Word around the water cooler.

  1. PPP Loan Forgiveness Update: Simpler Form, New Rules

    Applying for forgiveness for your PPP loan is now a lot easier, and there’s also other good news about your loan, tax credits, and other changes.

  2. What is Affordable Housing? Addressing the Big Misconceptions

    We are facing an affordable housing crisis in our country, and in order to address it, we must fully understand the facts about affordable housing.

  3. Selling Your Business? What You Need to Know in 2021.

    A Q&A on Wealth Transition and Succession Planning.

  4. New PPP Funding Available: What You Need to Know

    Billions of dollars are available to new and previous PPP borrowers, with a new set of conditions.

  5. Employee Retention Credit Extended and Expanded (Yes, Even if You Received a PPP loan)

    The ERC lets businesses get paid back for wages they paid to employees during the pandemic. Ignoring the ERC could leave thousands (or more) on the table.

  6. 2021 Investment Outlook: A Q&A with Sagace Wealth CEO Dodd Disler

    Now is a good time to think about investment opportunities in 2021 as the economy recovers from the pandemic, and Sagace Wealth has advice for investors.

  7. 5 Ways to Finance Affordable Housing Developments (Other Than LIHTC)

    From community trusts to grants to loans, there are many ways to fund an affordable housing development that have nothing to do with tax credits (or can be combined with LIHTC).

  8. With New PPP Funds Available, Here’s What You Need to Know

    Congress struck a compromise on a new round of COVID-19 relief funding. Here’s what you need to know about what the package includes.

  9. At our firm-wide retreat, #PeopleMatterMost

    Spending time getting to know one another and bonding as a team is important to us, even when we can’t be in the same room. This year, we used technology to make our annual retreat happen virtually.

  10. What is cost certification? 7 things affordable housing developers need to know.

    Not planning for the cost certification process can significantly delay your affordable housing project. Here are the key things you need to know about cost certification, which is the process of determining exactly how much money was spent on development and construction.

  11. 12 Tips for Dealing with Debt and Getting Financially Organized for 2021

    Maybe you had no choice but to amass debt to deal with the challenges of 2020, or maybe you let your financial habits slide this year. No matter what, we have tips to get you back on track.

  12. More than 6,000 Affordable Housing Units Created in 2019 with Historic Tax Credits

    The National Park Service’s Annual Report shows investment and progress in the creation of affordable housing units using historic tax credits.

  13. How is Bitcoin taxed? And other key questions about cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrency has gotten a lot more accessible, but the IRS still has a lot to do to catch up. Here’s our primer on cryptocurrency.

  14. How a St. Pete Event Design Company is Designing Its Path Forward

    Business with in-person events was booming at Foo Dog Productions before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But with lessons learned from previous economic downturns and quick adaptations to digital services, Foo Dog is thriving even during the pandemic.

  15. A Guide to Tax Credits for Affordable Housing

    Here’s a Spoor Bunch Franz primer on tax credits for affordable housing - how they work, how they stack, and how they not only boost housing affordability, but can also stimulate the economy and create jobs.

  16. Seven Things We’re Doing to Keep Employee Engagement Up During the Pandemic

    Our team works hard and supports one another. We don’t want to lose that engagement during the pandemic, so we’ve taken steps to encourage staff to interact socially, share ideas, and continue building our culture.

  17. Real Estate Professionals Foresee a Huge Shift in Work Flexibility

    The demand for more flexibility and more remote work could change the landscape for commercial real estate and affordable housing, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute

  18. What do you do when your business has a cash flow problem?

    Even profitable businesses suffer from cash flow issues. Here are some common causes for cash flow problems and seven actions you can take to solve them.

  19. How the Election Could Impact Affordable Housing

    The next four years will be critical for affordable housing policy, and whoever wins in November will have big decisions to make. Julie Lawrence’s analysis on GlobeSt.com breaks down what’s at stake for housing policy in the presidential election.

  20. Affordable Housing and COVID-19: A Round-Up of Recent News

    Every problem caused by a lack of affordable housing, and every solution designed to address the issue, has been affected by COVID-19.

  21. How We’re Giving Back to Our Community During COVID-19

    Community outreach is a key part of our culture, and we’ve missed being able to get together to volunteer. So, we’re finding ways to give back while staying safe.

  22. SBF Partner Rich Franz: “We have a culture of change momentum”

    In this second feature in our series, “Getting to Know SBF,” meet SBF Partner Richard B. Franz III.

  23. How Wealthy Taxpayers Might Prepare for Changes in Tax Policy After the November Election: A Primer

    Both President Trump and Former Vice President Biden have been clear about what the future might hold for tax policy, and taxpayers with significant wealth might be starting to prepare. We created a primer to help these individuals prepare for possible changes.

  24. How to Receive Payments in QuickBooks Online

    Receiving payments from your business’ customers should be easy and pleasant. To make the process easier, here are three ways to receive payments via QuickBooks Online.

  25. Taxes 101: Avoiding costly penalties

    Everyone is aware that if you don’t pay your taxes on time, you can face penalties. But lateness is not the only situation that can cause you to rack up penalties. We’ve summarized the 14 most common penalties and how to avoid them.

  26. What is a payroll tax holiday? And more FAQs about the new executive order.

    President Trump is deferring payroll taxes. What does that mean for individuals and employers? We answer some of the biggest questions you may have about the new policy.

  27. PPP Loan Forgiveness – Why It Might Be Smart to Wait

    The federal government is still sorting out the rules for PPP loan forgiveness, and you may save yourself some work if you wait until more has been decided.

  28. Hiring New Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Spoor Bunch Franz is growing, and we’re modifying our hiring process while maintaining our culture.

  29. Reopening during the pandemic: How local Massage Envy locations are making it work

    We spoke to Steve Plattner, who owns six Massage Envy locations in the Tampa Bay area, about how they’re adapting to the pandemic and why he’s optimistic about the future.

  30. SBF is a Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Finalist

    Spoor Bunch Franz is honored to be among Tampa Bay’s top small businesses and looks forward to the announcement of the winners this fall.

  31. How can I get my PPP loan forgiven?

    The SBA recently released information about the process for getting loans forgiven. The Loan Forgiveness Platform is set to open August 10. Here’s what you need to know.

  32. What You Need to Know About Investing in an Opportunity Zone

    Tax incentives may make investing in an opportunity zone tempting, but is it right for you? We have answers to your questions.

  33. Is outsourced accounting for you?

    To help you decide whether outsourced accounting would work for your business, we’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions

  34. SBF Partner W.G. Spoor: “I love change. I’m a change agent.”

    In this first feature in our new series, “Getting to Know SBF,” meet SBF Partner W.G. Spoor.

  35. Taxes are Due July 15: What You Need to Know

    For businesses or individuals who took advantage of the automatic extension granted by the IRS during the COVID-19 emergency, the July 15 deadline is fast approaching.

  36. Are you SBF intern material?

    An internship at Spoor Bunch Franz will give you a taste of the industry, teach you key skills, and help you acclimate to your chosen profession, as you are treated as a valued member of the team.

  37. There’s never been a more important time to take a holistic view of your financial future

    The COVID-19 crisis has led many of our clients to seek help with investments and estate planning in addition to working with us on their accounting needs.

  38. More Flexibility for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness and Payroll Tax Deferral

    The PPP Flexibility Act greatly increases the likelihood that a large percentage of a borrower’s PPP loan will be forgiven. The forgiveness application was just released, and while we can begin preparation, finalization should wait until the end of the 24 week period covered by the loan.

  39. PPP forgiveness changes coming as Senate passes House bill last night

    We’ve been waiting for more guidance on PPP forgiveness and finally some decisions were made.

  40. Four things the 4th Street Shrimp Store in St. Petersburg, FL is doing to stay afloat

    Businesses that can adapt, communicate, and stay connected stand the best chance of making it through this crisis

  41. Creating a “New Normal” in our Tampa Bay Office

    How our Accounting teams are transitioning back to the office in St Petersburg, FL and creating new procedures for keeping staff safe.

  42. Three Tips for Small Business Owners

    SBF partner Steve Bunch has advised countless small business owners during the COVID-19 crisis. In this quick video, he gives three key tips based on that experience.

  43. SBF is the #1 best place to work

    Another honor for SBF’s culture comes from the Tampa Bay Business Journal

  44. PPP Loan Forgiveness Update – We’re Still Waiting

    After congress passed the second round of funding for PPP loan program, we’ve seen an increase in the number of businesses to receive funding through the program.

  45. Small Business PPP Loan Update

    For the past weeks, our firm has been closely monitoring the ever-evolving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), its funding (or lack thereof), and the details surrounding the forgiveness of loan proceeds.

  46. Our Team is Staying Connected

    How playing “social hour” trivia on Zoom is helping us maintain team spirit

  47. Don’t wait to file your tax return

    Yes, tax deadline was moved, but there are advantages to filing sooner

  48. SBF is a Top Workplace

    Our internal communication, flexibility, mentoring, and office culture are highlighted in the Tampa Bay Times’ annual list of Tampa Bay’s top workplaces

  49. Affordable Housing Updates

    What the affordable housing industry needs to know about the recent federal updates.

  50. Paycheck Protection Program

    What every small business needs to know and how to start preparing

  51. President Trump signs into law CARES Act

    On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides relief to taxpayers affected by COVID-19. We have summarized the top provisions in the new legislation below, with more detailed alerts on individual provisions to follow.

  52. We’re open

    Like so many of our clients, the majority of the SBF team is working from home following the precautions set forth by the CDC.

  53. It is time to pick ourselves up off the mat and fight back, SBF can help…

    Across the world, many have felt the anxiety and fear that has spread over the uncertainly with this virus, but we cannot lay down forever. We are about to see the best of America and the rest of the world…

  54. Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on Wednesday March 18, 2020. The new law includes paid sick leave for employees impacted by COVID-19 and those serving as caregivers for individuals with COVID-19. The legal obligations will be effective 15 days from the date it was signed - so plan for it to take effective on April 2.

  55. Federal loans available to small businesses due to COVID-19

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  56. An update for our clients…

    The information below is up to date as of the afternoon of March 18, 2020. We anticipate future announcements and guidance from the Federal government and the IRS. We will send out future correspondence with any updates as they become available.

  57. We continue to work hard on clients’ behalf, while taking steps to protect against COVID-19

    Like all of you, we are monitoring the latest news about the coronavirus and adjusting our daily activities to reduce the possibility of spreading COVID-19. With confirmed cases in the west-central Florida areas we serve, we are being especially cautious.

  58. SBF’s membership in BDO Alliance USA helps firm’s clients

    Since Spoor Bunch Franz joined the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms, the firm has seen immediate results with how the Alliance can help us in our client work.

  59. Retirement and 529 Plans

    What you need to know about changes to retirement and 529 plans.

  60. Smart Tax Tips For 2020

    Follow these tips to help avoid a heavy tax burden this year.

  61. SBF Offers Some Perks to Make Things Easier

    The start of a new year marks the beginning of our busiest time at Spoor Bunch Franz.