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August 13, 2021

Beware of Deductions Claimed for Certain Business Expenses

To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. A necessary expense is one that’s helpful and appropriate for your business. The IRS sometimes challenges deductions claimed for certain types of business expenses. In doing so, an examiner might claim that payments made by a corporation to a shareholder for personal items or that are above or below fair market value constitute… Read more ›

August 13, 2021

Partners at Professional Services Firms Cannot Deduct Reimbursable Expenses

Partners in professional service firms must sometimes pay for certain firm-related business expenses out of their own pockets. For instance, a law firm partner may have to personally absorb the costs of entertaining prospective clients who are not on a designated firm-wide list of potential clients for which the firm will reimburse the costs of wining and dining. Also, a partner may incur personal auto expenses to drive to and from client meetings and to and from other locations where… Read more ›

January 11, 2021

How Can Your Business Benefit from the Consolidated Appropriations Act?

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) was signed into law in late December. The sprawling legislation contains billions of dollars in additional stimulus funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as numerous unrelated provisions. Let’s take a closer look at the provisions that are most likely to affect your company’s bottom line. Paycheck Protection Program The CAA includes another $284 billion in funding for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), for both first-time and so… Read more ›

November 4, 2020

COVID-19 Related Paid Leave Requirements Get a Fine-Tuning

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) made substantial tax subsidies available to eligible employers, so they can provide paid sick leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for certain employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible employers are those with fewer than 500 employees. An employer that has fewer than 50 employees may be able to make the case to the Department of Labor (DOL) that complying with rules would jeopardize the viability of his or her… Read more ›

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 ›

June 23, 2020

Small Business Administration to Publicly Release Names of PPP Loan Recipients

In response to increasing public pressure, the Small Business Administration announced on June 19 that it would release the names of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients awarded at least $150,000 in funds. No timeline for the disclosure has been announced, but the SBA said it would “disclose the business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, not-for-profit information, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows:” $150,000-$350,000 $350,000-$1 million $1-2 million $2-5 million $5-10 million Participants… Read more ›

April 15, 2020

Further Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the Small Business Administration

Thanks to CBM Supervisor Tom Hudson for developing the following article. On April 14, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional guidance that provided more information about the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for self-employed taxpayers. Previously, it was not explicitly stated that taxpayers who file a Schedule C were included in the program although many interpretations of the SBA’s language indicated that they were eligible. The SBA did confirm through the most recent guidance that a taxpayer… Read more ›

April 1, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Application Available: Relief for Small Businesses and Not-for-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

The Paycheck Protection Program application is now available for small businesses and not-for-profits that wish to apply for benefits under the Small Business Administration’s new disaster assistance loan program. The Paycheck Protection program, launched as part of last week’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, offers smaller employers financial relief which, when used for employee salaries, sick and medical leave, insurance, and mortgage and rent, will not need to be repaid. (Read our blog post with more in-depth… Read more ›

April 1, 2020

An Overview of the Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans – As Part of the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES Act

On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into legislation the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The $2.2 trillion legislation represents the largest stimulus package in U.S. history—dwarfing the $800 billion package signed during the 2008 financial crisis—and provides a variety of economic relief measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on American society. As part of the CARES Act, the federal government has also provided for disaster assistance loans through the Small Business Administration…. Read more ›

March 31, 2020

An Overview of the Tax Effects of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Individuals and Businesses

On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into legislation the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The $2.2 trillion legislation represents the largest stimulus package in U.S. history—dwarfing the $800 billion package signed during the 2008 financial crisis—and provides a variety of economic relief measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on American society. In addition to direct cash payments and extended lending and emergency financing options, the CARES Act includes tax payment deferrals and… Read more ›