Category: COVID-19

COVID-19

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 […]

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 […]

Which COVID-19-Related Payroll Tax Credits Is My Business Eligible to Receive? by Cherry Laufenberg, CPA


Posted on July 02, 2020 by Cherry Laufenberg

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. enacted laws providing a variety of financial-relief measures to support businesses struggling to maintain operations and payroll through the crisis period. Key among those provisions are tax credits for businesses that retain employees despite full or partial suspensions of their operations and that continue to pay […]

Avoid Elevated Risks of Fraud and Other Financial Scams Related to COVID-19 by Rick D. Bazzani, CPA


Posted on June 26, 2020 by Rick Bazzani

The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed the pace of financial crimes targeting taxpayers. In fact, the IRS Criminal Investigation division (CI) has noted an increase in coronavirus-related scams seeking to steal taxpayers’ money and personal information. Reducing your risks of falling victim to these schemes requires you to take precautionary measures to secure your data […]

Best Practices for Virtual Trials, Hearings in the Age of COVID by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on June 25, 2020 by Richard Fechter

COVID-19 social distancing has upended the logistical functions of nearly all aspects of American governance, including court systems. With courthouses completely or partially shuttered, the courts are rapidly expanding their reliance on remote teleconferencing capabilities and stepping-up their use of technology to keep dockets moving. Members of our firm recently attended a three-day hearing in […]