Important Info for Any Business Owner Who Received a PPP Loan

If you are a business owner who successfully applied for, and received, a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, it is critically important to stay on top of those loan funds to ensure you comply with the program and remain eligible for loan forgiveness. Unfortunately, compliance can be extremely challenging since it seems like the rules governing the PPP program are constantly changing. Tip No. 1 - You Have 8 Weeks to Spend the PPP Funds If you received a PPP loan, it is important to understand that you cannot simply set that money aside. You need to utilize those funds for...

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Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights the Importance of Clear Health Care Directives

CNN published a heart wrenching article by Louis Foglia that detailed his father's last days and tragic passing as a result of COVID-19. Foglia's article provided an immersive experience into the intense stress, anxiety and uncertainty that accompanies having a loved one in the hospital struggling to stay alive due to the Coronavirus. Foglia's father battled the Coronavirus for 31 days but ultimately succumbed to the deadly virus. I strongly encourage you to take the time to read Foglia's article from start to finish. It both encapsulates the life and memory of his father while also highlighting the immense importance of certain...

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Tips on How the CARES Act Offers Important Tax Incentives and Planning Opportunities

The historic $2.2 trillion CARES Act contains an array of favorable provisions for individual taxpayers, but many of those provisions are only available in 2020. Nevertheless, there are also a number of lesser-known provisions that can be utilized for effective long-term financial planning and tax benefits. Withdrawing Funds from Your IRA Without Enduring Harsh Tax Penalties The CARES Act allows eligible individuals to take up to $100,000 of distributions from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or employer-sponsored retirement plan (e.g., 401k) during 2020 and receive the following relaxed tax rules: Exempt from the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty that would otherwise apply...

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How Can I Get a Paycheck Protection Program Loan?

One of the key provisions of the landmark CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program. Congress allocated $350 billion to this program enabling the Small Business Administration to provide loans to small business owners. The loans are fully guaranteed by the federal government. If you are interested in applying for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, here is the application in a fillable PDF format.  Objective of the Paycheck Protection Program The primary objectives of the Paycheck Protection Program include: Provide assistance to businesses so they can retain their employees; and Help businesses cover near-term operating expenses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Who is...

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Do You Need to Amend Your Advance Medical Directive Due to the Coronavirus?

One of my clients recently asked an important question about advance medical directives and whether amending this important legal and medical document is warranted in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For context, my client has an advance medical directive stating that they do not want to be put on a ventilator. However, my client expressed a desire to be placed on a ventilator if they are infected with COVID-19. This prompted my client to ask – is it necessary to amend my advance medical directive in light of different treatment wishes for the Coronavirus? Answer: it is not necessary to amend an...

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Your Estate Plan Could Help Grow – or Ruin – Your Family Fortune

Most Americans have heard the names “Rockefeller” and “Vanderbilt.” The two families are firmly embedded in American culture through academia (e.g., Vanderbilt University), real estate (e.g., Rockefeller Plaza), charitable organizations, politics, etc. The progenitors of these now-iconic names were John D. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Both men enjoyed incredible success in different areas of the business world which resulted in substantial fortunes. Both men left vast sums of money to their loved ones. However, the ways in which their fortunes were distributed between descendants varied greatly, which led to two completely different outcomes that highlight just how important proper estate...

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Personal Pain Fuels Desire to Protect Your Family Through Effective Estate Planning

This month marks the 10th anniversary of my father’s death.  He lived with dementia for seven years caused by a form of Parkinson’s called Lewy Body Disease. My father’s illness was one of the main reasons I decided to re-focus my legal career and specialize in estate planning.  Another attorney helped draft my father’s estate plan. The attorney took the traditional approach of getting legal documents executed, but with very little counseling or follow-up. The result? A family left in the dark. We did not know my father’s wishes or preferences regarding his health care or what should be done if...

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Must-Know Info on How Charitable Deductions Work

You need to itemize in order to claim your charitable deduction The latest tax act raised the standard deduction single filers to $12,200 and joint filers to $24,400. It appears the big increase in standard deduction has had a negative impact on the percentage of taxpayers who make charitable contributions because you are unable to deduct the contributions if you decide to go with the standard deduction rather than opting for itemization. Determining whether to itemize or not depends on your specific situation so you will need to consult an experienced and knowledgeable tax advisor. As a general rule, the interest...

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