401k Plan Audits – Part 2: What Do Auditors Review?

When a business reaches a certain number of eligible participants for their 401(k) Plan, federal law requires an independent audit of the Plan. While larger companies may be familiar with this process, many small business owners may find themselves in uncharted territory the first time their number of eligible participants increases above the threshold amount. In this second blog in our 3-part series, we’ll discuss what auditors review during a 401(k) Plan audit.

Is Your Business Eligible for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant?

The American Rescue Plan Act introduced several new relief programs for small businesses, including the Restaurant Revitalization Fund—designed to provide relief for restaurants and other food and drink establishments that were hit hard in the last year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Planning FAQ: Roth 401(k) Contributions

As a financial planner, I am often asked by clients about which retirement savings tools are right for them. Many clients have questions about how Roth 401(k) plans in particular compare to other retirement saving strategies. To help clarify, I have put together the following list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you decide if Roth 401(k) contributions are right for you.

Round Three of Stimulus Payments: Everything You Need to Know

Last week President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which included many relief provisions for taxpayers, including a third round of economic impact payments. Like the first two rounds, taxpayers will not need to take any action to receive their stimulus payment.

401k Plan Audits – Part 1: Does Your Company Require One?

When a business reaches a certain number of eligible participants for their 401(k) plan, federal law requires an independent audit of the plan. While larger companies may be familiar with this process, many small business owners may find themselves in uncharted territory the first time their number of eligible participants increases above the threshold amount. In this 3-part blog series, we’ll cover the basics of 401(k) plan audits.

Exclusive New PPP Application Window Established for Smallest Businesses

On Monday, the Presidential administration announced that on Wednesday, February 24th, a new two-week Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application window will open specifically for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

The Future of Recruiting: 5 Considerations for Staffing Firms

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have shifted to a remote workforce—and in turn, the staffing industry has had to pivot as well, implementing remote recruiting, hiring, and onboarding strategies. While some employees have now returned to the office, many are continuing to work remotely, and will for the foreseeable future. And with employers and employees finding that a remote work strategy can be just as effective, while saving costs for employers and providing a better work-life balance for employees, remote work is definitely here to stay on a larger scale than ever before. So what does this mean for the staffing industry?

Change of State Residency and Important Considerations

Clients and many taxpayers often wonder whether it might be beneficial in retirement or while still working to change their place of residency as a way to minimize their current and future state tax obligations, or as part of their long-term strategy to minimize estate taxes to a more tax-friendly state. While most states tax all or a portion of the income of their residents, certain states like Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming have no state income tax, and New Hampshire and Tennessee do not tax earned wages. These and other states may not have “state” estate and/or inheritance tax as well, making them very appealing for those looking to change their residency in the long-term. 

11 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

The purpose of financial aid is to help bridge the gap between the cost of attending college and the amount that students and their parents can afford to pay. Unfortunately, many students forgo applying for financial aid because they assume they won’t qualify. Don’t let these common myths dissuade you from applying for financial assistance or lead you astray during the application process. 

6 Ways to Keep Your Personal Information Secure Online

It has been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic has flipped everyone’s day-to-day life upside down. We have had to change the way we do many things, including finding new ways of completing tasks that were once done in person. A lot of what we do now is being conducted via the internet and online portals. We hear in the news about data breaches and online hackers, but how can you personally protect your information online? There are a few easy tasks that one can complete to ensure they are doing everything in their power to keep their information secure: