IRS clarifies changes to the rules regarding dependent care programs

Recent updates to IRS guidance has clarified taxability questions surrounding dependent care assistance programs for 2021 and 2022. Two new federal laws—the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)—have created new opportunities for participants in flexible spending...

The difference between a compilation, a review, and an audit

In the past, we've detailed the many benefits to a financial statement audit and why a business might have an audit conducted.  For times when a formal audit is not required, a compilation or review may satisfy the business owner's needs....

IRS clarifies which meals qualify for 100% deduction for 2021 and 2022

Under IRS Sec. 274(n)(1), any business expense of food or beverages is generally limited to 50% of the amount that would otherwise be deductible. However, a recently-enacted temporary exception allows 100% deduction of restaurant food and beverage expenses incurred after Dec....

Employer-offered Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Plans: How to stay in compliance

Many small business owners establish a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan as a retirement savings vehicle for themselves and, if qualified, their employees. We often think of these plans to be simple to implement and adhere to regulatory standards, because...

Why you might need an audit of your financial statements

  • April 5, 2021
  • Marianne Lilly, CPA, CGMA, CFE

There are many benefits to having an audit of a Company’s financial statements especially for privately held businesses with revenue over $1,000,000.  An audit provides the highest level of assurance that a Company’s financial statements are fairly stated (in all...

SR Client Question: Do I owe Michigan sales tax when I buy a vehicle from a business I own?

The transfer of vehicles from a business entity to the owner of the business is addressed in Revenue Administrative Bulletin 1991-1 and makes, in most instances, the transfer or "sale" of a vehicle from a business to its owner exempt from owing State...

PPP loan program extended two months for small businesses

President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law an extension to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) approved by Congress just a week before it was slated to expire.  The new deadline for applications to be submitted...

Taxpayers won’t need to refile to get new $10,200 unemployment tax break in 2020

The IRS plans to automatically process refunds for taxpayers who had unemployment income in 2020 and filed their tax returns before legislation passed that made those benefits tax-free. The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Joe...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program to open April 8

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has set April 8 as the date it will begin accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. In a news release, the SBA said it has launched a splash page for...

State of Michigan will extend filing deadline to May 17 to match federal extension

The Michigan Department of Treasury will be extending the state tax filing deadline to match with the recently adjusted federal income tax deadline now set for May 17, 2021.  Because the extension is limited to the 2020 taxes, first quarter...