Change to client services agreement

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This is a template for a new letter to be used beginning today: CHANGE TO CLIENT SERVICES AGREEMENT The past six weeks have been unlike anything I’ve experienced in the past 33 years of serving in the advisory profession. I responded by increasing my average daily client caseload from 3 to 5, increasing hours and […]

Small business roundup of crisis response news

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The past day generated more financial news affecting U.S. small businesses than any previous day of this pandemic. While the learning curve is steep, typically 1-2 hours each day, the time requirement today and for the rest of this week will be substantially more. No doubt that after I speak with some small business clients […]

CARES Act triggers online and telephone scams

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Please be aware of the increase in scams related to the CARES Act Programs. The Small Business Administration, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury will NOT CONTACT ANYONE DIRECTLY related to the various relief programs. In addition, bank employees will never ask for your social security number or other sensitive information via […]

Small Business Crisis Management Plan B

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The new ’employee retention credit’ is a refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of qualified wages up to a maximum wage of $10,000 per employee. Wages paid starting March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020 are eligible, even retroactively. The best way to take advantage is to integrate this cash flow benefit directly with your […]

Costs associated with Paycheck Protection Program application processing

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, CARES Act, Payroll, Small Business

I’ve publicized here and on other platforms that my firm and some affiliates will prepare and submit economic relief applications under the CARES Act without charge. But submitting the application is the easy part. Doing the required underlying accounting and assembling the documentation to support these loan and grants applications is potentially expensive. Of course, […]

An update on crisis relief for small businesses

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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 […]

Focus is the key to transformation and crisis recovery of small businesses

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Small Business Administration Chief Jovita Carranza tweeted on Friday afternoon that 12,461 crisis response loans were already approved totaling more almost $4 Billion. The problem is, none of the nationwide network of small business accountants I am connected with online knows any small business that has been approved yet. While the aid package was supposed […]

No fee for Payroll Protection Program applications

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I am not charging fees – and you shouldn’t need to pay for anyone else’s fees either – for preparing small business Payroll Protection Program applications in accordance with federal law and the guidance of both the AICPA and the NJCPA1. Specifically, the CARES Act states: ‘‘FEE LIMITS. — An agent that assists an eligible […]

Small Business “Crisis Management Live” – Update Friday April 3

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For those employers planning to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program: there are new developments related to this program since yesterday. It seems likely that we will hear more today. The most important change is that late yesterday we learned that the federal funding is not yet available to the lending banks so the banks […]

New Jersey Small Business Disaster Relief Checklist

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Checklist of resources Federal Financial Resources through SBA] Payroll Protection Program through your own bank New Jersey State Financial Resources Income Tax Payment Deferral Information Private/ Corporate/ Third-Party Financial Resources New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) New Jersey Department of Labor New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) NJ Department of Labor Information For Employees regarding […]