Updated September 2021: Over the past fourteen months, the employee retention tax credit has undergone a number of changes since it was initially introduced. The most current information is in the Current Employee Retention Tax Credit Standards: American Rescue Plan Act – March 2021 section, but we recommend reading everything below to understand the full picture of the employee retention tax credit.

The deadline to apply for first- or second-draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is May 31, 2021. Here are some important reminders as the deadline approaches:

What is a PPP Loan?

A PPP loan is a loan provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the financial crisis many small businesses continue to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

PPP loans can be used to:

  • Help fund payroll costs, including benefits
  • Pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. Included in the act is the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which provides much-needed support for the recovery of the greatly impacted restaurant industry. Applications open Monday, May 3, 2021 at noon Eastern time for priority restaurants for three weeks. After this time, all eligible restaurants are encouraged to apply. According to the National Restaurant Association, foodserv Read More >>

Alternative minimum tax (AMT) is essentially a base-level percentage an individual taxpayer or S-corporation must pay the IRS, regardless of the credits and deductions they are entitled to. Contractors need to be especially mindful of AMT, as it can have a major effect on tax liability.

Long-Term Contracts and AMT

When reporting regular tax calculations, contractors that have average gross receipts under $25 million are able to account for their long-term contracts us Read More >>

Filing income taxes when you are self-employed can present a different set of considerations and challenges than working for an employer. Planning ahead and staying organized will help you stay on top of your tax responsibilities while you build your business.

Am I Considered Self-Employed?

The IRS has three different categories for self-employed individuals:

  • Sole proprietor or independent contractor of a trade or business
  • Member of a partnership that carries on a tra
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As businesses move forward in applying for a second-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan, or PPP2, it is important to remember the maximum loan size is capped at $2 million for businesses, as well as their affiliates. That means the total amount a business and its affiliates can apply for is capped at $2 million. Businesses are also only eligible if collectively with their affiliates the employee count is below 300.

For purposes of the PPP loans, per the U.S. Small Business A Read More >>

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has seen an influx of fraud surrounding applications for federal aid. The most common fraud occurring is email phishing where a scammer impersonates the SBA via email with the goal of collecting personally identifiable information (PII).

Those who have applied for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program seem to be at high risk for receiving phishing emails asking them to “verify their accounts”, but really, the scamm Read More >>

There has been a marked increase of fraud cases surrounding unemployment benefits, particularly in the state of Ohio. This amounted to at least $330 million in fraudulent pandemic unemployment benefits distributed between April and December 2020.

To combat this very serious issue, the state of Ohio launched a new resource portal (https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/) for employers to alert the state if they suspect their employees’ or their own information has been c Read More >>