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 recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act made some changes to the tax […]

What’s in the Covid relief bill: PPP Provisions

The latest Covid-19 relief bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, provides more funding for new Paycheck Protection Program loans, simplifies the forgiveness application process and allows tax deductibility for business expenses paid with forgiven PPP loans, among other provisions. Included in the $900 billion Covid relief bill is $325 billion in aid for small […]

Coronavirus Relief Package allows PPP expense deduction

Congress has agreed to a deal to provide more aid to businesses and individuals as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of this writing, the package has not been formally approved, but one of the most significant provisions for business owners is that eligible expenses used with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program funds would […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Webinar: Unpacking the latest in PPP Loan Forgiveness

We are entering the final stretches of completing applications for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness, and we are offering a webinar to McDonald’s owner/operators to provide some updates on the process and what to expect. Since the PPP loans were introduced in the spring, there have been changes and clarification over the months to forgiveness and […]

Changes to QIP May Prompt Adjustments to Some Georgia Tax Returns

Georgia business owners may need to adjust depreciation taken on qualified improvement property in 2019 now that the state has adopted 15-year recovery periods and does not allow 100% bonus depreciation. The QIP recovery period first became an issue with the adoption of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, when through a technical […]

IRS: Employers to repay deferred payroll tax

The IRS issued guidance at the end of August regarding deferral of the employee’s portion of Social Security tax as described in President Trump’s August 8 Presidential Memorandum. The Presidential Memorandum deferred the employee’s portion of Social Security taxes from September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The president’s move was made in reaction to the ongoing coronavirus […]

Auto depreciation limits remain unchanged for 2020

The deprecation limits for passenger automobiles remain unchanged for 2020. The IRS issued this month the annual depreciation dollar caps for vehicles purchased after September 27, 2017, and first placed in service in 2020. Those limits for taxpayers eligible for bonus first-year depreciation deduction for qualified property under Section 168(k) are: $18,100 for the placed-in-service […]