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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEBINAR: OVERVIEW OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT & IMPACTS ON YOUR ORGANIZATION

Wednesday, April 28, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Funding Alert for Small Businesses and Restaurants in NJ & PA

January 28, 2021NJEDA Announces $10 Million Second Phase of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program On Wednesday, January 27th, The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced it will open pre-registration for Phase 2 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program at 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The $10 million program expansion…Read More

Nonprofit Accounting Standards Update No. 2020-07

January 27, 2021 | By: Lovepreet ButtarDoes your organization receive donated goods or services? If so, accounting for these donated goods or services will be subject to new accounting guidance. In September 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-07, which applies to nonprofit organizations that receive contributions of nonfinancial assets, also referred to as gifts-in-kind…Read More

2021 IRS TE/GE Division Update

January 27, 2021 | By: Raphael J. CarlettiThe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 have forced us and our tax-exempt (and for-profit) clients to grapple with rapidly changing work environments, economic climates, and regulatory and compliance landscapes. The IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division is not immune from this rapidly changing environment either! The TE/GE recently released its fiscal…Read More

Wrongful Termination in the Midst of Economic Uncertainty

January 20, 2021 | By: Frank PinaWrongful termination litigation tends to increase during economic uncertainty, following company-wide layoffs and reductions in work force. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Forensic accountants are often retained to provide economic damages assessments related to claims involving allegations of wrongful termination. Mercadien’s Forensic & Litigation Support Services Group has substantial experience evaluating these claims, which…Read More

PPP2 is Here – What You Need to Know

January 4, 2021 | By: Kyle A. NeeldOn Monday, December 21st, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, that provides $600 stimulus payments to individuals, adds $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits, and provides more than $300 billion in relief funding for small businesses as a supplement to the original…Read More

Tax Impacts of the New COVID Relief Bill

January 4, 2021 | By: Richard S. WillingerThe Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 has been passed by Congress and was signed by the President last Sunday, December 27th. The bill is very large and contains over 5,600 pages. It includes the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR), which contain…Read More

Lovepreet Buttar Elected to CCSNJ’s Board of Directors

December 18, 2020Lovepreet Buttar, CPA, MBA, CGMA, PSA, Managing Director of Mercadien’s Nonprofit & Human Services Group has been elected to the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey’s (CCSNJ) board of directors, effective January 1st, 2021. Lovepreet has over 10 years of experience performing and overseeing audit engagements for various nonprofit clients, including associations, schools, private foundations,…Read More

Mercadien Webinar Replay: 2020 Year-End Tax Planning: What You Need to Know

December 16, 2020Richard S. Willinger, CPA, MST, CGMA, Managing Director of Mercadien’s Private Company Services Group presented a webinar 2020 Year-End Tax Planning: What You Need to Know on Tuesday, December 15th. During the webinar, he went over: Individual Tax Updates Tax Impact of Working Remotely Potential Impact from Election Charitable Planning Estate & Gift Planning New Jersey…Read More

NJEDA Expands Discounts, Extends Deadline for PPE Access Program

December 2, 2020On Monday, November 23rd the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will increase the discounts available on purchases of personal protective equipment made through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program to nearly 70 percent, effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The Authority will also double the per-business cap on discount…Read More

State & Local Tax Considerations for Remote Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 30, 2020 | By: Toral ZumkhawalaAs we all have witnessed over the last several months, the novel COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world works. Now, the physical location of businesses has less relevance. To meet social distancing guidelines and protect their employees while also keeping business rolling, most companies have asked employees to work remotely from their own…Read More