March 2021 By George Paulsen, CPA, Tax and Advisory Partner of Hood & Strong LLP The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted in the last administration’s second year and created two revenue raisers that impact people with business losses. When COVID-19 closed businesses, Congress deferred these revenue producers until 2021 and provided tax benefits […]

By Ron Bland and Bruce Jobson March 2021 The pandemic has fundamentally changed our personal and professional lives over these past eleven months. One notable change is that a greater number of employees are working from home, some for the foreseeable future. As a result, many employees do not necessarily have to reside in the […]

February 2021 By George Paulsen, CPA, Hood & Strong LLP Throughout California and across the country, many of us are working almost exclusively from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must all be careful of the definition of home – young employees could have moved back home with their parents, while others might have chosen […]

January 2021 Life insurance is complicated. Even if you already have a life insurance policy, you may need to have a trusted advisor review it to make sure that it is still “in force”. A major part of reviewing policies involves in-force illustrations. Here we outline the who, what, when, where, why (and how) surrounding […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP December 2020 IRS Code Section 139, written for 9/11 victims in 2001, may help small businesses assist employees with unforeseen costs due to COVID-19 and other recent disasters. A business can write a disaster relief program to give employees nontaxable help. The program must describe the type of […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP November 2020 Two measures passed last week increasing business taxes in San Francisco. Propositions F and L were passed by voters aimed at businesses with over 2 million dollars in gross receipts. What is Proposition F? Proposition F, now law, repeals the payroll tax and raises the gross […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP November 2020 Is it time to give your children your vacation home or a rental property you own in California? Proposition 19 that just passed suggests it might be the right time. In the last election Proposition 19 was voted into law. This new law, effective February 15th […]

By Wyatt Bland October 2020 At AEIS we offer our clients the tools, resources, and partnerships to help save you time so you can focus on growing your business. At this time of year, in addition to shopping for benefits, you may be looking around to join a Professional Employer Organization, also known as a […]

  The future of work is now. You’ve probably heard that being said since the onset of COVID-19 and the growth of remote work. Well, it’s true and as the nature of how work gets done changes, so too does the way HR’s function plays out. In part 1, we took a look at current […]

  “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things. First, it has taught us that empathy and kindness goes a long way. We’ve learned that as individuals, communities, and as a nation, that we can […]