Don’t Overlook the Need for a Detailed Weather Emergency Plan

Weather emergencies take many forms, and depending on your location, you’re likely more vulnerable to some forms than others. But the following data about the business impact of natural disasters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a wake-up...

Are Your Former Employees Eligible for COBRA?

If you’ve had to lay off employees as far back as Nov. 1, 2019, a tiny portion of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) might go to them. That’s the good news for eligible former employees. The bad news for employers is that your company will...

A Closer Look at Durable Power of Attorney

As the COVID-19 pandemic taught many Americans, serious illness may strike at any time and any age. Of course, in ordinary times, older Americans are at risk of becoming physically or mentally incapacitated. So if you haven’t thought about who’ll handle...

PPP Application Deadline Extended in New Law

On March 30, 2021, President Biden signed legislation to extend the application period of the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through May 31, 2021. This followed a bipartisan 92-7 vote in the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act...

COVID-19 Relief: Overview of the New American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The new law will provide roughly $1.9 trillion in much-needed financial relief to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments during the pandemic....

4 Important Changes on Your 2020 Tax Return

Tax season has started. Your tax professional is ready to prepare your 2020 federal and state returns — but are you ready? The pandemic has led to several changes to the tax rules for last year. Here’s a summary of four taxpayer friendly changes that may affect...

How to Maximize Remote Sales

For manufacturers, many day-to-day aspects of business operations haven’t changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when special machinery is required for production, you can’t simply move a plant to an apartment building or another site. But some...

Penalties Imposed on 5 Employers for Federal Labor Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently issued news releases announcing judgments against five companies investigated for various violations of laws and regulations. Here are the details. Case Number 1: Child Labor Laws A grocery...

When Should Not-for-Profit Organizations Return Donations?

A donor makes a cash contribution to a nonprofit community health organization. The donor itemizes income tax deductions and meets the IRS’s substantiation requirements. So he’s entitled to take a deduction for the donation. The not-for-profit is happy to...