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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

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Posted by Sweeney Conrad on Apr 24, 2020 5:37:49 PM

On April 24, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, providing $310 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $10 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL), as well as funding for other critical healthcare needs.

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Topics: Tax, News, COVID-19

The SBA Provides Additional Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program

Posted by Sweeney Conrad on Apr 15, 2020 6:26:08 PM

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide cash to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used to pay employees, along with other expenses such as health insurance premiums, rent or mortgage payments, and utilities. Loans under the PPP will be 100% guaranteed by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the full amount of the loans and any accrued interest may qualify for loan forgiveness.

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Answers to 14 of the Most Commonly Asked Filing and Payment Deadline Questions

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Apr 7, 2020 8:04:00 PM

The IRS recently announced special Federal income tax return filing and payment relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the IRS, these are some of the most common questions taxpayers are asking in regards to these recent changes.*

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Highlights from the Stimulus Package – CARES Act

Posted by Emily Taibl on Mar 27, 2020 8:42:36 PM

March 27, 2020

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act- What Employers Need to Know

Posted by Emily Taibl on Mar 25, 2020 7:58:33 PM

Last week, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide relief for families amidst the global COVID-19 outbreak. The Act will be effective on April 2nd and as an employer, there are things you should consider for business planning and compliance in this evolving situation.

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Topics: Tax, COVID-19

Checklist: Preparing Your 2019 Documents for Tax Season

Posted by Tenly Krakoff on Jan 23, 2020 5:18:58 PM

It’s the end of January which means it is almost tax season.   At this point, tax documents have probably started showing up in your mailbox.  While it may seem like there is plenty of time, the sooner and more organized you can make your documents, the smoother the process will be.

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What You Need to Know: New Law Creates Workforce Education Investment Surcharge

Posted by Chris LeRoux, CPA on Jan 16, 2020 8:45:58 PM

This year on January 1, a new law put the Workforce Education Surcharge into effect. This means that a new three-tiered surcharge applies to the amount of tax payable under the Service and Other Activities B&O tax classification by businesses “primarily engaged” in one or more specific activities.

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The SECURE Act: 10 Things to Know About How it Affects Your Retirement

Posted by Kyle Lynch, CPA and Patrick Pisani on Jan 9, 2020 12:46:00 PM

On May 23, 2019 the House voted 417-3 to pass legislation intended to help individuals save for retirement, encourage them to participate in retirement plans, and make it easier for small businesses to offer tax-qualified plans to their employees. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) passed the Senate December 19th and was signed by President Trump on Dec. 20. It is the largest piece of legislation affecting retirement plan rules since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Many of the act’s provisions become effective on Jan. 1, 2020 and all retirement plans must adopt the law by 2022. As with any new law, not all of the details are clear yet, but below is a high-level summary of what you should know:

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Checklist: Meals and Entertainment Tax Deduction in 2019

Posted by Darren Reed on Oct 2, 2019 8:15:31 PM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 brought about many tax changes, one of which is what and how much of your meals and entertainment expenses are deductible. At a high level, beginning in 2018, entertainment expenses are no longer deductible and the majority of meal expenses are now deductible at 50%.

We first wrote about these changes in this blog post a year ago- and the following checklist provides further clarification on the new rules.

Category Previous Deduction Deduction as of 2018
Entertainment: tickets for sporting events, theater, etc.; club expenses; golf course fees; hunting or fishing trips; etc. 50% 0%
Meals with clients where business is discussed 50% 50%
Meals with clients where business is not discussed (this is classified as entertainment) 50% 0%
Meals with employees where business is discussed 50% 50%
Meals with employees where business is not discussed (this is classified as entertainment) 50% 0%
Food and snacks provided for employees (not considered part of compensation) 100% 50%
Company picnics and parties 100% 100%
Meals for employees while they are on business travel 50% 50%
Meals and entertainment included in an employee's compensation package 100% 100%

Do you have questions on how to classify your meals and entertainment expenses? Contact Sweeney Conrad’s Senior Tax Associate Darren Reed at dreed@sweeneyconrad.com.

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