Year-End Tax Planning: Do it Now Before It’s Too Late
Have you ever received your tax return, only to be surprised by the end result? Have you ever said to yourself: “I wish I would have known that before the end of the year!” ? Here’s a guide on how plan ahead so your tax returns don’t catch you by surprise.
Think like a lender before applying for a business loan
Commercial loans, particularly small business loans, have been in the news over the past year or so. The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program has been helpful to many companies, though fraught with administrative challenges.
Expanding succession planning beyond ownership
Business owners are regularly urged to create and update their succession plans. And rightfully so — in the event of an ownership change, a solid succession plan can help prevent conflicts and preserve the legacy you’ve spent years or decades building.
SBA streamlines forgiveness for smaller PPP loans
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new guidance intended to expedite the forgiveness process for certain borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The simplified process generally is available for loans of $150,000 or less, which the SBA reports account for 93% of outstanding PPP loans. The guidance comes at a time when many borrowers are nearing a critical deadline regarding their applications for forgiveness.
It’s never to early to start saving for retirement
Fun fact: A summer job may enable your teen to contribute to a Roth IRA.
Get serious about your strategic planning meetings
Most business owners would likely agree that strategic planning is important. Yet many companies rarely engage in active measures to gather and discuss strategy. Sometimes strategic planning is tacked on to a meeting about something else; other times it occurs only at the annual company retreat when employees may feel out of their element and perhaps not be fully focused.
PPP forgiveness and repayment: What businesses need to know now
A critical deadline is approaching for many of the businesses that have received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created in March 2020 by the CARES Act. If these borrowers don’t take action before the deadline expires, their loans will become standard loans, and the borrowers could be responsible for repaying the full amount plus 1% interest before the maturity date. In addition, some borrowers could face audits.
5 ways to take action on accounts receivable
No matter the size or shape of a business, one really can’t overstate the importance of sound accounts receivable policies and procedures. Without a strong and steady inflow of cash, even the most wildly successful company will likely stumble and could even collapse. If your collections aren’t as efficient as you’d like, consider these five ways to improve them.
QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks Desktop – Which one should you be using?
Are you just starting your business? Maybe you received the notice that QuickBooks Desktop/Intuit payroll will be retired after this year and wondering what your options are. Do you currently have QuickBooks Desktop and are wishing you could have multiple people access the data from other than your computer?
ERC: What you need to know now
What you need to know now about the Employee Retention Credit
Don’t assume your profitable company has strong cash flow
Most of us are taught from a young age never to assume anything. Why? Well, because when you assume, you make an … you probably know how the rest of the expression goes.
A dangerous assumption that many business owners make is that, if their companies are profitable, their cash flow must also be strong. But this isn’t always the case. Taking a closer look at the accounting involved can provide an explanation.
2021 tax calendar
To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2021 deadlines, we’ve provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due. Please review the calendar and let us know if you have any questions about the deadlines or would like assistance in meeting them.
Cost segregation: Valuable tax savings strategy
Cost segregation is a tax savings strategy that allows owners of commercial real estate to achieve significant cash flow savings by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring federal and state tax obligations. This tool is extremely useful for entities that purchased, expanded, or remodeled real estate that is used in a trade or business.
Weighing the risks vs. rewards of a mezzanine loan
To say that most small to midsize businesses have at least considered taking out a loan this year would probably be an understatement. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has lowered many companies’ revenue but may have also opened opportunities for others to expand or pivot into more profitable areas.
If your company needs working capital to grow, rather than simply survive, you might want to consider a mezzanine loan. These arrangements offer relatively quick access to substantial funding but with risks that you should fully understand before signing on the dotted line.
SBA issues interim final rule on PPP
On May 23, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that included the loan forgiveness application guidance released May 15, as well as other updated guidance.