WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.   The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on...


Accounting Software Training

Lunch ‘n Learn

Thursday, January 12th

QuickBooks Pro® “Bills and Inventory”
Using Accounts Payable in QuickBooks®
Using Inventory in QuickBooks®

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Contryman Associates, P.C.,
707 E. Pacific St, Lexington
Cost: $25.00 per person (including lunch)


Just 10 days before the implementation date, a federal judge in Texas put the brakes on the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay.

Twenty-one states filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction in October to halt the rule. They claimed that the DOL exceeded its authority by raising the salary threshold too high and by providing for automatic adjustments to the threshold every three years.

The states’ case was consolidated last month with another lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, which raised similar objections to the ...

Firm details proposed corporate, individual, international, and estate and gift taxation policies

CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2016) – Following a lengthy and contentious campaign season, the American public has elected Donald Trump as president of the United States. It remains to be seen whether President elect Trump will preside over significant tax reform, but according to the following summary developed by Crowe Horwath LLP, there are several things to consider across the spectrums of corporate, individual, international, and estate and gift taxation. Crowe is one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S.

“As expected, tax policy was a hot button issue on the campaign trail and, conveniently, this election year coincides with the 30 anniversary of the Tax Reform Act, which was the last time sweeping changes were made,” said Howard Wagner, Crowe National Tax Services managing director. “With the election of Donald Trum...

The Tax Staff Accountant works under direct supervision of the Tax Manager or Tax Shareholder. Tax Accountants may assist in supervising Accounting Assistants and Paras and are expected to review their work in a timely manner. Tax Accountants should show initiative in obtaining the types of assignments and special projects that will further increase their technical skills, especially in their chosen area of expertise. Direct contact with clients will continue to increase for the Tax Accountant. They should fully understand the client’s business and also offer suggestions for improving the efficiency of the client’s accounting functions. The Tax Staff Accountant reports to the Tax Department Lead.







Courtney Retzlaff, Tax Accountant with Contryman Associates, P.C., has received her certificate and permit to practice as a Certified Public Accountant from the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy.

As a Certified Public Accountant, Retzlaff has met the experience requirement, two years in public accounting, in addition to having demonstrated her technical competency, through comprehensive examination, in the areas of auditing and attestation, regulation, business environment concepts, and financial accounting and reporting. As a Certified Public Accountant, 80 hours of Continuing Professional Education, earned during a two year period, are required in order to renew her permit to practice.

Retzlaff holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Maste...

Office location of position:  Any Location

Position Reports to:  Audit Department Lead

Position Summary:

Accountants work under direct supervision from the department lead and managers delegated by department lead. Accountants are expected to review and complete their work in a timely and accurate manner.  Candidate should be self accountable with high ethics and integrity.  Accountant should continue to show initiative in obtaining the types of assignments and special projects that will further increase their technical skills.  Direct contact with clients will be done under the supervision of in-charge. They should fully understand the client’s business and also offer suggestions to in-charge for improving the efficiency of the client’s accounting functions.

Accountants are expected to accomplish progress on goals from their respective career plans and are expected to be building solid superviso...

Businesses looking for help with Intuit QuickBooks® accounting software can now get assistance from a local accounting professional. Julia Selko of Contryman Associates, P.C. in Hastings has completed Intuit’s coursework and examination and is now accredited as an official QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor® for QuickBooks. Intuit is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.

Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors are independent accounting professionals and consultants who work with small businesses that have completed a comprehensive training curriculum developed by Intuit. Selko is now available to help local sm...

Contryman team members from across all locations came together in Kearney on April 23 to celebrate another successful year for the firm.

The event was held at the Classic Car Collection with great food, drink and awards celebrating the wonderful accomplishments of the team.

Retired Shareholder Gary Wieck is joined by Phyl and Karl Kostbahn during cocktail hour at the Classic Car Collection