Few things impacted the world of 2020 and 2021 like the outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the end of 2019. Discovered in Wuhan, China, it quickly spread around the globe and became a massive disruptor of life and business. When the initial business shutdowns and lockdowns were ordered in March 2020, the US Government jumped in with a series of economic bills, passed via unanimous consent or voice votes, to keep the economy from completely cratering. This COVID-19 help was designed to mitigate some of the early impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic responses.

CARES Act information for COVID-19 Help with the Novel Coronavirus

Many things required quick adaptation by businesses, as well as “first to file” business stimulus funds that required you to get things into the government in the first 1-2 days. Rules were changed, sometimes multiple times in a week. Many of these posts are from that chaotic time period, and a video from Monday might be outdated by Wednesday. We maintain this archive for historical purposes and a reminder of what we were all doing in the early pandemic phase.

These posts are all related to matters stemming from the government’s COVID-19 help, primarily federal responses but city, county, and state governments offered their own COVID-19 Assistance program, sometimes funded by the CARES Act and sometimes with local funds.

The CARES Act was one of the most ambitious sets of government actions, with new programs launched within days. The SBA created administrative rules that often altered the impact of the law, making it difficult to determine what COVID-19 help you qualified for.

Movie Revenue Post Pandemic

By |2021-07-12T17:49:28-04:00July 12th, 2021|Categories: Other Perspectives|Tags: , , , , |

Slowly movie theaters have been opening back up thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine. Furthermore, the pandemic has made it hard to gauge whether or not movies as we once knew them will return. So I decided to take a look at Twitter and assess the number of people going to the theaters versus the number of people using Primier Access to watch the new Marvel movie called Black Widow and make a prediction about the future of movie theaters and at-home streaming. 

Appearance. Does it Matter in Business?

By |2021-07-02T16:37:03-04:00July 2nd, 2021|Categories: #FinanceFriday|Tags: , , , , , , |

Join Samra and me while we explore why appearance matters in business. Hello, happy Friday. Happy Finance Friday. I'm Bette Hochberger, CPA, CGMA. And today, I have my fantastic friend who keeps me looking great and young. Since last night, people said to me, why do you look so young? And I'm like, Samra. Samra Vogel, an independent Mary Kay salesperson for over 20 years, and is fantastic. I'm sure she has many pink cars, which is cool too. Watch the video below to learn more!

Freedom Week – New Tax-Free Holiday

By |2021-06-29T15:49:18-04:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: #TaxTipTuesday|Tags: , , , , |

We’ve seen Florida's tax-free weekend for back-to-school and the disaster-preparedness sales tax holiday, but now Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that begins a new tax-free holiday called “freedom week.”

Estimated Tax Payment Two

By |2021-06-15T15:44:00-04:00June 15th, 2021|Categories: #TaxTipTuesday, Deadlines and Updates|Tags: , , , , |

Today's Tax Tip Tuesday is your reminder to pay your second 2021 quarterly estimated tax payment if you're somebody who needs to pay those, many people don't pay them. If you only have a job where you get a W2 and you're on the payroll, probably aren't making estimated payments, but if you're a business owner or a freelancer something like that, you're probably having to make these payments. So how do you know how much to pay?

Work-Life Balance & Twitter

By |2021-06-11T20:46:32-04:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Other Perspectives|Tags: , , , , , |

Work-Life Balance has generated quite a bit of buzz. It seems that the younger generation is throwing away the capitalistic mantra of “No Days Off!” and recycling it into "PLEASE, take days off for your health. As a member of Gen-Z, I agree that self-care should come first, not your job. However, I also recognize that self-care should not be an excuse for underdelivering at said job. I figured I would look at what Twitter is saying about Work-Life Balance and share it with you for this week's social media round-up.

Is Florida Covid-Free?

By |2021-06-04T21:27:20-04:00June 4th, 2021|Categories: Other Perspectives|Tags: , , , , |

Is Florida "Covid-Free?" No, but people are sure acting like it. Florida is opening back up, and according to usafacts.org, 39% of Florida's population is COVID-19 vaccinated. I have noticed that most businesses in Florida don't require masks (as long as you're fully vaccinated). I figured that I'd take a look at what Twitter is saying about Florida's Covid-free future.

April’s Job Report & Twitter

By |2021-05-10T08:23:13-04:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: Other Perspectives|Tags: , , |

April's job report was released today and shows an increase of 266K jobs filled; unfortunately, this is far below the 1 million jobs that economists predicted. With this new information, America's recovery from the pandemic is more uncertain than ever. People are questioning their allegiance to these economists while debating our leadership's policies. As you can imagine, this news has caused an uproar on Twitter; using the trending tag #JobsReport, #Unemployment, and #+266k will bring you to the front of the action. Today's social media round-up will show both sides of the argument. Let's begin.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Update

By |2021-05-07T10:16:53-04:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Quickies with Bette|Tags: , , |

This is a quick minor update on the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant. It's a little different than PPP. This was very specific as to who can apply. You had to be a live venue operator. If you produce theatrical performances, live performances, concerts, movie theaters, museums, talent representatives, all these folks got super, super hit by COVID because even if they wanted to open, they really couldn't.

Stimulus Money & Spending Habits

By |2021-04-15T10:22:07-04:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Other Perspectives|Tags: , , , , , |

Stimulus money, stimulus checks, economic relief payments, no matter what you call it, you know that the world has been waiting for this money. Now, Coronavirus and its effect have been nothing short of devastating; however, I believe the only silver lining might be the stimulus checks. So far Americans, who are eligible, should have received three stimulus checks totaling $3200.00. With all this "unearned" money hitting our bank accounts, it begs the question, "What are people spending their Stimulus Checks on?" Well, I did some digging across Twitter and Tiktok and found some savvy spenders, some not-so-smart spenders, and some that made me laugh out loud. Let's take a look at this social media round-up. 

SBA Information Round-Up

By |2021-04-12T14:23:39-04:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: #FinanceFriday|Tags: , , , , |

Hey, everybody. Happy Friday. I'm Bette Hochberger, CPA, CGMA, and we have a special finance Friday for you today. We're going to change things up a little bit, and we're going to do an SBA Roundup because there's been a lot going on with the SBA, in case you haven't been paying attention.

Stimulus Check FAQs

By |2021-04-05T13:00:46-04:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Quickies with Bette|Tags: , , , |

Stimulus checks can be a source of relief and stress. If you fall into the ladder position, I'm here for you. Hi, I'm Bette Hochberger, CPA CGMA, and I want to thank you all for reaching out to me with questions regarding your stimulus checks. I'm flattered at how many people reached out to us, but it's too many for me to call you each back, so I wanted to get you an answer as soon as possible. These are the main questions we've been receiving.

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