Audit & Assurance Services

Mercadien Announces Executive Promotions; Names Ms. Lovepreet Buttar A Partner

September 14, 2020; Princeton, NJ & Philadelphia, PA – The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce several promotions within the firm’s corporate leadership team.  Ms. Lovepreet Buttar, CPA, MBA, CGMA, PSA, a member of the Nonprofit & Human Services Group, was promoted to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs…

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NJEDA Update: Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – Phase 2 Info Now Available

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) recently announced $50 million in new funding and broader eligibility criteria for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Under the newly-expanded program, which will provide grants up to $10,000 for COVID-impacted businesses, a wider variety of businesses will now be eligible, including home-based businesses and sole proprietorships.…

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New PPP Guidance from the SBA Regarding Good Faith Need Certification

On May 13, the SBA released new guidance regarding the required good faith certification of need by PPP loan applicants, providing safe harbor to all recipients of less than $2 million in loan proceeds.  This guidance also speaks to ramifications for borrowers with loans of more than $2 million that are determined to have lacked…

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Managing Director Frank Pina Co-Authors Article for Fraud Magazine

Managing Director Frank Pina, CPA, CFF, CFE, CGMA, Co-Chair of Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Group, authored an article on Drexel University’s Fraud & Internal Control Case Competition with Barbara Murray Grein, CPA, Associate Professor & Head of the Accounting Department at Drexel University, for the May/June issue of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners…

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Paycheck Protection Program Reloaded

On April 24, 2020, President Trump signed another Coronavirus relief package into law that included an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), making an additional $310 billion available to qualified applicants. The Small Business Administration began accepting new PPP applications on Monday, April 27, 2020. Although the additional funding is good news for many…

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A Discussion on COVID-19 & Its Impact on Organizations

Mercadien Managing Directors Kyle Neeld, Lee Boss, Sherise (Sherry) Ritter and Frank Pina all sat down online and had an open discussion answering frequently asked questions as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on organizations. Below are the highlights that came out of that discussion. Frank: What prompted Mercadien…

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Mercadien Webinar Replay: CARES Act – Tax & Financial Reporting Considerations

Managing Directors Frank Pina, CPA, Lee D. Boss, CPA, MBA, & Rick Willinger, CPA, MST, presented a webinar CARES Act – Tax & Financial Reporting Considerations on Tuesday, April 14th. During the webinar, they went over: Background on the CARES Act Tax Impacts for Individuals & Businesses Financial Reporting Considerations: COVID 19 note disclosures to…

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Nonprofit Grants & Contracts – It’s Time to Implement FASB ASU 2018-08

In June 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope of the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. The update aims to minimize diversity in the classification of grants and contracts that exists under current guidance. Following are key considerations, as well as a flowchart…

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Mercadien Announces Executive Promotions; Names Ms. Raji Sathappan A Partner

The Mercadien Group is pleased to announce several promotions within the firm’s corporate leadership team. Ms. Raji Sathappan, CPA, MBA, CRCM, CAMS, a member of the Financial Institutions Services Group, is promoted to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal in Mercadien, P.C., CPAs (the official titles of firm partners). Raji has been employed…

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Moving from “Great, an Audit” to a Great Audit

“Oh great, an audit!” When the word audit is seen or heard by most people working in any type of organization, it usually invokes a negative response.  They view the term as an unpleasant event that may be disruptive or unsettling to their normal course of business.  To add to the displeasure, audits generally are…

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