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Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 generally extends through the end of 2021 four temporary tax changes originally enacted by the CARES Act.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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Employee Retention Credit: Further Guidance

In COVID Tax Tip 2021-123, the IRS clarifies some of the confusion surrounding the powerful but complex Employee Retention Credit. The IRS is addressing changes made by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that apply to the third and fourth quarters of 2021. These changes include: Making the credit available to eligible employers that pay […]

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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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Planning Ahead for Tax Credits and Deductions

Everybody wants to pay as little in taxes as possible. Most people use software or hire an accountant to help them find all the deductions they can subtract from their taxable income and all the credits they can subtract from their final bill. But most tax breaks require you, the taxpayer, to plan ahead. Even […]

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What to Know About the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

According to the Small Business Administration, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later […]

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