The DOL has released additional Q&As, while updating others, in order to provide further guidance and clarification under the FFCRA as it relates to 1) schools back in session, and 2) New York court decisions regarding the Act. Being armed with the latest information will help make planning more productive and conversations more supportive within your organization.
The SBA released an Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on August 24th, 2020. The rule creates forgiveness limitations and/or clarification on limitations in three areas. The full IFR goes into full detail of the treatment of owners and forgiveness of certain non-payroll costs.
Here are the key highlights to help you stay updated.
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.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 added many new provisions to the tax code. Taxpayers with larger estates initially saw a benefit from the change to the lifetime exclusion for gift and estate taxes. It increased the amount for each taxpayer from $5 million to $11 million, adjusted for inflation. (For 2019, the indexed amount is $11.4 million.) However, tax practitioners saw a catch: after 2025, the provision will sunset and the lifetime exclusion per taxpayer will revert back to $5 million. Worse yet, it was unclear what would happen to taxpayers who gave gifts that make up this extra $5 million provided by the TCJA. Thankfully, the IRS has finalized Regulation 106706-18, which provides more clarity around gifts and estate transfers. Let's take a look at what you should know if you're worried about being taxed for your generosity.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted on March 27, 2020. Since then, the IRS has issued several Notices with additional information and guidance related to the CARES Act including the tax rules applicable to employer-sponsored qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Individuals and plan sponsors should be aware of these key provisions. Here are the highlights...
With supplemented unemployment benefits expiring this past week and the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan is leveraging federal funding through the CARES Act to continue to support the economic recovery of small businesses in the state. Two grant programs were recently announced, with funding up to $20,000 for qualified applicants. The application periods on both grants close next week, on the 5th and 7th of August. Below is a quick summary of each grant opportunity with links for additional information and access to the applications.
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The IRS has revised Form 941 beginning with the filing of the 2nd Quarter of 2020, in conjunction with reporting the various Covid-19 tax credits and deductions. Please use this as a reference to assist in reviewing the information that has been filed on Form 941 by your company or your payroll provider.
In Part 1 of our blog series on the SECURE Act, we discussed changes to individual retirement plans. In this article, we will explore how the SECURE Act offers improved flexibility for college savings plans and provides financial relief options for new parents.
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This past week, new PPP forgiveness applications were released by the SBA to simplify the process and mirror the language of the PPP Flexibility Act that was signed into law earlier this month. We're here to clarify some of the changes to the application and shed light on a newly updated interim final rule.
Topics: COVID-19 Updates