Architecture and Engineering

As Beautiful As Your Blueprints

What keeps architecture and engineering (A&E) business owners up at night? Whether it’s succession planning and developing the next generation of leaders or retaining key employees, talent is the key to all A&E firms. Anchin works with clients to develop the right plan for today and for the future. As the industry expands, opportunities for mergers or acquisitions continue to arise and business owners need proper guidance. We work closely with our clients to analyze and evaluate the business, tax and financial impact, helping them through the due diligence process, and assist them in making the right decision for them and their business.

Our tax experts help to uncover substantial tax savings for clients. Opportunities such as Research and Development (R&D) tax credits, IC-DISC, Section 179D, and others provide added value to our A&E clients. These tax savings positively impact our clients’ cash flow.

Anchin's knowledge of how a company's financial information is evaluated enables us to help clients present their statements in the most meaningful and effective manner. Anchin also works with clients to stay compliant with FAR rules and regulations which is important for companies doing public work.

Furthermore, our specialized expertise in the industry enables us to provide clients with a unique perspective on their business. Whether consulting on a merger or acquisition, reviewing internal controls and operational efficiency, developing tax strategies, or designing a succession plan, Anchin has decades of experience with deep ties to the industry.

Services include:

  • Financial reporting
  • Tax planning
  • Operational review
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory compliance and investigations
  • Compensation and retirement plan alternatives
  • Estate planning
  • Tax credits and incentives
    • Research and Development tax credits
    • New York and New Jersey state credits
    • Section 179D energy tax credits
    • IC-DISC
  • Sales and use taxation
  • State and local taxation
  • International taxation
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) audits
  • CostMarc

Research and Development (R&D) tax credits are a powerful though underutilized tool that can make a big difference for small to mid size architecture and engineering companies. Many recent industry innovations including BIM (Building Information Management) modeling and GPS laser plotting along with a push for more energy efficient, “greener” designs have transformed development projects within the industry. Due to the increasingly technical nature of system and structure design, many activities performed by companies in the architecture and engineering industry may qualify for R&D tax credits.

Anchin’s professionals understand the important issues that arise when examining potentially qualifying architecture and engineering industry projects and related expenses. Our industry in accurate, highly defendable tax credit calculations. Our dedicated architecture and engineering team includes audit, tax and advisory professionals with years of experience identifying issues and solving problems for every type of business within the architecture and engineering industry subsectors, including the following types of services:

  • Acoustics, noise and vibration
  • Air quality testing and evaluation
  • Building envelope design
  • Civil/site engineering
  • Demolition
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental assessments
  • Geotechnical and seismic evaluations
  • Hazardous materials, site assessment and remediation
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Traffic and transportation

Anchin’s architecture and engineering industry R&D team is particularly skilled and experienced at identifying qualifying projects and initiatives in each area of your business and we are experts at examining and capturing all allowable expenses towards your company’s research credit. We work with clients interested in claiming the R&D tax credit for the first time and those who have difficulty meeting the contemporaneous documentation requirements needed to support their R&D claim. We also assist clients who have had a significant portion of their R&D claim disallowed and those who need to reassess their R&D tax credit calculation because the nature of their business has changed.

Anchin’s Regulatory Compliance and Investigations team is comprised of specialists with expertise and experience in providing oversight in both the public and private sectors throughout the every stage of a construction project, ensuring that any and all questions or challenges you face can be easily resolved by our team. Our clients include public entities, Fortune 1000 corporations, Global 100 companies, public-private partnerships, healthcare networks, private ownership groups and not-for-profits. By leveraging our internal expertise, proprietary information and existing relationships with state and local governments and non-governmental organizations, the RCI team can help architecture and engineering firms with their MWBE outreach efforts and ensure proper oversight on their projects.

Key services for architecture and engineering firms include:

  • Monitoring compliance with key regulations like the MWBE requirements established in Article 15-A of the New York Executive Law and ensuring that deadlines and reporting requirements are met without interruption to projects;
  • Examining and monitoring compliance with minority, women, disadvantaged and small business goals and regulations by incorporating the latest digital systems, analytical procedures, controls and processes to ensure diversity goals throughout the bidding and buying out process, having a substantial impact on the final results of the project, including outreach, bid packet size and areas of greatest inclusion;
  • Ensuring that developers and their subcontractors are complying with the prevailing wage by examining and processing certified payroll reports and wages paid in accordance with Davis-Bacon wage rates.
  • Collecting monthly payroll reports, tracking wage averages and otherwise assisting with the analysis needed to verify compliance with the hourly wage requirements established in Section 421-A of the Affordable New York Housing Program.

“Making the change to Anchin was one of the best decisions we’ve made in recent years. The Firm’s advice on accounting, tax, and general business matters has been extremely valuable to us. Anchin has been particularly helpful in identifying and realizing significant additional tax credits and deductions over the years. We consider Anchin a trusted advisor, and look forward to working together for years to come.”

-David Gockel, President & CEO, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

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