On September 13, 2021, The House Ways and Means Committee released proposed tax changes to pay for and be incorporated in the Build Back Better act (the $3 trillion budget reconciliation bill currently being discussed by Congress). The House proposals modified many of the tax changes on President Biden’s agenda, ignored some of his proposals, and included a few surprises. Here are the highlights of the proposed changes with most being effective in 2022. The themes of the proposed legislation are tax increases for corporations and wealthy taxpayers and the “marriage penalty” is back. We will continue to keep you updated as there will be many changes and modifications to the proposed bill before being approved by the House and Senate. (more…)
Good News for Business Owners – California Assembly Bill 150
By Rob Trammell, Principal
For those of us living in California, or other high tax states, there was a nasty section of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that has been causing some pain since 2018. That was the $10,000 limitation on the amount of state and local taxes that could be deducted for federal purposes. Even though your state income and property taxes could well exceed that amount, the maximum deduction on your federal return was limited to $10,000. (more…)
The SBA announced that PPP borrowers of $150,000 or less (for either first draw or second draw loans) have access to a simplified loan forgiveness process:
- SBA Loan Forgiveness Portal – Borrowers are able to submit their loan forgiveness application directly to the SBA through a streamlined portal as of August 4, 2021, rather than to their lender/bank.
- The lender/bank must opt-in to participate in this program. Therefore, check with your lender to see if you can utilize the SBA Portal. Currently, nearly 900 banks representing over 2 million borrowers have agreed to participate, however, it is expected that most large financial institutions will not participate and continue to use their proprietary portals. The SBA has provided a list of participating lenders.
- The Portal will allow borrowers to complete Form 3508S which was recently revised.
- The SBA set up a PPP customer service team to answer questions and directly assist borrowers with their forgiveness applications. The customer service team is available by calling (877) 552-2692, Monday – Friday, 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT.
Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code is gaining greater interest from shareholders and investors in start-ups and small businesses. It offers favorable tax treatment for capital gains to those holding qualified small business stock (QSBS). A qualified small business (QSB) is an active C corporation with assets of less than $50 million at the point of or immediately after the issuance of stock.
According to IRC Section 1202, QSBS holders may have gains of 50 percent to 100 percent excluded from their tax obligations, depending on the date the stock was acquired. The exclusion is generally limited to either $10 million or 10 times the taxpayer’s basis in the stock, whichever is greater. (more…)
PPP Loan Payments May Be Due for Some Borrowers – PPP loan borrowers have ten months after their “Covered Period” ends (anywhere between 8 and 24 weeks after receiving loan proceeds) before loan payments are required. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness at any time before the loan matures but will need to start making payments if they apply after this ten-month period. For those who received a PPP loan at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, it may be close to the end of their ten-month window, and payments may be required soon. (more…)
There are different tax treatments to consider when selling your real estate property. The property can be classified as a primary residence, a real estate rental, an investment property, or a second home/vacation rental. The applicable tax consequences on the sale of a property depends on how the asset was classified in the current and prior tax years. It is important for real estate owners to be aware of the various tax implications that a real estate sale can trigger. (more…)
The COVID-19 pandemic created challenging circumstances for many Bay Area construction contractors. The combination of government orders and fear of virus transmission led to the delay or cancellation of many scheduled projects. And unfortunately, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction companies were dealing with another challenging situation, employees and vendors perpetrating fraud schemes against the company. According to the ACFE 2020 Report to the Nations, the median fraud-related loss experienced by construction companies was $200,000 per incident (based on investigations that occurred between January 2018 and September 2019). This means, construction is in the top six of the highest median loss experienced, behind mining at $475,000; energy at $275,000; real estate at $254,000; telecommunications at $250,000; and health care also at $200,000. This unfavorable ranking reflects the need for construction companies to do more to prevent and detect fraud schemes to limit losses. (more…)
In March 2021, President Biden announced his $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, The American Jobs Plan. The package targets both traditional and non-traditional infrastructure, for example, roads, bridges, and water systems as well as the caregiving industry. The Plan also calls for substantial investments in research and development and expanding broadband internet access to rural areas.
Renewable energy is a focal point of the Plan, from calls to upgrade and modernize existing electrical infrastructure to investing in electric vehicles and clean energy. Part of the Plan looks to involve the private sector while other financing options include tax credits and incentives. (more…)