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Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Terms Redefined Under Newly Releases Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA)

The legislation drafted to help individuals and businesses stay afloat financially during the COVID-19 pandemic was necessarily created at breakneck speed. As such, it’s not surprising to see numerous revisions come just as quickly. Since drafting the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program, legislators and relevant government agencies have noted several important faults in the initial original legislation and accompanying regulations. To remedy these imperfections, and help small businesses manage their ongoing financial challenges,
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What Are The Tax Consequences of Accepting Stimulus Funds?

  Could there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Well, the COVID-19 infection rate (and mortality total) in LA County is not as encouraging as one might hope. But overall, stats are improving. Setting aside, of course, the overall national death toll, which has crested 100,000 (and some predict may double before this crisis has completely dissipated). And as if the situation isn’t dire enough, already agitated citizens took to the streets
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Additional Stimulus Funding Update

It’s been over six-weeks since California State and Local Governments ordered non-essential business closed and issued the “Safer At Home” directive. And by most accounts, the crisis appears to have reached a plateau. We’re not quite “out of the woods” yet on the public health front. But there’s more good news than bad. Which is a huge triumph! Though, regardless of whatever progress we’ve made, I hope you, your family, friends, and loved ones are
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CARES Act Stimulus Package Update

  I hope this update finds you, your family, friends, and loved ones healthy + safe. Navigating our new “stay at home” lives has no doubt been a challenge. But hopefully, you’re adapting. And on the “managing the coronavirus fallout” front, congress officially passed the CARES Act earlier this week. This $2 trillion economic stimulus package runs over 880 pages in length. And it’s positively packed with financial aid and economic relief programs for individuals
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More COVID-19 Financial News Updates, Aid Packages + Governmental Relief Programs

I sincerely hope you and your family are remaining healthy and safe despite the coronavirus’s continued spread. The “new normal” — homeschooling your children, working from a laptop in the corner of your family room + only venturing out for a jog or quick trip the grocery store — is a BIG adjustment. But hopefully, you’re settling into a rhythm. In the meantime, as I predicted, the flood of new information surrounding the coronavirus crisis
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COVID-19 Tax + Financial Update

At the moment, we find ourselves on some pretty shaky ground. And in response, I want to offer my best wishes to everyone out there reeling in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. I sincerely hope you, your family, friends, and assorted loved ones are all healthy and safe. As we enter this truly unprecedented time in modern history, we’re all feeling unsure (and likely a bit nervous) about what may come. But the reality
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Achieving Peak Financial Fitness

  Yosemite National Park, where I’m pictured in the photo above, is one of California’s greatest natural treasures. This shot was taken across from the half dome at Glacial Point. A stunning viewpoint to say the least! The beauty of Yosemite’s landscape and the majesty of the park’s stunning mountains are truly awe-inspiring. Speaking of Yosemite’s mountains, the park is home several very impressive peaks. That includes Glacial Point, pictured above, which rises over 7,200
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Tax Reform Highlights – Business Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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Latest Updates on the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

On December 16, 2014, Congress passed what is known as an extenders package including more than 50 of the tax credits that expired at the end of 2013. President Obama has signed the Act on December 19, 2014 and it is effective for the 2014 tax year only. Some of the most prominent tax credits are: state and local sales tax deduction, higher education tuition deduction, and the exclusion for discharge of mortgage debt, business and
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Tax hikes or yikes – Bush tax cuts expire

Bush tax cuts are due to expire end of 2010: Here are the key provisions: 1) Top marginal income tax rate goes from 35% to 39.6% 2) Qualified dividend tax rate goes from 15% to your income tax bracket, which can be has high as 39.6% 3) Long term capital gain tax rate goes from 15 to 20% for most taxpayers. 4) Section 179 depreciation goes from $250,000 to $25,000 5) Estate tax exemption goes
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