MA is Now Being Inundated with Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Beware.  We’ve now heard from multiple clients that fraudulent unemployment claims were filed under their name and SSN. Scary stuff. Here is the advice we’re giving to those clients: There is a Mass website to report suspected fraudulent claims:...

Let CARR Healthcare Realty Help You Out

Looking for a company to help you with lease negotiating or with the purchase of commercial space? How about a company where the fee for their services is actually paid by your landlord or by the person you purchase the real estate from, and isn’t paid you? We...

Mortgage Interest Rates Are At Record Lows

With home mortgage rates at ALL TIME LOWS, now is a great time to look at refinancing your home mortgage. If you can lock in a fixed-rate mortgage for at least .5% less than your current rate, then it’s the proverbial “no-brainer”. Start by reaching out to the...

MA Dept of Unemployment – Link to Employer Guide

MA DUA has updated their site with information that answers many unemployment questions as it relates to employees refusing to come back to work and how unemployment is related to the PPP loan. Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers...

FTEs Matter

Understanding how the number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) working at your office impacts the PPP loan forgiveness calculation is essential for anyone looking to max out the portion of this SBA loan that will ultimately be forgiven.  According to the SBA rules...

PPP Forgiveness Guidelines Finally Issued

Over the weekend, the SBA finally issued guidelines on how the loan forgiveness calculation will work.  The Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application is available at:...

How To Max Out The Loan Forgiveness

The clock is ticking. Assuming your office has been closed for more than a month, what can you do now to maximize the loan forgiveness? The first step is to determine if you will be able to fully staff up by 6/30/20 to qualify for the Safe-Harbor described above. ...

We Can Help With The PPP Forgiveness Paperwork

Later this year, most likely during June or July, our payroll team and staff accountants will be proactively helping our clients who utilize our firm’s payroll service with the info needed to prepare the loan forgiveness application.  Remember, we need the 6/30/20...

More Info About EIDLS

As we wrote last week, the SBA is now reaching out to small business owners that their Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available.  That article is available at: https://www.schwartzaccountants.com/2020/05/economic-injury-disaster-loans-eidl-are-now-granted/...

Please Put PPP Forfeiture in Perspective

Maximizing the portion of your PPP loan to be forgiven should be one of your goals.  Taking steps to ensure that the full amount of your loan is forgiven might be short-sighted. Too many clients seem singularly focused on doing whatever it takes for the full PPP to be...

Should You Pay Back Your PPP By Thursday 5/14?

Many of our clients got the PPP during the initial phase three or four weeks ago.  Others got their PPP loans much more recently.  Either way, should you consider fully repaying the PPP loan by Thursday, May 14th? One big issue that impacts your decision is whether...

Interesting Insight From One of the Major Dental Lenders

According to one of the local dental lenders: We are soon expecting an update from management and SBA about forgiveness, I shall keep you posted. You can apply as early as June 30th for forgiveness. That’s when the first phase customers 8 weeks end. Rumor is that date...

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are Now Granted

By the end of last week, a few clients reached out to us to let us know that they received the SBA approval for their EIDL loan.  The amount for most loans came in at $150k. We were then asked if they should take advantage of these loans. We are recommending that...

How to Best Utilize Your PPP Loan

Congratulations if you received either your PPP 7(a) loan or notification from your lender that you will receive those funds soon. Now you need to figure out how to make the best use of this forgivable loan. Please remember that the primary purpose of the PPP loan is...

How to Best Time When to Apply for your PPP Loan

Hindsight is 2020. That being said, you don’t have the luxury of hindsight when it comes to figuring out when is the best time to apply for a PPP 7(a) loan for your practice. Let’s assume you meet these three conditions: You have temporarily closed your practice and...

Household Employers – How the Families First Act impacts you

The Families First Act took effect April 1 and does cover household employers. However, the Department of Labor has the discretion to exempt businesses with under 50 employees if the business can demonstrate that the new requirements would jeopardize its viability....

Instructions to completing the EIDL Application

We’ve received numerous calls and emails about completing the EIDL Application with the SBA. Now that I’ve spent some time looking at the forms and limited instructions, I see why. Here are line by line instructions (based on my understanding of how they should be...

Financial Incentives for Practice Owners to Retain Their Staff

The CARES Act passed last Friday included a few excellent incentives for small employers to retain their staff. The “Paycheck Protection Program” SBA 7(a) loan: The loan is equal to 2.5 times your average monthly payroll costs from the 12 months prior to the loan...

Practice Owner “To-Do List” Following the Passing of the CARES Act

Now that the CARES Act has been passed into law, now is the time to finalize your planning for this period of time that your office is temporarily closed and also for when the office reopens later this year. • Submit the paperwork with the SBA to receive the $10k EIDL...

Opportunities for Small Employers

The CARES Act focuses on helping small employers with less than 500 employees keep their doors open and retain their staff. Let’s first take a look at the forgivable loan being offered. Known as SBA 7(a) loans, the rules move the processing of these loans from the...

Penalty-Free Retirement Plan Distributions

Let me start by saying that retirement accounts for working people should be used only as a last resort. That being said, the CARES act includes a provision allowing you to withdraw up to $100k from your IRA or work Retirement Plan penalty-free if you are affected by...

Student Loan Forgiveness

The CARES Act includes a provision suspending payments and waiving the interest on any federal student loans through September 30, 2020. Please go online with your loan servicer to make sure that they are following through on this valuable break from paying these...

COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

In the Coronavirus Bill passed today by Congress, most adults will get $1,200 stimulus payments and do not need to file any type of application to get this relief. There is an income threshold, however. Single filers with an AGI of $75k or less will get the full...

Repost of ADA Article – CARES ACT Relief Bill

REPOST FROM ADA (American Dental Association): Senate passes CARES Act, 3rd COVID-19 relief bill Hello, Fellow Dentists: For the last few weeks, the American Dental Association has advocated on your behalf as federal lawmakers debate the best way to respond to the...

Filing Info & Relief For Individual Tax Payers

Update 3.27.2020 Massachusetts and New York have officially extended the tax deadline date to July 15, 2020 which matches the IRS extended deadline date. Read MA DOR Announcement Info for Individual Taxpayers: The IRS relief provisions resulting from COVID-19 might be...

Practice Loans-Relief from Lenders

We reached out to our network of lenders to see what they plan to offer as relief to Practice owners. Here’s a sampling of what they said. – Official announcements will be coming directly from the lenders shortly. For any existing clients, our solutions range...

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Last week, we posted information and a link to a Small Business Recovery Loan offered by MA Growth Capital Corporation at: https://www.schwartzaccountants.com/2020/03/practice-small-business-recovery-loan/. It turns out that program was woefully underfunded and...

Unemployment FAQS

We recently posted information and links regarding some of the rules for practices that need to shut down temporarily and have their staff (and themselves) collect unemployment. The Mass Dental Society put out a great memo on Staffing Considerations in Connection with...

Two New Refundable Payroll Tax Credits

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave IR-2020-57, March 20, 2020 WASHINGTON — Today the U.S....

Practice Owners-Small Business Recovery Loan

There’s a small business recovery loan being offered to small businesses to help with cash flow during closures.   This is being offered by MA Growth Capital Corporation. https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/what-we-offer/emergency-loan-funds/covid-19-loan-fund...

Payroll – What To Do For Employers

The COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and we are trying our best to keep our clients informed as new information is released. GUIDES: Mass Dental Society – Temp Office Closing Guide How to file for Unemployment MA1 How to file for Unemployment MA2 ADVISE...

The IRS is Getting Serious About Virtual Currency Transactions

By Andrew D. Schwartz CPA When the IRS adds a check box on Schedule 1 of the personal tax return asking: At any time during 2019, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency? …you know they mean...

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2020

FROM IRS NEWS: IR-2019-215, December 31, 2019 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates (PDF) used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes....

Check Out The New W4 Form

By Andrew D. Schwartz CPA After decades of misleading all but the most straightforward of taxpayers, the W4 form has been replaced with a new W4 form. This is the form you fill out with your employer when you start working that determines the rate you will have...

Upper Limits on Conforming Mortgages Increasing for 2020

By Bob Cahill, Leader Bank Big changes for 2020! The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the conforming limit for one to four unit properties is increasing.  For a complete list by states/counties please click here. Investopedia defines Conforming Loans as: What...

2019 and 2020 Tax Facts

For 2019, the standard deduction for a single individual is $12,200 and for a married couple is $24,400. A person will benefit by itemizing once allowable deductions exceed the applicable standard deduction. Itemized deductions include state and local income taxes (or...

Cyber Security Lesson for Your Kids

Here’s one more New Year’s Resolution you might add to your list: Training your children to be aware of internet/online security or cyber security. As many are aware, cyber security is the protection of assets and data from electronic attack. This includes...

RE: 2020

Personal financial planning is an ongoing process.  The good news is that financially speaking, 2019 was another really good year. The stock markets once again hit all time highs.  Real estate prices around the country continue to increase.  And interest rates and...

Tax and Financial Planning Calendar for January 2020

Month Income Taxes Saving and Investing JANUARY 4th quarter 2019 estimates due 1/15/20 Expect to receive W-2s and 1099s by January 31, 2020 Review your withholdings for 2020, and, if necessary, file a new W-4 Form with your employer to adjust your withholding Prepare...

Checklist to Cut Your 2019 Taxes

It’s not too late to cut your 2019 tax bill.  Prior to Dec. 31st: Increase your 401(k) and 403(b) contributions if you haven’t been contributing at the maximum rate all year. If you’re self-employed, consider setting up a Solo 401(k) by 12/31. Take a look...

New SSN Scam

Scammers are at it again, this time calling up taxpayers, impersonating the IRS, and threatening to suspend or cancel social security numbers. According to the IRS, these calls can come in as “robocall” voicemails, requesting people to call back. The scammers may...

IRS Gets Serious About Cryptocurrency

Have you been dabbling in cryptocurrency trading? The IRS is stepping up its efforts to provide guidance to taxpayers around cryptocurrency transactions and has enacted some new compliance measures. On 2019 tax returns, the IRS will require taxpayers to check off a...