Bad News for Small Businesses that take out PPP Loans

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The IRS has recently released some bad news for small business firms: the businesses can’t deduct expenses that result in forgiveness of the loan. The stimulus law says that loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program are nontaxable. But the legislation is silent on whether expenses that are funded by the PPP loan proceeds, such as payroll costs, utilities, and … Read More

Just released: SBA “Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application” Form and Instructions

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It has become clear that the SBA requirements for loan forgiveness will require detailed records and supporting documents.  Navigating a lengthy and detailed application can be tricky, but the good news is that you will be rewarded for your hard work.  To make sure everything is done correctly you will want a qualified CPA in your corner to help you … Read More

SBA slashes disaster-loan limit from $2 million to $150,000, shuts out nearly all new applicants

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An emergency disaster lending program for small businesses has been so overwhelmed by demand that it has significantly limited the size of loans it issues, while blocking nearly all new applications from small businesses, according to people familiar with the situation. After initially telling businesses that individual disaster loans could be as high as $2 million, SBA has now imposed … Read More

What Now? Next Steps for Phase 4 Relief

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Among other tax changes, the CARES Act loosened rules governing net operating loss deductions (NOLs). These modifications provided much-needed relief for businesses, and there is an opportunity to build upon them in upcoming “Phase 4” economic relief legislation. Contrary to some of the rhetoric surrounding the changes to NOL deductions in the CARES Act, the provisions are a step forward … Read More

No PPP Loan? Then you may qualify for a Credit.

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If you weren’t able to get a PPP Loan… this one is you.The Internal Revenue Service is reminding employers who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic that three new credits are available for them. The first of these, the Employee Retention Credit, is intended to encourage businesses to keep employees on the payroll. The ERC is a refundable tax … Read More

SBA provides a safe harbor for PPP loans under $2 million

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“Businesses that together with their affiliates accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds of less than $2 million will be assumed to have performed the required certification concerning the necessity of their loan requests in good faith, according to guidance posted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Wednesday. According to the SBA, borrowers with loans below the $2 million … Read More

Are PPP Loans going to be Taxable Income?

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation on May 6 to enable small businesses to deduct their expenses even if they have received a loan from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Protection Program that was later forgiven. On April 30, the IRS issued a notice that said small businesses couldn’t deduct these expenses and that no tax deduction is allowed … Read More

IRS UPDATE: 2nd QUARTERLY ESTIMATED TAX PAYMENT POSTPONED

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On March 21, the IRS officially announced that it was extending the deadline for filing 2019 tax returns and paying any required tax from April 15 to July 15, along with the due date for the first quarterly installment of estimated tax for 2020. But it didn’t say anything about the second quarter, until now.  The IRS is setting the … Read More

The big mistake newly remote businesses are making

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There is one all-too-common mistake that firms are making right now: trying to replicate their existing communication practices across their newly distributed team. A video conferencing solution such as Zoom is brilliant for replacing in-person meetings, and instant messaging tools like Slack or Microsoft Teams can be useful for hashing something out quickly or as a virtual ‘water-cooler’. However, these … Read More

Common Mistakes Taxpayers are making and how to avoid them

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It’s no surprise that many taxpayers are making mistakes including missing or inaccurate Social Security numbers, misspelled names, wrong filing statuses, math errors, and incorrect bank account numbers when giving their information to their preparer. Outside of Utah, clients still misunderstand that although they might not be able to itemize deductions for IRS purposes, they still might be able to … Read More