Internal Audit

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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Uptick in False Claims & Fraud Could Spell Trouble for PPP Loan Recipients

Regulatory and enforcement actions are expected to increase in the foreseeable future as a result of the substantial number of businesses that applied for and received funds under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Recipients of the PPP loans should be mindful of the legal risks the borrowers and/or organization may face…

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Business Valuation Considerations In The Midst Of An Economic Downturn

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have manifested in new ways of working virtually, historic unemployment levels, increased divorce rates, and many other evolving ways.[1] Closely held businesses have experienced unforeseen profitability growth or decline depending on the industry and other unique attributes of a specific company. In valuing a privately held company, the COVID-19…

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Mercadien Webinar Replay: Credit Risk Management During Uncertain Times

Jorge Olazagasti, MBA, Director & Melissa Correa, CRCM, Manager, of Mercadien’s Financial Institutions Services Group presented a webinar Credit Risk Management During Uncertain Times on Thursday, August 27th. During the webinar, they went over: The immediate impact of the pandemic on credit risk management  Reviewing state specific lending initiatives How to monitor initiatives & delinquencies How…

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$155M Funding Available for NJ Long-Term Care Facilities

Yesterday New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Judith Persichilli, and Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced that $155 million in relief funds will be provided to long-term care facilities.  The funding will assist the facilities with the implementation of a new DOH directive focused on safely reopening long-term care…

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Additional $15M in CARES Act Funding to be Distributed by the NJEDA

On August 11, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) approved $15.3 million in CARES Act funding through their Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The purpose of adding the additional funding to this program is to provide assistance to businesses located in twelve New Jersey counties that did not receive direct funding from the federal…

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SBA Issues Procedural Notice for PPP Lender Forgiveness Reviews & Submissions

On July 23rd, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued the following Procedural Notice regarding the process which lenders must follow in their review of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness application and how they will interface with the SBA to request reimbursement for loans that they approve for forgiveness. View the Procedural Notice here –…

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Updated Guidance on Available Payroll Credits – New Form 941 – 2nd Quarter 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS announced a payroll tax credit as well as other relief over the past few months.  With the 2020 second quarter payroll tax return due dates approaching, below are highlights of these potential benefits and tax reporting changes that you should be aware of. Employee Retention Credit – Qualifications…

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Mercadien Webinar Replay: OCC’s Final CRA Rule – What You Need to Know

On Wednesday, June 24th Mercadien’s Financial Institutions Services Group hosted a one-of-a-kind presentation featuring the nation’s leading Community Reinvestment Act expert, Kenneth H. Thomas, Ph.D., author of The CRA Handbook and former finance lecturer at The Wharton School of Business, who addressed the OCC’s Final CRA rule, and what it means for banks and their…

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The Main Street Lending Program: An Alternative to the PPP

The lender portal for the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) has opened as the alternative to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Unlike the PPP, the Main Street Lending Program’s loans are not forgivable, although they are at low interest rates. The program is being offered through the Federal Reserve rather than the SBA…

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