Beware of the “reciprocal trust” doctrine
May 19, 2021 Knowledge Center
Beware of the “reciprocal trust” doctrine

If you and your spouse have similar irrevocable trusts that benefit each other, it’s important to know that the trusts might be subject to the “reciprocal trust” doctrine. In a nutshell, the doctrine prohibits tax avoidance through trusts that are interrelated and place both spouses in the same economic position as if they’d each created […]

The employee classification rule that never really was
May 18, 2021 Knowledge Center
The employee classification rule that never really was

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), then under the Trump administration, announced a final rule regarding the employee-versus-independent-contractor standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The effective date of the final rule was March 8. However, its future was uncertain at the time given that a new presidential administration was incoming. Now […]

Receivables may be a source of cash in tough times
May 17, 2021 Knowledge Center
Receivables may be a source of cash in tough times

Many companies are continuing to struggle financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If cash is tight, what can your business do to shorten its cash cycle? The answer could lie in your outstanding accounts receivable. Here are five strategies to help convert receivables into cash ASAP. 1. Apply for a line of credit. A line of credit […]

Assess your supply chain’s fraud risk
May 13, 2021 Knowledge Center
Assess your supply chain’s fraud risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has put enormous pressure on global supply chains. As companies struggle to obtain the goods and materials they need, they may not pay as much attention to potential fraud signs. Unethical employees and organized crime gangs have only been too willing to take advantage of the situation. Consider conducting a targeted risk […]

Working in the gig economy results in tax obligations
May 12, 2021 Knowledge Center
Working in the gig economy results in tax obligations

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the number of people engaged in the “gig” or sharing economy had been growing, according to several reports. And reductions in working hours during the pandemic have caused even more people to turn to gig work to make up lost income. There are tax consequences for the people who perform […]

Liabilities for unused time off mount as pandemic lingers
May 11, 2021 Knowledge Center
Liabilities for unused time off mount as pandemic lingers

During the pandemic, many employees have postponed using their allotted paid time off until COVID-related restrictions are lifted and safety concerns subside. This situation has caused an increase in accruals for certain employers. Here’s some guidance to help evaluate whether your company is required to report a liability for so-called “compensated absences” and, if so, […]

Tax filing deadline is coming up: What to do if you need more time
May 10, 2021 Knowledge Center
Tax filing deadline is coming up: What to do if you need more time

“Tax day” is just around the corner. This year, the deadline for filing 2020 individual tax returns is Monday, May 17, 2021. The IRS postponed the usual April 15 due date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you still aren’t ready to file your return, you should request a tax-filing extension. Anyone can request one […]

The Biden administration proposes far-reaching tax overhaul
May 7, 2021 Knowledge Center
The Biden administration proposes far-reaching tax overhaul

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 Restaurant Revitalization Fund is now live
May 6, 2021 COVID-19
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is now live

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) […]

Why it’s important to meet the tax return filing and payment deadlines
May 5, 2021 Knowledge Center
Why it’s important to meet the tax return filing and payment deadlines

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 […]

Leading from the Top: Information Security Governance | LABJ
May 4, 2021 In the News
Leading from the Top: Information Security Governance | LABJ

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.

Accounting for business combinations
April 30, 2021 Knowledge Center
Accounting for business combinations

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 […]