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The IRS Confirms No Tax Deduction for Expenses Resulting in PPP Loan Forgiveness, but Will Notice 2020-32 Be the Final Word?

By Insights

On May 1, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-32 to explain that taxpayers receiving a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are not permitted to deduct business expenses normally deductible, to the extent the expenses are reimbursed by a PPP loan that is forgiven. The guidance follows weeks of debate within the tax community regarding whether the loan proceeds that are used to fund payroll costs, rent, utilities and mortgage interest could still be deducted, because under the CARES Act the loans are forgivable on a tax-free basis.

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Do You Need to File Gift Tax Returns? Avoid These Common Mistakes

By Individual Tax, Insights, Tax Planning & Consulting, Trusts & Estate Planning

For 2020, the lifetime gift and estate tax exemption has reached a whopping $11.58 million ($23.16 million for married couples). As a result, few people will be subject to federal gift taxes. If your wealth is well within the exemption amount, does that mean there’s no need to file gift tax returns? Not necessarily.

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Applying an Old Statute During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Insights

Previous alerts and communications from Bennett Thrasher have been focused on the legislative measures currently being taken by the government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, but businesses may possibly turn to a preexisting tax provision to help support their employees facing health and financial challenges during this emergency. In general, an employer cannot make a “gift” to an employee because any payment made is treated as taxable compensation.

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Employee Retention Credits Under the CARES Act

By Credits & Incentives, Insights, Tax Planning & Consulting

As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted on March 27th, Congress created a new employee retention credit (ERC) for businesses adversely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This provision was one of several measures included in the Act which are designed to help employers retain employees during the health crisis.

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Time to Consider Goodwill Impairment?

By Insights, Valuation

Even in normal economic times, it is crucial for financial managers of businesses that have goodwill and other intangible assets on their books to understand the requirements of ASC 350 Intangibles- Goodwill and Other. The standard includes guidance on the subsequent measurement of intangible assets and goodwill. The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could affect the subsequent measurement of goodwill and the fair value of an entity.

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Planning for What’s Next

By Insights, Valuation Acceleration & Exit Planning

Here we are, a month after the world was upended due to the coronavirus. In the first few days, leaders had to respond to the urgency of the situation. For some, the workforce began to work remotely. Others adapted and some have temporarily closed their doors. We don’t know how long the current pandemic will last or how long it will take the economy to recover, but we do know that now is not the time to lose sight of your long-term plans.

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