A Whitepaper from
Redstone Government Consulting

All businesses plan for future changes in the marketplace and put plans in place to deal with these changes. However; if your business involves Government contracts, many auditors and administrative contracting officers (ACOs) see these planning activities as a high-risk area for unallowable activities/cost.It is clear FAR 31.205-27(a) makes the activities related to a merger or acquisition unallowable and states such unallowable costs include “but are not limited to incorporation fees and costs of attorneys, accountants, brokers, promoters and organizers, management consultants and investment counselors, whether or not employees of the contractor.” The FAR also makes it clear planning activities both long-term and near-term are allowable. So where is the line in the sand that determines allowable planning cost versus unallowable merger or acquisition cost?

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