Section 174 Research Deduction Changes for 2022

The IRS will require business owners to amortize Section 174 research expenses over multiple years instead of deducting them in the year incurred unless a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes before December 31. Through 2021, businesses could deduct Section 174 expenses in the year in which they were incurred or capitalize […]

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EEOC Provides Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Policies

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated its guidance on workplace COVID-19 vaccine policies. The agency’s original guidance, issued in December 2020, addressed COVID-19 vaccine mandates, discussing COVID-19 diagnosis or vaccination status with employees, and handling reasonable accommodation requests from employees. The EEOC’s updated guidance clarifies whether employers can mandate COVID-19 vaccinations and offer incentives […]

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IRS Clarifies Charity Benefits

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 generally extends through the end of 2021 four temporary tax changes originally enacted by the CARES Act. Here is a summary of the provisions (more details are available on the IRS site): Deduction for individuals who don’t itemize; cash donations up to $600 qualify Ordinarily, individuals […]

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SBA increases the COVID-19 EIDL limit

On Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published an interim final rule which took immediate effect. The SBA is expanding access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, low-interest loans for businesses and nonprofits damaged by the pandemic, to certain businesses–like restaurants with up to 20 locations, provided each location has no more than 500 employees. With more […]

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Adjusting OKRs and KPIs for the next new normal

In every business, metrics and analytics are claiming center stage. Sales, marketing, performance and productivity are all measured through your Objectives and Key Results and your Key Performance Indicators. Keep in mind that OKRs and KPIs are not the same thing. OKRs are a framework for setting measurable goals for performance. KPIs are used to assess […]

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S Corporations and PPP Loan Forgiveness

Attaining S corporation status has certain tax advantages. S corporations are treated as pass-through entities for tax purposes and the protection of shareholder assets. However, the relief acts passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic revealed some potential problems with how income passed to individual shareholders is taxed. Two of the most relevant issues are […]

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Reporting Requirements for Health Care Providers That Received Pandemic Relief

For health care providers operating in the middle of a pandemic, profit often takes a backseat to saving lives. That’s why many providers have taken money from Uncle Sam in the past year. Some programs intended to help providers get by include Provider Relief Fund General Distributions, Targeted Distributions, Skilled Nursing Facility Infection Control Distributions […]

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Estate Planning for the High-Net-Worth

President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan does not explicitly raise estate taxes. Instead, it ends the step-up in basis that wealthy taxpayers often use to minimize the tax on inherited wealth. The step-up in basis allows heirs to calculate their capital gains rate using the fair market value of assets at the time they are transferred […]

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