Restaurants have struggled mightily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, they’re specifically targeted for a new tax relief measure found in the massive Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), which became law on December 27, 2020. The new provision creates a temporary but meaningful tax incentive to spend more on business-related food and beverage costs. Preexisting tax breaks for… Continue reading

The massive COVID-19 relief bill signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020, contains a variety of tax breaks and authorizes direct payments to eligible individuals (see right-hand box). The law is titled the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) but two sections of it are called the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act (COVIDTRA) and the… Continue reading

Unfortunately, many businesses have already been forced to close their doors due to the economic fallout from COVID-19, and more will surely follow. Closing a business has important federal income tax implications that owners should understand. Here’s what owners of sole proprietorships and single-member (one-owner) limited liability companies (SMLLCs) need to know. Tax Treatment Depends… Continue reading

While the $7.25 federal minimum wage has been in place since 2009, most states and many municipalities and counties have upped their minimums since then. Of those, 25 have scheduled increases in 2021—most of which take effect on January 1. Meanwhile, longstanding efforts in Congress to raise the federal minimum, thus far unsuccessful, are expected… Continue reading

How can an employer keep its workforce safe from COVID-19 exposure on the job, while still following medical privacy rules? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may be able to help, as it reviews how COVID-19 workplace issues intersect with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and with various laws. The relevant laws include… Continue reading

The FBI has warned of a staggering increase in ransomware attacks against businesses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what business owners and managers should know about these attacks to help prevent them—and manage an attack if preventive measures fall short. Three Types of Ransomware Here’s an overview of three basic types of… Continue reading

Adam R. Timblin, CPA joins our team as a Senior Manager. He will provide assurance and advisory services to our clients and play a key role in expanding the service we offer to small businesses. He comes to SSB with 12 years of experience in public accounting and 2 years’ experience serving as the CFO for… Continue reading