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PA Overtime Rules

PA Overtime Rules

Final overtime rules for Pennsylvania took effect on October 3, 2020.

Helping employees inpacted by COVID-19

Helping employees inpacted by COVID-19

Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code permits employers to make non-taxable relief payments to employees for reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a qualified disaster. Read more

Tax

Are expenses paid with PPP loan proceeds tax deductible?

Are expenses paid with PPP loan proceeds tax deductible?

Many businesses have applied for and/or received PPP loans. Such loans have provisions for forgiveness in whole/part to the extent loan proceeds are used for payroll costs, rent, utilities and mortgage interest during an eight-week period from the date the loan proceeds are received. Read more

Tax

Recording gifts in kind and donated services

Recording gifts in kind and donated services

As unemployment and financial insecurity become widespread during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, many not-for-profit donors find themselves unable to provide monetary support to their favorite charities. Read more

Relaxed Deadline for Filing and Paying Corporation Tax

Relaxed Deadline for Filing and Paying Corporation Tax

Corporations in Pennsylvania are getting a relaxed deadline for filing and paying corporation tax. The PA Dept. of Revenue has provided a summary of tax extensions in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more

Tax

PDOR Warns of COVID-19 Scams

PDOR Warns of COVID-19 Scams

Beware of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scams aimed at Pennsylvania residents, says the PA Dept. of Revenue (PDOR). Scammers are using phishing scams to target taxpayers who are expecting federal stimulus payments. Read more

Tax

Certain 2018 Form 5500 Due Dates Extended

Certain 2018 Form 5500 Due Dates Extended

IRS Notice 2020-23 provides additional time for employee benefit plan sponsors to file 2018 Forms 5500 due on or after April, 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020. Plans with original due dates or extended due dates falling within this period now have until July 15, 2020 to file their forms. Read more

CARES Act offers new hope for cash-strapped not-for-profits

CARES Act offers new hope for cash-strapped not-for-profits

How is the massive $2 trillion recovery package poised to help your not-for-profit organization? It depends on your group's size, financial condition and other factors. But most nonprofits affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are eligible for some relief under the CARES Act. Read more

How will the coronavirus health crisis affect financial reporting?

How will the coronavirus health crisis affect financial reporting?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has rightly become the focus of massive public attention in recent weeks. In addition to concerns about the health of their workers, businesses may be concerned about how it will affect their financial results and the performance of their supply chain partners. Read more

April 15th Filing Deadline Extended to July 15th

April 15th Filing Deadline Extended to July 15th

According to Secretary Steven Mnuchin today, the April 15th tax deadline is being extended to July 15th. Read more

Tax

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

President Trump has signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other things, the new law temporarily requires certain employers to provide expanded paid sick and family leave for employees affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more

Additional Guidance Issued Clarifying Payment Deferral

Additional Guidance Issued Clarifying Payment Deferral

The Secretary of the Treasury issued additional guidance today pursuant to Notice 2020-17 clarifying that the payment deferral also applies to trusts and estates, as well as to 1Q 2020 estimates. Read more

Tax

Guidance on meal and entertainment deducations provided by the IRS

Guidance on meal and entertainment deducations provided by the IRS

The IRS has released proposed regulations addressing the deductibility of meal and entertainment expenses in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Read more

Tax

Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements: No Written Assertion, No Problem

Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements: No Written Assertion, No Problem

The AICPA's Auditing Standards Board ("ASB") issued a revised attestation standard in December 2019. The revised standard gives accountants more flexibility when performing agreed-upon procedures ("AUP") engagements. Read more

Sisterson Again Recognized for Quality Control Standards

Sisterson Again Recognized for Quality Control Standards

Pittsburgh-based certified public accounting firm Sisterson & Co. LLP has achieved the highest level of report following a peer review of the Firm's quality controls for accounting and auditing engagements. Read more

How a not-for-profit should prepare for a financial audit

How a not-for-profit should prepare for a financial audit

Outside financial audits may seem like an extravagance to not-for-profits working to contain costs and focus on their mission. However, undergoing regular audits allows an organization to identify risks early and act quickly to prevent problems. Read more

Do you pay non-employee compensation in excess of $600?

Do you pay non-employee compensation in excess of $600?

If you pay non-employee compensation in excess of $600 in 2020 or later, form 1099-NEC will need filed instead of form 1099-MISC. Read more

Tax

Sisterson Announces Promotions

Sisterson Announces Promotions

Sisterson announces promotions effective January 1, 2020. Read more

2020 Tax Calendar

2020 Tax Calendar

Summary of important 2020 tax deadlines. Read more

Tax

Employee benefit plans: Do you need a Form 5500 audit?

Employee benefit plans: Do you need a Form 5500 audit?

Some benefit plans are required to include an opinion from an independent qualified public accountant (IQPA) when filing Form 5500 each year. Read more

SECURE Act Changes the Required Minimum Distribution Age from 70-1/2 to 72

SECURE Act Changes the Required Minimum Distribution Age from 70-1/2 to 72

The "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019" (the SECURE Act) was signed into law on December 20, 2019. The SECURE Act lays out major changes for retirement plans and IRAs, and creates a new pooled multiple employer plan. This is a summary of the changes. Read more