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At GP CPA, we work with several clients in the automotive field, from classic car restorations to rebuilding transmissions, this part of the economy has been stable for a while.
One trend that we have seen while these automotive clients have grown over the past 10 years is the gradual move toward specialization, whether the focus is on one brand or a particular type of service (alignments); most of our automotive clients have moved beyond general repairs and oil changes.
The last few years have produced some sophisticated technology that often comes standard in many new vehicles and the American consumer (you and me) have been acquiring these new vehicles at a relatively high turnover rate.
However, the latest vehicle sales reports have been showing a sharp decline in popular models and the demand for consumer auto financing has slowed as well. To the general observer, this appears that some of us are waiting for the self-driving car revolution or keeping our older vehicles longer.
In anticipation of this revolution, Ford announced that it will effectively stop selling cars and will be focusing on its SUV and truck lines and Volvo announced that its entire line of vehicles will be electric in the near future. A survey released in May by the American Automobile Association found that 20 percent of Americans said an EV would be the next car they buy. That’s up 5 percent from 2017.
With all of the signs pointing to these changes on the horizon, the timing of when we can expect this new technology to be widely available is still unknown. Generic polls appear to show that the American public anticipates self-driving cars and fully autonomous during the next five years and we have the news reports of Google and other companys’ progress on making a self-driving car ready for the public. As with many changes, there is an opportunity to develop new lines of business or the early adoption of new technologies to stay relevant in our ever-changing economy.
At GP CPA we have few ideas as to how to get ahead of the curve and specialize your auto-related business for the next wave of automotive technology changes. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out “The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” by Martin Ford, for some insights as to the direction and potential of auto technology. Keep in mind that this book was published in 2015! Contact us for a discussion on the future of cars and how your business can play a part in that future.
Since we now have less than 90 days left in the year, kindly keep me apprised of when you expect the major revenue collections to be during the next few weeks and we can adjust accordingly.
While it may not feel like Fall is anywhere close by, the date tells us that we have barely 100 days left in the year.
IRS has begun sending letters to virtual currency owners advising them to pay back taxes, file amended returns; part of agency’s larger efforts
IRS has begun sending letters to taxpayers with virtual currency transactions that potentially failed to report income and pay the resulting tax from virtual currency transactions.
We are approaching mid-year (for those of us on a calendar year…) and enough time has passed that we can reflect back on some of the technology that GP CPA has been using and is no longer using in 2019.