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Levels of CPA Financial Statements for Construction Contractors

Levels of CPA Financial Statements for Construction Contractors

If a construction contractor is a regular user of surety bonds (performance, payment and bid bonds), one universal requirement at some point in the surety relationship is CPA prepared financial statements. There are three levels of CPA prepared financial statements for construction contractors. These three levels are:

Compilation
Review
Audit

With the compilation being the most basic, (and …

 

Time Running Out for California Collection Agencies

Time Running Out for California Collection Agencies

Time Running Out for California collection agencies to apply for their license. The Debt Collection Licensing Act requires debt collectors and buyers to apply for a DFPI license by Dec. 31, 2021. Debt collectors and buyers who apply for a license after that date will be required to wait for the issuance of a license before they can operate in …

 

Infrastructure Bill Includes Construction Bonding Requirement

Infrastructure Bill Includes Construction Bonding Requirement

On November 8, 2021 the U.S. house of representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, The bill calls for $1.2 trillion in spending, which includes $550 billion dedicated to new spending. Specific numbers include: $110 billion for roads, bridges, and major projects; $73 billion for electric grid upgrades; $66 billion for rail and Amtrak improvements; $65 billion for broadband expansion; …

 

What are Overbillings?

What are Overbillings?

In our previous posts, we covered profit fade and underbillings, so with tis post we will attempt to answer, what are overbillings? Overbillings are an item that may come up in a meeting with a surety bond underwriter as part of the pre-qualification process of establishing a surety bond program. The first assumption is that the contractor is recognizing their …

 

Performance Bond Underwriting Guidelines

Performance Bond Underwriting Guidelines

Have a look behind the curtain. Ever wonder about the performance bond underwriting guidelines of qualifying for performance and payment bonds? You are a construction contractor, the surety underwriters are not people with a construction back ground yet they are the ones trying to pre-qualify you. So what are the sureties looking for? Below is an actual new account narrative …

 

Cannabis Surety Bond Market Disruption

Cannabis Surety Bond Market Disruption

Markel surety, one of the largest providers of surety bonds for the cannabis industry in California, has announced it will not accept new applications effective immediately and will be non- renewing existing bonds effective 1-1-2022 and later.  No reason has been given as to why they are exiting this market segment. Most insurance companies have chosen not to participate in …

 

What are Underbillings

What are Underbillings

Performance Bond Underwriting Basics
What are underbillings and why do performance bond underwriters care about them? Let’s start with some basics. Once a contractor gets to a certain level of bond needs (say projects over a million dollars on a regular basis)the performance bond underwriters will increase the amount and quality of the underwriting information. One key requirement will be …

 

What is Profit Fade

What is Profit Fade

Any contractor planning on doing public works projects will require the services of a surety to provide performance and payment bonds.  When meeting with your local performance bond underwriter you may hear the term “profit fade”.  So what is profit fade? Lets start by reviewing some accounting terms. The surety industry (as well as the IRS) will require a contractor …

 

California Debt Collector License Bonds

California Debt Collector License Bonds

The Debt Collection Licensing Act (Fin. Code § 100000 et seq.) (DCLA), which is operative starting on January 1, 2022, requires any person engaging in the business of debt collection in California will need a  California Debt Collector License, issued by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI). (Fin. Code § 100001(a)). If you are a debt collector collecting debt …

 

California Debt Collectors License

California Debt Collectors License

The Debt Collector Licensing Act (Fin. Code § 100000 et seq.) (DCLA), which takes effect Jan. 1, 2022, requires any person engaging in the business of debt collection in California to obtain a California Debt Collectors License, issued by the California Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI). (Fin. Code § 100001(a)). If you are a debt collector collecting debt in the state of …