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Nonprofit Updated Guidance on Reporting for ‘Gifts In Kind’

By Diana Miller On September 17, 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2020-07, Presentation and Disclosures by Not-for-Profit Entities for Contributed Nonfinancial Assets. Nonprofits have been challenged to measure the value of the multitude of contributions they receive (which is not always easy) and are often scrutinized by watchdog agencies, donors, or other regulators. The reason for this update is to improve transparency...

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Unemployment Fraud Alert

By Lisa Calick The increased number of unemployment filings over the past few months in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in the number of fraudulent claims filed, as reported by many states across the country.  In many cases, third parties attempt to file for unemployment insurance benefits using the name and personal information of someone else who is not out of work.  Employers are finding they are receiving claim notices for individuals that are either actively...

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New York State Paid Sick Leave Law

By Lisa Calick All New York State employers will soon need to abide by a new paid sick leave law, which takes effect on September 30, 2020.  Whereas local jurisdictions such as New York City and Westchester County have existing paid sick leave laws in effect, there was previously no statewide mandate. The amount of sick time provided will vary based on the employer’s size and net income from the previous tax year: Employers with 4 or fewer employees, and a net income of $1 million...

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FFCRA Paid Leave Update: Return to School

By Lisa Calick On August 27, 2020, the United States Department of Labor issued new guidance in the form of three additional FAQs to define when a school is considered closed for purposes of leave entitlements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The additional guidance covers three scenarios: Hybrid Learning When the school operates through hybrid learning, students attend in-person on certain days and through remote learning on other days.  In these situations, the...

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IRS Issues Guidance Addressing President Trump’s Order on Payroll Tax Deferral

By Michael Bodrato Presidential Memorandum On August 8th, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to direct the Treasury Secretary to use his authority to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of certain payroll taxes from employees suffering under the economic hardships brought about by the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The President’s order is made applicable to wages and compensation paid during the period of September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, and is subject...

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IRS Backlog Causing Incorrect Late Payment Notices

By Mike Bodrato The Internal Revenue Service, in its most recent update on IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage, has posted information regarding the handling of incorrect late payment notices.  The IRS notes that they continue to process returns and issue refunds and are working hard to get through its correspondence backlog. However, the IRS states that it is experiencing delays in processing returns, due to limited staffing. The backlog of correspondence includes checks that have...

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Helping New Employees Feel Belonging in a Remote Work World

Questions & Wiss Answers: An interview with Amanda Dominguez, Director of People Operations With employees working from home, how can companies make sure new hires are really part the team? Even before the Covid-19 era, research showed that onboarding was one of the biggest challenges for organizations. The need to onboard remotely provides a chance to think about this important process in new ways, including ensuring that you’re putting the right emphasis on making sure new...

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HR Compliance Checklist

By Lisa Calick Regardless of a company’s size, it is important to make sure that its policies and practices comply with employment laws that exist at the Federal, State, and Local levels.  Doing so will help to minimize liability and risk. Below are some key areas that a company should pay close attention to. Hiring and Onboarding Have job descriptions and job postings been reviewed to ensure they are current and contain accurate information? If employment applications are used,...

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Get To Know Federal Tax Form 5471, and The Post-2017 Revisions

By Mary Vasilescu The IRS collects information about foreign corporations with substantial United States (U.S.) ownership interests using Federal Tax Form 5471, Information Return for U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations. Form 5471 is used by certain U.S. persons who are officers, directors, or shareholders of certain foreign corporations to satisfy the reporting required under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and the related Treasury Regulations. Beware Hefty...

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SBA Releases Long-Awaited Loan Forgiveness FAQs

By Travis Miskowitz At long last, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of the Treasury have released guidance addressing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. This guidance can be relied upon as the SBA’s interpretation of Section 1106 of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act). Consistent with previous updates, the SBA has decided to provide...

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