Data Privacy Rights

Data Privacy Rights Written by: Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA The lines between data security and data privacy often get blurred. Data security is about securing data against unauthorized access. Data privacy is all about authorized access, concerning who has it and who defines it. In this regard, data security is about the technical implementation of…

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. The PPP Flexibility Act passed the House last week and will now be sent to President Trump for signature into law. The PPP Flexibility Act provides some relief and flexibility in the use of…

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Avoid These Common Errors When Filing a Tax Return

Avoid These Common Errors When Filing a Tax Return When filing a tax return, mistakes such as the common errors listed below can result in a processing delay – and increase the amount of time it takes to receive a tax refund. Using a reputable tax preparer such as a certified public accountant, enrolled agent…

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Preparing an Effective Business Plan

Preparing an Effective Business Plan A business plan is a valuable tool whether you’re seeking additional financing for an existing business, starting a new company, or analyzing a new market. Think of it as your blueprint for success. Not only will it clarify your business vision and goals, but it will also force you to…

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Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies

Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies Individuals with significant assets who want to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes, should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions; however low interest rates and a volatile stock market are creating additional opportunities.…

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Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Plan

Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Plan As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, many small business owners were able to apply for – and receive – a loan of up to $10 million under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Businesses – including nonprofits, veterans’…

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Additional Tax Deadlines Extended

Additional Tax Deadlines Extended As a reminder, taxpayers now have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15 and no late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this relief has been expanded to include additional returns, tax payments and other…

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Employee Retention Credit Could Help Your Business

Employee Retention Credit Could Help Your Business Businesses that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a new, refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll and is worth 50 percent of qualifying wages up to…

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Job Loss Could Affect Your Tax Situation

Job Loss Could Affect Your Tax Situation If you’ve lost your job you may have questions about how it could affect your tax situation. Here are some answers: Q: I lost my job. How does this affect my tax situation? A: The loss of a job may create new tax issues. For example, any severance…

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Relief for Businesses with Net Operating Losses

Relief for Businesses with Net Operating Losses Taxpayers with net operating losses (NOLs) form a business are provided tax relief under the CARES Act. Tax relief for partnerships filing amended returns is provided as well. Let’s take a look at three key points: 1. Claiming NOLs Taxpayers with net operating losses that are carried back…

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Tax Breaks Help Small and Medium-sized Employers

Tax Breaks Help Small and Medium-sized Employers Small and medium-sized employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First…

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CARES Act: Information for Individual Taxpayers 

CARES Act: Information for Individual Taxpayers The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the stimulus bill that was signed into law on March 27, 2020, contains legislation to stabilize the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. These measures include economic recovery checks for taxpayers, as well as several other tax provisions affecting individuals. Let’s…

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Tax Returns & Estimated Taxes Now Due July 15

Tax Returns & Estimated Taxes Now Due July 15 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of…

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H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act This legislation has now passed both the House and the Senate and has been enacted into law by the President. The effective date is 15 days after enactment: April 2, 2020. Executive Summary This legislation applies only to employers who employ less than 500 employees. This legislation is…

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Employers Can Immediately Provide Tax-Free Qualified Disaster Payments to Employees in Connection With COVID-19

Employers Can Immediately Provide Tax-Free Qualified Disaster Payments to Employees in Connection With COVID-19 Employers are scrambling to find ways to help their employees who are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Help is available. Now that the COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency, Internal Revenue Code Section 139 can be used to allow…

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