Extended benefit claims and appeals periods during COVID-19
October 6, 2020 COVID-19
Extended benefit claims and appeals periods during COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies have extended certain claims and appeals periods for employee pension benefits plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The relief also applies to qualifying group health plans, as well as eligible disability plans and other employee welfare benefit plans. The extension permits the “outbreak […]

New California Small Business Hiring Credit
October 2, 2020 Knowledge Center
New California Small Business Hiring Credit

by Stuart Rubin, EA and Nicholas Sanchez, J.D., LL.M. Taxation   Last month, Governor Newsom signed SB 1447 authorizing a $100 million hiring tax credit program for businesses with 100 or fewer employees (as of December 31, 2019) that experienced a 50% decrease in gross receipts when comparing 2020 second quarter gross receipts with 2019 […]

“Synthetic” identity theft is even scarier than the original
October 2, 2020 Knowledge Center
“Synthetic” identity theft is even scarier than the original

Management consulting company McKinsey names synthetic identity theft the fastest growing financial crime in the United States. And a LexisNexis Risk Solutions study has found that 20% of ID theft losses by banks can be attributed to synthetic versions of the scheme. If you’re unfamiliar with synthetic ID theft, you should know that it’s not […]

DOL revises rules on paid sick and family leave related to COVID-19
September 29, 2020 COVID-19
DOL revises rules on paid sick and family leave related to COVID-19

In August, a federal trial court invalidated several provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) temporary regulations that implemented the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). By way of a response, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division recently issued revised temporary regulations and updated its related FAQs. The revised […]

Don’t procrastinate if you plan to transfer ownership of your life insurance policy
September 29, 2020 Knowledge Center
Don’t procrastinate if you plan to transfer ownership of your life insurance policy

Generally, the proceeds of your life insurance policy are included in your taxable estate. You can remove them by transferring ownership of the policy, but there’s a catch: If you wait too long, your intentions may be defeated. Essentially, if ownership of the policy is transferred within three years of your death, the proceeds revert […]

IRS announces per diem rates for business travel
September 25, 2020 Knowledge Center
IRS announces per diem rates for business travel

In Notice 2020-71, the IRS recently announced per diem rates that can be used to substantiate the amount of business expenses incurred for travel away from home on or after October 1, 2020. Employers using these rates to set per diem allowances can treat the amount of certain categories of travel expenses as substantiated without […]

Can investors who manage their own portfolios deduct related expenses?
September 25, 2020 Knowledge Center
Can investors who manage their own portfolios deduct related expenses?

In some cases, investors have significant related expenses, such as the cost of subscriptions to financial periodicals and clerical expenses. Are they tax deductible? Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, these expenses aren’t deductible through 2025 if they’re considered expenses for the production of income. But they are deductible if they’re considered trade or […]

Strategic CFOs – The Gatekeepers of Security | LABJ
September 25, 2020 In the News
Strategic CFOs – The Gatekeepers of Security | LABJ

by David Lam | Advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing are taking over traditional accounting functions, and the continued rise of operational and strategic CFOs has meant CFOs are more likely to have oversight of technical operations for the whole company. CFOs must take ownership of this technology and its concomitant security.

COVID-19 testing, diagnostics not minimum essential coverage
September 24, 2020 COVID-19
COVID-19 testing, diagnostics not minimum essential coverage

In Notice 2020-66, the IRS recently determined that Medicaid coverage limited to COVID-19 testing and diagnostic services isn’t minimum essential coverage under a government-sponsored program. Thus, an individual’s eligibility for this coverage for one or more months doesn’t prevent those months from qualifying as coverage months for purposes of determining eligibility for the premium tax credit […]

How to report COVID-19-related debt restructuring
September 22, 2020 COVID-19
How to report COVID-19-related debt restructuring

Today, many banks are working with struggling borrowers on loan modifications. Recent guidance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) confirms that short-term modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be subject to the complex accounting rules for troubled debt restructurings (TDRs). Here are the details. Accounting for TDRs Under Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 310-40, Receivables […]

Factoring fraud risk into a business valuation
September 18, 2020 Knowledge Center
Factoring fraud risk into a business valuation

Business value is a function of risk and return. This is why, when appraising companies, valuation experts are always on the lookout for fraud risks. Although valuations typically aren’t designed to unearth dishonest behavior, experts may expand the scope of their engagement if they spot something suspicious — particularly if they believe financial statements are […]

What to do when the audit ends
September 18, 2020 Knowledge Center
What to do when the audit ends

Financial audits conducted by outside experts are among the most effective tools for revealing risks in not-for-profits. They help assure donors and other stakeholders about your stability — so long as you respond to the results appropriately. In fact, failing to act on issues identified in an audit could threaten your organization’s long-term viability. Working […]