Posted onMarch 31, 2020
Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has undoubtedly impacted numerous companies across many industries. While certain companies and industries are better suited to handle the operational impact caused by COVID-19, others are experiencing an unprecedented reduction or cessation of revenues and cash flows.
Posted onMarch 31, 2020
Economic Injury Disaster Working Capital Loans
An Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a working capital loan intended to assist small businesses through disaster recovery. Monies are to be used to meet ordinary and necessary financial obligations that could not be met as a direct result of the disaster, including fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.
Posted onMarch 30, 2020
"CARES" Stimulus 7(a) Loans- A Portion of These Loans Will Be Forgiven
Congress passed a $2.2 trillion bill which earmarked $350 billion in funds for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. The emergency loans are intended to cover payroll, benefits, commissions and similar types of compensation; payments of interest on mortgage obligations or rent; and utilities for qualifying small businesses.
Posted onMarch 30, 2020
Fraud in an Economic Downturn
During an economic downturn, financial pressures and opportunities can lead to an increase in fraudulent activity. This can take shape in many forms, including employee embezzlement, fraud by unrelated third parties, cyberattacks, fraud by vendors, financial statement fraud and corruption.
Posted onMarch 30, 2020
How Does My Business Proceed Once the Crisis Ends?
While we currently find ourselves in the grips of a crisis, now is the time to prepare your business for better days ahead. There are a number of key items that a business owner or CEO will need to evaluate as we look ahead to the recovery period.
Posted onMarch 21, 2020
IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline Until July 15, 2020
Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the federal tax deadline for an “Affected Taxpayer” will be extended (delayed) to July 15, 2020, from the traditional deadline of April 15, 2020.
Posted onMarch 18, 2020
BST is Moving to a Mandatory Remote Working Environment
The COVID-19 situation has intensified and evolved rapidly since we communicated with you last week. As a result, BST is moving to a mandatory remote working environment for employees effective today, March 18, until further notice.
Posted onFebruary 10, 2020
Considering a Business Acquisition?
You wouldn't perform surgery on yourself. The same holds true when buying a business. Unless you're well-versed in performing a comprehensive financial analysis of a business, it doesn't make sense to buy one without using due diligence and valuation specialist.
Posted onJanuary 22, 2020
Labor Department Releases the Final Joint Employer Rule - How do the revised regulations impact your business’ franchise or contractor relationships?
The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is updating and revising its regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or the Act) that provide guidance on determining joint-employer status under the Act.
Posted onOctober 2, 2019
IRS clears the way for small business retirement plans - Multiple Employer Plan (MEP)
If you are a small business owner looking for an inexpensive way to add a traditional style 401(k) retirement plan, there is a way.  The IRS has cleared the way for small businesses to join an existing 401k plan with multiple employers and avoid a costly set up for your own separate plan.
Posted onSeptember 25, 2019
Divorce and Social Security Retirement Benefits
Although generally not of primary concern for high net worth individuals, the Social Security retirement benefits that may possibly be available to the former spouse of a well-paid individual can be an important source of supplemental income during retirement years.
Posted onSeptember 20, 2019
Federal Reserve Bank Cuts Rates: What's Next?
The Federal Reserve Bank lowered benchmark interest rates a quarter of a point earlier this week for the second time in as many months. The rate decrease was widely expected, but leaves many wondering: what comes next? Will this be a series of adjustments to boost a sluggish economy or will they leave things alone for the rest of the year?
Posted onMay 30, 2019
The Toll of New Trade Tensions and Your Portfolio
It was hard to miss the headlines about escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China this week—and hard not to notice the up-and-down market activity that went along with it. But what, if any, long-term impact does trade policy have on the economy and, by extension, our portfolios? Although it remains to be seen how the events of this latest news cycle will play out, your evidence-based financial plan is built to anticipate and withstand market risk.
Posted onMay 7, 2019
Lack of Marketability Discount Requires Empirical Support
The discount for lack of marketability is an often-contested valuation adjustment that requires a particularly detailed process. When calculating any valuation adjustment, an appraiser obviously can't just pick a number out of a hat.
Posted onOctober 2, 2018
Top Tax Tips for Small Businesses: Don’t Wait Until Year-End for Tax Planning!
Managing your taxes is one of the most stressful aspects of being a small business owner. Waiting until the last minute will only make the process worse and can often result in a larger tax bill in the long run.
Posted onFebruary 12, 2018
Fringe Benefits Tracking for 2018
The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act places new limitations on an employer’s deduction for fringe benefits paid or incurred after December 31, 2017.