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Category: Coronavirus / COVID-19

September 30, 2020

Small Businesses: Are First-Year Depreciation Write-Offs Right for You?

Under today’s federal income tax rules, your small business may be able to claim big first-year depreciation write-offs for eligible assets that are placed in service in the current tax year. But that strategy might not be right for every small business every year. Here’s what you should know before claiming 100% first-year bonus depreciation or first-year Section 179 deductions. First-Year Depreciation Breaks The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included two generous first-year depreciation tax breaks for business taxpayers:… Read more ›

September 26, 2020

COVID-19: New Law Relaxes the Limit on Business Interest Deductions

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides roughly $2 trillion of much-needed financial relief, including tax relief, to individuals and businesses. This relief is in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One CARES Act provision temporarily relaxes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limitation on deductions for business interest expense. Here’s the story. TCJA Limitation on Business Interest Expense Deductions Before the TCJA, some corporations were subject to the so-called “earnings stripping” rules. Those rules attempted… Read more ›

September 24, 2020

Navigating A Divorce During COVID-19

Authored By: Jane Ochsman Rowny, CPA, CFP®, CDFA® and Jordan P. Egert, CPA, CFE, CDFA® COVID-19 is likely to be with us for many months to come. The pandemic has created new uncertainties and financial stressors. Couples who have contemplated a split up may be reluctant to add to the stress and uncertainty by commencing with a divorce, however continuing to live in limbo unhappily may be an option couples may not want to accept. Whether you begin divorce proceedings… Read more ›

August 19, 2020

Using a Valuation Expert to Help with Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many businesses to temporarily shut down or scale back operations. Slowly, states are allowing businesses to reopen to the public. But it may be too late for some businesses to bounce back. When the economy went into lockdown mode, some small businesses — including certain brick-and-mortar boutiques, niche manufacturers and family-owned restaurants — were already struggling and lacked financial resources to weather the downturn. And federal relief efforts weren’t enough to cover their… Read more ›

August 19, 2020

Why Maintaining Payroll Records Remains an Absolute Must

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many small businesses to reduce their operations, furlough workers and even shut down for a period. But this doesn’t mean employers can allow payroll recordkeeping obligations to lapse. Your business is still responsible for creating and maintaining records for possible inspection by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor (DOL). Documents to Keep In general, payroll records refer to documentation of employee time worked and wages paid for each payroll period…. Read more ›

August 4, 2020

How to Avoid Penalties on Early Retirement Account Withdrawals

Economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis may cause some cash-strapped individuals to default on loans they’ve taken out from company qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) and profit-sharing plans. Defaulting on a plan loan will cause adverse tax and retirement-saving consequences. Further details on how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected it are below. Retirement Plan Basics A participant in an employer-sponsored qualified retirement plan can borrow money from the plan if it allows loans. Under the normal rules, the loan amount… Read more ›

July 28, 2020

Investing in a Volatile Stock Market

On July 23, Richard Morris, Director of Tax Services, and Senior Investment Advisor, Alex Seleznev collaborated on an article for Harness Wealth on the topic of tax planning during a time of stock market volatility. Among the topics covered are what to avoid with regards to investments and how to handle Roth IRAs. Click here to read the full article.

July 20, 2020

FASB Delays Effective Dates of Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting Standards for 2020

In an effort to alleviate stress for private companies during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has voted to delay the effective dates of the revenue recognition and lease accounting standards. FASB board members are expected to vote in favor of an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) reflecting this change on a final, written ballot. Nonpublic entities who have yet to issue financial statements will have a one-year extension for revenue recognition. The effective… Read more ›

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Crisis May Affect Tax Angles for Rental Property Losses

Economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis will cause many rental real estate properties to run up tax losses in 2020 — and possibly beyond. Here’s a summary of important federal income tax rules for such losses. What You Can Write Off Rental property owners can deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes. They can also write off all standard operating expenses that go along with owning rental property. Examples include: Utilities, Insurance, Repairs and maintenance, and Care and maintenance of… Read more ›

July 2, 2020

IRS Guidance Provides RMD Rollover Relief

The CARES Act was enacted in an attempt to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, it extends favorable tax treatment to qualified individuals who take so-called “coronavirus-related distributions” (CRDs) from IRAs, 401(k) plans and certain other retirement plans. RMD Relief Specifically, the CARES Act waives the 10% early distribution penalty for CRDs taken between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Under the law, the waiver applies to CRDs made to an individual: • Who’s… Read more ›