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The Bottom Line is where Klatzkin’s advisors provide analysis and insight into key developments in taxation, accounting, and other issues and how they affect businesses and individual taxpayers.

What the $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan Means for Taxpayers

COVID-19 Tax Incentives & Planning, Tax

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, the newest economic relief package into law, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The 242 page, $1.9T bill brings a surge of new stimulus funds and legislation to revive the economy after a slow recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which happened a year ago this month.

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New PPP Loan Calculation Guidance

COVID-19 Business Loan & Grant Program, New Jersey, Paycheck Protection Program, Pennsylvania

This month, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a new Interim Final Rule changing the loan calculation formula for specific Payroll Protection Program (PPP) applicants. The sweeping changes apply to self-employed business owners, independent contractors, and sole proprietors, with or without employees.

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New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020

COVID-19 Tax Incentives & Planning, New Jersey

The challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult to manage for many New Jersey-area businesses. The hardest-hit industries include food service, hospitality, entertainment, and recreation, as demand has plummeted since the pandemic began.

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New Mileage Rates and Retirement-Related Changes for 2021

Retirement, Tax

Angela Lawrence, Quality Control Coordinator at Klatzkin, contributed to this post. With the calendar turning to January 2021, new standards came into effect that impact taxpayers who use their vehicles for specific purposes or contribute to retirement accounts.  Let’s look at changes related to standard mileage rates and retirement accounts in 2021, as announced by […]

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State Tax Conformity with the CARES Act

CARES Act, COVID-19 Tax Incentives & Planning, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tax

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last March sharply impacted both businesses and individuals as significant changes to everyday life were mandated to limit the virus’s spread. The combination of stay-at-home orders and forced business closures left many reeling from the almost overnight shifts. Given the magnitude of the situation, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide comprehensive economic relief.

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New PPP Changes Benefit Small Businesses and Nonprofits

COVID-19 Business Loan & Grant Program, Nonprofits, Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has provided millions of financial relief to New Jersey and Pennsylvania-area businesses and nonprofit organizations. It was reported by the Small Business Administration (SBA) since the start of 2021 that $133.5B in loans have been issued with an average amount of $73,966. These loans have helped businesses and nonprofits manage through the persistent pandemic.

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PPP Round 2: Determining and Demonstrating Loan Eligibility

COVID-19 Business Loan & Grant Program, Paycheck Protection Program, Pennsylvania

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many independent schools have made changes that balance compliance with government orders and students’ educational needs. In doing this, school leaders remain concerned about their institutions’ financial stability, and many are seeking new funding sources heading into 2021.

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee Determination

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tax

Many business owners are perplexed by determining whether an individual is acting as an employee or independent contractor. The determination is challenging because there are often confusing federal and state guidelines and because it seems they change regularly. Many are surprised to learn that although an individual may appear to be working in an independent contractor’s role, they are considered an employee by the IRS and state law.

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2021 Required Minimum Distributions

COVID-19, Retirement, Tax

In the fall of 2020, I wrote about whether one should choose to waive or not to waive part of or all of one’s requirement to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  More than likely, that will not be an option for 2021.

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COVID-19 Effects Are a Required Financial Statement Disclosure

COVID-19, Financial Management, Nonprofits

All organizations are required to detail the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their organization in the financial statement notes. This disclosure requirement is for commercial entities as well as nonprofit entities.

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