Category: Business Consulting and Planning

Business Consulting and Planning

Small- and Mid-Size Businesses to Receive More Relief Under Main Street Lending Program by Joel Glick, CPA/CFF, CFE, CGMA


Posted on June 15, 2020 by Joel Glick

The Federal Reserve Bank has again revised the scope of its Main Street Lending Program, introduced in April to help support small and mid-size businesses suffering under the economic strain of the COVID-19 health crisis. The most recent guidance, issued on June 8, lowers the minimum loan amount, raises the maximum loan limit and extends […]

Congress Eases Rules for PPP Loan Forgiveness by Andrew Leonard, CPA


Posted on June 04, 2020 by Andrew Leonard

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that received emergency, government-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to help them maintain their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis can breathe a sigh of relief. On June 3, Congress passed a bill giving loan recipients more time and flexibility to use those proceeds and still be eligible for complete loan […]

Update on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)


Posted on June 03, 2020

With much of the news surrounding the CARES Act focused on the potentially forgivable loans under the paycheck protection program (PPP), many small businesses may have forgotten that financial relief may also be available through the SBA’s existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The SBA expanded its EIDL program in response to the COVID-19 […]

Individuals, Businesses Receive More Incentives to Make Charitable Donations in 2020 by Jack Winter, CPA


Posted on June 02, 2020 by Jack Winter

The financial impact of the COVID-19 health crisis will leave a lasting impression on individuals and businesses throughout the world. For nonprofit organizations that rely on public donations to fund research and services for those in need, the pandemic can be devastating. In response, the CARES Act offers U.S. individuals and businesses greater incentives to […]

UPDATED June 4, 2020 – PPP Loan Recipients Receive Some Guidance on Forgiveness by Andrew Leonard, CPA


Posted on May 21, 2020 by Andrew Leonard

On May 15, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the application form businesses must use to request forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans they applied for and received in the wake of COVID-19 crisis. Although the form helps to clarify some issues that businesses were hoping would help them calculate loan forgiveness, its 11 […]

IRS Allows Employees to Make Mid-Year Adjustments to FSAs as Part of CARES Act by Adam Cohen, CPA


Posted on May 21, 2020 by Adam Cohen

One of the unanticipated consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a change to the actual healthcare expenses employees estimated when they made irrevocable salary-reduction elections to employer-sponsored cafeteria plans. In response, the IRS has issued a series of guidance offering taxpayers more time and flexibility to make mid-year changes to flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) […]

UPDATED – Retirement Savers, Retirees Receive Penalty-Free Financial Relief Under CARES Act by Joanie B. Stein, CPA


Posted on May 20, 2020 by Joanie Stein

The CARES Act lifts restrictions on 401(k) plans, IRAs and certain other retirement savings plans to provide plan participants with immediate financial assistance and make it easier for employers to adopt these critical relief provision. It is important for plan sponsors to weigh the benefits of these relief measures and recognize the specific administrative rules they […]

IRS Disallows Deductions for Business Expenses Paid with Forgiven PPP Loan Amounts by Angie Adames, CPA


Posted on May 12, 2020 by Angie Adames

The IRS released guidance on April 30, 2020, prohibiting businesses from deducting any normally deductible expenses they pay using funds from a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan that later becomes forgiven. Businesses must consider these tax implications, and any subsequent guidance, before applying for or accepting PPP loans. The CARES Act introduced PPP loans to provide immediate […]

Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Set for 2020 by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM


Posted on May 07, 2020 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature recently announced that the state’s 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will take place from Friday, May 29, through Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this seven-day period, which coincides with the start of the 2020 hurricane season, Florida residents can purchase the following items without paying the state’s 6 percent sales tax: […]

State and Local Tax Considerations for Businesses Under the CARES Act by Karen A. Lake, CPA


Posted on May 04, 2020 by Karen Lake

While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains many business-friendly tax provisions, it also serves as a reminder that state and local business tax laws do not always conform with those on the federal level. Consequently, businesses may be subject to different multistate tax rules and liabilities, depending on where their companies […]