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Paul Wade Named SME CPAs’ Next Managing Partner

July 14, 2021

AUGUSTA, GA: SME CPAs, a top 400 U.S. accounting firm, is proud to announce that Paul Wade, CPA will serve as SME CPA’s next Managing Partner effective July 1, 2021. Wade, who joined the firm in 2003, was promoted to partner in only six years, in 2009. He has helped grow our tax team and…

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Tax and financial planning tips: Welcoming a New Child

April 6, 2021

Welcoming a new child into your life is a great joy, but it also means big financial changes. These young family members can affect your tax situation. To start things right, here are some tips to keep in mind. Tax returns and withholdings Having a baby – or adopting a child – could affect your…

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ARPA modifications of the payroll tax credits for paid sick leave and family leave

March 25, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, extended and significantly modified the payroll tax credits for qualifying sick leave and family leave wages. Below is a summary of the key provisions. Background: Both Covid-19-related credits were initially provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and…

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Updates on The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021

March 12, 2021

With President Biden’s signature yesterday, March 11, 2021, the $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill (ARPA) became law. This is the six separate COVID-relief bill enacted by the federal government. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) includes tax provisions, business stimulus provisions, individual assistance like extended unemployment benefits, additional funding for existing programs like the…

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How to scan .pdfs from your iPhone or Android

February 11, 2021

Let’s face it, tax season requires clients and accountants to share large amounts of data – mostly in the form of paper documents. With COVID happening, we are having to adjust the way we share those documents.   Dropping off an envelope full of tax documents to your accountant is becoming more of a rarity than…

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New tax laws that affect businesses

January 5, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the CAA, 2021), signed into law on December 27, 2020, is a further legislative response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CAA, 2021 include–along with spending and other non-tax provisions and tax provisions primarily affecting individuals–the numerous business tax provisions briefly summarized below. The provisions are found in two of…

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What does the additional 2020 Stimulus Check mean for you?

January 5, 2021

You’ve probably heard that IRS will be making millions of ”economic impact payments” (also called ”recovery rebates”) in the near future to help people stay afloat during this time of economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 crisis. These payments are in addition to the $1,200 payments ($2,400 for married couples) issued earlier in 2020. Here’s…

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2020 COVID relief bill provisions affecting individual taxpayers

January 5, 2021

Here is an overview of key provisions in the recent COVID relief legislation that affect individuals. The legislation is the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (the “Act” or COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR), both of which are part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. RECOVERY REBATE/ECONOMIC…

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5 Business Accounting Mistakes to Avoid

October 27, 2020

When a business owner’s mind is focused on running a business, acceptable accounting practices can often be overlooked or forgotten. Of course, mistakes are bound to happen; but for businesses that could mean a negative impact to the bottom line. Accounting can be time-consuming for businesses, so the urge to push through and complete the…

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Guide to Payroll for Business Owners

October 5, 2020

If you own a business, chances are, you’re dealing with payroll. A lot of companies outsource this service to other businesses or accountants to handle for them. Whether you run payroll yourself or hire someone to do the foot work for you, there are a variety of basic principles you must know to ensure you…

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