IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Payroll Tax Deferral
September 9, 2020 COVID-19
IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Payroll Tax Deferral

by Nicholas Sanchez, J.D., LL.M. Taxation On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued a “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations In Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster” (“Memorandum”) in which he directed Treasury Secretary Mnuchin (“Secretary”) to defer the withholding and payment of the employee share of Social Security tax. The Memorandum provides that the […]

How qualified retirement plan rules affect COVID-19-related layoffs and rehires
September 1, 2020 COVID-19
How qualified retirement plan rules affect COVID-19-related layoffs and rehires

Has your organization laid off employees this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you plan to rehire some of them before the end of 2020? Or maybe you already have. If so, and you offer a qualified retirement plan, the IRS recently issued an important clarification regarding whether partial termination of a qualified plan […]

Strengthen your supply chain with constant risk awareness
August 7, 2020 COVID-19
Strengthen your supply chain with constant risk awareness

When the COVID-19 crisis exploded in March, among the many concerns was the state of the nation’s supply chains. Business owners are no strangers to such worry. It’s long been known that, if too much of a company’s supply chain is concentrated (that is, dependent) on one thing, that business is in danger. The pandemic […]

IRS relief available for midyear contribution changes to safe harbor 401(k)s
August 6, 2020 COVID-19
IRS relief available for midyear contribution changes to safe harbor 401(k)s

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the IRS recently issued Notice 2020-52. It offers sponsors of safe harbor 401(k) plans with temporary relief from certain requirements applicable to midyear reductions or suspensions of contributions. The guidance also clarifies the requirements for midyear contribution reductions (during or after the pandemic) that affect only highly compensated employees (HCEs) […]

Form W-2 reporting of COVID-19-related sick leave and family leave
August 3, 2020 COVID-19
Form W-2 reporting of COVID-19-related sick leave and family leave

In Notice 2020-54, the IRS recently provided guidance to employers on Form W-2 reporting of qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages. These are the wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The guidance requires employers to report the amount of qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages paid […]

Organized crime has adapted just fine to COVID-19
July 28, 2020 COVID-19
Organized crime has adapted just fine to COVID-19

Unlike some legitimate businesses, organized crime enterprises can be expected to weather the current COVID-19 crisis. In fact, with millions of Americans now working from home, organized crime-related cyber fraud — including phishing schemes and ransomware attacks — has grown exponentially. If you haven’t done so recently, it’s important to review and possibly upgrade your […]

Main Street Lending Program open to nonprofit applicants
July 24, 2020 COVID-19
Main Street Lending Program open to nonprofit applicants

Recently, the Federal Reserve announced that not-for-profit organizations may also apply for loans under the $600 billion Main Street Lending Program. Previously open only to for-profit businesses with more than 100 employees, the program offers low-interest loans with relatively relaxed repayment terms. If your organization needs funding to keep operating during this difficult period, a […]

IRS guidance on “coronavirus-related” retirement plan distributions
July 15, 2020 COVID-19
IRS guidance on “coronavirus-related” retirement plan distributions

In Notice 2020-50, the IRS recently provided guidance on “coronavirus-related distributions” from retirement plans under Section 2202 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Here are some pertinent details for employers. Pension plans The Notice points out that Sec. 2202 doesn’t change the rules for when plan distributions are permitted to be made from employer […]

Main Street Lending Program
July 8, 2020 COVID-19
Main Street Lending Program

By Kaveh Imandoust, J.D., M.B.T., CPA; and Nicholas Sanchez, J.D., LL.M. Taxation   Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are integral to the U.S. economy and create jobs for a large share of the U.S. workforce; however, the spread of COVID-19 has substantially disrupted economic activity in many sectors of the economy – especially for SMBs. […]

Asset impairment is expected to hit 2020 financial statements
June 25, 2020 COVID-19
Asset impairment is expected to hit 2020 financial statements

Some companies are expected to report impairment losses in fiscal year 2020 because of the COVID-19 crisis. Depending on the nature of your operations and assets, the pandemic could be considered a “triggering event” that warrants interim impairment testing. Examples of assets that may become impaired include long-lived assets (such as equipment and real estate), […]

COVID-19-related deadline relief affects HSAs and retirement plans
June 19, 2020 COVID-19
COVID-19-related deadline relief affects HSAs and retirement plans

The IRS recently issued another notice extending tax deadlines because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notice 2020-35 supplements IRS Notice 2020-23 and earlier guidance by extending the deadlines for certain additional time-sensitive actions relating to employment taxes; exempt organizations; employee benefit plans, including 401(k)s; Health Savings Accounts (HSAs); IRAs; and other specified accounts. With some exceptions, the extensions […]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
June 16, 2020 COVID-19
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

By Nicholas Sanchez, J.D., LL.M. Taxation; and Kaveh Imandoust, J.D., M.B.T., CPA Earlier this month the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010, PPPFA) was signed into law. If you’re not already familiar, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a provision included in the CARES Act that provides forgivable loans to small businesses to […]