COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 29th 2020

Perhaps the most challenging part of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is that many infected people never show symptoms or have such mild symptoms it’s easy to chalk that out-of-sorts feeling to a poor night of sleeping. Some estimate that as many as 40% of those infected never exhibit symptoms, and these people could be shedding nearly as much contagious virus as those with full-blown symptoms. This high rate of…  Read more

NYT Morning Briefing, PPP Loan Forgiveness, SBA Loans and …

Good morning again I am happy to be taking a short break after this long tax season.  Blogging from Michigan where I am visiting with my family while MI Morning practicing social distancing.  I am so glad the weather is cooperating as last night we were able to catch up and then eat dinner together while sitting at different locations in the backyard.  Check out this beautiful MI morning  as…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 22 2020

Are you feeling out of balance from the changes brought on by the pandemic? You’re not alone, according to economist Jeffrey Tucker. Thanks to the media, many of us have been overtaken by fear, which may cause us to act irrationally. Tucker recalled a book from 1841, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, in which the author Charles Mackay describes many panic-inducing events of the past that resulted…  Read more

Should I Accept my SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Offer?

“I got an Offer for an SBA Loan Now What Should I Do?” A few weeks ago I clicked on the email from disastercustomerservice@sba.gov and was a bit surprised that they were inviting me to set up my portal so I could continue my SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application. I said to myself “I got an Offer for an SBA Loan Now What Should I Do?” Then I said…  Read more

“It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times…”

This tax season which (really) started December 2019 and just ended Wednesday,  July 15th as we e-filed the last of the 2019 personal tax return extensions gives new meaning to the quote from Charles Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities. While drafting the polling questions for our week’s NCCPAP tax and accounting live stream seminar  which is focused on individual and business tax consequences of  working at a “home location”…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 15th 2020

It’s the morning of July 15, 2020 and as I post this the clock is ticking on the last day of “Tax Season 2020”.  With the  countdown to the end of Tax Season 2020 on the opportunity will pass for a few time sensitive actions on your part: Today is the last day you can timely pay your 2019 tax liability with either your tax return or extension and the…  Read more

There’s Still Time to Make an IRA Contribution!

The July 15th deadline is coming up, but it’s not too late to make an IRA contribution! Even though tax filing season is well underway, there is still time to make a regular (traditional) IRA contribution for 2019. You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline is July 15, 2020. Watch the video to see what actions to take now: Making a last-minute…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 8 2020

One of the baffling aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the fact that we don’t yet know precisely how deadly this virus is. Estimates of the fatality rate range from a low of 0.64%, estimated by analysis of data by Australian researchers, to a high of 16% in Belgium. Many infections are asymptomatic or mild, which means there may be 10 unrecorded cases for each documented infection. What we do…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 1, 2020

In the six months since the coronavirus began spreading around the world, doctors have learned many lessons. For example, placing patients on their stomachs seems to alleviate pressure on the lungs, and prevention is crucial. However, some unknowns remain, such as long-term effects of COVID-19 infections and how long it will take patients to recover. A big surprise to medical professionals was how widely asymptomatic carriers could spread the virus.…  Read more

NYT Morning Briefing, PPP Loan & P4 Updates

The PPP loan applications close today at midnight, the rules have relaxed, so if you have not yet applied, today is the day to do so. It’s hard to believe that we have been researching the guidance on these programs for four (4) months and there are still so many unanswered questions. Please follow this link for the SBA Lender Match Tool if you have not applied yet. If you…  Read more

Friday Morning Briefing, Our Office and Due Date Updates & this Morning’s Photo Opp…

I have been looking forward to seeing my staff in person and had ordered special “cute masks” with filters, high powered cleaning products, a digital thermometer, created a staggered in office work schedule, set up a hand sanitizer station and started our visitor log.  Over the weekend I finalized our plan and certified our readiness. As a New York City accounting office we were all set for phase 2, our…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – June 24 2020

As a New York City accounting office, I like many have been looking forward to seeing our staff and co-workers in person starting this week with the “Phase 2 re-opening”. We are happy to see that as businesses across the country slowly reopen, the IRS is also beginning to send employees back. So far, employees in seven states (Kentucky, Texas, Utah, Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee and Missouri) are back at work,…  Read more

QBO Virtual Boot-Camp, Re-certification & Enhancements

Congratulations to my staff! I’m thrilled that we were able to attend the Intuit Boot-camp on the QuickBooks Online Program. We spent 2 days watching the experts show us the new enhancements and some tips and tricks. We think these enhancements will help ourselves and our clients in our cloud-based accounting software.  Watch this quick video and then check out the bullet points below… Some important new enhancements: +NEW –…  Read more

Goldman Sachs Small Business Voices Virtual Capitol Hill Week

I was thrilled to be a participant in the Goldman Sachs Small Business Voices Virtual Capitol Hill Week.   As a small business owner and CPA supporting other small businesses I was in a unique position to share my personal experience and shed light on the general hardships that small businesses have been facing and continue to face during the Covid-19 pandemic. A big thank you to Goldman Sachs who made…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – June 17 2020

Resources to Help You Survive – and Thrive – During the COVID-19 Pandemic When the COVID-19 pandemic was just beginning to spread, many of us were hopeful that by mid-summer, things would return to normal. However, most people are realizing that the coronavirus will be with us for some time to come. That’s one of the conclusions from a series of short articles at the New York Times aptly titled…  Read more

PPP Loan Forgiveness, Cash Flow Forecasts, Re-opening Consequences & this Morning’s Photo Opp…,

Managing cash flow is a vital part of running a successful business. Some business owners think managing cash flow simply means keeping track of how much money enters and leaves their business, but there’s actually more that goes into it. As I take my morning run I try to clear my head and think about what I can do to help alleviate the pressures we are all facing.  Our firm…  Read more

Friday Morning Briefing, Free Masks and N.Y.S. Estimates Due Date Update…

I woke up this morning with lingering nightmare threads.  somehow I had driven to a beach and parked my car and was now running up and down the street hunting for it. Go figure, I guess I am feeling guilty for working out indoors this week! Then I really woke up to a nightmare as I opened my emails and found that N.Y.S. had issued Notice N-20-8 changing the due…  Read more

COVID-19 Weekly Update – June 10 2020

Weekly Digest – 10 June 2020 Resources to Help You Survive – and Thrive – During the COVID-19 Pandemic As painful as the shutdown has been, a recent study indicates that it may have prevented as many as 60 million COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and 285 million in China. Banning large gatherings had the most impact in France and South Korea, while evidence is mixed on the impact of school closures.…  Read more

Tuesday Morning Briefing, NJ and N.Y.S. Due Dates & H.R.7010 60%/40% Cliff is Gone!

I am glad to report that as of yesterday that in a joint statement by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and  SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza those businesses electing to use the rules in H.R.7010: the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act WILL be able to receive partial forgiveness if they properly follow the 60%-40% guidelines for spending for approved payroll costs and operating expenses. Here is the link to that latest announcement …  Read more

New Options for Business Owners Under H. R.7010: Paychex Protection Program Flexibility Act!

BLOG UPDATED AFTER THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ANNOUNCEMENT  ON JUNE 8TH  We are thrilled that Congress, The Senate and President moved so swiftly to pass this law which gives business owners more options for applying for loan forgiveness as they start to reopen and rehire. This video summarizes the key points and pitfalls- RECORDED PRIOR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY ANNOUNCEMENT:  click through to the latest announcement  by the…  Read more

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