Peter Stathopoulos Shares Efforts to Resume Production in Georgia

Over the past 15 years, Georgia has established itself as a go-to location for production. The coronavirus pandemic, however, has created challenges for the industry and temporarily brought production to a halt. To discuss how studios can successfully restart production in the state, Entertainment Partners and Barnes & Thornburg hosted the webinar, “Georgia on My Mind: Pushing Play on Production in Georgia.”

Employees and Contractors: The Cost of Proper Classification

Today’s “gig economy” lends itself to temporary jobs, short-term contracts and flexible work arrangements between businesses and the professionals providing services. Since the beginning of the gig economy following the Great Recession, the number of contract workers has grown to more than one third of the total workforce in the U.S. With an increasingly remote labor force, this growth is expected to continually increase.

Georgia Governor Signs Legislation, Modifies State’s Entertainment Tax Credit

On August 4, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed H.B. 1037 (the “Bill”) into law, which contains modifications to Georgia’s entertainment tax credit program (the “Program”). Peter Stathopoulos, head of Bennett Thrasher’s Entertainment practice and Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee of Georgia Production Partnership, worked with industry lobbyists, other entertainment coalitions and lawmakers in helping to shape portions of the Bill.

Kinetic12 Shares Vision for Future of Restaurants with BT’s Hospitality Team

The coronavirus pandemic has forced business owners to pivot and embrace the changes that have come with this new normal. The restaurant industry in particular has had to adapt, as dining rooms are forced to close, and owners must rethink their ordering and payment processes. These changes have resulted in a primarily off-premise dining strategy. Kinetic12, a management consulting firm operating at the center of the food industry, stresses that these fixes will not be temporary; restaurants must continue to adjust to these changes not only to grow, but to survive.

PPP Loan Forgiveness and its Impact on R&D Tax Credits

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have applied for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans with the intention of applying for loan forgiveness. However, companies that received PPP loans may experience a reduction in their ability to claim both federal and state Research and Development (“R&D”) tax credits.

IRS to Increase Audits of Wealthy Taxpayers

Under pressure to audit taxpayers across all income classes more equally, the IRS has been directed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ramp up audits of the wealthier taxpayers. The move is in response to growing pressure on the agency after increasing audits on lower-income taxpayers and decreasing audits of high-income individuals.

Red Flags That Can Trigger an IRS Business Audit

The possibility of an IRS audit haunts many businesses, but what factors contribute to that risk? For example, have business processes been implemented to sufficiently capture required documentation, such as withholdings and withholding taxes? Has the business been consistent with its accounting methods?

Jabari Scott Shares Tips for a Successful Virtual Internship with Kennesaw State University’s Nicole Pearce

Beginning your career can be an overwhelming experience, especially during a pandemic. To help students successfully navigate the job process in today’s virtual environment, Nicole Pearce, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships at Kennesaw State University, launched Career Conversations, a video series on LinkedIn that provides students with career-related tips and tricks. In one of her recent videos, she spoke with Jabari Scott, Bennett Thrasher’s Talent Acquisition Coordinator, and asked for his advice on how to maximize remote internships.

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