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CSI Accounting Staff

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CARES Act Stimulus Will Permit Business Loans To Cover Payroll, Rent, Utilities, and more

Mar 28, 2020 3:01:00 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff

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CARES Act to Permit Business Loans To Cover Payroll, Rent, Utilities, and more while Expanding and Increasing Unemployment Benefits 

Please read, understand the opportunity and importance, and reply — we're here to help!

Loans and grants to small businesses including sole proprietors and independent contractors in the CARES Act are on a first come, first served, basis. Once loans have been approved up to the appropriated amount, the program ends (unless Congress appropriates more funds). 

If you and your small business need help with covering payroll, rent, and utilities — PLEASE DO NOT DELAY in applying for this program or in contacting us for help!

Businesses struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis received good news late last night when the Senate passed an unprecedented piece of legislation aimed at providing a massive stimulus to workplaces and employees alike. 

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How the CARES Act Affects Small Businesses Whose Staff Has Already Been Laid Off

Mar 28, 2020 2:50:49 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff

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Any reduction in the amount of loan forgiveness will be completely avoided if the employer re-hires all employees laid off (going back to February 15, 2020), or increased their previously reduced wages, no later than June 20, 2020. These provisions are designed to provide an incentive to employers to not lay off workers (or rehire them) and instead utilize the loan amounts to pay payroll and other expenses.

What’s the Process?

Paycheck protection loans are fully guaranteed by the federal government through December 31, 2020 (previously guaranteed at 85%). The standard fees under section 7 of the Small Business Act are waived and there is no requirement that the loans be personally guaranteed by the borrower. Loans will be available immediately through SBA-certified lenders, which include banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. The SBA will also be required to streamline the process to include additional lenders into the program and to ensure that funds are dispersed to qualified businesses as soon as possible. The deadline to apply for paycheck protection loans is June 30, 2020.

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Small Business “Paycheck Protection” Loans

Mar 28, 2020 2:44:19 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff

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The most significant provision of the CARES Act for employers establishes new “paycheck protection” loans administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help employers continue to cover payroll costs and other expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. The covered period for loans is February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

 

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IRS unveils new People First Initiative — Suspends Various Payments Due, Delays Collection Activities, and More

Mar 26, 2020 9:44:34 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff

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People First Initiative - IR-2020-59, March 25, 2020

To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced today a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What We Know So Far

Mar 20, 2020 2:22:58 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business operations

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020.

In the coming days and weeks, federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide guidance on how to execute or implement the new requirements. In the meantime, employers and advisors must rely on a good faith interpretation of the act’s text.

We are sharing everything we know below and will not be able to answer follow up questions about the act until agency guidance has been released, which will take some time. We will update the HR Support Center when we have more information, and we encourage you to check there.

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Update During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff

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***UPDATED Mar 20, 2020***

Dear Clients and Subscribers:

We previously communicated our ongoing efforts to support you, our associates, and the community during the quickly developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We want to reiterate that we consider the health and well-being of all of us extremely important. No value can be placed on health!

During this time we have been receiving and answering a storm of questions regarding a variety of issues. We are going to address a couple of the top questions here, and provide the most current information, answers, and links to additional resources (more informational posts will follow).

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What Minnesota’s New Wage Theft Law Means for Your Business

Jul 24, 2019 9:11:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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A new piece of legislation by Minnesota lawmakers puts unprecedented pressure on businesses to make sure that they’re providing accurate documentation of employee wages. As of Monday, July 1st, 2019 employers are required to provide employees notice at the start of their job laying out wage or salary amount and the benefits available. Employers must also provide additional information in their pay stubs and include allowances taken out for lodging, food, and other incidentals.

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How the New Amendment to Minneapolis SST Work Laws Will Affect Your Business (Even if You Don’t Live Here)

Jul 22, 2019 12:33:46 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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A recent change in Minneapolis work law could affect your business -- even if your headquarters, facilities, or office(s) are not located inside the city.

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How to Have Less Stress & More Time

Jul 16, 2019 9:27:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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It’s a beautiful thing to run your own business, but that doesn’t mean it's always easy.  

We know it feels good to build something from the ground up with your own two hands, but what does that look like in practice? Sometimes it's fun, but it oftentimes means a lot of stress and always means a lot of hard work.

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The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Getting the Jump on Next Year's Taxes

Jul 9, 2019 10:11:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business accounting, small business operations

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Taxes are an ever-changing landscape, and with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act finally taking effect this year, there’s actually never been a better time to find an accountant that you can trust.

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