Alarming financial reports leaked

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Questions about the leaked reports from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit (FinCEN): All parties acknowledge this disclosure places the employees of financial institutions in danger. How badly is this going to deter anyone in the financial industry from complying with the law going forward? If employees in these institutions were following the law in reporting […]

Main Street Lending Program Q&As

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Banking, crisis management, Financial Planning, Small Business

I’ve received a lot of questions about the new Main Street Lending Program. This post is meant to provide general non-technical information as a starting point in evaluating whether the program may work for your business. What is the Main Street Lending program? A program established by Congress run through the Federal Reserve offering loans […]

A Fresh Look at Electronic Fund Transfer Payments

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In a perfect world, we should be able to “click and pay” anyone, anytime, securely, and at a reasonable fee. That would be true for businesses as well as individuals. The advancement of technology has enabled that process. However, the evolution of EFT processing in combination with other financial services has muddies the waters to […]

PPP agent blues

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More than two months ago on LinkedIn I posed a summary of the problem that Wells Fargo small business clients were locked out of the PPP program. I don’t know why so many small nonprofits use Wells Fargo, but they do. As an agent who handles transactions for several of these, it was perplexing. An […]

My PPP small business scorecard

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I represented nine small businesses attempting for federal aid through the Paycheck Protection Program this past month. The circumstances and timing of applications vary. Some are for profit businesses and some are 501(c)(3) nonprofits. I am  applying as an owner, authorized representative, controller for some of the businesses. Others I am acting as accountant assisting […]

Inability to update electronic banking with IRS

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Self-serve Options It seems that some of us were given inaccurate information about the ability to update personal bank accounts for the purpose of the Economic Impact Payment. As of today, this is what is posted on the IRS web page: “If we don’t have your direct deposit information from your 2018 or 2019 return […]

An update on crisis relief for small businesses

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Banking, crisis management, Payroll, Small Business

Almost nothing went right in the launch of the Payroll Protection Program over the past two business days. The best advice is to keep trying and don’t give up. Don’t forget what’s happening on a state level. The state programs quickly oversubscribed but today but more relief is likely. If you are sweating bullets to […]

QuickBooks Payments Drops PayPal

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Beginning next month, PayPal will no longer be available as a payment method when paying an invoice through QuickBooks Payments. This is significant to me (and many other small businesses) because I do most of my invoicing through QuickBooks Payments and make most of my payments through PayPal. Suggestions for other options? We will review […]

“To pay a vendor”

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I’d love to discuss how your business can pay bills more quickly, with better management control and at a lower overall cost. Please the chat box below or the scheduling link to make an introduction. Businesses routinely pay vendors as part of normal operations. We commonly refer to our requirement to “pay the bills”. There […]