State offers sales tax relief amid coronavirus

After the federal income tax deadline was extended in late March, many states were quick to follow suit. Thirty-three states and D.C. adopted July 15 as the state income tax deadline, including Arizona and California. Besides the state income tax, some states are also offering delayed sales tax payments. What Is the Relief? The delayed …

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CARES Act and qualified improvement property

As most of you know, the CARES Act has been all over the news for the past couple of months, primarily as it relates to government stimulus checks and of course the Paycheck Protection Program, the intricacies of which are still being navigated by borrowers and their tax advisors. One of the more important and …

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PPP loan forgiveness application now available

The SBA released a PPP loan forgiveness application on Friday, May 15th along with instructions on completing the form. The application does provide some clearer guidance on some unanswered questions that people have been struggling with since the program started. There is clarity on how to calculate FTE (full time equivalent) employees, how to calculate …

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Clarification of deductibility of PPP expenses

The Paycheck Protection Program has been a hot topic for the last few weeks, with restaurants and other small businesses everywhere scrambling to get their slice of over $650 billion in SBA loans. Providing these loan proceeds are used for approved purposes such as payroll costs, employee healthcare benefits, rent, utilities and interest on existing …

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You lost money but still got a tax bill. Why?

You have an interest in a business that lost money, but when you get your final tax return you are surprised to see you still owe taxes. What happened? Well your business or businesses may have been subject to the passive activity loss rules, with losses being carried forward to future years instead of taking …

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Paycheck Protection Program – round two

After the initial $349 billion funding of the Paycheck Protection Program dried up in record time early this month, congress has approved and the president has signed into law a second round of relief that includes an additional $310 billion of funding for the small business lifeline program. Many restaurants applied the first time around …

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CARES Act restaurant tax provision

Our government rolled out the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) incredibly quickly to deal with the burgeoning socio-economic issues caused by the global pandemic. This post will just outline a few of the restaurant tax provisions contained in the new law. TCJA amended Section 163(j) to greatly expand limitations to the …

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Top 10 tax planning tips for 2020

A new decade is well underway, and below are ten top tax tips (say that five times fast) to make sure this year is your most tax-savvy to date! Don’t miss: Resources for restaurants during COVID-19 crisis Review your compensation – if your restaurant is owned in an S Corporation, you may want to review …

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New VIE guidance impacting private companies

Over the past seven years, the guidance for variable interest entities (VIEs) has evolved due to collaboration between the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Private Company Council (PCC). The list below depicts the evolution through FASB ASU No. 2014-07 and most recently FASB ASU No. 2018-17. Prior to FASB ASU No. 2014-07 Required …

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit updates

On December 19th, the Senate passed the “Disaster Act”. It was previously passed by the House on December 17th, and the President is expected to sign it soon. Part of the Disaster Act extends the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (“WOTC”) through 2020. The WOTC allows employers who hire employees of certain targeted groups to potentially …

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