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Getting a New Business Off The Ground: How Start-Up Expenses Are Handled On Your Tax Return

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials are seeing a large increase in the number of new businesses being launched. From June 2020 through June 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that business applications are up 18.6%. The Bureau measures this by the number of businesses applying for an Employer Identification Number. Entrepreneurs often don’t know […]

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Recordkeeping DOs and DON’Ts for Business Meal and Vehicle Expenses

Do you know the DOs and DON’Ts of recordkeeping? If you’re claiming deductions for business meals or auto expenses, expect the IRS to closely review them. In some cases, taxpayers have incomplete documentation or try to create records months (or years) later. In doing so, they fail to meet the strict substantiation requirements set forth […]

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2022 Health Savings Accounts Amounts Announced

The IRS recently released guidance providing the 2022 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts. Fundamentals of HSAs What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)? It is a trust created or organized exclusively for the purpose of paying the “qualified medical expenses” of an “account beneficiary.” It can only be established for the benefit of an […]

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Claiming the Business Energy Credit for Using Alternative Energy

Are you wondering whether alternative energy technologies can help you manage energy costs in your business? If so, there’s a valuable federal income tax benefit (the business energy credit) that applies to the acquisition of many types of alternative energy property. The credit is intended primarily for business users of alternative energy (other energy tax […]

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Simple Retirement Savings Options for Your Business

Are you thinking about setting up a retirement plan for yourself and your employees? Are you worried about the financial commitment and administrative burdens involved in providing a traditional pension plan? In short, there are two options to consider: “simplified employee pension” (SEP) “savings incentive match plan for employees” (SIMPLE) SEPs are intended as an […]

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw Q&A

In December, Congress passed a bill allotting $284 billion in new funding. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw will provide the hardest-hit businesses a chance at a second loan. The PPP 2.0 makes other changes too, including eligibility and limits for some loan sizes. Dennis Gallant answers some commonly asked questions on the Second […]

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Key Takeaways from the Second Round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

What are the key takeaways from the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) 2021 permits certain small businesses who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and experienced a 25% reduction in gross receipts to take a PPP Second Draw Loan of up to $2 million. Who is […]

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How to Avoid Post-Disaster Scams

Criminals and scammers often try to take advantage of the generous donors who want to help disaster victims. These scams often pop up after a hurricane, wildfire, or other disaster. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone should be vigilant. So, how do these scams start? Disaster scams normally start with unsolicited contact. The scammer […]

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The CARES Act’s Impact on Retirement Plans

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020.  The CARES Act includes provisions that impact retirement plans of all types.  Continue reading to learn more about the key CARES Act provisions passed. Coronavirus-Related Distribution This is a new distribution category that may be added to existing plans. Plans may […]

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How Does the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) Impact My Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan?

Recently, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), was signed into law.  This gives borrowers additional time and flexibility to use Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds. The PPPFA is intended to serve as an additional boost for small businesses trying to muscle through this pandemic-induced economic crisis. Continue reading to see how your business […]

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Effective Dates Delayed for Some Accounting Standards Updates

In response to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to extend the effective date for certain Accounting Standards Updates (ASU). Following is a summary of the FASB’s actions from that meeting. Revenue Recognition ASU The effective date of the FASB revenue recognition ASU has been extended […]

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CARES Act Relief for Not-For-Profit Organizations – Employee Retention Credit

If your organization was not able to receive money through the Paycheck Protection Program, you may be able to claim an Employee Retention Tax Credit! The CARES Act supports certain employers that operate a business during 2020 and retain their employees with an employee retention tax credit, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19. Like other eligible employers, […]

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