What if Funds have been blocked or frozen due to OFAC?

April 2020

If your funds have been blocked or “frozen” by a financial institution or other party due to a possible link to OFAC-administered sanctions, you may qualify to apply for a specific OFAC license to release blocked funds. What is an

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Connecting the FCPA with the “Travel Act” in 2020

April 2020

The Travel Act ( 18 U.S.C. § 1952 -one of the older members of the family of money laundering criminal statutes) is close to celebrating its 60th year.  The Travel Act is still relevant today because of its “broad spectrum”

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FinCEN re-clarifies FAQ’s on how Lenders can meet BSA requirements when issuing PPP loans

April 2020

On April 13, 2020, FinCEN, as the administrator of the BSA, re-published FAQs on how borrowers and lenders may rely on the guidance provided for the SBA’s interpretation of the CARES Act and of the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Interim

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IRS extends more Covid-19 Relief for many including Americans who live and work abroad

April 2020

The IRS continues to process electronic tax returns, issue direct deposit refunds and accept electronic payments while simultaneously granting additional, broad tax filing and payment deadline relief to all Taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or

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The Paycheck Protection Program and the Affiliation Rules

April 2020

Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there are four tests that apply for affiliation based on control.  The Applicant, under the PPP, will be considered together with its affiliates for the purpose of determining the number of employees of an

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Taxpayers and Tax Professionals can use digital and imaged signatures for tax documents during Covid-19

April 2020

When a Tax Professional files an electronic Return on behalf of a Taxpayer, the Tax Professional obtains Forms 8878 and 8879 as declaration documents required by the IRS on behalf of a Taxpayer. Forms 8878 and 8879 are declaration documents

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An Eligible Employer that receives a Paycheck Protection Loan should not claim Employee Retention Credits

April 2020

The Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, provides for the use of and Employee Retention Credit (ERT). It is designed to encourage ELIGIBLE EMPLOYERS to maintainemployees on their payroll despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19.

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Small and Midsize Employers can begin taking advantage of Two New Refundable Payroll Tax Credits

April 2020

Coronavirus tax relief for Employers is important.  When employers pay their employees, they are required to withhold from their employees’ paychecks federal income taxes and the employees’ share of Social Security and Medicare taxes. The employers are then required to

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance

April 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed

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IRS wants to be part of the Solution under Covid-19

April 2020

IRS wants to be part of the solution to improve the lives of all people in the US.  On March 25, 2020, IRS released the “IRS People First Initiative”  providing immediate relief to help people facing uncertainty over taxes.  IRS

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Loans for Allowable Uses under the PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM may be Forgiven

March 2020

The enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The PPP authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.  The

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Understanding the Economic Impact Payments (Recovery Rebates)

March 2020

The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks (weeks of April 6th, 13th and 20th of 20202).  According to the IRS, the payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. The

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