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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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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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Lease Accounting: The path to compliance extended another year

by Dino Zicopoulos The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)’s Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02 (Topic 842, Leases), issued in 2016, brought changes to the way companies account for leases on their balance sheets. Recently, however, due to COVID-19, the implementation of this standard was deferred for private companies by another year and is now effective for private companies with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021—effectively for companies with calendar...

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Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15

by Evan Gernant Secretary Mnuchin announced, this morning, that the filing deadline for 2019 tax returns will be moved to July 15, 2020.  This modifies the IRS announcement from Tuesday which allowed for tax payments to be deferred to July 15, but explicitly required that tax returns be filed by April 15.  Today’s announcement is welcomed news to many taxpayers and tax professionals who felt the original relief fell short of what was needed at this time.  We will continue to monitor...

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Important 2019 Year-End Tasks: HR and Payroll, Including New Form W-4

by Lisa Calick and Laura Melville The end of the year marks an ideal time for employers to take inventory and prepare for the transition to the New Year. As 2019 comes to an end, we put together this checklist to help make sure you are prepared and suggest taking the following action steps: Have your employees review their personal information, including name, address and social security number, and make any updates before Form W-2s are prepared; Review your records and determine...

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Tax Reform Manifesto for the Real Estate Industry – Part 2

This posting is a part of a 3-part series. The full article will be available in the coming weeks. Click here to read previous post. By Alexander J. Narcise, CPA and contributions from the entire Wiss and Company LLP Real Estate Team: Michael Kroll, CPA Larry DiPasquale, CPA Steve Warholak, CPA Michael Bodrato, CPA Kyle Pennacchia, CPA James Jenco, CPA Ken Trainor, CPA Phil London, CPA Chris Gati, CPA Charlie Komack, CPA The Internal Revenue Code has historically provided many...

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Make the Numbers Add Up

How to ensure successful implementation of new accounting software By Robert Risk  At some point, nearly every company will start thinking about upgrading its accounting system when the pain points become difficult to dismiss. Here are a few things to think about before making a complex, long-term decision that affects your entire enterprise. Know when it’s time. Frantic energy — a lot of it — can be one of the first signs that your accounting software system is overdue for an upgrade....

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