Vaccine for economy – infrastructure investment?

As we wait our turn in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, our economy stands right beside us. With the risk of sounding bias towards the construction industry, I believe that giving our nation a “remodel” will help our economy bounce back from the pandemic. Don’t miss: Managing construction company overhead While certain sectors of our …

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The new stimulus act – What’s in it for you?

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 was signed into law today. Here’s a summary of what’s included. Round 3 of Stimulus Payments Subject to the below limits, individuals will receive a $1,400 payment, couples $2,800. Also, in this round dependents receive $1,400, including adult dependents. Similar to the last two rounds of stimulus, payments begin …

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Families with ITINs eligible for stimulus checks

When the first round of stimulus checks, known as the Economic Impact Payment, were issued in 2020 families who filed a joint tax return were not eligible if one spouse had an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security Number (SSN). This left many families out, especially those families with one spouse …

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Experienced an operating loss? Consider impairments of long lived assets.

The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a challenging year for restaurant operators. For many restaurants, the difficulties caused by the pandemic will require management to review the carrying amounts of long-lived assets for potential impairment. Impairment is the write-down of value for assets on your balance sheet. Annual review of asset carrying amounts is standard for …

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Do you qualify for the Employee Retention Credit?

With all the changes 2020 has brought us, the IRS figured why not add another to the seemingly never-ending list. Here comes the Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”). The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit for qualified wages paid and health coverage provided by an employer whose operation was fully or partially suspended from the …

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EIP’s, RRC’s and your stimulus checks

Congress passed several bills in the last year to provide relief for millions of Americans who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the provisions in these bills were geared toward assisting businesses (for example, PPP loans), while some provided aid directly to individuals. Don’t miss: Planning for stimulus The first bill …

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Planning for stimulus

Will there be a third round of stimulus? While the White House and the Congress discuss such things, enough rumor is flying around that we need to plan for a potential third round of stimulus. As many realize, the official start of tax season was much later this year – February 12 – partially because …

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The 2020 compliance supplement addendum is finally here

The Compliance Supplement Addendum was finally released at the end of December 2020. With the addendum, there was a total of five new Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers issued as they relate to COVID-19 funding. These cross over Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Treasury, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Health …

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What restaurant owners need to know about the employee retention credit

The employee retention tax credit (ERC) is a refundable tax credit for employers who had business operations that were either fully or partially suspended by a COVID lockdown order and retained employees. The credit is equal to a certain percentage of wages paid after March 12, 2020. The $900 billion pandemic relief bill that was …

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What is impairment?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many private companies will be tasked with reviewing certain assets for potential impairment during the year. While companies are required to assess if any impairment of assets had occurred during the year, prior to 2020, this was often done rather casually. However, the impact of COVID-19 on most …

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