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2020 Employee Retention Credit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, Public Law 116- 136) provides for a refundable tax credit up to 50% of the qualified retention wages paid, including allocable qualified health expenses, limited to up to $10,000 in wages paid per employee, if such wages are paid by an eligible employer experiencing a full or partial business suspension due to orders from a...
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Paycheck Protection Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown of the U.S. economy, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has a new program called the Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and...
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COVID-19 Scams

The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. “We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an...
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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Congress recently passed “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (also know as CARES Act), which included the “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP) for small businesses. This program gives small businesses access to short-term cash flow assistance aimed to help deal with the immediate global impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These loans are made by approved lenders,...
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from...
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Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can’t file by the April 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual...
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Tax-related Identity Theft

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return. You may not even know you’re at risk until it’s too late. How to avoid it and what to do if it happens to you? Protecting yourself from tax id theft brochureDownload
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Cincinnati, Hartford Payment P.O. Boxes Closing in 2020

The IRS is closing several business payment P.O. Boxes (or Lockbox addresses) in the Cincinnati and Hartford areas beginning July 1. Payments mailed to these closed payment locations will be returned to the sender. No forwarding service will be available. To help ensure timely receipt, check Where to File on irs.gov before mailing your client’s payment. If you receive an IRS payment letter,...
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Connecticut Business Entity Tax Sunset

Public Act 19-117, signed by Gov. Lamont on June 26, 2019, sunsets the $250 biennial Connecticut Business Entity Tax (BET). Does a business entity need to do anything to close its BET registration with DRS? No. DRS will automatically close the business entity’s BET registration after the final return is filed. The final BET return includes the 2017 and 2018 taxable years. If a business...
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Travel Expenses Allowed Without Log Book

Travel Expenses Allowed Without Log BookDownload – Maki, T.C. Summary Opinion 2019-34 In general, travel expenses have strict substantiation requirements. A taxpayer must maintain records that include:- The amount of the expense,- The time and place of travel,- The business purpose of the expense, and- The business relationship between the taxpayer and persons provided meals. Courts...
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