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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Companies have seen growth after entering third-party agreements, and even though there are benefits, risks can also come with the deal. The good news is these risks can be mitigated through monitored and managed with an effective program of internal and external controls. PKF Texas Contract Compliance Audit Manager, Carlos Gomez, recently published an article

Byron: Welcome to The PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. My name is Byron Hebert. I’m the Chief Growth Officer here at PKF Texas, and today I want to introduce you to two of the faces of PKF Texas, Matt Goldston and Sam Razmandi.

We’re going to talk to you today about one of the services PKF offers: our Outsourced Controller and CFO Program in the Entrepreneurial Advisory Service Department. Both these guys are experts in this area, and so I’m really excited to introduce them to you. Let’s start with Matt.

Matt, why would a company outsource their controller or CFO function?


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The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued Final Rulemaking Release No. 33-10825, “Modernization of Regulation S-K Items 101, 103, and 105,” which amends Regulation S-K disclosure Items:

  • 101, “Description of Business,
  • 103, “Legal Proceedings,” and
  • 105, “Risk Factors.”

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These amendments, which are part of the SEC’s broader Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative, reflect changes that have occurred in the capital markets and the availability of information and aim to improve the information content of those items and to simplify compliance for registrants.

The main amendments to Regulation S-K from Release No. 33-10825 are as follows:


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Is your business closing? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to shut down. If this is your situation, we’re here to assist you in any way we can, including taking care of the various tax obligations that must be met.

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Of course, a business must file a final income tax return and some other related forms for the year it closes. The type of return to be filed depends on the type of business you have.

Here’s a rundown of the basic requirements.


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IRS audit rates are historically low, according to the latest data, but that’s little consolation if your return is among those selected to be examined. But with proper preparation and planning, you should fare well.

In fiscal year 2019, the IRS audited approximately 0.4% of individuals. Businesses, large corporations and high-income individuals are more likely to be audited but, overall, all types of audits are being conducted less frequently than they were a decade ago.

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There’s no 100% guarantee that you won’t be picked for an audit, because some tax returns are chosen randomly. However, the best way to survive an IRS audit is to prepare for one in advance. On an ongoing basis you should systematically maintain documentation — invoices, bills, cancelled checks, receipts, or other proof — for all items to be reported on your tax returns. Keep all your records in one place. And it helps to know what might catch the attention of the IRS.


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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 the PKF Texas Contract Compliance Services team. Carlos, welcome back to the playbook.

Carlos: Hey, Jen.

Jen: We’ve talked about a whole bunch of different agreements with Contract Compliance Services, and I know you’ve mentioned management operation agreements. Are those kind of the whole agreement over everything?

Carlos: It has to do a lot with real estate or energy production. There’ll be cases where you may own some land or a building and someone’s actually doing the renting out of it on your behalf. Whether it be commercial, residential or you have the rights to a well, and someone’s doing the production of the oil from there.

Jen: So, what would trigger a company to say, “Yes, I need a management or an operation agreement?”


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In some cases, investors have significant related expenses, such as the cost of subscriptions to financial periodicals and clerical expenses. Are they tax deductible? Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, these expenses aren’t deductible through 2025 if they’re considered expenses for the production of income.

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But they are deductible if they’re considered trade or business expenses. (For tax years before 2018, production-of-income expenses were deductible, but were included in miscellaneous itemized deductions, which were subject to a 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income floor.)

In order to deduct investment-related expenses as business expenses, you must figure out if you’re an investor or a trader — and be aware that it’s more advantageous (and difficult) to qualify for trader status.


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