Amid COVID-19, in addition to providing aid for individuals and businesses, the CARES Act increases accessibility to funds and loans from certain retirement plans and accounts. Despite the various new options available under the CARES Act, it is critically important that you carefully consider whether distributions should be taken from any accounts. The tax implications of these options vary, and they should be acted upon only after careful consideration base on your personal goals and capacity.
As we’ve "flattened the curve” of COVID-19 infection & as stay-at-home orders are gradually reduced, many business owners, possibly including you, are looking forward to returning to a new normalcy.However, this is a brand new territory for all of us & the risk of getting sick is still high, even possible lawsuits. As we shift to keep our business going, it is critically important to follow these guidelines to protect your business from liability while protecting your employee & customer health.
Although the PPP has been the most popular loan program for small businesses, it may not be the right solution for every business. There are other organizations offering loan programs, and even companies providing grants. Note that there are still elements you have to understand when applying for loans and grants. Read this article to learn more. If you need help reviewing your options, our team would be happy to assist you.
Creating a culture in your small business where employees are valued and appreciated is the best thing to attract stellar talents. It is important to cultivate a work-life balance in this era when go go go is a norm to retain these talented candidates who value the same balance. Read here to know some of the strategies your small business can use to attract excellent employees, even in a tight job market.
Your "When I die" file is one crucial part of your plan as it will give your loved ones access to all your planning documents, financial accounts, digital assets, etc. in the event of your potential incapacity or death. Failure to execute this file will result in your family an agonizing work and endless expenses in tracking down your assets and worse, they will all end up as if they never existed. Read here to know what to include in your file.
As a small business owner, it is particularly crucial that bad debt has to get off your books for the success of your business. Writing off bad debts can quickly ruin the financial position of your company resulting in cash flow problems, reduced profitability, and difficulties in meeting financial obligations. Read here to know more. Consult with an experienced lawyer like us so we can guide you to avoid losses from bad debts.
As a small business owner, it is necessary that you understand the business credit terms. Like personal credit, business credit is a reflection of how well your company manages money and whether your company can be trusted by the way it manages money. We advise separating your business and personal affairs to optimize your opportunities and help you grow your business. Consult with a business law attorney like us to help you structure your business plan.
Putting a proper Estate Plan in place gives you confidence and peace of mind that your assets will be protected and that your loved ones will be provided and cared for no matter what happens to you. Without one, your heirs could face huge tax burdens, hefty attorney fees, or worse, the courts could designate how your assets are divided and even who gets to raise your children.
Good record keeping is not only important to help you monitor your business' details and progress, but it is also essential to protect you and your business from penalties, fines, and other legal actions. Read here some of the records your business may be legally required to keep. Consult with us if you have questions or if you need help navigating the maze of record-keeping requirements under local, state, or federal law.
Proactive steps to guard against cyber attacks are not only important to protect your business’s financial welfare, but they are also necessary to avoid liability under data privacy laws. It is important for you to take steps to protect your business’s data, reputation, and customer and employee information. Read here some of the most important actions for small businesses to consider.