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THF Congratulates Lorelle Chapman and Alexander Frey on their Promotion to Manager

THF congratulates Lorelle Chapman and Alexander Frey on their promotion to Manager in the Assurance Services Department. Lorelle Chapman joined THF in January 2017 and has over four years of experience in public accounting providing assurance and accounting services. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Florida State University. Lorelle operates out […]

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New Per Diem Business Travel Rates Became Effective on October 1

Are employees at your business traveling again after months of virtual meetings? In Notice 2021-52, the IRS announced the fiscal 2022 “per diem” rates that became effective October 1, 2021. Taxpayers can use these rates to substantiate the amount of expenses for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses when traveling away from home. (Taxpayers in the transportation […]

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THF Congratulates Micah Kunkel and Paola Arbulu on their Promotion to Senior Manager

THF congratulates Micah Kunkel and Paola Arbulu on their promotion to Senior Manager in the Tax Services Department. Micah Kunkel joined THF in 2009 and has over 12 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Valdosta State University. Micah previously served […]

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THF Congratulates Matthew Walker and Catherine Stout on Their Promotion to Director

THF congratulates Matthew Walker and Catherine Stout on their promotion to Director in the Assurance Services Department. Matthew joined THF in January 2013 and has over eight years of experience in public accounting providing assurance and accounting services. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University. Matthew is very involved in the […]

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Merger and Acquisition Transactions: Be Careful When Reporting to the IRS

Are you currently involved with a merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction? Low-interest rates and other factors have caused global merger and acquisition activity to reach new highs in 2021. Refinitiv, a provider of financial data reports that 2021 is set to be the biggest in M&A history, with the United States accounting for $2.14 trillion […]

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Want to Find Out What IRS Auditors Know About Your Business Industry?

How does the IRS prepare for a business audit? Generally, an IRS examiner does research about the specific industry and issues on the taxpayer’s return. Examiners may use IRS “Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs).” A little-known secret is that these guides are available to the public on the IRS website. In other words, your business can […]

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THF Congratulates Lorelle Chapman and Phillip Bealor for Passing Their CPA Exam

THF congratulates Lorelle Chapman and Phillip Bealor for passing their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Lorelle Chapman received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University. She operates out of the THF Tallahassee office and works as a senior accountant in the assurance services department. Lorelle joined the firm in January 2017. Phillip Bealor […]

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Getting a Divorce? Be Aware of Tax Implications if You Own a Business

If you’re a business owner and you’re getting a divorce, tax issues can complicate matters. Your business ownership interest is one of your biggest personal assets and in many cases, your marital property will include all or part of it. Tax-Free Property Transfers You can generally divide most assets, including cash and business ownership interests, […]

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THF Congratulates Megan Keplinger Townsend on Being Inducted into the United Way Suncoast Campaign Coordinator Hall of Fame

THF congratulates Megan Keplinger Townsend on being inducted into the United Way Suncoast Campaign Coordinator Hall of Fame. Megan served as the United Way Suncoast Campaign Coordinator for THF in 2020 and is serving again for 2021. Megan was nominated by the United Way Suncoast for going above and beyond to run a best practice […]

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The Deductibility of Corporate Expenses Covered by Officers or Shareholders

It is often difficult to determine the deductibility of corporate expenses covered by officers or shareholders. Do you play a major role in a closely held corporation and sometimes spend money on corporate expenses personally? These costs may wind up being non-deductible both by an officer and the corporation unless proper steps are taken. This […]

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Getting a New Business Off The Ground: How Start-Up Expenses Are Handled On Your Tax Return

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials are seeing a large increase in the number of new businesses being launched. From June 2020 through June 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that business applications are up 18.6%. The Bureau measures this by the number of businesses applying for an Employer Identification Number. Entrepreneurs often don’t know […]

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THF Wins Working Well Weight Loss Challenge

THF won the Working Well 12-week weight loss Jackpot Challenge through Healthy Wage. Working Well is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources, information, education, and events to improve the well-being of the community’s workforce. Working Well, Inc. partnered with Healthy Wage to provide a 12-week weight loss Jackpot Challenge. 15 teams of […]

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THF Congratulates Christie Battles on joining the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Second Harvest of the Big Bend

THF congratulates Christie Battles on joining the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of the Second Harvest of the Big Bend.Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s mission is to feed the hungry in the Big Bend through the network of partner agencies. Furthermore, they strive to educate and engage the community in the fight […]

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Recordkeeping DOs and DON’Ts for Business Meal and Vehicle Expenses

Do you know the DOs and DON’Ts of recordkeeping? If you’re claiming deductions for business meals or auto expenses, expect the IRS to closely review them. In some cases, taxpayers have incomplete documentation or try to create records months (or years) later. In doing so, they fail to meet the strict substantiation requirements set forth […]

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2022 Health Savings Accounts Amounts Announced

The IRS recently released guidance providing the 2022 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts. Fundamentals of HSAs What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)? It is a trust created or organized exclusively for the purpose of paying the “qualified medical expenses” of an “account beneficiary.” It can only be established for the benefit of an […]

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THF Congratulates Taylor Harmon on His Acceptance into Leadership Tallahassee Class 39

THF congratulates Taylor Harmon on his acceptance into Leadership Tallahassee Class 39. Leadership Tallahassee, a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, is a year-long program that educates and encourages participants to actively seek positive and constructive changes in the community through leadership roles. The selection process is competitive, and qualified applicants must have […]

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Providing Education Assistance to Employees? Follow these Rules

Many businesses provide education fringe benefits so their employees can improve their skills and gain additional knowledge. An employee can receive, on a tax-free basis, up to $5,250 each year from his or her employer for educational assistance under a “qualified educational assistance program.” For this purpose, “education” means any form of instruction or training […]

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Claiming the Business Energy Credit for Using Alternative Energy

Are you wondering whether alternative energy technologies can help you manage energy costs in your business? If so, there’s a valuable federal income tax benefit (the business energy credit) that applies to the acquisition of many types of alternative energy property. The credit is intended primarily for business users of alternative energy (other energy tax […]

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THF Congratulates Chandler Russell on joining the InfraGard North Florida Members Alliance Board of Directors

THF congratulates Chandler Russell on joining the InfraGard North Florida Members Alliance (InfraGard) Board of Directors. The mission of InfraGard North Florida is in alignment with the InfraGard National program. In short, their core goal is to continue partnerships between private industry, the public sector, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other government agencies […]

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Simple Retirement Savings Options for Your Business

Are you thinking about setting up a retirement plan for yourself and your employees? Are you worried about the financial commitment and administrative burdens involved in providing a traditional pension plan? In short, there are two options to consider: “simplified employee pension” (SEP) “savings incentive match plan for employees” (SIMPLE) SEPs are intended as an […]

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What Should You Know About the New Revenue Recognition?

The implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, is officially here (after a one year optional delay granted by FASB. In addition, there is another revenue recognition standard that will have an impact on not-for-profits specifically. The FASB issued ASU 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope […]

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THF Congratulates Ying Wang on Being Named One of the Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know”

THF congratulates Ying Wang on being selected as one of the 2021 “25 Women You Need to Know,” by the Tallahassee Democrat. Each year, the Tallahassee Democrat seeks to recognize the 25 women in the city of Tallahassee and the surrounding area. The outstanding women on the list have achieved great success in their businesses […]

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FAQs by Not-For-Profit Organizations

We sat down with one of our not-for-profit leaders, Allison Harrell, to review some frequently asked questions by not-for-profit organizations. Planning FAQs Question:  What tips or direction can you give organizations on how to better prepare for the future? We are concerned about losing a leader for the short or long term due to COVID.Allison:  […]

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Audit vs. Review vs. Internal Controls Assessment

Does your organization need an audit, review, or internal controls assessment? Because every organization is different, there are different types of assurance services that your company can undergo based on your needs. There are many things that will help determine which services are the right fit for your organization. Your organization’s primary purpose, mission, funding, […]

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What Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Know About the Second Round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On December 27, 2020, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Business, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the 2021 Act) was signed into law. It includes additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) and expands eligibility to certain not-for-profit organizations. The 2021 Act does the following: Provides another $284 billion in funding for the PPP; Allows […]

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What Renters Should Know about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

What should renters know about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program? The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 passed Congress with strong bipartisan support. President Trump signed it into law on December 27, 2020.  To sum up, this relief package provides critical support to the American people and will further strengthen our economic recovery. President Trump signed the […]

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CARES Act II – Emergency Rental Assistance Program Q&A

Recently, Municode hosted a webinar on the CARES Act II – Emergency Rental Assistance Program. THF’s Steve Stevens and Government Services Group (GSG)’s Dave Jahosky had the opportunity to be panelists on this virtual discussion. There were great questions about the new CARES Act funding being provided by the IRS Treasury during the session. Continue […]

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