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How fraud perpetrators are stealing unemployment benefits

When Congress authorized an additional $600 in monthly unemployment benefits as part of the CARES Act, out-of-work Americans were not the only ones it helped. Criminals have descended like locusts on state unemployment insurance agencies, using stolen identities to fraudulently claim both standard benefits and the additional funds administered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) […]

After you file your tax return: 3 issues to consider

As you may know, the tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns was extended until next Wednesday, July 15, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have already filed your 2019 tax return with the IRS successfully, there may still be some issues to bear in mind. Here are three considerations. Some tax records can […]

SBA reopens EIDL program to small businesses and nonprofits

On June 15th, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program to eligible applicants still struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EIDL program offers long-term, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits. If your company has not been able […]

New PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications Released

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) along with the U.S. Treasury, released a revised loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this past Wednesday. The SBA also unveiled a new EZ application for forgiveness of PPP loans. These applications reflect changes made by the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020 (Flexibility Act), which […]

Changes to PPP Rules and Guidance

The U.S. Treasury, along with the Small Business Administration (SBA), announced several updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) rules and guidance through the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) of 2020. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, the PPPFA will help businesses by providing more time and flexibility to […]

Do you have tax questions related to COVID-19? Here are some answers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many Americans’ finances. Here are some answers to questions you may have right now. My employer closed the office and I’m working from home. Can I deduct any of the related expenses? Unfortunately, no. If you are an employee who telecommutes, there are strict rules that govern whether you […]

5 ways to protect remote workers — and your business — from cyberattacks

Many businesses were unprepared when the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic required them to close their physical offices and shift to remote operations. Your company, for example, may have had to scramble to set up a virtual private network (VPN) or move files to the cloud. Moreover, while adapting to working from home, employees may have […]

Help protect your personal information by filing your 2019 tax return early

The IRS opened the 2019 individual income tax return filing season this past January 27. Although it is typical that you may decide to file closer to the April 15 deadline (or you decide to file for an extension), you may want to consider filing your return as soon as you can this year. There […]

The chances of IRS audit are down but you should still be prepared

  The IRS just released its audit statistics for the 2018 fiscal year, and fewer taxpayers had their returns examined as compared with prior years. Nevertheless, the small percentage of tax returns being chosen for audit will be of little consolation if yours happens to be one of them. Latest statistics Overall, just 0.59% of […]

Three questions you may have after you file your return

Once your 2018 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, you may still have some questions. Here are brief answers to three questions that we are frequently asked at this time of year. Question #1: What tax records can I throw away now? At a minimum, keep tax records related to your return […]