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Michelle Gartner, CPA

Michelle Gartner, CPA
Michelle provides audit, accounting, and financial advisory services to closely held businesses and employee benefit plans. She serves clients in a multitude of industries including manufacturing, real estate, agriculture, commercial printing, recycling/composting, and professional services. Michelle serves on the Allinial Global Employee Benefits newsletter editorial committee.

Recent Posts

Management Letters: Follow Up on Your Auditor's Recommendations

Posted by Michelle Gartner, CPA on Jun 8, 2022 3:17:08 PM

Maintaining the status quo in today’s volatile marketplace can be risky. To succeed, businesses need to “level up” by being proactive and adaptable. But some managers may be unsure where to start or they’re simply out of new ideas.

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Contingent Liabilities: To Report or Not to Report?

Posted by Michelle Gartner, CPA on Jun 8, 2022 11:54:37 AM

Disclosure of contingent liabilities — such as those associated with pending litigation or government investigations — is a gray area in financial reporting. It’s important to keep investors and lenders informed of risks that may affect a company’s future performance. But companies also want to avoid alarming stakeholders with losses that are unlikely to occur or disclosing their litigation strategies.

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Topics: Audit & Assurance

How Inflation Could Affect Your Financial Statements

Posted by Michelle Gartner, CPA on Jun 8, 2022 11:53:51 AM

Business owners and investors are understandably concerned about skyrocketing inflation. Over the last year, consumer prices have increased 8.3%, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) covers the prices of food, clothing, shelter, fuels, transportation, doctors’ and dentists’ services, drugs, and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. This was a slightly smaller increase than the 8.5% figure for the period ending in March, which was the highest 12-month increase since December 1981.

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KPIs: What are They, and Which Ones Count?

Posted by Michelle Gartner, CPA on Jan 19, 2022 5:13:35 PM

Management needs timely, accurate feedback to guide operating decisions, anticipate problems and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Unfortunately, comprehensive financial statements take a long time to generate. Reporting key performance indicators (KPIs) on a monthly or weekly basis is a simplified alternative to gauge performance in real time.

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How to Account for Change Orders

Posted by Michelle Gartner, CPA on Jan 19, 2022 5:04:57 PM

Last-minute changes to contracts can be frustrating. But, if managed properly, they can sometimes provide an opportunity to boost profits. Here are ways construction companies, engineering firms, software developers and other businesses that enter into long-term contracts with customers can better track change orders, account for them properly on their financial statements and use them to enhance the bottom line.

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