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Case Study

Besser Company aiming for another 100 years

Sailboat sails beneath bridge in Milwaukee
Case Study

Besser Company aiming for another 100 years

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Our client's need

Besser Company began more than 100 years ago in what was then a new industry, concrete products. Today, it is an employee-owned and operated manufacturer of concrete equipment and is a supplier of turnkey production facilities that manufacture hardscape, masonry block, pipe, and precast concrete. Producers in over 115 countries have selected Besser as their industry partner, confident that Besser will be there to support them and future generations of industry professionals. As a mature yet innovative company, its needs include qualified audit and tax assistance, guidance on various business matters, international consulting, and specialized tax advice.

Baker Tilly solution

Baker Tilly has a consistent service team that works with Besser. As different situations arise, specialists available throughout the firm are brought in to help meet specific needs. A number of services have been provided to Besser over the years, including:

  • Financial statement audits
  • Proactive tax planning advice
  • Federal and state tax returns
  • Sales and use tax compliance
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) implementation guidance
  • International expense allocation processes and transfer pricing studies
  • Canadian tax audit assistance and proper expense allocation strategies
  • International tax and/or audit service coordination for subsidiaries in Germany, China, Canada, and Australia

Results achieved

The Besser executive team receives prompt and complete answers to their technical questions as well as proactive information when a change in tax law may affect the business. The company’s audits are completed in a timely and professional manner with as little disruption to their staff as possible. The process for filing state sales and use tax returns and responding to related tax notices is now more efficient. Advice received and acted upon in specialty tax situations has resulted in significant savings for the company.

We appreciate the continuity in Baker Tilly’s service team, the technical specialists available to us, and their proactive communication and timeliness. They know us, understand what we do, and consistently give sound advice we can act on. In one situation, their Canadian tax audit assistance resulted in significant savings for Besser.
Larry Dutkiewicz, Besser Company Corporate Controller
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