Now That Your Business Is Opening Back Up, What Employee Concerns Will You Face?

Now That Your Business Is Opening Back Up, What Employee Concerns Will You Face?

We are always here to address the accounting needs of our business clients, but we are also aware that now, more than ever, businesses are facing some new HR concerns. Business owners have new responsibilities, designed to keep employees and customers safe. Also some employers who are ready to open their doors are finding they have employees who do not want to return to work. Click these links to find insights from Sharon Delay at GO-HR for employers who are dealing with those issues.

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Additional Loan Options for Struggling Small Business Owners

Additional Loan Options for Struggling Small Business Owners

There are a couple additional loan options for small business owners who are struggling right now: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

The PPP offers applicants funds in the form of loans that can be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. (Expenses must be equal to loan amount for forgiveness.). Loan payments are also deferred for six months. All small businesses with 500 or fewer employees are eligible.

An EIDL loan can provide a small business an advance of up to $10,000 (which may not need to be repaid) and […] Read more

IRS Releases Mileage Rates for 2020

IRS Releases Mileage Rates for 2020

The IRS recently released the mileage rates for 2020. Beginning Jan. 1, the business mileage rate decreased one-half of a cent for business travel driven and three cents for medical and certain moving expenses as compared to the rates for 2019. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

 

2020 mileage rates:

 

57.5 cents per mile driven for business travel

17 cents per mile driven for medical travel

14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

 

More details can be found here.

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New Ohio Laws for Pass-Through Entities

New Ohio Laws for Pass-Through Entities

Many of our clients are pass-through entities and sole-proprietorships. Ohio tax law has been very generous to these entities over the past several years, but there are now some changes to those laws.

Part of the value of a CPA relationship is knowing that we will monitor tax law changes and always help our clients manage change.

Enjoy the article…or not. Our clients don’t have to read this!

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A must-watch for all business clients who use QuickBooks!

Reconciling your accounts is so important that Brea’s 13-year-old daughter already has it ingrained in her brain!

Take a minute to watch as she guides you through the various reasons all businesses should reconcile their books each month.  We are seeing errors when it comes to QuickBooks bank downloads, and businesses need to keep an eye out for these to help ensure they have accurate records.  

 

 

 

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Lean Six Sigma at Your Firm: Extra/Over-Processing

Lean Six Sigma at Your Firm: Extra/Over-Processing

According to Debbie Foster, a partner with Affinity Consulting Group in Tampa, businesses need to implement a policy of Continuous Improvement. This means periodically re-evaluating processes to ensure that they are not extraneous or outdated. Foster says value is anything a client is willing to pay for. Waste is the opposite. She cites the textbook definition of over-processing as doing more than necessary to get a job done. While it’s important to do everything needed to complete a job for a client, it’s important not to spend excessive time and resources on extraneous things that, in the long run, add […] Read more

Are you really in business?  Racing enthusiast lacked profit motive for racing business, finds Tax Court

Are you really in business? Racing enthusiast lacked profit motive for racing business, finds Tax Court

Your hobby or your for-profit business venture? Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate how the government classifies what you are doing. Roger Russell at Accounting Today spells out the nine specific criteria used by the government to evaluate whether your business is really a business or a hobby. The criteria include: 1) the manner in which the taxpayer carried on the activity; 2) the expertise of the taxpayer or his or her advisors; 3) the time and effort expended by the taxpayer in carrying on the activity; 5) the success of the taxpayer in carrying on other similar or dissimilar activities; […] Read more