Insights

Re-evaluate your company’s competitiveness in a changed economy

July 27, 2020

Just about every business owner’s strategic plans for 2020 look far different now than they did heading into the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the economy in profound ways, forcing many companies to recalibrate suddenly and severely. As your business moves forward in this uncertain environment, it’s important to re-evaluate competitiveness. You may have…

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2020 Tax Deadline Updates

July 14, 2020

The 2020 tax filing season has been like no other, with the IRS taking “unprecedented and drastic” actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Taxpayers aim to get their tax returns in the mail on time, the COVID-19 pandemic may result in returns sitting in mail facilities for days. The IRS has announced taxpayers…

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What qualifies as “coronavirus-related distributions” from a retirement plan?

June 24, 2020

As you may have heard, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows “qualified” people to take certain “coronavirus-related distributions” from their retirement plans without paying tax. So how do you qualify? In other words, what are coronavirus-related distributions? Early distribution basics In general, if you withdraw money from an IRA or eligible…

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Webinar: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

June 2, 2020

Thank you for joining us for our June 2nd PPP Webinar. Please find accompanying materials below: Slideshow: PPP Webinar Presentation_6_2_2020 Q&A: PPP webinar Q&A_Final   For more information or questions, contact your local Suttle & Stalnaker office.

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Navigating Loan Modifications in Response to COVID-19

May 28, 2020

By Kelly Shafer, Member During this unprecedented time, financial institutions may be faced with a growing number of borrowers requiring modifications to their loan terms. With many customers feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19 and struggling to make payments institutions will inevitably experience an increase in the number of troubled debt restructurings (TDRs). The good…

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New COVID-19 law makes favorable changes to “Qualified Improvement Property”

May 20, 2020

The law providing relief due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic contains a beneficial change in the tax rules for many improvements to interior parts of nonresidential buildings. This is referred to as qualified improvement property (QIP). You may recall that under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), any QIP placed in service after December…

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Heathcare Plans

FSA and Section 125 Changes

May 18, 2020

On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29 and Notice 2020-33.  Notice 2020-29 provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during the 2020 calendar year, allowing employers to respond to changes in employees’ needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The major changes allowed are: Make a…

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Hiring independent contractors? Make sure they’re properly classified

May 11, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, your business may be using independent contractors to keep costs low. But you should be careful that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies them as employees, it can be an expensive mistake. The question of whether a worker is an…

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FAQ: CARES Act Employee Retention Tax Credit

May 7, 2020

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee retention credit is available to employers, including nonprofit organizations, with operations that have been fully or partially suspended as a result…

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Financial decisions during an economic crisis

April 28, 2020

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced business owners to reevaluate their operations and make difficult decisions. One place to look for the information you need to make rational, reasonable moves is your financial statements. Under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, these typically comprise a statement of cash flows, a balance sheet…

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