Can employers provide disaster relief for COVID-19?
October 16, 2020 COVID-19
Can employers provide disaster relief for COVID-19?

Many employees have suffered financial hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, some employers may consider offering financial assistance as a fringe benefit. A common question that arises regarding such an idea is: Does the Internal Revenue Code allow disaster relief payments to be made on a tax-advantaged basis specifically in relation to COVID-19? […]

Reinforce protection of your company’s mobile devices
October 15, 2020 Knowledge Center
Reinforce protection of your company’s mobile devices

Whether it’s a smart phone, tablet or laptop, mobile devices have become the constant companions of today’s employees. And this relationship has only been further cemented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has thousands working from home or other remote locations. From a productivity standpoint, this is a good thing. So many tasks that once kept […]

Alexandra Chernyak named as a Woman of Influence in Accounting Industry
October 12, 2020 In the News
Alexandra Chernyak named as a Woman of Influence in Accounting Industry

The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Alexandra Chernyak among the 2020 Women of Influence: Accounting.

More time: FASB delays long-term insurance standard … again
October 9, 2020 COVID-19
More time: FASB delays long-term insurance standard … again

On September 30, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) finalized a rule to defer the effective date of the updated long-term insurance standard for a second time. The deferral will give insurers more time to properly implement the changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Need for change After 12 years of work, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update […]

Is a noncharitable purpose trust right for you?
October 8, 2020 Knowledge Center
Is a noncharitable purpose trust right for you?

There are two trust types that don’t require one or more human beneficiaries: charitable trusts and noncharitable purpose (NCP) trusts. A charitable trust is the more common of the two, but an NCP trust could also be a formidable tool to help achieve your estate planning goals. Defining an NCP trust Historically, trusts were required […]

Why it’s important to plan for income taxes as part of your estate plan
October 8, 2020 Knowledge Center
Why it’s important to plan for income taxes as part of your estate plan

As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($11.58 million in 2020), many estates no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. Before 2011, a much smaller amount resulted in estate plans attempting to avoid it. Now, because many estates won’t be subject to estate tax, more planning can be devoted […]

The red flags are many when borrowing from your retirement plan
October 6, 2020 Knowledge Center
The red flags are many when borrowing from your retirement plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people borrowing from their companies’ qualified retirement plans, and the CARES Act provides some temporary rule changes to this loan type. However, given the risks and costs of borrowing from a retirement plan, it should generally be viewed as a last resort. From an estate planning angle, subtracting […]

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 […]