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Now May Be a Good Time for a Roth Conversion

Now May Be a Good Time for a Roth Conversion

Posted by D’Marie Murray on April 06, 2020

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The financial markets have plummeted over the last month. But there's an upside for long-term investors: Low market values may provide a tax-smart opportunity to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. This strategy is simple, but it's not right for everyone. Here are some factors to consider before you execute a Roth conversion in 2020.

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401(k) Plan Contributions: Keep Calm but Know Your Options

401(k) Plan Contributions: Keep Calm but Know Your Options

Posted by Bryan Staniszewski on April 02, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic has had adverse effects on many industries. Both employers and employees are seeking ways to respond to financial stress resulting from the economic slowdown and financial market volatility. If your company's revenue has plummeted, you might be considering eliminating or scaling back your contributions to employees' 401(k) accounts. Here's what you should know before making any cuts.

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US Small Business Administration Fact Sheet - Economic Injury Disaster Loans

US Small Business Administration Fact Sheet - Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Posted by Michē Needham on March 23, 2020

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EDLs) are available through the US Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA has created a fact sheet on who can apply for these loans and details on the loans.

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SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Posted by Cory Van Deusen V on March 23, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

For more information from the U.S. Small Business Administration, visit their website.

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Federal Tax Relief to Alleviate COVID-19 Hardships

Federal Tax Relief to Alleviate COVID-19 Hardships

Posted by Michē Needham on March 23, 2020

The federal government has been working on various relief measures to help individuals and small businesses cope with the situation, including tax relief provisions. Here are the tax changes that have been finalized so far.

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How to Manage COVID-19-Related Business Risks

How to Manage COVID-19-Related Business Risks

Posted by Jonathan Roller on March 23, 2020

Faced with faltering demand, anxious employees, health safety risks and a lack of clarity regarding what the future holds, what can small and medium-sized business owners do to prepare for a global economic slowdown? Here are eight steps to consider to help your company navigate these uncertain times.

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Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected by COVID-19

Federal Aid Package Helps Individuals Affected by COVID-19

Posted by Cory Van Deusen V on March 20, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), became law on March 18, 2020. The Act guarantees free testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), establishes emergency paid sick leave, expands family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding.

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Employers Can Immediately Provide Tax-Free Qualified Disaster Payments to Employees in Connection with COVID-19

Employers Can Immediately Provide Tax-Free Qualified Disaster Payments to Employees in Connection with COVID-19

Posted by John Schiavone on March 19, 2020

Now that the COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency,[1] Internal Revenue Code Section 139 can be used to allow employers to make tax-free payments or reimbursements to employees as “qualified disaster payments.”

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact and Risk Response Guide

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact and Risk Response Guide

Posted by John Schiavone on March 19, 2020

This BDO Guide includes a message from Wayne Berson, CEO, BDO USA LLP  and aims to provide insights into the relevant impacts of COVID-19. It gives general risk response guidance for companies to consider when deploying business continuity planning (BCP) measures to combat the pandemic and, more importantly, to maintain the agility to overcome the difficulties faced.

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Can Telemedicine Help Tame Health Benefit Cost Inflation?

Can Telemedicine Help Tame Health Benefit Cost Inflation?

Posted by Michael Grimaldi on March 19, 2020

A survey by national telemedicine service providers projects that in 2020 around 90% of midsized and larger employers will make telemedicine available to employees. These services may be available through health plans that serve smaller employers, as well as from vendors that operate on a standalone basis as a supplement to a standard health plan. 

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