According to a recent release from the Small Business Administration, borrowers can apply for forgiveness of their PPP loan using new SBA Form 3508S if the total PPP loan amount they received from their lender was $50,000 or less. "SBA Form 3508S requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Borrowers that use SBA Form 3508S are exempt from reductions in loan forgiveness amounts based on reductions in full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or in salaries or wages," says the form instruction.
The Social Security Administration typically updates key numbers for the upcoming year in the fall. One of the key numbers for retirees is the cost-of-living change: A 1.3% increase will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2020. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
These are tough times, and the many business owners are facing severe hardships. Government loans and grants are keeping some afloat for the time being, and that is good news. The prospect of additional government loans to small businesses also can help. The prospect of bankruptcy looms in the background. As with most business decisions, understanding your options is the first and most important thing to do.
The amount of taxes you should withhold from your pension is dependent on your tax rate and your household sources of income and deductions. Basically, you add up all your sources of income and subtract your deductions to get your taxable income.
The pandemic has thrown businesses into a never-before-seen scenario that has upended how they operate. Many businesses that were thriving before the pandemic now find themselves having to make difficult decisions, including whether to furlough or lay off employees. This task is not as simple as cutting payroll. Other factors must be considered. For example, furloughed employees are treated differently than laid-off employees when it comes to employee benefits.
If you need to access your money in the near future, you'll want a good short-term investment. What are the best ways to maximize profits and minimize risk if you want to invest the extra cash you have?
When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency earlier this year, it triggered Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under Section 139, employers can provide tax-free payments or reimbursements to employees for certain expenses associated with a qualified disaster — such as the COVID-19 crisis.
Traditionally, strategic planning provided a road map for a future that was fairly predictable. The pandemic changed that in a dramatic fashion. Today’s business landscape is fraught with uncertainty, yet we are finding ways to deal with a new normal that is still a work in progress.
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