explains how manufacturers and distributors can legitimately deduct and properly substantiate them to ward off unwanted IRS attention. A sidebar discusses the importance of keeping business expenses separate from personal expenses.
Human vs. robot: Carefully weigh the pros and cons of automation
Manufacturers and distributors face rising costs of labor and benefits, burdensome government regulations and a shortage of skilled workers. Investing in automated equipment may seem like a smart alternative to relying on people. But automation can sometimes be more expensive and time-consuming than management expects. This article presents the pros and cons and explains why it’s important to crunch the numbers before automating.
Close-up on forensic accounting investigations
If an employee is suspected of stealing assets or cooking the books, it may be time for a forensic accounting investigation. This article discusses how business owners can handle fraud suspicions to minimize disruptions, preserve evidence and mitigate losses.
E-Verify helps confirm employment eligibility
Federal law requires employers to verify employment status using Form I-9. But dishonest workers sometimes use fake or stolen IDs to get hired. The E-Verify system helps employers comply with the law. This article explains how E-Verify works and why the requirements for using it might change in the future.
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