Covid small business disaster story update

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, crisis management, Small Business

My list of Covid small business accounting horror stories is down to just three remaining open and unresolved: 1) A bank that extended a PPP loan application to 4 1/2 months and still counting; apparently due solely to lack of internal process control. I follow up with them every two to three days. All involved […]

Update on pandemic payroll tax deferrment

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

New guidance on the so-called pandemic payroll tax deferment issued by IRS last week does not change previously issued guidance to small business employers. The new IRS guidance strengthens the argument that employers should not make any change in payroll tax practices at this time. Deferent of payroll taxes, if not paid timely in early […]

A business resurrection as consumer value returns to employee benefits

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Health Insurance, Insurance, Small Business

Going back since more than 20 years ago to the late 1990s, I was licensed as an insurance producer in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It was – and still is – tough to be called a small business compensation and benefits expert without also being an expert in insurance. I was […]

What’s going on in D.C. and how does it affect your South Jersey business?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in crisis management, New Jersey, News and Politics, Small Business

Yesterday the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce sponsored a discussion program with government policy experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce titled “What’s going on in D.C. and how it affects your business?”. If you own a small business in New Jersey (like me) the basic question is likely ‘How bad will it be?’ This […]

Small Business Guidance on Payroll Withholding Postponement

Posted 1 CommentPosted in crisis management, Payroll, Small Business

This weekend the President issued an Executive Order to postpone employer’s payment of wage taxes. The advice that I and every other small business tax adviser, to my knowledge, immediately issued to clients was to take no action until we receive further guidance. Most tax experts believe that only Congress has the power to stop […]

Round Two of Small Business Recovery

Posted Leave a commentPosted in crisis management, Financial Planning, Financing, HEROS Act, Small Business

Two months ago the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill called the “HEROS Act” that included financial resources to small businesses struggling to restart after the disruptive effects of pandemic shutdown. While the entire bill is not likely to become law because of objections by U.S. Republican Senators, the small business portions of that […]

Evolution of accounting support services

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, bookkeeping, Small Business

This message being delivered to post-tax season clients starting today: “My business, like yours and almost all other small businesses and nonprofit organizations, is moving through a period of rapid change in what is being called the “new normal”. In short, we need to ‘step up our game’, gain efficiencies through better use of technology, […]

Main Street Lending Isn’t Happening; What’s Next?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in CARES Act, Financing, Small Business

News Update Two days ago I published a Q&A format summary of the new Main Street Lending Program, a potentially huge program that was authorized by Congress as part of the Cares Act. My writing ended with an optimistic position that the program might eventually be leveraged to finance trillions of dollars of loans across […]

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

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Banking, bookkeeping, Small Business

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 […]