Words Count

The Thomas Howell Ferguson Blog

CARES Act – Things You Need To Know – Get The Facts

Payment Protection Program (PPP) – This is a program that was included in the CARES Act and was enacted into law on March 27, 2020.  This is an 800+ page bill.  Here are a few fast facts to highlight things you need to know now, especially if you decide it makes the most sense for […]

Read More…

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Loan Details

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan can help many businesses, but what are the loan details? Check out the specifics below. What is the interest rate on a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan? The interest rate will be 100 basis points or one percent. The Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary, determined that a one […]

Read More…

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – How much can I borrow?

I have determined that I am eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). How much can I borrow? Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the maximum loan amount is the lesser of $10 million or an amount that you will calculate using a payroll-based formula specified in the CARES Act, as explained below. How do […]

Read More…

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Can I be ineligible even if I meet the requirements?

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Eligibility Requirements You are eligible if you are: A small business with fewer than 500 employees A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees An individual who operates as a sole proprietor An individual who operates as an independent contractor An individual […]

Read More…

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Impact on Business

In this time of rapidly changing information, we are here to provide answers to some of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) questions businesses have. What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is intended to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll.  Loans guaranteed under […]

Read More…

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available […]

Read More…

CARES Act – Impact on Individuals

Recovery Rebates All US resident individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 ($150,000 married), and a work-eligible Social Security Number (SSN), are eligible for the full $1,200 rebate ($2,400 for those who are married and file jointly).  Additionally, individuals are eligible for an extra $500 per qualifying child, given that the qualifying […]

Read More…

CARES Act – Impact on Not-For-Profit Organizations

The CARES Act contains several provisions that are applicable to not-for-profit organizations.  The process for obtaining available relief will largely depend on your tax classification under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). For 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) organizations with 500 or fewer employees, including full-time and part-time employees, that have been in existence […]

Read More…

CARES Act – Small Business Relief

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep their workers employed during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The Paycheck Protection Program provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their […]

Read More…

Families First Coronavirus Relief Act Update!

Congress has passed, and President Trump signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA provides for three sections that likely will be of particular interest for employers (both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations alike): (1) Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion, (2) Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and […]

Read More…

CARES Act – Stimulus Calculator

This calculator helps a taxpayer calculate the amount of stimulus rebate expected to be received per the provisions contained in the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  For ideas on how this will affect you, click here to access the CARES Act Stimulus Calculator.           […]

Read More…

COVID-19 – Grant and Loan Programs with Links

There are multiple options being offered right now to help for-profit and not-for-profit organizations during this difficult time.  How do you know what is best for you?  Please feel free to reach out to our team with questions.  In the meantime, below are some options for you to consider:   Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic […]

Read More…

IRS Will Now Accept Email and Digital Signatures

Effective immediately, the IRS will begin to temporarily accept images of signatures (scanned or photographed) and digital signatures on documents related to the determination of collection of tax liability.  This has been put in place to help taxpayers and the tax professional community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, IRS employees are now being allowed to […]

Read More…

Standard and Itemized Deductions: Which One Is for You?

When filing your taxes, you may struggle to determine whether you should choose to use the standard deduction or itemize your deduction.  Finding the solution to this is very important as deductions reduce the amount of taxable income when filing your federal income tax return.  Basically, deductions can reduce the amount of taxes you owe. […]

Read More…

Deductions Eliminated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Although the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provided some new tax breaks, it also erased many deductions that you may have routinely claimed.  The following eliminated deductions are scheduled to remain through 2025, pending congressional action. Home Equity Loan Interest. According to the new tax law, the deduction for home equity interest from 2018 […]

Read More…

Deductions Eliminated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Although the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provided some new tax breaks, it also erased many deductions that you may have routinely claimed.  The following eliminated deductions are scheduled to remain through 2025, pending congressional action. Home Equity Loan Interest. According to the new tax law, the deduction for home equity interest from 2018 […]

Read More…

What is a Tax Checkup and Why Does Your Organization Need One?

Over time an organization, as well as related tax and case laws, can change significantly.  These changes, although subtle on a year-by-year basis, can considerably alter the tax exposure of your exempt entity. A comprehensive tax “checkup” serves as a diagnostic tool to help identify tax exposure areas and planning strategies. A tax checkup provides […]

Read More…

Tips on How to Choose a Tax Preparer

It’s that time of year again! Many of you are currently choosing a tax preparer to help file your tax return. If you are filing through a tax preparer, it is very important that you choose your preparer wisely. Ultimately, you are responsible for all of the information on your income tax return, no matter […]

Read More…

Why Should You Have a Succession Plan?

An often overlooked process for companies is the development of a succession plan.  Succession plans are used to address the inevitable changes that occur when business owners, partners or key employees resign, retire, are fired, get sick, or pass away.  This strategy for the identification and development of future leaders is necessary to ensure a […]

Read More…

The Wayfair Decision: What Does it Mean?

In 1967 and 1992, the United States Supreme Court decided cases that formed the operating framework of how states could impose the requirement that a business collect/remit sales tax on behalf of a state.  The central theme around this framework was that states could not impose on out-of-state sellers the obligation to collect and remit […]

Read More…

Expanded Tax Relief Provided for Victims of Hurricane Michael

Those affected by Hurricane Michael have until February 28, 2019, to file individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. This relief is being offered to any Major Disaster Declaration area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for either individual or public assistance.  Currently, this includes parts of Florida […]

Read More…

Tax Credits Help Offset Higher Education Costs

If you pay higher for education in 2018 than before, you can see tax savings when you file your tax returns.  If you, your spouse, or your dependents take post-high school coursework, you may be eligible for a tax benefit. There are two credits available to help you offset the costs of higher education:  the […]

Read More…

Tips for Taxpayers Who Have to Amend a Tax Return

If you have discovered you made mistakes or omissions on your tax return, you can correct them by filing an amended tax return. If you need to amend, you should remember these tips: File using paper form. Use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct the tax return. You can’t file amended […]

Read More…

Here’s What You Should Know About Penalty Relief

If you make an effort to comply with the law, but are unable to meet your tax obligations due to circumstances beyond your control, you may qualify for relief from penalties. If you receive a notice stating that a penalty was assessed, you first should check that the information in the notice is correct.  If […]

Read More…

Plan Ahead for Vacation Home Rentals

During the summer, people often rent out their property. They usually think about things such as cleanup and maintenance, but owners also need to be aware of the tax implications of residential and vacation home rentals. If you receive money for the use of a house that’s also used as a someone’s personal residence, it […]

Read More…

Law Change Affects Moving, Mileage, and Travel Expenses

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) created wide sweeping changes to tax rules at both the business and individual level.  Detailed below are some changes centered around vehicles that are now in effect. Changes to the deduction for move-related vehicle expenses The TCJA suspends the deduction for moving expenses for tax years beginning after […]

Read More…

Tax Reform: Changes to Depreciation Affect Businesses Now

If you are a business owner, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect your depreciation deductions and taxes. You can generally depreciate tangible property except land, which includes buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. Changes to depreciation and how they will affect businesses may include: Businesses can immediately expense more under the new law. […]

Read More…

If You Are in a Two-Income Family or Work Multiple Jobs, You Should Check Your Withholding Amount

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will affect 2018 tax returns that you file in 2019, makes checking your withholding amounts even more important. These tax law changes include: Increased standard deduction Eliminated personal exemptions Higher thresholds for individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) Increased Child Tax Credit Limited or discontinued certain […]

Read More…

Retirement Plan Credit

Small employers that create a retirement plan may be able to claim up to $500 in income tax credit per year for three years by filing the Form 8881 Credit for Small Employer Pension Startup Cost. The credit is limited to 50% of qualified startup costs. To be eligible, small employers should not exceed 100 […]

Read More…

Nine Facts About the Adoption Credit

Did you know that adoptive parents may qualify for a tax credit? Parents who either adopted a child or tried to adopt a child may claim the adoption credit. Here are nine things you should know about this credit. Credit. The credit is nonrefundable. This means the credit may only reduce your tax liability to […]

Read More…

Make the Most of Your HSA

If you’re hoping to build retirement wealth in a health savings account (HSA), it helps to have a game plan. There’s a growing buzz and excitement around HSAs. HSAs have a triple tax advantage. Contributions are tax-deductible, typically grow tax-free, and can be withdrawn without incurring taxes as long as you use them for qualified […]

Read More…

Taxpayers Beware of Unsolicited Calls from the IRS

Taxpayers who get an unsolicited phone call from the IRS should be cautious – it’s probably a scam. These scammers will use your personal information to gain access to your bank or other accounts. When a scammer calls, it might be a recording or an actual person claiming to be from the IRS. Sometimes they […]

Read More…