In “Tips on Modern WIP Analysis,” Bainter provides his perspective on how contractors reviewing project performance should be thinking about over- and under-billings.
“Under-billings could be an identification that there’s a loss on the job, so we dig into those that are significant or material to the financial statements to find out just what’s causing them,” the CPA told the audience. “Most of the time, it’s going to be an issue of timing. For example, maybe the contract says you can only bill every 15th of the month. So if you put a lot of costs into the last 15 days of the month, you’re not going to be billed to progress until the next month.”
In other instances, though, “the contractor has not properly identified the source of those cost overruns, so there is a real loss on the job,” Bainter said. “Those are the types of questions and jobs that we really want to look at.”
How to drill into those questions and jobs?