PPP Round 2: What You Need to Know to Cash In
Posted on January 4th, 2021
The new tax law just signed by President Trump has significantly changed the current Paycheck Protection Program.
Most importantly, it provides a second round of additional PPP loan funding.
Here are the key changes — from forgiveness to the requirements for new PPP funding. Read More…
Covid-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020
Posted on January 2nd, 2021
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, H.R. 133 included funding for the government, extensions for expiring tax extenders, COVID tax relief under the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, and many more items. Passed by both the House and Senate, it was signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020. Read More…
Small Business Update: Payroll Tax Deferral
Posted on September 7th, 2020
On August 8, 2020, the President issued a Memorandum allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of an employee’s portion of the Social Security tax (i.e., the 6.2% FICA portion of the federal payroll tax on employees). Medicare taxes, however, are not covered. The payroll tax deferral is effective starting September 1, 2020, and also applies to the employee portion of the Railroad Retirement Act Tier 1 tax. While employers are allowed to defer the withholding and payment of the payroll taxes on employees’ applicable wages, they are not required to do so.
Let’s take a look at how this affects employers and employees: Read More…
It’s Never Too Early to Check Tax Withholding
Posted on September 6th, 2020
While it probably seem like tax season just ended, it is never too early to do a “Paycheck Checkup” to make sure the right amount of tax is withheld from earnings – and avoid a tax surprise next year when filing your 2020 tax return. As a reminder, because income taxes operate as a pay-as-you-go system, taxpayers are required by law to pay most of their tax as income is received. Read More…
Employee Retention Credit Deadline July 31
Posted on July 5th, 2020
As a reminder, employers whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19 can take advantage of the Employee Retention Credit, a refundable tax credit designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The credit is worth 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an employer. Employers that are eligible for the credit for the first and second quarters of 2020, can apply for the credit when they file their second-quarter filing of Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return which is due July 31. Read More…
July 15 is the Deadline for Reporting Foreign Income
Posted on July 3rd, 2020
If you live or work outside the United States, you generally must file and pay your tax in the same way as people living in the U.S. This includes people with dual citizenship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people who live and work abroad have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The deadline is normally June 15. Read More…
Q & A: Returning an Economic Impact Payment
Posted on July 1st, 2020
According to the Treasury Department, more than 159 million individuals have already received their Economic Impact Payments; however, a recent audit found that the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals. As such, many people may have received a payment for a deceased family member or another taxpayer who is not eligible to receive a payment and may have questions about what to do. Here are some answers: Read More…
Closing Your Business: A Tax Checklist
Posted on July 1st, 2020
More than 100,000 small businesses have closed due to COVID-19. If yours is one of them, you should be aware that there is more to closing a business than laying off employees, selling office furniture, and closing the doors – you must also take certain actions as required by the IRS to fulfill your tax obligations. For example, if you have employees, you must file final employment tax returns as well as make final federal tax deposits of these taxes. Read More…
PPP Loan Forgiveness — A Step-by-Step Guide
Posted on June 26th, 2020
On 6/22/20 the SBA issue a new set of Interim Finals Rules (one of many) that helped to clarify some issues but not all. Here is what you need to know:
As of now, you have 8 weeks (56 days) from date money hits your bank account to spend the funds (Covered Period). But you can elect to start the 8 weeks for the payroll costs from the first payroll period date after you receive the funds (Alternative Payroll Covered Period (APCP)) instead. For those that receive funds after 6/5, you automatically have 24 weeks to spend the funds. Those that received the funds pre 6/5 can elect to use the 24 weeks also. Read More…
$100 Million in New York State Loans Available Now!
Posted on June 24th, 2020
Many Small Businesses, Non-profits, and Landlords May Qualify for Up to $100,000
Pre-applications for the New York Forward Loan Fund are available now with priority going to industries and regions that have already reopened.
With over $100 million in NY State loans available, this is exciting news for qualifying landlords, not-for-profits, and small business entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19 related financial issues. Read More…
Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Plan
Posted on June 18th, 2020
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, many small business owners were able to apply for – and receive – a loan of up to $10 million under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If the loan proceeds are used as specified, business owners may apply to have the loan forgiven.
Here’s what you should know about loan forgiveness under the PPP: Read More…
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Released — What is APCP?
Posted on May 18th, 2020
As expected, the SBA released a copy of the PPP loan forgiveness application. While there are still many unanswered questions, some have been addressed, as well as providing several shortcuts and relief in other areas. Read More…
4 Tax-Saving Provisions for S Corporations Under COVID-19
Posted on May 7th, 2020
To help your small business, Congress created a lot of new tax-saving provisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of my clients own and operate S corporations and expect the tax law to treat them differently, as it does with their health insurance deduction.
Perhaps you, too, would like us to help clarify which of the COVID-19 tax benefits the S corporation owner can use to put cash in his or her pocket. Here’s a list as of 5/6/2020. Read More…
Self-Employment COVID-19 Relief and Tax Benefits
Posted on May 6th, 2020
If you are in business for yourself—say, as a corporation or self-employed—payroll taxes and self-employment taxes are likely two of your biggest tax burdens.
Here’s some possible good news: Congress decided to give you significant relief from these taxes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll tell you what relief options are available and whether or not you qualify. Read More…
COVID Job Loss Could Affect Your Tax Situation
Posted on May 4th, 2020
If you’ve lost your job you may have questions about how it could affect your tax situation. Here are some answers: Read More…