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Mass. Governor signs bill that ends state tax on PPP grants for individuals and business owners
Posted by Tarra Curran on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 @ 01:28 PM

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and extended by the December 2020 year-end appropriations bill provides a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. It is backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and provides potentially forgivable, low-interest loans for small to medium-sized organizations who can demonstrate expenses were used toward retaining their headcount.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Independent Contractor, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, PPP Loan, Small Business Administration, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Payment Protection Program

Business Impacts to New England Professional Services Companies: Follow-Up Survey Results
Posted by Bob Smith and Kevin Higgins on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 04:38 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has continued to create unparalleled levels of uncertainty across the U.S. economy and business community. In response, we conducted a follow-up survey of some of the top professional services companies, alongside other private companies, in the Greater Boston area to determine how the impact of COVID-19 has shifted since June, and gauge how local leaders are currently responding to the pandemic.

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Topics: private companies, private company, Bob Smith, survey, Kevin Higgins, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, ARP Act

Business Impacts to New England Private Companies: Follow-Up Survey Results
Posted by Tarra Curran and Larry Kaplan on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 @ 12:59 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has continued to create unparalleled levels of uncertainty across the U.S. economy and business community. In response, we conducted a follow-up survey of some of the top private companies in the Greater Boston area to determine how the impact of COVID-19 has shifted since June, and gauge how local financial leaders across various industries are currently responding to the pandemic.

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Topics: Tarra Curran, Larry Kaplan, private companies, private company, survey, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, ARP Act

Paycheck Protection Program Extended Through Q2 2021
Posted by Jake McDonald on Wed, Mar 10, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

On March 8, the Federal Reserve announced it is extending its application deadline for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans until June 30, 2021. The announcement that the loan facility that supports the PPP would run through June comes at the end of the temporary restrictions on PPP loan applications. Designed by the Biden administration to give priority access to small businesses, the limitation spanned Wednesday, Feb. 24 through Tuesday, March 9, 2021. During that window, the Small Business Administration was only accepting PPP loan applications from businesses with less than 20 employees.

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Topics: CARES Act, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, PPP, charitable contributions, SBA, loan forgiveness, PPP2

8 Ways Organizations Can Take Advantage of the New Stimulus Legislation
Posted by Jake McDonald on Wed, Jan 6, 2021 @ 12:04 PM

The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed on Dec. 27, 2020 provided some much needed COVID-19 relief measures along with its government funding provisions. After much back and forth among Congress about the size and scope of the stimulus package, several opportunities emerged in the final legislation, the first major stimulus package released since the spring’s Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Below are eight actions your organization may want to take as part of its recovery from COVID-19 disruption.

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Topics: payroll taxes, FSA, student loans, tax credit, tax legislation, Paid Family and Medical Leave, COVID19, Coronavirus, CARES Act, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Employee Retention Credits, PPP, charitable contributions, SBA, loan forgiveness, Stimulus, Employee Payroll Tax Deferral, PPP2

Be Mindful of Any Planned Moves: How Residency Affects State Tax Obligations
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Mon, Aug 24, 2020 @ 01:00 PM

As more options become available to work virtually, people are considering where they want to maintain a home or “domicile,” both for convenience and for personal fulfillment, since they may no longer be strictly tied to working from an office. One of these considerations may be moving to a state with lower taxes, particularly in the wake of changes made in the tax reform law commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Before planning a move to another state, it is important to understand  the concept of “domicile” or “residence,” and how these are defined for state and local tax purposes to avoid unwanted attention from states desperate to find revenue during this pandemic.

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Topics: state and local tax (SALT), SALT, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Presidential Election and Coronavirus-Ravaged Economy Provide Impetus to Review Estate Plans
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Thu, Aug 13, 2020 @ 08:30 AM

It is always important when considering year-end tax planning to include estate and gift tax considerations, but this year’s presidential election paired with the economic downturn makes estate planning especially important. It has been reported that Presidential candidate Joe Biden wants to roll back the estate tax exemption to as little as $3.5 million from the current amount of $11.58 million. He has stated that he also wants to remove many provisions of the tax reform law commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), particularly those that benefit wealthy individuals. And lowering the exemption would be consistent with a campaign that is predicated on tax increases for the wealthy.

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Topics: estate planning, estate tax, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Biden

Customer Retention, Revenue Recognition & COVID-19
Posted by Pieter Combrink on Wed, Aug 5, 2020 @ 12:25 PM

The economic impact from the novel coronavirus has been a significant challenge for most companies, whether due to changes in customer demand, shuttering of operations or constraints on labor and supply chain. Considering these ramifications, companies may be more inclined in the COVID-19 pandemic environment to implement pricing changes in order to improve customer retention. Such steps may include incremental discounting in the form of marketing offers, broad ranging price concessions, or specific customer contract modifications. The revenue recognition implications from these actions can be complex; we will delve into each to highlight the nuances and accounting considerations of each.

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Topics: Revenue Recognition Standard, Revenue recognition, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

5 Tips to Navigate Your Insurance Renewal in Light of COVID-19
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 @ 10:25 AM

In this market, you can’t afford to take a business as usual approach to your insurance renewal. In addition to rising rates and COVID-19 health concerns, businesses are having to implement new ways of working, which introduces new risks. This means it will likely take longer to complete your insurance renewal. Add the higher deductibles and lower limits being offered, and you may need more time to find an appropriate insurance solution. To help obtain the most favorable pricing and terms for your insurance renewal, here are some key considerations:

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Topics: health insurance, captive insurance, COVID19, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, insurance renewal

Senate Republicans Offer Phase 4 Emergency Legislation in the HEALS Act
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 @ 10:17 AM

With the imminent expiration of the expanded unemployment benefits in the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Senate Republicans released on July 27 their $1 trillion proposal for the next phase of coronavirus relief legislation. The proposal includes a bevy of nine separate bills that are collectively referred to as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. The timing and nature of this legislation stands in contrast to the House legislation — the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act — which was released in May as a single $3 trillion bill. Although the HEROES Act is not likely to be considered formally in the Senate, the HEALS Act in many regards is a counterproposal that borrows similar proposals. As Congress debates the HEALS Act proposals, its key provisions would ultimately represent the fourth phase of emergency legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The details for each of the separate bills under the HEALS Act are summarized below.

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Topics: IRS, Taxes, COVID19, Coronavirus, CARES Act, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Heals Act

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