A New Year of Trends
As a new year begins, new trends are emerging in the manufacturing industry. These trends consist of growth through new or improved products, relief from strict regulations and high taxes, a need for a more end-to-end view of the supply chain, and the need for a more in depth assessment of risk management. With optimism felt throughout the manufacturing industry,it is still important to assess risks and supply chain process efficiencies in an ever-changing world.
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Significant Changes to IRS Audits of Partnerships
The IRS will soon be following new guidelines relating to their audits of partnerships and limited liability companies (LLC's). These new rules generally affect returns filed after 2017, but it may be beneficial for existing entities to consider changing their partnership or LLC agreements now to avoid the negative consequences of the changes.
One consequence of the rules change is the creation of the term "partnership representative" that replaces the "tax matters partner." The partnership representative will be the single point of contact with the IRS and the partnership, and fully capable of binding the entity to any agreements or negotiations with the IRS. This representative should be carefully selected and specified in an entity's partnership agreement.
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Revenue Recognition: Five Key Considerations for Implementation  
There is a large change on the horizon related to revenue recognition from customer contracts. This complex accounting change will require time to review current contracts and assess the many recognition "triggers" under the new codification. This change in accounting could also provide companies the chance to consider new strategic operational issues. In an effort to prepare for the upcoming accounting changes that will be required to be adopted as of Jan. 1, 2019 for private companies, the following linked article provides five key considerations for companies to consider.
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Defining Lean Accounting - Part I
by Nick Katko 
Harding Shymanski has invited me to be a regular contributor to its manufacturing newsletter on the subject of Lean Accounting. Each newsletter I will be explaining one specific aspect of Lean Accounting. These articles are revisions of blogs I post on www.theleancfo.com and www.maskell.com.
This first article deals with defining exactly what Lean Accounting is. Here we go.
Lean Accounting is applicable to any company, in any industry, that commits to a Lean strategy.
I like to define Lean Accounting this way:
* Lean Financial Accounting - applying lean practices to accounting processes.
* A Lean Management Accounting System to support any business that is Lean.
It doesn't really matter exactly what terms or phrases are used, what is important is to understand the distinctions. Let's look at these distinctions in more detail.
Lean Financial Accounting is applying lean practices in all accounting processes to improve productivity, delivery, quality & service. Eliminate waste in accounting processes. A simple example is applying lean practices to eliminate waste in the month-end close process to have a shorter close cycle.
Any accounting department can begin applying lean practices to its accounting processes, even if your company has not yet committed to beginning its lean journey.
Applying lean practices to accounting processes in no way compromises meeting financial reporting requirements, maintaining compliance with tax laws or other regulations or the internal controls to maintain compliance. In fact, from a lean point of view, maintaining compliance is the quality standard of accounting processes.
Next month, we will further discuss Lean Management Accounting Systems. For additional information, please contact Nick Katko at 859.268.3218 or at nkatko@gmail.com.

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