There’s Still Time to Make an IRA Contribution!

The July 15th deadline is coming up, but it’s not too late to make an IRA contribution! Even though tax filing season is well underway, there is still time to make a regular (traditional) IRA contribution for 2019. You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline is July 15, 2020. Watch the video to see what actions to take now: Making a last-minute…  Read more

NYT Morning Briefing, PPP Loan & P4 Updates

The PPP loan applications close today at midnight, the rules have relaxed, so if you have not yet applied, today is the day to do so. It’s hard to believe that we have been researching the guidance on these programs for four (4) months and there are still so many unanswered questions. Please follow this link for the SBA Lender Match Tool if you have not applied yet. If you…  Read more

PPP Loan Forgiveness, Cash Flow Forecasts, Re-opening Consequences & this Morning’s Photo Opp…,

Managing cash flow is a vital part of running a successful business. Some business owners think managing cash flow simply means keeping track of how much money enters and leaves their business, but there’s actually more that goes into it. As I take my morning run I try to clear my head and think about what I can do to help alleviate the pressures we are all facing.  Our firm…  Read more

Business Lessons Learned During COVID-19

If you’re like many small business owners you’re probably astounded by how the world has changed in a very short time. While we can all hope that the pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime scenario, the truth is there is a lot in life and in business that is uncertain, and there is a great deal we can learn from the response to COVID-19 to help plan for the future. Yes, your…  Read more

“I Got an Offer for a SBA Loan Now What Should I Do?” …

I clicked on the email from disastercustomerservice@sba.gov and was a bit surprised that they were inviting me to set up my portal so I could continue my SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application. I said to myself “I got an Offer for a SBA Loan Now What Should I Do?” then I said to myself this is an opportunity and I should approach this as I would any other opportunity…  Read more

Tuesday Morning Briefing, and News of the NYS Forward Loan Fund…

I am hoping that everyone practiced safe social distancing as we celebrated our war heroes this memorial day weekend. NYS has just opened the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) for pre-applications.  This is a new working capital economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak. NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with: Gross revenue…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 20 May 2020

Resources to Help You Survive – and Thrive – During the COVID-19 Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every part of the economy. According to a survey by the Census Bureau, 75% of all small businesses in the U.S. have applied for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, but as of May 2, only 38% had received funding. For unknown reasons, businesses in some parts of the country…  Read more

Tuesday Morning Briefing, Forgiveness for PPP Loans and Time to Plan …

May 19 2020 I am glad to not only share a beautiful morning sunrise with you, but also the links and important information and guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness process. New guidance has come out about the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness process, as well as an application form and instructions.   Here is the link to the:  Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application with Instructions Reminders…  Read more

The Morning Briefing and Sharing Today’s Beautiful Sunrise

Every country around the world has its own strategy for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some countries, like Sweden, are relying on the development of “herd immunity.” However, that approach is not without risks, and shouldn’t be adopted by other countries without consideration of those risks. On the other end of the spectrum, New Zealand effectively eliminated coronavirus. Like Sweden’s approach, New Zealand’s won’t work everywhere. Here in the U.S.,…  Read more

A New Normal Mother’s Day, Office Safety Protocol & Your Morning Briefing…

I spent my mother’s day morning with a friend on a plant buying expedition Mother’s Day Greenhouse Plants garbed in gloves hats, masks and glasses and as we practiced social distancing while meeting other gardening enthusiasts at the Brooklyn Terminal Market. I know others who hosted mother’s day dinners via video chat software or FaceTime. It was not quite “business as usual” but it was good to be out among…  Read more

How Hurricane Sandy Prepared us to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This video is a portion of a recent panel discussion with Andrea and other tax professionals on how they set up their offices and were able to support their clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Andrea also discusses how cloud software, payroll portals, and document portals enabled her team to support their clients’ grant applications. We are not sure what the new normal will look like once we “open our doors”…  Read more

How do you Draw the Line Between Work and Home?

It seems appropriate to discuss this topic as the news this week is focused on “returning to work”.   I wonder what that will look like for people, I believe it depends on our ability to be flexible, creative, careful, courageous, determined and considerate  as we  continue to work remotely or create processes for a sustainable remote/onsite system. I was asked to contribute to a recently published online article here is…  Read more

Will I Ever See the Stimulus Money I was Promised?

Here’s hoping that this email and my “not so short video” answers your questions about the stimulus checks or at least clears up some of the confusion. Remember: The amount you get in your stimulus check in the coming months is determined by your 2019 or 2018 tax return (whichever tax return was most recently filed).  Next year, when we prepare your 2020 tax return we will complete a reconciliation…  Read more

Sunday Morning Briefing, the Next Wave of Funding…

We are looking forward to the starting of the next wave of PPP application submissions and hoping that more of our clients will be funded. We have created a specific process for our clients to follow so that they can comply with the rules and conditions for each of the loan/grant programs.  Please follow our blog posts and email blasts for companion videos as well. and  on to this morning’s NYT…  Read more

Bank PPP Loan Emails, Open at Your Own Risk…

Posting this a bit later in the day, I wanted to make sure that I had the most up to date information to share. I have attended 3 webinars today, including a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Town Hall meeting where the discussion was focused on potential additional funding for both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and EIDL, other small business grants. “The PPP is out of money:  On Thursday morning,…  Read more

The Morning Briefing, So Where’s My Money…

I am so glad to share this photo from another beautiful morning run on the beach today, I hope you are all doing something for YOU each day, it really does help.     The reports are coming in about the stimulus checks.  It seems that only those eligible individuals who had an over-payment direct deposited into their (current) bank account when they filed their 2018 or 2019 tax returns…  Read more

Your Morning Briefing, It’s Tax Day, or is it? Updates on Loans, Grants & Stimulus Funding…

It was overcast this morning on the beach, but I was glad to get out to clear my head on #TaxDay?  Yes it’s April 15th but the only extensions we are filing are for our self-employed clients who operate in NYC (there was only a minimal extension of time to file the Unincorporated Income Tax Returns (UBT). EIDL And PPP Applications and Funding I am hearing from others in the…  Read more

New Information Post Passing of the C.A.R.E.S. Act…

You may have missed our announcement about our CARES Act Overview and Resource Center This post has many critical resources that are also in our resource center which I wanted to highlight, as well as updated information we have put together from all of our research. We believe that the “PPP loan to grant” program is worth reviewing.  We have gotten word that our banking partners do not have complete…  Read more

The C.A.R.E.S. Act overview and other useful resources…

Over the course of a few weeks nearly everyone’s business and life has been turned upside down. It’s been a crazy time with businesses forced to close, an overload of information (and mis-information on social media) and people risking their lives to save others. With the recent disruption in mind, we have been working to help support you however we can. We’ve seen a number of our clients already impacted…  Read more

Your Morning Briefing – Wednesday March 25th…

I have been checking the New York Times Morning Briefing daily as well as my online accounting and business newsletters, the IRS and NYS website, et al, to see what’s going on with our country, our government, our economy, taxes and of course, the Coronavirus.  Here’s the link for today’s NYT briefing My team and I have also been researching valuable resources for loans, grants, and best health and business…  Read more

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