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Time Running Out On 15% Kentucky Opportunity Zone Tax Exclusion

Kentucky Opportunity Zone Map Graphic

Posted: December 3, 2019 | Tagged: , ,

The clock is ticking on an important benefit available through the Kentucky Opportunity Zone investment program. Investing in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) before December 31, 2019 will allow you to take advantage of a 15% permanently excluded taxable gain if you hold the investment through December 31, 2026.

Generally, a capital gain realized can be reinvested (within 180 days) in a QOF which uses the capital to invest in economically depressed areas identified here. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a federal provision to encourage investment in these areas throughout the United States. There are over 140 designated zones located in Kentucky. Individuals, C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts are eligible to participate in the investments.


Effective Date Delayed for Leases, Credit Losses, Hedging & Insurance

CECL Leases Hedging Insurance Effective Dates Change

Posted: November 21, 2019 | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

The FASB issued two Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) earlier this month that finalize various effective date delays for standards on leases, current expected credit losses (CECL), hedging, and long-duration insurance contracts:

  • ASU 2019-09, Financial Services—Insurance (Topic 944): Effective Date,
  • ASU 2019-10, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326), Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815), and Leases (Topic 842): Effective Dates.


2020 Accounting Leadership Engagement And Development Program (L.E.A.D.)

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Posted: September 16, 2019 | Tagged: , ,

College accounting students: we’d like to invite you to join us for our 2020 Accounting Leadership Engagement and Development program (L.E.A.D.). Learn about #CPALife, our firm, how to have an awesome interview, and the skills you need to be recognized as a leader.

Join us for a social event on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a full program on Thursday. Jeans are perfectly appropriate – we wear them daily.

Check out photos from a prior year and read what participants had to say about the program.

Applications are due March 31st – apply by completing this form.

DMLO CPAs Mourns the Passing of Founding Partner John Livesay

DMLO Founders

Posted: September 13, 2019 |

With immense sadness, we share the news that founding partner John Livesay has passed from this life, at the age of 80, on September 9, 2019. Leaving a successful career at a national firm, Mr. Livesay, along with Joel Deming, Bill Malone, and Armand Ostroff, formed Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff in 1975, a local, independent ‘Louisville original’ firm that would do business differently, and have a significant impact on our community in the process. The firm grew to one of the largest accounting firms in the Louisville area, and continues the legacy instilled by John and the other DMLO founders of giving back, celebrating its anniversary each year with a DMLO Day of Service.

A graduate of Lexington’s Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, John was a highly regarded CPA in Louisville. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, a UK fellow and he enjoyed Wildcat Sports. He loved golf, gin rummy, gambling on sports, casinos, and horseracing (finished in top 20 of a National Handicapping Contest). John also participated in the Louisville Jaycees and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Big Spring Country Club for over 50 years and lately enjoyed Jack’s Lounge.

John was born February 28, 1939 in Danville, Virginia to the late Carrie Lee Powell Livesay and C. S. Livesay, Jr. He was the beloved husband to Jeannie, his wife of 56 years; they have two children and five grandchildren.

Chris Ward, President of DMLO CPAs, commented “John was a wonderful man and we will forever be grateful to him for taking a risk and starting our great firm with Joel, Bill and Armand back in 1975. Our hearts go out to Jeannie and the entire Livesay family.”

Bill Malone, founding partner, said “John was a great accountant and an even greater friend. He was passionate about serving his clients. His unselfish attitude toward our firm had much to do with our growth and success.”

To celebrate his life, all are invited to drop by Big Spring Country Club on Saturday, September 14 from 4-6 P.M. and lift a glass to John. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in John’s memory be made to Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, 111 E. Kentucky Street, 40203.

2018 Tax Refunds Will Not Be Delayed If Government Shutdown Continues

2018 Tax Refunds

Posted: January 8, 2019 | Tagged: , ,

The IRS will begin processing tax returns on Monday, January 28, 2019, and has confirmed that 2018 tax refunds will be issued to taxpayers as scheduled.
“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” stated IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. He said employees have been hard at work over the past year to implement the biggest tax law changes the nation has seen in more than 30 years.

The IRS will be recalling a significant portion of its workforce, currently furloughed as part of the government shutdown, to work. Additional details for the IRS filing season will be released in the coming days.
The IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers. Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2019 to file their returns.

We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Update on Treatment of Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit Expenses

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Posted: December 20, 2018 | Tagged: ,

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued interim guidance regarding the treatment of qualified transportation fringe benefit expenses paid or incurred after Dec. 31, 2017. The new rules assist taxpayers in determining the amount of parking expenses that are no longer tax deductible. They also help tax-exempt organizations determine how these nondeductible parking expenses create or increase unrelated business taxable income (UBTI).


Experienced CPA Sought For Growing Louisville Tax Practice

We're Hiring

Posted: October 23, 2018 | Tagged:

We have an immediate opportunity in our growing tax practice for a CPA with 3-5 years of recent public accounting experience.

Our tax team provides comprehensive tax services and specialized expertise to businesses, individuals, trusts, estates, non-profit and governmental entities and associations. Services include compliance (preparation), planning and consulting, and various outsourcing projects. We serve clients in all fields, with particular emphasis in manufacturing, distribution, construction, healthcare, exempt organizations and private equity firms.

This position requires a CPA license and a minimum of three (3) years of  public accounting experience with a tax emphasis.

We offer a full benefits and competitive compensation package, along with an award-winning workplace, a recently-renovated office in a convenient Hurstbourne location, and a family-oriented culture. You will not only have the opportunity to make a difference here, but will have fun doing it! 

Apply online here or mail to:

Attn: Personnel
9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 1100
Louisville, KY 40222

DMLO CPAs Announces Promotions

Posted: October 1, 2018 | Tagged:

Congratulations to these professionals whose contributions to the firm have resulted in a promotion:

Supervisor to Manager: Renee Gehring, Peggy Athanasakes, Keith Von Handorf

Senior Accountant to Supervisor: Charlene Chessler, Melissa Bragg, Amelia Higdon

Staff Accountant to Senior Accountant: Megan Weaver, Krissy Moore, Nate Littles, Scott Gagel

We are proud to have you on our team!

Kentucky Sales Tax Seminar: What the New Laws Mean for Local Businesses

Kentucky Sales Tax

Posted: September 27, 2018 | Tagged:

Significant changes were made to Kentucky sales tax laws effective July 1, which impact many local, independent businesses from gyms to nonprofits. The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) is hosting a seminar for local business owners to learn more about the new laws on Thursday, October 4th from 9:00am-10:00am at The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 100.

At this seminar, accountants from DMLO CPAs will provide a practical understanding of who is impacted by the new Kentucky law, how to apply and file online for those who have not had to previously, where to get answers to very specific circumstances and what to do if you are not yet in compliance.


Top 3 Reasons I Choose DMLO CPAs

Posted: September 12, 2018 | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

I was recently invited to speak about our decision to partner with Canopy in pursuit of Making Kentucky First in Good Business. In explaining why it is such a natural fit, I highlight three of the top reasons I chose and continue to choose DMLO:

If our culture and values align with what is important to you, connect with me to learn more about how you might join us in using business as a force for good.

Top 10 Reasons DMLO CPAs Is Your Top Choice

Posted: July 15, 2018 | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Wondering how you are going to figure out where you fit best, when CPA firms often seem to be more similar than different at first glance? Look closer, and you will find we each have a distinct ‘personality’ and culture, and it can have a big impact on your satisfaction and success if you end up in a firm that doesn’t ‘get’ you.

We embrace specific values that you won’t find to be as highly prioritized at other firms in our area. If words like choice, fun, flexibility, meaningful work, buy local, social impact, using business as a force for good, and more than the numbers resonate with you, keep reading. And don’t just take our word for it. Learn about the independent recognition we repeatedly receive for our workplace culture and philanthropic work.

We’re unique in important ways, and if that piques your interest, stay tuned as we update this Top 10 series:


Kentucky Not-For-Profit Sales Tax FAQs

Posted: July 3, 2018 |

Kentucky House Bill 487 includes provisions related to expanded sales tax regulations. The bill, effective July 1, 2018, impacts many nonprofit organizations. This infographic addresses some of the questions we are hearing most frequently about what is taxable and what is not. You may also find helpful information here.

Kentucky Not-For-Profit Sales Tax Infographic

Upcoming Changes For Not-For-Profit Financial Statements

NFP Financial Statements

Posted: June 12, 2018 | Tagged: , , ,

Changes in annual not-for-profit financial statements prescribed in Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities (ASU 2016-14) will affect substantially all NFPs. They are designed to provide more relevant information about an organization’s resources, and the changes in those resources, to donors, grantors, creditors, and other financial statement users. We will be happy to review the changes in more detail with you, but below is a brief overview.


10. Ice Cream and other perks

Posted: May 24, 2018 | Tagged: , , , , , ,

#CPALife can be highly rewarding but also present its share of challenging moments. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference in your day. In our industry, that often involves food or refreshments! In addition to the treats delivered to our office during busy season from vendors, clients and friends of the firm, and the healthy snacks provided by our Health & Wellness Committee, we have a wonderful administrative staff who go the extra mile to bring in ice cream for Float Fridays, keep the popcorn machine poppin’ on Wednesday afternoons, stock the break room with free soft drinks, coffee and iced tea, celebrate birthdays each month with cake, and coordinate meals on Saturdays during tax season.


9. Inside the Cube: You’ll love our work space!

Posted: May 23, 2018 | Tagged: , , ,

If you don’t know what the ‘flashcube’ building is… that’s where we get the name NewsFlash: Inside the Cube for our monthly internal newsletter. Our office consists of the entire 11th floor, beautifully renovated a couple of years ago. Not only will you not have to hassle with downtown traffic (unless you live there, of course), but you’ll have free parking, convenient access to a plethora of shops, restaurants, etc. And we have an onsite security officer, well-lit premises, keycard only building access after hours, and a floor with secure keypad entry. We designed a great employee lounge as a space to get away for a few moments, grab a cup of coffee or tea from the Keurig machine or some candy from the gumball machine, catch part of game, play the Wii, hit the punching bag, have a private conversation, or whatever you need to relax and/or recharge.

8. You will grow professionally and personally

Posted: May 22, 2018 | Tagged: , , ,

One of your first experiences with us will be new hire orientation. Soon after, you will be matched with a mentor – a more experienced staff person who will serve as a “coach” as you navigate your first years with us. We strive to pair people who will not normally be working together daily. This is an important relationship, and mentors are encouraged to arrange time on a regular basis to meet and chat about any concerns or questions that may arise in your day-to-day experience and interactions, as well as interests, ideas or suggestions that you may wish to share.

For new accounting staff, one of the big goals is to pass the CPA exam, if you haven’t already. We want you to succeed in achieving this milestone, and will support you by 1) paying for time off to take the exam, 2) paying the fees for the initial sitting 3) paying for one CPA exam review course (up to $1,500). When you do pass, we will help you celebrate with a $2,000 bonus and an extra day off to spend it!!!

We pay for your annual AICPA and KyCPA membership dues, and for all ongoing CPE requirements. We provide in-house seminars/CPE, Lunch ‘n Learns, and other educational opportunities which cover “soft skills” development as well as technical knowledge. In addition, we will work with you to select outside CPE courses offered by organizations such as the Kentucky Society of CPAs on relevant topics that will enhance your skill set and value. Not only do we cover the costs of all annual CPE requirements for the CPAs on staff, but we also track it all for you, so that you don’t have to.

FirmFlow Training

We encourage staff to pursue specialized training and/or certification the lines up with firm and niche objectives, and with approval, will cover the related costs. Our membership in BKR International (we’ll be discussing this in a future post) provides numerous and ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development, which we often take advantage of.

Another way we seek to bring out the best in our employees is to invest in leadership training and programs. For example, we typically sponsor one or more employees each year in Leadership Louisville/Leadership Southern Indiana programs where participants learn about various aspects of our community and how to get involved/make a difference, in addition to continuing alumni responsibilities following graduation from the program. DMLO not only covers the tuition fee, but also pays for much of the time employees devote to the program, both while enrolled and as alumni.

We are very intentional about developing our niche groups, and as you gain exposure and experience, encourage you to consider if you might enjoy directing your time and talent to a particular group, where you will be able to focus more intently on developing your status as an “expert” in your field.

We expect and encourage staff at all levels to see the value in learning to promote both the firm and themselves individually through online and in person relationships, event networking, community involvement, knowledge sharing, board service, identifying new business opportunities, etc. You will receive specific communication regarding the expectations at each level, and ongoing coaching as needed.

We want you to get involved, and be where our clients and target clients hang out. We will help you select organizations or events to join or participate in for which you have an interest or passion, and will pay membership dues and event fees for approved organizations.

Our goal is to create an environment and offer resources and opportunities that will allow you to thrive as a professional and as an individual, and to make a real difference for our clients and community.

7. You will be rewarded well

Posted: May 21, 2018 | Tagged: , , ,

Based on what we know, our salaries are pretty darn good. But you can be the judge of that.

Our financial package includes a great deal more than your salary. Below are highlights of some of our benefits for full-time staff:

  • Generous healthcare package with two options, dependent coverage partially paid
  • Long term disability, 100% paid
  • 401(k), with annual % of salary contributed by firm
  • Employee life insurance, 100% paid (3x annual salary)
  • Cafeteria plan
  • Generous paid time off, including ten observed firm holidays, up to six paid sick days, and two weeks paid vacation after a full year of employment (3 weeks after 3 full years, and 4 weeks after 8 full years)
  • CPA exam bonus of $2,000 and additional paid day off
  • Staff bonus plan (discretionary pool based on productivity)
  • New client incentive bonus of 20% of fees collected for service performed during first 12 months
  • Employee referral incentive awards of $1,000 for hired CPA and $500 for hired exam-eligible college graduate.

Of course this is merely a summary, and all of these benefits are covered in more detail in our employee manual.

Many of the benefits you will find here are hard to assign a monetary value to, yet are more prized than money by our staff.

For example, our culture of flexibility. We’ve been recognized several years in a row for it with the When Work Works Award (formerly Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility). We embrace flexibility in when you work, where you work and how you work. A significant number of our staff have formalized work-flex schedules, but even those who don’t still benefit on a regular basis from the firm-wide culture. Simply put, we TRUST you to do what you need to do to balance the needs of the firm, its clients, your co-workers, and your family and personal commitments. Priceless!

Other non-financial rewards:

  • Diversity in work experience – you won’t be forced to choose between audit, tax, etc.
  • Denim Fridays and year round business casual
  • Office closes at noon on Fridays during the summer
  • Optional Saturdays during busy season
  • Carry forward unused sick time; can donate to others
  • Minimal travel

This whole blog series is really about all the benefits of being part of DMLO. Read on!

6. You will have access to global resources

Posted: May 20, 2018 | Tagged: , , , ,


DMLO is a member of BKR International, a leading association of independent accounting and business advisory firms, representing the expertise of more than 150 firms in 300 offices in over 70 countries around the world. BKR is ranked #7 by among international associations/alliances.

Our extensive relationships and leadership roles within BKR enable us to take advantage of the experience, knowledge and resources of other highly respected peers globally, while maintaining our own unique personality, traditions and sense of community.

For our staff, it’s the best of the Big Four and a local firm, ideally combined!

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