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2019 Tax Refunds to be Delayed by Joanie B. Stein, CPA


Posted on July 30, 2020 by Joanie Stein

The COVID-19 pandemic that precipitated a three-month delay of the 2019 federal income tax filing deadline is also requiring taxpayers to wait longer than usual to receive any refunds to which they may be entitled. It is not unusual for taxpayers to view refunds as welcome surprises they can use to free-up cash flow, pay […]

Determining the Scope and Objectives of Financial Forensic Investigations Resulting from Internal Fraud by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on July 21, 2020 by Richard Fechter

According to the Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE) “2020 Report to the Nations,” a growing number of businesses that fell victim to occupational fraud between 2018 and 2019 disciplined perpetrators privately rather than referring them to public law enforcement for criminal prosecution. Yet, while there has been a steady increase in civil suits and private […]

Florida’s Back-to-School Sales-Tax Holiday Returns August 7 by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM


Posted on July 17, 2020 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature approved a three-day back-to-school sales-tax holiday for 2020, which will run from Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9. During this period, Floridians can purchase qualifying school supplies online or in person without paying state sales and local option tax regardless of whether students physically return to their classrooms or continue distance […]

Businesses Have More Time to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans by Joseph C. Leuchter, CPA


Posted on July 15, 2020 by Joseph Leuchter

Congress agreed to extend the timeline of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to August 8, giving small businesses and nonprofit organizations an additional five weeks to apply for potentially forgivable government-backed loans. The PPP was introduced by the CARES Act to help qualifying businesses, nonprofits and self-employed taxpayers maintain operations and retail employees through the […]

Health Care Spending Rules Relax Further under CARES Act by Adam Cohen, CPA


Posted on July 09, 2020 by Adam Cohen

The IRS recently issued new guidance providing individuals with more flexibility to use their employer-sponsored health-benefit plans, including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs), to cover the unique medical and dependent-care expenses required during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the CARES Act, high-deductible health plans (HDHP) may temporarily cover telehealth and other remote-health […]