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Interview: Food Lifeline's Mission to End Hunger Amidst COVID-19

Posted by Emily Taibl on Jun 25, 2020 5:41:34 PM

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on our community in a number of ways including creating economic complications for many families in Western Washington. We recently caught up with Nate Pedigo, Director, Corporate Foundation Relations at Food Lifeline to learn more about how Food Lifeline is working hard to fight hunger in our region, and for ways that we can help.

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Topics: Sweeney Conrad Community, Sweeney Conrad Passion

How to Build and Run an Effective Governance Committee

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, Audit Shareholder on Jun 17, 2020 6:58:20 PM

As an employee benefit plan sponsor, you could face harsh consequences for failing to satisfy ERISA requirements as they relate plan fiduciaries. One of the best ways to defend against these liabilities is to form an effective employee benefit plan governance committee.

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, Employee Benefit Plans

Employee Benefit Plan Audits- Do You Need One... and How Can You Prepare?

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, Audit Shareholder on Jun 17, 2020 6:31:53 PM

They are two of the most common questions that many businesses sponsoring an employee retirement plan ask: Do we need to have an annual audit performed on our plan? And if so, how can we best prepare for the audit?

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, News, Employee Benefit Plans

Accounting for Lease Concessions Amidst COVID-19

Posted by Stacey Monson on Jun 16, 2020 6:36:47 PM


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the temporary closure, or a reduction of operating hours, of office buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, and other businesses. As a result, many lessors have, or will be, providing lease concessions to tenants who have faced economic disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lease concessions may vary in form, but payment forgiveness and deferral of payments are expected to be the most common types of concessions granted. As a result of lease agreements not containing provisions for rent concessions specific to COVID-19, in early April, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a question-and-answer document (Q&A) addressing questions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on lease concessions.

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, News, COVID-19

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Jun 4, 2020 8:15:43 PM

President Trump is expected to sign the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act which has been approved by congress. The Act will provide relief to business owners by allowing for more flexibility and extended deadlines for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan money.

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Topics: Sweeney Conrad News, Tax, COVID-19

Bellevue LifeSpring is Helping Families in Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How You Can Help

Posted by Emily Taibl on May 28, 2020 12:49:09 AM

Bellevue LifeSpring is making a huge impact on our community during this time of uncertainty and economic struggle. We caught up with Executive Director, Jennifer Fischer to learn more about their mission.

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Topics: Sweeney Conrad Passion

3 Tips For Getting Noticed By Recruiters From a Distance

Posted by Jamie Gardner, Audit Manager on May 26, 2020 5:51:35 PM

In the past few months, COVID-19 has made our world feel like it was turned upside-down. From the way we socialize to the way we work, almost everything has changed in a very short amount of time. I’m sure you have read about accounting firms that are no longer recruiting (or even worse - doing layoffs), or have friends who have had their internships canceled. Sweeney Conrad is thrilled to still be welcoming our summer interns in about a month, and currently planning how to best train them for a work-from-home internship. We anticipate having our normal recruiting levels this fall, and we are attending as many online career fairs and college events as we can!

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Topics: Sweeney Conrad People, Recruiting

Economic Uncertainty Safe Harbor Announced For PPP Loans Under $2 Million

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on May 13, 2020 6:50:47 PM

Today, May 13th, the Treasury released FAQ #46, which provides that any borrower where they, together with affiliates, received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of less than $2 million are deemed to have met the economic uncertainty test. This decision comes on the heels of extensive discussion regarding how businesses that received PPP loans could verify that, due to economic uncertainty, they needed the funds to support their ongoing operations.

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Topics: Tax, News, COVID-19

Plan Sponsors: Answers to Your 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About How COVID-19 is Affecting Retirement Plans

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, Audit Shareholder on May 5, 2020 5:08:06 PM
Many plan sponsors have questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their retirement plans, from changing or suspending employer contributions, to laying off or furloughing employees. Here are some common questions and answers to help employers navigate current challenges:
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Topics: Audit & Assurance

COVID-19 and Retirement Plans: How the CARES Act Affects Your Retirement Plan

Posted by Sweeney Conrad on May 5, 2020 3:50:20 PM

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law in late March is a massive piece of legislation that’s more than 880 pages long and carries a price tag of at least $2 trillion.

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, COVID-19

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