Considering a Large Investment or Purchase During the COVID Crisis?

The current economic environment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing. Numbers shifted dramatically as businesses were shut down and reopened, with many stay-at-home orders still in effect across the country. The second quarter GDP numbers reflected the response to COVID-19 which decreased at an annual rate of 32.9%.

Over the past few months, we’ve had more and more clients ask us about how to take advantage of this changing landscape to get ahead on some of their financial goals. Now, more than ever,  is the time to begin making smart investments. If you are considering making a large investment, acquisition, or purchase please let us know so that we can begin discussing the advantages and disadvantages well ahead of time to maximize any benefits that may come from it.

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Time for Businesses to Get Ahead

Should I reopen my business? How can I reopen my business? What’s the best way to keep operations going? How can I keep my employees and customers safe? These are questions that have been constantly clouding business owners’ minds for the past few months. For some, the first step was simple, just adopt remote work for everyone. For others however, on-site interactions or face-to-face contact is an important part of their operations. Regardless of which group you fall into, there are many important factors to keep in mind as you figure out your next play to keep your business running through this pandemic. Now is the perfect time for businesses to get ahead!

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PPP Flexibility Act Has Traps for the Uninformed

Many Businesses will be better off electing to use the old rules. Here’s why…

For businesses that cannot spend all of their PPP loan proceeds on eligible expenses by their 8 week deadline, the new PPP Flexibility Act provides a lifeline in the form of additional flexibility and extensions of deadlines for use of the funds.

However, there are some large pit-falls in the details. Some PPP recipients should consider applying for the PPP loan forgiveness under the old rules. Here’s why:

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Last week, the House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act which will ease restrictions on the loan forgiveness under the program.

This House bill comes just after the Treasury Department issued “Interim Final Rules’ that made the PPP loan forgiveness even more complex. If these extremely harsh and complex rules stand, you will likely need a lawyer, accountant, and advanced degree in mathematics to figure out how to calculate the forgivable portion of the loan. Once again, ivory tower bureaucrats in the Treasury Department do not realize the administrative burden these rules place on business owners.

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Leveraging Market Downfalls to Lock in Long-Term Tax Savings

Using the financial turmoil to lock in long-term tax savings requires complex planning, but business owners and high net wealth families can use various strategies to pass on billions of tax-free dollars to their descendants in this unique environment. The pressure from low interest rates and beaten-down equity valuations make this an ideal time for estate and wealth-transfer planning as well as make it much easier to protect these fortunes from the Internal Revenue Service.

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What to Look for in a Dallas-Fort Worth CPA?

As a business owner, your Dallas-Fort Worth CPA should be someone you view as more of a financial business partner than an employee. When situations arise like an audit, your accountant should be standing by you to help your business move past it and continue to grow and prosper. They should be proactively providing you counseling and information to help save you time and money. Solid business and CPA relationships last 10+ years with little to no doubt about the value provided. When a CPA starts to drop the ball on some of these benefits, it may be time to start looking to place a new financial partner in your corner.

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Plano SOC Audit Services: Why Do I Need a SOC Audit?

Booming cities of North Texas like Plano and Frisco have become central hubs for well-established and growing businesses. Many of these companies are either familiar with the term SOC Audit, or soon will be. The purpose of a Plano SOC Audit is to test, report, and provide details and recommendations for a service organization`s processes and controls that affect their client`s financial reports, or how they handle their data. The question many Plano and Frisco business owners have is whether or not their business needs a SOC Audit.

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The Importance of Year-End Tax Planning

Taxes have been filed, major projects are being finished, and planning for 2020 is underway, the year is finally coming to a close. However, 2019 is not over yet, and financially you can still take advantage of it. Many things can change from year to year, and it is important to know and understand how these changes can affect your taxes for next year. Year-end tax planning gives you a clear visual of your tax picture for the year and allows you to avoid any surprises. Taking this proactive step allows you take action on items to help lessen the burden on your tax bill the next year. These are items that you can only take action on before December 31st in order to reap the benefits.

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Unlocking Cybersecurity

It seems like data breaches are becoming more and more common in the news these days. Just recently, the San Francisco based food delivery service, Door Dash, had a cybersecurity breach that leaked potentially 5 million users` personal information. Seeing large companies fall victim to cyber-attacks might make it feel like an impossible task for small businesses, but it`s not. It takes proactive planning and diligence to secure your businesses’ and customer`s data.

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Facing a Huge Gain From a Realty Sale?

If you are contemplating a realty sale, there are a number of issues that could impact the taxes that you might owe, and there are steps you can take to minimize the gain, defer the gain, or spread it over a number of years. The first and possibly most important issue is adjusted basis. When computing the gain or loss from the sale of property, your gain or loss is measured from your adjusted basis in the property. Thus, your gain or loss would be the sales price minus the sales expenses and adjusted basis.

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