CA AB 5 Campaign Plan & Fundraising Effort

I wanted to give you an update on what’s going on in California related to AB-5. The background appears below.  As things stand now, AB-5 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, but IFA believes that a franchise exemption is possible. Based on the criticism of several industry sectors, when the California Legislature reconvenes in January 2020, the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Gonzalez has stated that she will introduce a follow-up to AB-5 to address

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Income Wreck-ognition-Part-III

Income Wreck-ognition-Part-III

Need some more background? Check out Income Wreck-ognition: Part I and Part II. As we have worked with some of our 200 brands, we have noticed a pattern among auditors – the pattern being that there is no pattern. The more parochial firms categorically reject the concept of recognizing any income upfront and require the entire initial fee to be amortized. Others seem to go through the appropriate exercise: the

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Income Wreck-ognition-Part-II

Income Wreck-ognition Pt.II

Did you miss Part I? Check it out here. Given the robust activity around my recent post on Income Wreck-ognition, I think I have your attention. As a refresher, the upcoming changes in auditing practices require a franchisor to amortize the initial franchise fee over the term of the franchise agreement – unless it relates to any “distinct” performance obligations. The effect could be to reduce your income recognition by

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Income Wreck-ognition

Income Wreck-ognition

We are just around the corner from the deadline to comply with the new income recognition rules, which will likely “loot” much of the capitalization of an emerging franchisor.  The restatement will likely have the effect of driving many rapidly growing franchisors’ capital into the negative — jeopardizing (un-impounded) state registrations and impairing franchisee diligence. Here’s what up tarting with the 2019 audit (for privately held companies), all initial fees which

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