An Introduction to Benchmarking: Part 1

"Benchmarking" is the process of measuring the products, services, processes, and financial performance of one company against those of similar companies that are known to be leaders in one or more aspects of their operations. Benchmarking provides necessary insights to help you understand your company’s position and performance within the industry and even across industries, and further helps you identify specific areas, systems, or processes in which your company can improve.

Maintaining Multistate Compliance with a Remote Workforce

The pandemic has changed the work landscape dramatically, and for many companies—as many as 70% according to a recent study—the massive transition to remote and hybrid work is here to stay. Remote work has many benefits for both employees and employers, but these benefits come with some major compliance requirements. With remote work policies varying from state to state, navigating key issues like tax compliance, workers compensation, payroll compliance, and insurance coverage can be complicated—especially when employees are working remotely in different states than the company’s headquarters location.

Here's What You Should Know About Bitcoin

We’ve all seen the stories about bitcoin over the past few years—the triumphs and the pitfalls. For many investors, this cryptocurrency has raised a lot of questions and a lot of curiosity. Is bitcoin just a “scam” that will end in a meltdown? Or does it have the potential to revolutionize financial markets as we know them?

If you’re one of the many who are curious about bitcoin, read on for some of what you should know about the emerging world of cryptocurrency.

New FASB Lease Accounting Standard Effective January 1, 2022

Calendar year-end private companies, small public companies, and non-profits will have to account for leases differently in the new year, thanks to a new lease accounting standard implemented by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

Your 2022 Tax Calendar: First Quarter Deadlines for Businesses

As 2021 comes to a close, we thought it would be helpful to provide some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2022. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you.

Providing a company car? Here’s how taxes are handled

The use of a company vehicle is a valuable fringe benefit for owners and employees of small businesses. This perk results in tax deductions for the employer as well as tax breaks for the owners and employees using the cars. (And of course, they get the nontax benefit of getting a company car.) Plus, current tax law and IRS rules make it even more beneficial than it was in the past.

Top 4 Exceptions to the 10 Percent Early Distribution Penalty

Generally, the IRS will impose a 10 percent early distribution penalty if you withdraw assets from your traditional IRA before the age of 59½. So, what would happen if you needed to tap into your IRA before then? Sure, you’ll have to pay income tax on the untaxed portion of the IRA. But are there ways to avoid paying that 10 percent early distribution penalty? Luckily for some, the IRS offers several exceptions to this penalty. Here are four of the most important ones.

Federal Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Tax Fraud

With the rise of cryptocurrency, the IRS and US government have been faced with questions surrounding how to define, regulate and report this new form of currency. Federal banking regulators question whether cryptocurrency firms are in the business of banking, and according to the SEC, some, but not all, cryptocurrencies are considered to be securities.

Key Thresholds in Federal Estate & Gift Tax and Massachusetts Estate Tax

The United States has taxed the estates of decedents since 1916, and gifts since 1924. With tax rates and exemption levels varying greatly over the last two decades, including recent changes with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), I thought it would be helpful to outline some key forms and current thresholds relating to estate & gift tax.

PPP Payment Deferral Period is Coming to an End for Early Borrowers

If you were an early Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrower who has not yet applied for forgiveness, your loan payments may be due soon.