Stay on top of collecting W-9s from vendors

Collecting W-9 forms may not be top of mind when you hire a new vendor, but getting those as soon as possible is the best way to make sure you don’t get stuck tracking them down at the end of the year as the tax deadline nears. As you know, business owners must issue Forms […]

2021 Q1 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2021. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. January […]

IRS allows SALT cap workaround for pass-throughs

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted in 2017, the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes deductions left residents in high tax states out in the cold. For example, many New Yorkers and Californians know it is not unusual for state income tax amounts to approach the cap from payroll deductions alone. […]

Deadline extended for WOTC certification

Employers who hired individuals who qualify for Work Opportunity Tax Credits have a little more time to request certification. The WOTC is available to employers based on a percentage of wages paid to an individual certified as a member of a targeted group, such as a person who resides in a designated empowerment zone community […]

SBA issues necessity questionnaire for PPP loans of $2 million or more

The Small Business Administration has issued a necessity questionnaire that must be completed by businesses who received a PPP loan of $2 million or more. Borrowers must complete the questionnaire and provide the supporting documents to the lender servicing the loan within 10 days of receiving from their lender. We will provide more information to […]

Why donor-advised funds are worth a second look

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year unlike any other, which makes relying on your trusted business and tax adviser for year-end tax planning even more important. We have offered 10 year-end tax strategies that you can take advantage of now, but there is one in particular that we want to discuss […]

The 2021 ‘Social Security wage base’ is increasing

If your small business is planning for payroll next year, be aware that the “Social Security wage base” is increasing. The Social Security Administration recently announced that the maximum earnings subject to Social Security tax will increase from $137,700 in 2020 to $142,800 in 2021. For 2021, the FICA tax rate for both employers and […]

More parents may owe “nanny tax” this year, due to COVID-19

In the COVID-19 era, many parents are hiring nannies and babysitters because their daycare centers and summer camps have closed. This may result in federal “nanny tax” obligations. Keep in mind that the nanny tax may apply to all household workers, including housekeepers, babysitters, gardeners or others who are not independent contractors. If you employ […]

Antares Group named a Top 300 Accounting Firm and Top 300 Fastest-Growing Firm

Antares Group, Inc., has been named as a Top 300 Accounting Firm for 2020 by INSIDE Public Accounting. This national ranking by the award-winning newsletter for the public accounting profession recognizes the country’s top accounting firms in terms of revenue and growth. Antares Group has also been named a 2020 IPA 300 Fastest-Growing Firm. “We […]

Payroll tax deferral OK with PPP loan – but be careful

The ability to defer certain payroll taxes for employers who received a PPP loan is one of the benefits of the recently enacted Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act. When the CARES Act first passed in April, employers had the option to defer paying the employer portion of Social Security tax through the end of 2020, […]