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Did you make donations in 2020? There’s still time to get substantiation

If you are like many Americans, letters from your favorite charities may be appearing in your mailbox acknowledging your 2020 donations. However, what happens if you have not received such a letter — can you still claim a deduction for the gift on your 2020 income tax return? It depends. What is required? To support […]

Educate yourself about the revised tax benefits for higher education

Attending college is one of the biggest investments that parents and students ever make. If you or your child (or grandchild) attends (or plans to attend) an institution of higher learning, you may be eligible for tax breaks to help foot the bill. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was enacted recently, made some changes to […]

Economic Aid Act Rebooted (PPP Loan 2)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury issued guidance late Wednesday night for the reconstituted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The guidance came in the form of two interim final rules (IFRs): The IFR “Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program as Amended”, which consolidates the rules for PPP forgivable loans for first-time borrowers and […]

How COVID-19 could impact year-end inventory counts

Many businesses are closed or are limiting third-party access as COVID-19 surges across the United States. These restrictions could still be in place at year-end — a time when external auditors traditionally observe physical inventory counts for calendar-year entities. Here is how you can identify and overcome the challenges associated with inventory counts during the […]

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance Clarifying the Deductibility of Expenses Where a Business Received a PPP Loan

In guidance issued last week, the IRS has clarified the tax treatment of expenses where a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan has not been forgiven by the end of the year the loan was received. Since businesses are not taxed on the proceeds of a forgiven PPP loan, the expenses are not deductible. This results […]

Taking distributions from a traditional IRA

Although planning is needed to help build the biggest possible nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA and SIMPLE-IRA), it is even more critical that you plan for withdrawals from these tax-deferred retirement vehicles. There are three areas where knowing the fine points of the IRA distribution rules can make a big difference […]

Reminder: PPP Forgiveness Simplified for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The interim final rule (IFR) released by the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this past October provides guidance concerning forgiveness and loan review processes for PPP loans of $50,000 or less. Under the IFR, PPP borrowers of $50,000 or less are exempted from any reductions in forgiveness based on: Reductions in full-time-equivalent (FTE) […]

Best practices when forecasting cash flow

Cash flow is a top concern for most businesses today. Cash flow forecasts can help you predict potential shortfalls and proactively address working capital gaps. They can also help avoid late payments, identify late-paying customers and find alternative sources of funding when cash is tight. To keep your company’s cash flow positive, consider applying these […]

Reviewing your disaster plan in a tumultuous year

It has been a year like no other. The sudden impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in March forced every business owner — ready or not — to execute his or her disaster response plan. So, how did yours do? Although it may still be a little early to do a complete assessment of what went […]

Why it’s important to plan for income taxes as part of your estate plan

As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($11.58 million in 2020), many estates no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. Before 2011, a much smaller amount resulted in estate plans attempting to avoid it. Now, because many estates will not be subject to estate tax, more planning can be […]