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PPP Loan June 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. If employers did not maintain employee count or salary levels, forgiveness will be reduced. When the Flexibility Act was released on June 5, 2020, the loan forgiveness form and instructions were updated to include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Compliance Recommendations

Employers with fewer than 500 employees should review policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and train supervisors on how to respond when employees request such leave.  You will find summarized notes from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act below:

Here are sample policies on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Public Emergency Health Leave required by the Act.

If you have questions please contact us at (479) 249-9916.


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DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

After much anticipation, on September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its long-awaited Final Overtime Rule to update the federal overtime regulations governing which employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay under the federal wage and hour law by increasing the salary level required under the executive, administrative and professional (EAP) white-collar exemptions. The Final Overtime Rule is effective as of January 1, 2020.

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Pierce Firm charitable tax deduction rules

Charitable Tax Deductions IRS Rules

If reducing your taxable estate is an important estate planning goal, making lifetime charitable donations can help achieve that goal and benefit your favorite organizations. In addition, by making donations during your lifetime, rather than at death, you can claim income tax deductions. But some of your charitable deductions could be denied if you don’t follow IRS rules.

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S Corporation

Only certain trusts can own S corporation stock

An S corporation must comply with several strict requirements or risk losing their tax-advantaged status. Among other things, they can have no more than 100 shareholders, can have no more than one class of stock and are permitted to have only certain types of shareholders.

In an estate planning context, it’s critical that any trusts that will receive S corporation stock through operation of your estate plan be eligible shareholders.

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Pierce Firm Asset Protection

4 Asset Protection Strategies

Asset protection (sometimes also referred to as debtor-creditor law) is a set of legal techniques and a body of statutory and common law dealing with protecting assets of individuals and business entities from civil money judgments. The goal of asset protection planning is to insulate assets from claims of creditors without perjury or tax evasion.

 Creditor and litigant claims have the potential to put a big dent in your next worth. To help protect your assets from such threats, we are providing four asset-protection strategies here.
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Healthier company

Diet for a fitter, healthier company

Just as people can get out of shape over the course of a stressful year, so can companies. Whether your business has experienced a rapid growth spurt – or perhaps been starved for sales or adequate capital – it can benefit from refocusing on three core objectives:

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Bonuses deduction

Can I pay bonuses in 2018 but deduct them in 2017?

If you are a business owner, you may be wondering if you can pay bonuses in 2018, but deduct them in 2017.  Is it even possible?

The answer is Yes, but only if:

  1. Your company uses  accrual-basis accounting.
  2. The bonuses were earned in 2017 and are paid by march 15.
  3. Bonus liability must be fixed by the end of 2017.

This process can be complicated, which is why you should talk to a experience CPA.

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The American Stock Exchange Origins

Lower Manhattan, 1920. A rowdy crowd congregates where Broad Street meets Morris. One well-dressed gentlemen shouts orders to an office worker three stores above. A sketchier character talks up a Colorado gold mine to anyone who will listen. Some jokester hawks shares in cocker spaniel puppy – 10 cents apierce – while an apple-seller haggles with hungry customers.

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Preventing fraud in your business

Preventing Fraud in Your Business

Employee fraud is a significant problem faced by organizations of all sizes, types and industries. While we would all like to believe our employees are loyal and working for the benefit of the organization, unfortunately there are still many reasons why some employees may commit fraud.

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Tax Season is here. Are you ready?

Although tax season doesn’t officially begin until next week, it is important to get ready and file as early as possible to avoid any unneeded stress by using these tips to prepare for the 2017 tax season now.

Here are a few tips to prepare for Tax Season 2017

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8 Reasons to Hire CPA

8 Reasons to Hire a CPA

Why do I need to hire a CPA? This is a question we hear often, and in this blog we will provide you with 8 reasons why you should hire a certified public accountant.

CPAs act as advisers to individuals, businesses, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies on a wide range of financial matters.

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