Business Services & Solutions

Potential Payroll Tax Savings for RI Employers

-by David Gobeille, Tax Partner It appears that Rhode Island will have a sufficient level of reserves in our unemployment insurance trust fund as of September 30, 2016 that (under the new law) the state will be able to move to a lower tax schedule beginning January 1,...

Can Partners Be Considered Employees?

Not according to the IRS. Last month, the IRS issued temporary regulations T.D. 9766 clarifying the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership owning a disregarded entity. In the past, some partnerships treated the partners as employees of the disregarded entity, thereby allowing the partners to participate in...

Accounting for Goodwill to Change

By Linda Marie Pearson, CPA, CFE Does your entity have goodwill on its balance sheet? If so, a change simplifying the accounting for goodwill impairment proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) may affect your entity. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is proposing changes to accounting...

The Overtime Rule

By Linda Marie Pearson, CPA, CFE On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published final regulations defining those employees exempt from overtime.  The new rule (aka The Final Rule) updated the salary and compensation levels of executive, administrative and professional...

Tax Scam Notification

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has cautioned Rhode Island businesses owners about a scam in which individuals claim to be collections agents of the Rhode Island Division of Taxation and request immediate payment. Please note that the Division of Taxation does not request cash or other payment by businesses...

RI Self (Managed) Audit Program – for Use Tax

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is mailing letters to 9,600 businesses and individuals stating that they have been selected and may qualify for a voluntary self-audit program.  This self-audit program provides a participant with the opportunity to perform an examination of their records (with supervision from the RI Division...

The Right Way to Structure a Bonus Plan

Payroll is one of the largest, if not the largest, expenses for many closely held businesses. But many owners don’t view compensation through a strategic lens. This is especially true when it comes to paying employee bonuses. Often, businesses decide that they are going to create an employee bonus plan because...