Jen: This is the PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m here Chris Hatten, the leader of our transaction advisory services practice. Chris, welcome back to the Playbook.

Chris: It’s my pleasure to be here.

Jen: So, Chris, how would you describe the current state of the M&A markets?

Chris: Well, if I had one word, I would say “hot.” Right now, it’s probably the busiest I can recall it being in my career. I think what kicked it off for us is a lot of the sell-side transaction once people came out of COVID and were ready to get going again.

Jen: So, is that the main driver or are you seeing other factors in what’s making M&A markets so hot?


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Roland Robb, a member of our business advisory team. Roland, welcome back to the Playbook.

Roland: Hi, good to be back.

Jen: So, we were talking a little bit about the Employee Retention Credit last time, but what we didn’t get the chance to get to were what are the benefits that a company could see by applying and receiving this credit?


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back once again with Carlos Gomez, an Audit Manager and one of the faces of our PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back to the Playbook.

Carlos: Thank you, Jen.

Jen: So, we’ve talked about various aspects of contract compliance services in previous videos. And we’ve talked about the monetary benefits. What other benefits are there for a contract compliance type engagement?


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Matt Goldston, a director in our entrepreneurial advisory services group, as well as one of the faces of the PKF Texas bank advisory team. Matt, welcome back to the playbook.

Matt: Thank you, Jen. I appreciate it.

Jen: So, last time you were here we talked a little bit about, you know, being on the CFO side and what banks are requesting for field examinations. Let’s flip the switch a little bit. What types of services are banks requesting that we work with them on?


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m here with Kristin Ryan, an Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Employee Benefit Plan Team. Kristin, welcome back to The Playbook.

Kristin: Thanks. Good to be back.

Jen: So, in the past, we’ve talked about fiduciaries, risk, that kind of thing, and I’ve heard that there’s been some litigation against fiduciaries. What kind of issues are you seeing in this space right now?


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Carlos Gomez, an Audit Manager and one of the faces of our PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back to the Playbook.

Carlos: Hi, Jen.

Jen: Can you give me a little bit of background – what is a management or an operational agreement audit?

Carlos: What these typically entail is we have a client who has a third party that manages – whether it’s residential or commercial buildings – for them and their tenants.

Jen: What types of things are involved in this audit? Are there any risks associated with doing this type of audit?


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back once again with Matt Goldston, a Director in our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services team. Matt, welcome back to the Playbook.

Matt: Thank you, Jen, I appreciate it.

Jen: So, I know we call it the EAS team, I know the EAS team has been working with bankers and our clients on the various intricacies of the Paycheck Protection Plan or “PPP.” How have you been working with banks on PPP-related items?


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There has been a trend of increased litigation over the reasonableness of retirement plan fees, which is impacted by a lack of fiduciary responsibility. PKF Texas Audit Senior Manager, Kristin Ryan, CPA, recently published an article on the Houston Business Journal website discussing important considerations plan sponsors should be thinking about.

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In her article, Kristin

thumbnail image of a PKF Texas white paper about the November 18 PPP Loan ruling impacting tax planningThe IRS released new ruling and guidance on November 18, 2020 for businesses who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan, Revenue Ruling 2020-27 and Revenue Procedure 2020-51, which clarifies the tax deductibility of expenses related to loans that have not been forgiven.

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