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Your Year-End Tech Check

Wrap up 2020 knowing that your network and hardware are secure and ready for the new year with SIMA Technology's Year-End Tech Check from Chief Technology Officer, Kelly Davis. Review your backup devices and services Commonly, the business backup solutions are as simple as having an external hard drive connected or saving documents elsewhere like a cloud backup. While this is suitable for retrieving single documents as needed, the real problem comes with bigger issues that include theft, natural disasters, or user error. Documents can be saved, but not software and business applications. And the biggest factor with a network failure is...

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1099-NEC: Who should receive them, why proper classification is essential, and how to remediate errors

Form 1099-NEC is due to vendors by Jan. 31 for payments made the preceding year to non-corporate independent contractors. The IRS requires form W-9 to be completed before any payment is made to a vendor. Businesses do NOT have to issue a 1099 to any vendor that indicates on the Form W-9 that they are a corporation unless the payments were to an attorney. Employee or Contractor?  To determine if an individual is an employee or an independent contractor, consider the IRS 3-Factor Test: The Behavioral Test:  Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and...

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Form 1099 must be filed and distributed by January 31 for all independent contractors earning $600+

If you pay an individual (who is not an employee) or partnership for “services” rendered and the amount paid for the year is $600 or more, you must file an information return, Form 1099-MISC, with the IRS and provide a copy to the individual. Form 1099s are required to be filed and distributed by January 31. There is a penalty for failure to file by the date or failure to provide the correct identification number. The IRS may charge a $100 penalty for each incorrect identification number. If you do not plan to enter your independent contractor(s) payments in your payroll system...

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1099-MISC: Who should receive them, why proper classification is essential, and how to remediate errors

Form 1099-MISC is due to vendors by Jan. 31 for payments made the preceding year to non-corporate independent contractors. The IRS requires form W-9 to be completed before any payment is made to a vendor. Businesses do NOT have to issue a 1099 to any vendor that indicates on the Form W-9 that they are a corporation unless the payments were to an attorney. Employee or Contractor?  To determine if an individual is an employee or an independent contractor, consider the IRS 3-Factor Test: The Behavioral Test:  Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and...

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No Change in 2021 Limits for Qualified Transportation Benefits

Maximum Monthly Amounts Remain at $270 The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2021 taxable year, along with annually adjusted numbers for 2021 for a number of other tax provisions. The combined monthly limit for transportation in a commuter highway vehicle and any transit pass remains unchanged from 2020 at $270. The monthly limit in 2021 for qualified parking is also unchanged from 2020, also at $270....

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SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Borrowers and Lenders May Rely on the Guidance Provided in the New FAQs On Oct. 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the forgiveness of loans issued under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and was designed to provide a direct incentive for employers to keep their workers on the payroll. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well...

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Final Forms and Instructions for 2020 ACA Reporting Released

2020 ACA Reporting is Due in Early 2021 The IRS has released final 2020 forms and instructions for use in early 2021 to report under IRS Code Sections 6055 and 6056 for the 2020 calendar year. 2020 Form 1094-B and Form 1095-B (and related instructions) will be used by providers of minimum essential coverage (MEC), including self-insured plan sponsors that are not ALEs, to report under Section 6055. 2020 Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C (and related instructions) will be used by applicable large employers (ALEs) to report under Section 6056, as well as for combined Section 6055 and 6056 reporting by ALEs who sponsor self-insured plans. The forms and instructions include a...

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IRS issues final regulations on the deduction for meals and entertainment

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The 2017 TCJA generally eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. However, taxpayers may still deduct business expenses related to food and beverages if certain requirements are met. These final regulations address the disallowance of the deduction for expenditures related to entertainment, amusement or recreation activities, including the applicability of certain exceptions to this disallowance.  They also provide guidance to determine whether an activity is...

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What is 401(K) Benchmarking and Why Should You Do It?

Simply stated, benchmarking is the process of reviewing and evaluating your company retirement plan. It involves taking a look at what you are offering your employees today and deciding if it’s appropriate or needs some updating. There are four main areas to focus on when assessing your retirement plan: Plan Design Service Providers Funds Fees Each aspect of your plan requires a slightly different set of questions and documented responses. To go into detail about each section, we will break this into a two-part series, beginning with Plan Design and Service Providers; but don’t worry, we will discuss Funds and Fees...

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IRS Updates Per Diem Rates

The IRS has updated the rules for using per diem rates to substantiate the amount of business expenses paid or incurred while traveling away from home. The full notice from the IRS can be viewed here. Highlights include the following: $66 for any travel locality within the continental United States and $71 for any travel locale outside the continental U.S. for special meal and incidental expenses rates for taxpayers in the transportation industry. $5 per day for any locality of travel within or outside the U.S. for the incidental expenses only deduction For purposes of the high-low substantiation method, the per...

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