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…)
When a company is involved in litigation—as either a plaintiff or a defendant—it is essential that the management team and legal counsel consider the potential tax implications of the action as early as possible. Advance planning and consultation can have a major impact on both the tax treatment of any proceeds and the deductibility of attorneys’ fees and other expenses. (more…)
In addition to causing untold health and economic damages, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound—and possibly permanent—impact on many longstanding workplace practices. For example, although working from home began as a temporary emergency response, a number of high-profile companies now say they plan to continue the practice in their post-pandemic operations.
Choosing to maintain remote worker arrangements as a permanent fixture raises a number of questions. In addition to evaluating how a dispersed workforce will affect corporate culture, efficiency, morale, and productivity, companies must also consider the possible tax consequences of having employees work from home. (more…)
After a series of rule changes and expansions to various COVID-19 relief programs, many companies are reconsidering certain federal benefits they had previously ruled out. The employee retention credit (ERC) is a prime example.
The initial intent of the ERC was to make it easier for a business to keep employees on the payroll if it was forced to close or partially suspend operations due to a mandatory government shutdown order or if it experienced significant revenue loss during the pandemic. While the basic structure and purpose of the program remain unchanged, both the eligibility criteria and the size of the potential benefits have changed significantly. (more…)
With working remotely more common now, many business owners are looking closely at how they might deduct some of the costs associated with maintaining their home offices.
Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 eliminated the home office expense deduction for most employees until 2026, business owners may still be able to deduct such expenses—but only if they meet a number of conditions. These conditions vary depending on how the business entity is structured. (more…)
The Employee Retention Credit (ERC), was enacted in March 2020 as part of the CARES Act and has since been modified twice by Congress to provide greater benefits to employers. Currently, eligible employers may claim a credit equal to 70 percent of the “qualified wages” paid to employees, up to a maximum credit of $7,000 per employee per quarter. If the credit exceeds amounts owed for payroll taxes the excess is fully refundable so it can generate cash for your business. (more…)