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2020 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines For Businesses And Other Employers

  Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2020. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. Read More »

Receive A Bill From DOR? Here’s How To Resolve It

This information was provided directly by The Indiana Department of Revenue as an Agency Announcement. DOR urges Hoosiers to take immediate action to avoid additional penalties and interest. The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is starting to send tax bills that were delayed earlier this year due to tax filing and payment extensions related to Read More »

Private Aircraft Options for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

  For a high-net-worth individual or a closely-held business owner or entrepreneur, the desire to fly privately rather than via commercial airline has its advantages. The ability to travel on short notice and to remote destinations that are not serviced by major airports, while at the same time mitigating security concerns and experiencing unparalleled privacy, Read More »

Dentists: Apply for The Provider Relief Fund From HHS By September 13, 2020

  The CARES Act, an economic stimulus bill passed in March in response to the impacts of COVID-19, includes $175 billion in relief funds for hospitals and healthcare providers that have been financially affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible recipients include dental providers with a valid Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and all interested dental providers Read More »

CARES Act Made Changes To Excess Business Losses

  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act made changes to excess business losses. This includes some changes that are retroactive and there may be opportunities for some businesses to file amended tax returns. If you hold an interest in a business, or may do so in the future, here is more information Read More »

COVID19 Backlog at the IRS

Due to a COVID19-related backlog at the IRS, some taxpayers’ checks may still be unopened. You may find that the IRS has not given you credit for payments made on time, even well before the deadline. Do not be alarmed. The IRS will post these checks on the date received rather than the date the Read More »

The Possible Tax Consequences of PPP Loans

  If your business was fortunate enough to get a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan taken out in connection with the COVID-19 crisis, you should be aware of the potential tax implications. PPP basics The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was enacted on March 27, 2020, is designed to provide financial Read More »

Q2 CFO Survey: Businesses Taking Hits But Optimism Rebounds

Michiana Benchmark Business Index (BBI), is produced by the certified public accounting and consulting firm of Kruggel Lawton CPAs using data independently collected from CFOs and senior-level financial officers of major businesses and corporations in Indiana and Michigan.   In the second quarter of 2020, the overall BBI  recovered slightly after a precipitous drop in the Read More »

Main Street Lending Program Now Open To Nonprofit

Last week, the Federal Reserve announced that not-for-profit organizations now may apply for loans under the $600 billion Main Street Lending Program. Previously open only to for-profit businesses with more than 100 employees, the program offers low-interest loans with relatively relaxed repayment terms. If your organization needs funding to keep operating during this difficult period, Read More »

Businesses: Get Ready For The New Form 1099-NEC

There’s a new IRS form for business taxpayers that pay or receive nonemployee compensation. Beginning with tax year 2020, payers must complete Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, to report any payment of $600 or more to a payee. Why the new form? Prior to 2020, Form 1099-MISC was filed to report payments totaling at least $600 Read More »

New Forgiveness Guidelines for PPP Loan Recipients

On Friday, June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law. The bill makes the following changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Extends the PPP loan “covered period” from 8 weeks after loan origination to the earlier of 24 weeks after loan origination or December 31, 2020 (and borrowers Read More »

FASB Defers Effective Dates of ASC 842 and ASC 606 for Certain Entities

Summary The FASB issued ASU 2020-051(“ASU”) to provide a one-year deferral of the effective dates of: ASC 842, Leases, for all private companies and certain not-for-profit entities ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, for all privately-held entities that have not yet issued financial statements or made financial statements available. Background The FASB has received Read More »

IRS Disallows Tax Deductions for Eligible PPP Expenditures

On April 30, the IRS issued Notice 2020-32 providing guidance regarding the deductibility for federal income tax purposes of certain otherwise deductible expenses incurred in a taxpayer’s trade or business when the taxpayer receives a loan (covered loan) pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was established by Section 1102 of the Coronavirus Read More »

Employers Can Defer Employment Tax Deposits Until PPP Loan is Forgiven

The IRS has issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the payroll tax deferral opportunity provided by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136). Under that provision, employers of all sizes (including tax exempt/non-profit employers) can defer the deposit and payment of the employer’s share of Social Security taxes. Self-employed individuals Read More »

Survey: First Quarter Business Index in South Bend Region Declines Sharply

The first quarter 2020 Michiana Benchmark Business Index (BBI), compiled by the certified public accounting and consulting firm of Kruggel Lawton CPAs, declined sharply, falling to its lowest level since the survey began ten years ago. The overall first quarter BBI was 40.94 out of a maximum possible score of 100. Kruggel Lawton conducts this Read More »

Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act and FFCRA

Much has been written about how the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will help businesses. Nonprofit organizations are included in those relief efforts. We’ve shared some high level insights into how nonprofits can benefit. CARES Act Delay of payroll tax remittance Employee retention credit Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Economic Injury Disaster Read More »

Business Loans Through the Paycheck Protection Program

The recently passed CARES Act creates a specific loan program through the Small Business Administration to help small businesses retain employees and pay critical expenses in this challenging time. Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the SBA’s current 7(a) loan guaranty program is expanded and modified to provide up to $349 billion of federally guaranteed Read More »

Federal and State Tax Updates Amid COVID-19

As of 12:00 p.m.  3/30/2020 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the federal income tax payment AND filing deadline to July 15, 2020, as part of a growing effort to stem the financial pain from the coronavirus pandemic. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest Read More »

Breaking Down the CARES Act – What You Need to Know

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides relief to taxpayers affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The CARES Act is the third round of federal government aid related to COVID-19. We have summarized the top provisions in the new legislation below, with Read More »

Employer Requirements for Federal Paid Sick Leave and FMLA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became law on March 18, 2020. Among other things, the Act requires employers with “fewer than 500 employees” to provide two new benefits: (1) federal emergency paid sick leave and (2) federal emergency paid family and medical leave (FMLA). Here we will address some of the major requirements Read More »

Employer Calculations for Federal COVID-19 Payroll Tax Deductions

Businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 500 employees that are required to provide emergency paid sick and childcare leave through December 31, 2020, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), can claim a refundable federal tax credit to recover 100% of those payments. The IRS also said that the cost of providing such Read More »

Coronavirus-related Payroll Tax Credits for Employers

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This Read More »

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital (up to $2 million) to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are available statewide in Indiana, Michigan, and Tennessee to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help Read More »

National Emergency Declaration Allows Employers to Offer Tax-Free Payments to Employees

Employers are scrambling to find ways to help their employees who are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Help is available. Now that the COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency,[1] Internal Revenue Code Section 139 can be used to allow employers to make tax-free payments or reimbursements to employees as “qualified disaster payments.” Below are Read More »

Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected by COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. The Act includes up to 80 hours of emergency Read More »

Can Your Nonprofit Board Recognize Financial Red Flags?

A key fiduciary duty of your not-for-profit’s board of directors is to oversee and monitor the organization’s financial health. Some financial warning signs — such as the loss of a major funder — may jump out immediately. But other red flags can be more subtle. Here are some of them. Budget issues Certain budget-related issues Read More »

Protecting Your Assets From Fraud

The team at Kruggel Lawton has marked a rise in attempts to defraud participants of retirement funds through submission of fraudulent distribution requests. We advise participants and plan sponsors to be proactive and implement more stringent security measures for online accounts. “We’ve seen a significant rise over the last year,” said Aaron Hoeppner, senior staff Read More »

Numerous Tax Limits Affecting Businesses Have Increased for 2020

An array of tax-related limits that affect businesses are annually indexed for inflation, and many have increased for 2020. Here are some that may be important to you and your business. Social Security tax The amount of employees’ earnings that are subject to Social Security tax is capped for 2020 at $137,700 (up from $132,900 Read More »

Do You Want To Go Into Business For Yourself?

Many people who launch small businesses start out as sole proprietors. Here are nine tax rules and considerations involved in operating as that entity. 1. You may qualify for the pass-through deduction. To the extent your business generates qualified business income, you are eligible to claim the 20% pass-through deduction, subject to limitations. The deduction Read More »

New Law Helps Businesses Make Their Employees’ Retirement Secure

A significant law was recently passed that adds tax breaks and makes changes to employer-provided retirement plans. If your small business has a current plan for employees or if you’re thinking about adding one, you should familiarize yourself with the new rules. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed Read More »

Survey: CFOs in South Bend Region Optimistic in the New Year

The fourth quarter 2019 Michiana Benchmark Business Index (BBI), compiled by the certified public accounting and consulting firm of Kruggel Lawton CPAs, held steady from the prior quarter. The overall fourth quarter BBI was 54.71 out of a maximum possible score of 100. This was essentially unchanged from the third quarter BBI result of 54.78. Read More »

Advice for Dating Documents in 2020

We’ve all done it: you get ready to write a check in January and you accidentally date it for the previous year. For the first few weeks of every year this usually mindless task actually requires us to focus in order to complete properly. When signing legal documents this year, officials advise that you not Read More »

Special Alert: Congress Repeals Onerous “Parking Tax”

The government funding legislation passed by the House on Dec. 17 and by the Senate on Dec. 19 includes repeal of Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7), commonly referred to as the “parking tax.” The legislation was signed into law by the President on Dec. 20, 2019. The provision, enacted as part of the 2017 Tax Read More »

2020 Q1 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines For Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2020. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. January Read More »

How Nonprofits Can Take Advantage of Corporate Volunteers

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 47% of companies offer a community volunteer program for employees. Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose has found that large companies are even more likely to sponsor volunteer activities: 61% offer paid-release time volunteer programs or a structured corporate volunteer program. If your not-for-profit suffers from a chronic Read More »

Small Businesses: Get Ready For Your 1099-MISC Reporting Requirements

A month after the new year begins, your business may be required to comply with rules to report amounts paid to independent contractors, vendors and others. You may have to send 1099-MISC forms to those whom you pay nonemployee compensation, as well as file copies with the IRS. This task can be time consuming and Read More »

How To Protect Your Nonprofit’s Credit Cards From Misuse

A hypothetical not-for-profit staffer named Britney had maxed out her personal credit cards. So when her car needed repairs, she reached for her employer’s card. She reasoned that she would come up with the money to pay the bill before her boss ever saw a statement. Britney didn’t come up with the money. But lucky Read More »

Nonprofits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Successful ASU2018-08 Implementation

Most not-for-profit (NFP) entities are already in the process of adapting their accounting practices to accommodate the FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2018-08: Clarifying the Scope and Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. Whether you’ve already started the process, or are still looking into the requirements, your organization still has time to Read More »

Small Businesses: Stay Clear of a Severe Payroll Tax Penalty

One of the most laborious tasks for small businesses is managing payroll. But it’s critical that you not only withhold the right amount of taxes from employees’ paychecks but also that you pay them over to the federal government on time. If you willfully fail to do so, you could personally be hit with the Read More »

3rd Quarter CFO Survey Indicates Businesses Holding Steady

The third quarter 2019 Michiana Benchmark Business Index (BBI), compiled by the certified public accounting and consulting firm of Kruggel Lawton CPAs, showed improvement for the second straight quarter after reaching its lowest level ever in the first quarter of 2019. The overall third quarter BBI was 54.78 out of a maximum possible score of Read More »

Chances of an IRS Audit are Low But Business Owners Should Be Prepared

Many business owners ask: How can I avoid an IRS audit? The good news is that the odds against being audited are in your favor. In fiscal year 2018, the IRS audited approximately 0.6% of individuals. Businesses, large corporations and high-income individuals are more likely to be audited but, overall, audit rates are historically low. Read More »

When Nonprofits Need To Register In Multiple States

Many not-for-profit organizations use fundraising methods that cross state boundaries. If your nonprofit is one of them, it may need to register in multiple jurisdictions. But keep in mind that registration requirements vary — sometimes dramatically — from state to state. So be sure to determine your obligations before you invest time and money in Read More »

2019 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines For Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines that apply to businesses and other employers during the final quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. October 15 Final Read More »

Why Kruggel Lawton Is Going Over the Edge

At Kruggel Lawton, we work hard to serve our KLients, not just as your accountants, but as active members of our community. That’s why KL is participating in Youth Service Bureau’s Over the Edge event on October 4, 2019. YSB’s Street Outreach team has highlighted the impact YSB is making in our community. This story Read More »

Business Valuation: What Steps To Take Before Buying A Business

With today’s fast pace in business, there are times when we are presented with opportunities that seem good at face value, but it’s worth taking the time to check in and do your research before making a big decision. This is especially true when you’re presented the opportunity to buy a business. Make sure that Read More »

Kruggel Lawton Introduces a New Online Payment Method

Kruggel Lawton is pleased to announce an easy, convenient, and secure on-line system for our KLients to make payments on their accounts. We have recently partnered with QuickFee, a service established in 2016 that specializes in online secure payment options for CPA firms. Because of QuickFee’s long-term history and specialization of serving CPA firms, Kruggel Read More »