August 2020 E-Newsletter


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End Recovery Chaos
You may have heard the phrase: "Don't do something—sit there." That may be sage advice for small business owners who have been hustling to keep their businesses afloat this year. Taking a day to step back and reevaluate your situation and create an action plan that helps move your business forward in an orderly way could pay off in several ways.

Document Management
Begin organizing financial paperwork by understanding how long you need to keep the following records, courtesy of the IRS, but you can also use it as a guide to reduce other financial records

Cash Flow Solutions
A recent study by U.S. Bank showed that 82% of small business and startup failures were due to cash flow issues. Many times, advance planning can help alleviate these problems.

August 2020 Client Profile
Lori is retired and concerned about the fallout from the pandemic affecting her finances. What steps should she take to help protect her investments?

College Graduates Seeking Jobs
Graduating in 2020 has been unconventional to say the least. From ending the semester with online coursework to virtual graduation ceremonies, graduates now face a very different economy as they set out to start their careers. Honing job-hunting skills is critical in this environment. Consider these tips to get started.

Identity Protection
With identity theft commonplace, it's important to understand available options to help safeguard your online information.

New Tax Rules for 2020
There are several new tax laws passed this year to consider as you start planning your 2020 tax obligation.

Should You Incorporate Your Business?
You may have started your business as a simple sole proprietorship that files its taxes as a Schedule C on your Form 1040. As your business grows, you may want to change the structure. Here are several scenarios where it may make sense to do just that.

Don't Make These Mortgage Refinancing Mistakes
With 30-year fixed rate mortgages approaching historical lows of 3%, you may be thinking about refinancing an existing mortgage. But you better read the fine print before signing on the dotted line to avoid paying too much money. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when refinancing their mortgage.

Paycheck Protection Program - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PPP Loan Forgiveness
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, is providing this guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, as provided for under section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act*), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act).



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August 2020 Q & A

Q: I was an unemployed graphic designer, but now I’m working as a freelancer from home. What expenses can I deduct?

A:Transitioning from unemployed to self-employed changes the way you file taxes. There are many deductions that could apply to your situation, from home office space, supplies and equipment to retirement contributions and health insurance premiums. It is important to consult a tax specialist and track expenses early on so that you do not overlook any deductions to which you are entitled. You can also refer to the IRS website for tips on how to deduct your small business expenses:

Q: I live in a condo and my homeowners association (HOA) is imposing a special assessment on residents to fund new roofs. Can I deduct the assessment on my 2020 taxes?

A: No. If it is your residence, like any other homeowner, repairs are not tax deductible. However, you can use the assessment as a deduction if you rent out all or part of the property as a landlord, although rentals come with a whole set of different rules. Home improvements that substantially enhance the value or usefulness of the property are deductible, however.



A recent WalletHub survey reveals that 87 million Americans are worried about their credit scores as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help track changes, potential errors, and identity fraud, now offers free weekly credit reports rather than free annual reports. Consumers should also know that by reaching out to lenders for help with payment flexibility, their loans will be reported to the credit bureaus as current, according to guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


A recent study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University revealed that long-distance moves have reached an all-time low. Moves crossing state lines accounted for 3.3% of the population in 1990, but have fallen to just 1.5% today. Part of the decline is attributed to the large Millennial demographic aging out of the time of life in which they’re most likely to move. Another deterrent of more frequent moves is housing affordability.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans born in the early 1980s averaged holding 8.2 jobs over a 14-year span of adulthood. Over half (57%) of those jobs ended in less than a year. Additionally, the study found that women were more likely to obtain a bachelor’s degree than men (29% compared to 22%, respectively).


Near-term outlooks for both real sales expectations and economic uncertainty were negative in the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)April SB survey. But the survey also revealed that the number of owners expecting better business conditions in the next six months jumped 24 points compared to the previous month.

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