When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, it took a large toll on the entertainment industry, causing production to come to a temporary halt in March. To dive into the impact the coronavirus has had on film and television in Georgia and how it will shape the industry going into the new year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)’s In Conversation podcast interviewed Peter Stathopoulos, Partner at Bennett Thrasher and leader of the firm’s Entertainment practice.
On January 15, 2021, the state of Texas published new regulations that alter its means of sourcing service revenue for the state’s margin tax. As detailed below, these changes affect sourcing various types of services revenue, including internet hosting, advertising, digital property, capital assets and investments, single-member LLC interests and financial derivatives.
Despite undergoing significant challenges and changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, the outlook for the manufacturing industry looks hopeful at the start of 2021. In the recent Q4 Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a majority of manufacturers said they were positive about their company’s outlook.
On February 22, 2021, the Biden administration announced several reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to direct more funding towards the smallest and neediest businesses and promote equitable access to relief. The five major changes announced may make a significant difference if you are a small business owner working on your own or with less than 20 employees, have student debt or are a Green Card holder.
Cybercrime is a fast-growing threat to U.S. companies, with data breaches, phishing scams, ransomware and malware all now part of the corporate security vernacular. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made matters worse, causing more security threats now that more people are working from home on less secure networks. Security is not just an IT concern; it is an organization-wide risk with far reaching implications that also affects the operational and financial aspects of companies as a whole.
DiAndria Green, a Senior Manager in Bennett Thrasher’s State & Local Tax (SALT) practice, recently sat down with Tax Notes editor Benjamin Willis, writer for the column Willis Weighs In, to talk about her career path and the current state of the tax industry.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes a temporary rule providing COVID-related relief from certain partial plan terminations for employee benefit plans. Under this provision, a plan is not treated as having a partial plan termination during any plan year which includes the period beginning on March 13, 2020, and ending on March 31, 2021, if the number of active participants covered by the plan on March 31, 2021, is at least 80 percent of the number of active participants covered by the plan on March 13, 2020.
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed and signed into law, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees. If coverage isn’t offered or if the coverage offered isn’t affordable, the employer can face an IRS assessment known as an Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP).
Navigating business complexities can be overwhelming, especially when its opportunities and challenges are outside of a business owner’s area of expertise. To effectively manage these situations, many management teams seek the support of outside counsel through an advisory board. By forming and consulting with an advisory board, a company benefits from the knowledge and experience of its members without being bound to their advice.
While the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided a much-needed economic boost for businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies that received a loan have continued to struggle to stay afloat. At last, however, some of the hardest-hit industries now have a chance at survival due to the many improvements Congress built into the second round of PPP loans, which are now underway.
As you begin the process of selling your business, it’s important to make sure that you have a grasp on the current market landscape. While conducting general market research is a starting point that allows business owners to get a pulse on the industry, it often leads to misunderstandings and raises more questions, particularly as owners try to get a feel for what similar companies are selling for.
Bennett Thrasher is pleased to share that it will be hosting its ninth annual Break Through Conference this summer. The conference, which hosts undergraduate accounting students who are interested in pursuing a career in public accounting, will be held virtually for the second year in a row from June 3-4, 2021.