Tax accounting for PPP loans in small S corporations

Posted Posted in Small Business, Taxes

Income PPP loans are not taxable income but of course must be recorded in the company’s bookkeeping. The question is how to record these transactions for correct tax treatment. Their isn’t just one ‘correct’ way to do this but actually several options listed by AICPA under IAS20. (My information comes from third party coverage in […]

Pros and cons of an S-corporation vs. a single member LLC

Posted Posted in Small Business, Tax Planning

An S-corporation and a single member LLC taxed as a “disregarded entity” share many things in common. The post focuses on some of the differences. What’s the best reason to consider S-corporation over single person LLC? Liability: Many people would say that it limits the owner’s legal liability. But that’s not supported by actual case […]

4 new concerns for small business owners

Posted Posted in Accounting, crisis management, Small Business

(The short Facebook Live presentation of this topic is published at ).  Here’s where we are in the small business world today based on brand new developments in the past month. It does not inspire confidence for a smooth start to 2021: 1) SBA’s special priority small business PPP application acceptance processing period begins […]

My most popular blog posts are trending toward advisory topics

Posted Posted in Accounting, Small Business, Social Media, Writing

Over more than three decades I’ve published over 2,500 pieces of writing on topics related to small businesses. Most of them are compiled here on this web site. Now we call them blog posts. When I started we called them ‘columns’ or ‘articles’ in paper format. Some were republished in electronic format, others were not. […]

Are small Paypal or Venmo payments reported to IRS?

Posted Posted in Accounting, Small Business, Taxes

Paypal and Venmo are clear in explaining their legal requirement to report to the IRS amounts over $20,000 or 200 transactions. But what about amounts under $20,000 and less than 200 transactions? The common questions are: “What if I don’t remember? How will the IRS even know?”. The key issue is that business taxpayers who […]

Sample accounting services engagement agreement 2021

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Accounting, Small Business

In our practice, each client service agreement is unique and customized to the specific situation. It helps, however, to have a listing of the best practices based on past experience as the basis for our work agreement. This format posted below was used at the beginning of 2021 but is already outdated as best professional […]

Big tax change for small businesses

Posted Posted in Small Business, Taxes

The IRS reminds employers that starting in tax year 2020, payers must complete the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, to report any payment of $600 or more to a payee. This is likely the biggest change that affects a large number of small businesses this year. Generally, payers must file Form 1099-NEC by January 31. […]

Simple bookkeeping systems for sole proprietors

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Accounting, bookkeeping, QuckBooks, Small Business

In general, I try to have a coaching conversation with new clients and prospective clients about the reasonable time and cost allocation for bookkeeping in relation to other business factors. We hope to see this allocation consistent with others who are successful within a business niche and, if a significant difference exists, look more closely […]