Knowledge and Insights

Offering resources and insights that help clients and communities

One of the ways Mercadien accelerates client and community success is by continually enhancing and sharing knowledge.  By offering our expertise and thought leadership on key business and industry trends and issues, we’re a better resource to you. It benefits everyone to keep minds sharp and fingers on the pulse of what’s critical in today’s dynamic environment.

We’re pleased to provide articles, news, and information to help you stay up-to-date on topics affecting your organization; learn about best practices and processes in relevant fields; and simplify the business and financial complexities you may face.



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

July 9, 2020 | By: Eric M. WhelanDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has announced a payroll tax credit and 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 &…Read More

PPP Alert – Senate Agrees to Extend PPP Loan Program to August 8th

July 1, 2020The Senate passed a bill to extend the filing deadline for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans late on June 30th, just hours before the Small Business Administration (SBA) was set to stop accepting applications.  However, unless and until the House of Representatives approves the language, the SBA will stop accepting PPP applications.  The PPP provides…Read More

The CARES Act – Retirement Provisions & Future Planning

July 1, 2020 | By: Caitlin KolczynskiBreaking News!!  The IRS announced that anyone who already took a required minimum distribution for 2020 from IRA accounts now has the opportunity to roll those funds back into a retirement account.  The normal 60-day rollover period for RMDs already taken this year has been extended to August 31, 2020 to give taxpayers more time…Read More

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

June 25, 2020On 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…Read More

The Main Street Lending Program: An Alternative to the PPP

June 19, 2020 | By: Frank PinaThe 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…Read More

Contact Us for PPP Loan Forgiveness Processing Assistance

June 15, 2020Mercadien is ready to assist you in facilitating the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness processing. The SBA stated that Lenders are expected to perform a good-faith review, in a reasonable time, of the borrower’s calculations and supporting documents concerning amounts eligible for loan forgiveness.  If the lender identifies errors in the borrower’s…Read More

PPP Loan Alert – SBA & Treasury Issue Guidance on PPP Flexibility & Updated Applications

June 12, 2020 | By: Frank PinaOn June 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department issued an interim final rule to address changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA).  Streamlined PPP loan application forms for borrowers and lenders for loans made on or after June 5, 2020 were also updated and published. The interim final…Read More

Mercadien Webinar Replay: Capital Markets & M&A Outlook Post COVID-19

June 8, 2020Lee D. Boss, CPA, MBA, Managing Director, Mercadien & Valentina Midura, Senior Manaing Director, BDO Capital Advisors, presented a webinar Capital Markets & M&A Outlook Post COVID-19 on Thursday, June 4. During the webinar, they went over: The impact of COVID-19 on Capital Markets Buy-side and sell-side trends and strategies Projections and predictions over the next…Read More

Changes to PPP – What Should You Know?

June 6, 2020 | By: Frank PinaOn June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA).  The PPPFA provides flexibility to borrowers attempting to maximize the benefits provided by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under the CARES Act. For existing PPP loans, the PPPFA provides the following: Extends the period for PPP…Read More

Government Accounting Standards Board Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2, 2020 | By: Matthew DalySimilar to the private sector, state and local governments have not been immune to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Statewide stay at home orders have limited staffing to essential employees and alternate work schedules, causing many governmental entities to struggle with managing public services while also dealing with the many financial uncertainties the…Read More