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Apple Growth Partners’ A’Shira Nelson Named Forty Under 40

CLEVELAND, Ohio – (September 14, 2020) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP), award-winning accounting and business advisory firm, is proud to announce A’Shira Nelson, CPA, has been named one of Crain’s Cleveland Forty Under 40 recipients in 2020. Nelson is a manager in the tax department. Crain’s Cleveland Forty Under 40 is a premier list of …

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Apple Growth Partners Expands Leadership Team with Three Female Executives

AKRON, Ohio – (September 9, 2020) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP), award-winning accounting and business advisory firm, welcomes three new executives: Erica Ishida, MPOD, Jennifer DiFranco, PHR, SHRM-CP, and Danielle Kimmell, CPA. In combining her experience with leadership, talent, business development, and organization design, Erica Ishida, MPOD, joins AGP as chief growth officer. This new …

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Now Open for Nonprofits: Main Street Lending Program Accepting Submissions

September 4, 2020 By Dmitriy Berkovich, CPA | COVID-19 Response Team From The Federal Reserve Announcement Today:  The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Friday announced that the Main Street Lending Program is now fully operational and is accepting submissions of eligible loans to nonprofit organizations, submitted by registered lenders. The Federal Reserve encourages registered …

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IRS Guidance on Deferment of Employee FICA

September 2, 2020 GENERAL UNDERSTANDING What taxes are eligible for deferral under Notice 2020-65? The deferral applies only to an employee’s share of social security tax (6.2%), where the paycheck date is between September 1st, 2020, and December 31st, 2020, and the bi-weekly pay is less than $4,000. Who determines whether the employee portion of …

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Apple Growth Partners Announces 12th NorthCoast 99 Win

AKRON, Ohio – (September 1, 2020) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP), award-winning accounting and business advisory firm, is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the 12th time the firm has received the NorthCoast 99 Award. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program …

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IRS Issues Guidance to Implement Presidential Memorandum Deferring Employee Social Security Tax Withholding

August 31, 2020 Earlier this month the President issued an order to the Secretary of the Treasury directing the Secretary to postpone the collection of the employee’s share of social security tax for certain wages. Specifically, the order provided that the collection of the social security taxes for wages paid between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 …

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Apple Growth Partners’ Dmitriy Berkovich Honored as Notable Immigrant Leader

CLEVELAND, Ohio – (August 31, 2020) – Apple Growth Partners (AGP), award-winning accounting and business advisory firm, is proud to announce Dmitriy Berkovich, CPA, has been named one of Crain’s Cleveland Notable Immigrant Leaders in 2020. Berkovich is a principal in the tax department. Crain’s Cleveland Notable Immigrant Leaders is a premier list celebrating immigrant …

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SBA issues Interim Final Rule (IFR) relating to less than 5% owners, rent paid to related parties and certain nonpayroll costs.

August 24, 2020 Owner-employees with < 5% interest Owner-employees of an S or C corporation with less than a 5% interest are not subject to the owner-employee compensation rule. Eligibility of amounts attributable to business operation of tenant or sub-tenant or household expenses eligible for forgiveness? No. Nonpayroll costs may not include any amounts attributable …

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CRITICAL AUGUST 31ST DEADLINE FOR AMENDING PLANS TO SUSPEND OR REDUCE SAFE HARBOR CONTRIBUTIONS MIDYEAR IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING

August 20, 2020 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2020-52, provides guidance and temporary relief for employers who may choose to reduce contributions during 2020 to their safe harbor 401(k) or 403(b) plan. Notice 2020-52: Clarifies that an employer can amend a safe harbor plan to reduce contributions made only on behalf of highly compensated employees …

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Apple Growth Partners Included in Expert Panel for Ohio Employee Ownership Center Virtual Conference

Apple Growth Partners Included in Expert Panel for Ohio Employee Ownership Center Virtual Conference AKRON, Ohio – (August 6, 2020) – Award-winning firm Apple Growth Partners will be participating in the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) virtual conference on August 20. The panelists will answer technical questions regarding how stock value is determined, explain plan …

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