President Biden recently announced his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan (AFP), the third step in his Build Back Better policy initiative. The announcement followed the previous releases of the proposed $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and the Made in America Tax Plan. These plans propose major investments in various domestic initiatives, such as expanded tax credits for […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected various industries in very different ways. Widespread lockdowns and discouraged movement have led to increased profitability for some manufacturers and many big-box retailers. The restaurant industry, however, has had a much harder go of it — especially smaller, privately owned businesses in economically challenged areas. In response, the Small Business Administration (SBA) […]
The May 17 deadline for filing your 2020 individual tax return is coming up soon. It’s important to file and pay your tax return on time to avoid penalties imposed by the IRS. Here are the basic rules. Failure to pay Separate penalties apply for failing to pay and failing to file. The failure-to-pay penalty […]
by David Lam | The only way to ensure that the information in the possession of your organization is appropriately protected is for the executive leadership of your organization to be proactively engaged in managing your information security efforts. To be practicing governance.
If your company is planning to merge with or buy another business, your attention is probably on conducting due diligence and negotiating deal terms. But you also should address the post-closing financial reporting requirements for the transaction. If not, it may lead to disappointing financial results, restatements and potential lawsuits after the dust settles. Here’s […]
For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Kami Cohen among the 2021 Minorities of Influence: CPAs.
President Biden’s proposals for individual taxpayers were outlined in an April 28 address to Congress and in an 18-page fact sheet released by the White House. The “American Families Plan” contains tax breaks for low- and middle-income taxpayers and tax increases on those “making over $400,000 per year.” Here’s a summary of some of the […]
We teamed up with Trusted Advisor to offer this 17-page deep dive into the changing world of royalties, catalog sales, celebrity licensing and technology, with key industry interviews.
Even though the federal gift and estate tax exemption is currently very high ($11.7 million for 2021), there are families that still have to contend with significant federal estate tax liability. Plus, the exemption is scheduled to drop significantly in 2026, and reducing it sooner has been proposed. Even if you aren’t subject to federal […]
by David Lam, CISSP, CPP and Kimberly Pease, CISSP Information security, sometimes referred to as cybersecurity, is top of mind for many companies and individuals – and with good reason. There are ever-increasing stories of hacks and breaches of governments, major corporations, and even technology firms themselves. Even so, most employee benefit plans, labor […]
The housing market in many parts of the country is strong this spring. If you’re buying or selling a home, you should know how to determine your “basis.” How it works You can claim an itemized deduction on your tax return for real estate taxes and home mortgage interest. Most other home ownership costs can’t […]
Under the Internal Revenue Code, an employer would typically be penalized for failing to deposit certain federal employment taxes by the designated deadline. Examples include deposits of withheld income taxes and FICA taxes. However, the IRS recently provided additional penalty relief for employers who have failed to timely deposit their employment taxes because those deposits […]