coronavirus

Remote auditing: A brave new world

The pandemic has presented numerous challenges for businesses, but it also taught us how to be resilient, cost-conscious and adaptable. Over the last few years, we’ve learned that remote working arrangements offer many benefits, including reducing the time and cost of performing many tasks. Here’s how these lessons translate to the work auditors do to…

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Private companies: Are you on track to meet the 2022 deadline for the updated lease standard?

Updated accounting rules for long-term leases took effect in 2019 for public companies. Now, after several deferrals by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), private companies and private not-for-profit entities must follow suit, starting in fiscal year 2022. The updated guidance requires these organizations to report — for the first time — the full magnitude…

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5 possible tax aspects of a parent moving into a nursing home

If you have a parent entering a nursing home, you may not be thinking about taxes. But there are a number of possible tax implications. Here are five. 1. Long-term medical care The costs of qualified long-term care, including nursing home care, are deductible as medical expenses to the extent they, along with other medical…

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Have you followed up on the management letter from your audit team?

Auditors typically deliver financial statements to calendar-year businesses in the spring. A useful tool that accompanies the annual report is the management letter. It may provide suggestions — based on industry best practices — on how to fortify internal control systems, streamline operations and reduce expenses. Managers generally appreciate the suggestions found in management letters.…

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Merging For Tax Dollars

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the economy, but different types of businesses have been affected differently. Some businesses — such as restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, airlines and other transportation companies — have suffered significant losses as a result of lockdowns, travel restrictions and other disruptions. Others — such as health care…

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EIDL

SBA Announces New Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance

In the first round of EIDL grants in March of 2020, funds were quickly depleted, and many small business applicants received only a small portion, if any, of the original full EIDL amount of $10,000.  As part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act that was signed into law on…

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PPP loan forgiveness

PPP Loan Forgiveness Process and Forms Updated by the SBA

The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA 2021) included several updates regarding the forgiveness of PPP loans. Most of these changes seek to simplify the process and allow greater flexibility to businesses. Key points to remember when thinking about PPP loan forgiveness include: Changes to forgiveness forms and procedures – New or updated forms for applying…

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Help Staffers with Tax-Free Disaster Relief Payments

With the COVID-19 crisis pushing people across the country into financial hardship, it’s natural that some nonprofits want to extend a helping hand to staff members. The good news is that the federal tax code provides a way to make tax-free direct payments to your employees who’re in need with disaster relief. What qualifies Section…

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Section 139: How to Provide Your Employees with Tax-Free COVID-19 Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment. And while people who have been furloughed or lost their jobs are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, those who remain employed have also experienced financial hardships. Fortunately, the tax code provides some incentives for employers who wish to provide their employees with assistance,…

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