Afflicted Business Relief Grant Applications Open March 1st
The State of Michigan will distribute up to $409 million of its American Rescue Plan Act fundsas grants to eligible businesses who have suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19. The Michigan Department of Treasury is administering this grant.
Topics: COVID-19 Updates
Folks in the Restaurant Industry will want to pay close attention to the IRS's latest update to the Employee Retention Credit.
On December 20th, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Michigan HB 5376, which creates an entity-level tax for pass-through entities (PTEs) that do business in the State of Michigan. Under this new law, PTEs would declare and pay tax on their Michigan taxable income on behalf of their shareholders or entity level partners, and would deduct these taxes from the federal taxable income of the PTE.
As the 2021 calendar year comes to a close, it’s important to keep your eyes open on tax changes so you can be prepared for the filing season. Here are some important planning tips:
1. Deduct Business Meals
The treatment of business meals and entertainment (either through a business entity or through an individual’s sole proprietorship) has changed significantly since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). Prior to that law, meals and entertainment expenses were generally deductible by the taxpayer at 50% of their cost in most cases. The TCJA changed this rule to completely disallow deductions for entertainment but keep the 50% limitation for business meals. However, as a COVID relief measure, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) made a special exception for meals.
Potential Strategies to Combat Increased Taxes
Many individuals are stuck in a holding pattern as they wait to see what impact the Biden Administration will have on tax regulations. The President has shared what he’d like to see happen, but until those proposals are put into law, it can be hard to know what strategies to take — if any.
We're excited to announce that MRPR has made Crain's 2021 Cool Places to Work list in Michigan. MRPR ranks 72 among 100 companies recognized by their employees for having outstanding workplace culture.
Internships offer young professionals an opportunity to see what business is like outside of the classroom. Today's interns expect inclusion and real-world exposure to daily activities. They're there to do more than just take meeting notes and fetch coffee --they're there to learn. That's why we designed our internship program to closely mimic an entry-level accountant position with our firm, including exposure to all aspects of accounting and client services.
Retirement is one of the biggest milestones in your life, yet so many don’t pay much attention to retirement accounts. It is not unusual to hear clients say they toss aside their 401(k) statements because they feel like they can’t do anything about it. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Working with wealth management and accounting professionals can help you understand your retirement accounts and create a financial plan that is in line with your retirement goals.
Below are items to consider with both your MRPR CPA and the Avantax Planning PartnersSM financial planning consultant.
Topics: Trust & Estate Service
We recommend that our clients start their financial planning by creating a financial snapshot:
According to Savology, a written financial plan can lead to better money behavior. Their research found that households with a financial plan are 2.5x more likely to save enough for retirement. That’s a pretty good incentive, but there’s still icing on the cake. Of those who do set financial goals, 83% feel better about their finances after just one year. And yet 72% of Americans don’t have a written plan. So what's keeping them from financial planning?
Topics: Tax Topics
For those of you updating your budgets for 2021, we’re providing an overview of the price increases you can expect for Medicare in 2021. Fortunately for most, costs aren’t growing much in the new year, but it’s important to keep on top of changes and how they affect your finances.
Topics: Tax Topics