Where Does Arizona’s Revenue Stand At This Moment?

The COVID-19 pandemic that led to tens of thousands of layoffs, and record levels of unemployment claims in Arizona has also pummeled sales tax revenue over the past couple of months. We’ll remain in wait-and-see mode to see whether the lapsing of the stay-at-home order boosted the economy enough to counter the spike in cases[ … ]

Arizona Unemployment Rate Down 4.5 Percentage Points In May

A month after doubling as the state’s economy staggered under the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona’s unemployment dropped by 4.5 percentage points during May. The state Office of Economic Opportunity reported that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 8.9%, down from 13.4% in April as business closures and other impacts from the pandemic took hold.[ … ]

SBA Issues Update First PPP Interim Final Rule Following PPP Flexibility Act

On June 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an updated interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in response to the PPP Flexibility Act passed on June 5, 2020. The updated guidance accounts for revisions made to the covered period, usage of funds changes, extended safe harbors, and more. Here is[ … ]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Signed by President

On June 5, 2020, the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act after it passed the Senate with a unanimous vote. The bill drafted by the House extends certain provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide small businesses with relief in the timeframe and use of their PPP loan funds.[ … ]

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Assistance Now Available

If your business has received an SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, now is the time to begin planning how you will allocate and document your spending over the relevant covered period to ensure you receive the maximum loan forgiveness. Work with our PPP Loan Task Force We have designed flat-fee consulting packages to help[ … ]

Donating your stimulus check: How to make a tax-deductible donation

Stimulus checks are already arriving in mailboxes and bank accounts, but not everyone who receives a stimulus check needs the money. Part of the recent CARES Act, these stimulus checks include $1,200 for single filers or $2,400 for joint filers, plus $500 for each dependent child under age 17. The amount of the payment is[ … ]

Hiring independent contractors? Make sure they’re properly classified

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, your business may be using independent contractors to keep costs low. But you should be careful that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies them as employees, it can be an expensive mistake. The question of whether a worker is an[ … ]

Paycheck Protection Program – Loan Forgiveness

Updated Information – 5/13/2020 SBA issues new guidance on PPP loan necessity certification The CARES Act includes loan forgiveness provisions for loans received under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The exact details are not yet clear. However, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has promised clarification of the forgiveness provisions at a future date. This Q&A[ … ]