Hunkered Down, day 6

Financial triage.

Texas got a liquidity lifeline last night. Abbott announced that all Texas counties have been included in the Economic Injury Disaster Declaration, which grants access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The program provides long-term, low-interest loans to small businesses (3.75%) and nonprofits (2.75%) with repayment terms up to 30 years. That’s great news for our local mom-and-pops and employers who are sinking fast.

The turnaround time for the Express loan is reported to be 36 hours. I’m a little skeptical, but I’ll let you know. We are prioritizing these applications and working as quickly as we can to help all of our clients. Bear with us, the 4506-T is already down this morning, and I started at 4am. I’ll keep trying throughout the day and let you know if I get one to go through. Click here to complete the online application at the SBA website.

Proposed: The Main Street Emergency Grant Program would offer grants to small, and possibly mid-sized businesses, and nonprofits to cover payroll and fixed costs, such as rent. The grants would be made avialable “quickly” to provide liquidity and avoid layoffs. This proposal has not been finalized.

Recommendation: Defer the Texas Franchise Tax payment and filing deadline until August 15th, 2020. The delay would defer preparation fees and tax payments for taxpayers, while allowing more time for tax return preparers to help clients navigate the current crisis. Please contact Glenn Hegar at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and encourage him to support this recommendation.

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~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA is a cloud based professional services provider specializing in cloud accounting.

Avoiding and Navigating IRS Audits

Whether you are trying to avoid an IRS audit, or have received a notice from the IRS, this guide contains helpful information: irsaudits2019

See also: New Tax Law. What’s Hot. What’s Not.

~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA is a cloud based professional services provider specializing in cloud accounting.

Penalty and Interest Relief Available from the Texas Comptroller for a Limited Time

Amnesty temporarily available.Texas Clearance Letter

Texas taxpayers, now is the perfect time to get caught up on past due reports without incurring penalties or interest. From May 1, 2018 to June 29, 2018, Texas taxpayers may qualify for amnesty from penalties and interest on past due state and local tax reports.

All state and local taxes and fees the Comptroller’s office administers, such as franchise and sales taxes, are eligible, with the exception of Public Utility Commission gross receipts assessments.

When?

Eligible reports must be filed before June 29, 2018.

Qualifications, rules and limits apply.

Consult your CPA to determine the qualifications, rules and limits that apply.

~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

M.E. Sullivan is a cloud based professional services provider specializing in cloud accounting.

Businesses and Nonprofits Have Six Months to Extend Overtime Pay

The DOL estimates that the new rule will extend the right to overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers.~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

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The final rule on overtime pay protection was signed by president Obama and published on May 18, 2016.  The rule takes effect December 1, 2016.  The DOL estimates that the new rule will extend the right to overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers.

Which businesses are affected?

Generally, businesses and nonprofit organizations with gross annual sales of $500,000 or more must extend overtime pay to qualified employees.  For nonprofits, only UBIT sales are considered toward the $500,000.

In addition, all hospitals, businesses providing medical or nursing care for residents, schools (whether operated for profit or not for profit) and public agencies must comply with the new rule.

Businesses must also extend protection to employees whose work regularly involves them in commerce between States (“interstate commerce”), even if the business is not covered on an enterprise-wide basis.

Which employees are affected?

Generally, overtime pay protection is extended to full-time salaried workers with earnings up to $47,476 annually or $913 per week.  Bona fide executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees are exempt.  In addition, the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE) subject to a minimal duties test is increased to $134,004.  Nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) may be used to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level.

Future automatic updates to salary thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.

What is overtime pay?

Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must receive pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek at a rate not less than one and one-half their regular rates of pay.

Check the DOL’s FAQs for more information.

~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

M.E. Sullivan is a cloud based professional services provider specializing in cloud accounting.

Does Your Business Provide Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

“If your Texas business does not provide workers’ compensation insurance, remember to file your DWC Form-005 by April 30th to avoid penalties.”~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

Workers' Compensation Insurance JPEGIf your Texas business does not provide workers’ compensation insurance, remember to file your DWC Form-005 by April 30th to avoid penalties.   The Division of Workers’ Compensation has stepped up enforcement actions this year and failure to file may result in penalties.

The online site is down today, but you can download the pdf here and send it by fax.

DWC Form 005

~Mitzi E. Sullivan, CPA

M.E. Sullivan is a cloud based professional services provider specializing in cloud accounting.