MRPR Blog

Answering Your Student Loan Forgiveness Questions

Posted by MRPR on Oct 24, 2022 9:35:06 AM

 

On August 24th, President Biden announced a plan to cancel thousands of dollars of student loan debt for millions of Americans. The plan included forgiving $10,000 in debt for those earning less than $125,000 per year and $20,000 for those that received Pell grants. 

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Topics: Tax Topics

ASC 842 and Why It Matters for Private Companies

Posted by MRPR on Jul 27, 2022 9:11:59 AM

The lease accounting standard ASC 842, which was postponed for non-public companies due to COVID-19, also known as Leases (Topic 842), is going into effect for many companies this year. So, what is ASC 842 and what does it mean for your company going forward if you plan on adopting the standard?

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Topics: Tax Topics, News

Employee Retention Credit Update

Posted by Elizabeth Walsh on Feb 18, 2022 11:22:56 AM

Folks in the Restaurant Industry will want to pay close attention to the IRS's latest update to the Employee Retention Credit. 

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Topics: Tax Topics, Accounting Hot Topics, News

Michigan Enacts Elective Flow-Through Entity Tax

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Dec 27, 2021 4:37:22 PM

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.

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Topics: Tax Topics, Accounting Hot Topics, News

Three Tax Planning Tips for 2021

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Dec 3, 2021 7:56:43 AM

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.

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Topics: Tax Topics, COVID-19 Updates

Tax Planning for the Biden Administration

Posted by Avantax℠ on Sep 16, 2021 12:50:49 PM

Tax Planning for the Biden Administration

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.

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Three Hurdles Keeping You From Financial Planning

Posted by MRPR on Jun 25, 2021 12:00:00 PM

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?

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Topics: Tax Topics

Will Your Medicare Payments Increase in 2021?

Posted by MRPR on Jun 21, 2021 11:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Tax Topics

American Rescue Plan Provides Additional Tax Benefits

Posted by MRPR on Mar 12, 2021 2:12:22 PM

 

On Thursday March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, H.R. 1319. This is the third major relief package to help Americans who are struggling with losses and setbacks from COVID-19 related government lockdowns and countermeasures.

Following the $1.7 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) of March 2020, and the $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of December 2020, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act “the Act” provides several tax benefits for individuals and businesses alike.

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Topics: Tax Topics, News, COVID-19 Updates

Michigan Provides Sales Tax Relief for Certain Taxpayers

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Dec 15, 2020 4:04:53 PM

The Michigan Department of Treasury has granted a 31-day waiver for penalty and interest for the late reporting of sales, use, and withholding (SUW) taxes ordinarily due on December 20, 2020. Because of this waiver, any SUW returns and payments for affected businesses can be made without interest or penalty until January 20, 2021.

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Topics: Tax Topics, News