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10 Small Business Bookkeeping Steps for Success

Are you employing best bookkeeping practices? Bookkeeping is the organized process of recording a company's financial transactions. Proper bookkeeping lays the foundation for the making of all key operating, investing, and financial decisions.

Federal income tax filing due date for INDIVIDUALS for the 2020 tax year extended to May 17, 2021

The federal income tax filing due date for INDIVIDUALS for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021.

Bookkeeping Your Business to Financial Health

Small business owners, we make a living doing what we love, right? Whether your passion is fixing cars, building houses, writing copy, or serving pizza you must also do the behind the scenes work to ensure your business’ financial stability. Numbers may not be your passion, but they are a necessity. Here are basic tips and techniques to bookkeeping your business to financial health.

Less than 20 employees? Apply for PPP by March 9, 2021!

The SBA has established a 14-day (February 24 – March 9, 2021), exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees and for sole proprietors.

Independent Contractors vs Employees Final Rule in effect March 8, 2021

Independent Contractor vs. Employee: The final rule clarifying the standards for each takes effect on March 8, 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

Second Round PPP Now Open

SECOND ROUND PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM HAS OPENED. The PPP loan program is open for first time applicants and for previous recipients of a PPP loan.

W-2 and 1099 Filing Deadline 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021 Is the Filing Deadline for Form W-2. Are you ready?

9 Year-End Accounting Tips for Your Small Business

Somehow, even though we know December 31st comes every year, we aren’t always as prepared as we should be for year-end. Here are 9 year-end accounting tips to make sure you and your small business are on track.

What Constitutes Valid IRS Documentation for a Business Expense?

The Internal Revenue Service has clear guidelines as to what does and does not constitute valid documentation for both your gross receipts and your expenses. Below are simple guidelines to help you maintain proper records and documentation.

Independent Contractors vs Employees and your end-of-year tax responsibilities.

Labor laws specifically define who is an employee and who is considered an independent contractor. If you don’t understand the classifications, or you are unsure about the status of your workforce, it can result in costly fines and penalties for your business. Determining the classification of the people who work for you also impacts collecting and paying income tax on monies paid to your workers, payments for workers’ compensation insurance, social security payments, and thresholds for liability and health insurance expenses among other responsibilities.

Free SRA Webinar: Navigating PPP Forgiveness Together

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Join Kelly for a free SRA webinar.‍ Navigating PPP Forgiveness: Let's step back, take a deep breath, & work through it together.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Simplified

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a simplified loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. The key forgiveness requirements remain in place:

NC COVID Relief MURR Grant

NC Disaster Recovery Grant for Mortgage, Utility, and Rent Relief application submission is set to open Friday, October 2, 2020. If your business falls under one of the categories listed below and has experienced extraordinary business disruption and not been able to open due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Mortgage, Utility, and Rent Relief (MURR) Program may be able to offer assistance with some of your fixed costs.

September 2020 Feels a Little Different

In March, when COVID-19 restrictions began to hit us, we certainly hoped commerce would be back in full swing by now. It isn't of course, but what does continue to be in full swing is the resilience and ingenuity of the small businesses in our community. I am inspired and hopeful by the many ways we have all managed to keep moving forward. One of the best ways to continue on the path to success is knowledge and information. I am pleased to be a Small Business Center partner. The SBCs offer free courses designed to meet the unique needs of small businesses. Below is a list of the courses, sponsored by the Small Business Centers, that I will be presenting in September - I hope to see you there!

North Carolina Job Retention Grant Deadline September 1, 2020

For those of you who have NOT received funds from the PPP, Main Street Lending Program, or NC Rapid Recovery Loan Program, you may be eligible for the N.C. Job Retention Grant. The application deadline is September 1, 2020, so you must act now!

SBA Portal currently closed to PPP Forgiveness applications

For those of you that have received Paycheck Protection funds, we know you are anxious to submit your Forgiveness Application. Unfortunately, the SBA portal is not currently open to accept the Loan Forgiveness Applications at this time. At Solid Rock Accounting, we continue to be in close contact with our SBA representative, so that we can provide you the most up-to-date information possible.

Budgets: An Essential Tool for Small Business Success

If you don’t know where you want your business to be in one year, five years, or ten years, will you still be in business at those benchmarks? In today’s uncertain environment, it is not enough to simply record income and expenses; you need to develop a road map, a budget, to help you carry out your business’ objectives and strategies in a manner that is measurable and makes sense to you.

Register Today for Free July QuickBook Courses at Craven Small Business Center

I am happy to continue to work with the NC Small Business Centers to provide free courses to small businesses. Below are two of my upcoming, in-person courses being held at Craven Community College. The Craven SBC is following COVID-19 guidelines including limiting classes to 50 percent capacity and requiring all staff and participants to wear masks. There are a few seats still available for the below offerings–click the links to sign up today!

Happy Independence Day from Solid Rock Accounting!

From the Team at Solid Rock, Happy Independence Day! At Solid Rock Accounting, we are not just about numbers! We are also about family, friends, and gratitude for our veterans and the great nation we live in.

I-9 and W-4 Forms 2020 - Know Your Legal Responsibilities as an Employer

In recent months we have all been submersed in COVID-19 related business needs, but of course we still need to keep our eyes on the everyday non-pandemic business essentials. HR paperwork is one of those constants that doesn't always receive the attention it needs. Below is information you need to know about I-9 and W-4 forms.

QuickBooks Online: Free Webinar June 16, 2020

Join me Tuesday June 16, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a free webinar: QuickBooks Online. Register today at

Strengthen Your Financial Structure Now

Join me Thursday June 11, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for a free webinar: Strengthen Your Financial Structure Now. Register at

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA): What It Means for Your Business

To address some of the challenges small businesses encountered with the PPP, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) has been passed. Here’s what you need to know:

Updates to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

At SRA we have been working diligently to provide you the most up-to-date information possible. The information regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Not to be confused with the EIDL Advance Program) has been unclear over the past couple of weeks, and we apologize for not being able to provide you this much-needed information sooner. Here is what we have confirmed regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan:

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Now Available

The loan forgiveness application is provided in the link below. But first, here are some key tips to get you started.

We're Hiring!

Solid Rock Accounting is currently seeking two new team members! Please see the listings below for Administrative Assistant and Accountant/Bookkeeper positions and how to apply.

EIDL Advance: How to Use Your Funds

The EIDL Advance is a program offering up to $10,000 in assistance to small businesses. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. These program funds are separate and distinct from PPP funds. Some small businesses are receiving funds from both EIDL and PPP. If you have applied for and/or are receiving EIDL and PPP funds – your EIDL Advance should not be used for payroll related expenses. EIDL Advance monies can be applied to a variety of overhead expenses including:

Paycheck Protection Program Is a Loan, but It Can Be Forgiven

Here’s what you need to know to ensure your loan is forgiven: Time frame for fund utilization, what funds can be used for, fund tracking requirements, and the penalty provision related to employees. Exceptions will NOT be made for those who do not follow the guidelines.

Take Charge of Your Restart!

You are in control of your business’ restart. Maybe not the date of opening, but you do control how you prepare. Let’s talk about the specific steps you can take now to prepare for success when it’s time to reopen. Small business owners know that assessing where they are and where they are going is an ongoing process. When a business shutters temporarily and unexpectedly, the assessment looks a little different and digs a little deeper. Here are initial, critical questions to ask yourself – be prepared to make some lists!

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Round Two

The second wave of PPP funding was signed off on today. If you did not apply for the PPP in the first round and you are a small business that provides payroll or you are self-employed, you should apply for the new offering. At Solid Rock Accounting, we have found that businesses that are able to process their PPP applications through smaller banks, have more success in receiving approval and funds. Each bank’s process may vary, but to get you started we have included a list of required documents below.

EIDL Updates: Backlog and Potential Scams

Through a conversation with the SBA, I have been informed that the processing for EIDL, both the advance (or grant) and the loan programs, is backlogged. This means that if you have previously applied but have not heard a response yet that doesn't mean you have been denied. It may simply mean that your application has not yet been processed. There have been reports of SBA emails going to junk and spam folders – I encourage you to check these folders regularly. The email will come from disastercustomerservice@sba.GOV.

Three Unemployment Programs - What You Need to Know

Three Unemployment Programs and How the Division of Employment Security Will Implement Them. The Division of Employment Security has received official guidance from the U.S.Department of Labor on how to implement the three unemployment programs of the federal CARES Act. We are working as quickly as possible to modify our systems to make sure people receive proper and accurate payments. If you are due any benefits prior to the full implementation of these programs, you will be paid retroactively.

The PPP Stimulus Wheels Are Beginning to Turn

We have good news to share: Our clients, both commercial and nonprofit, are beginning to receive funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This means that the stimulus wheels are beginning to turn, and you need to be prepared when you receive your PPP funding. PPP recipients are required to put their employees back on their payroll whether or not their employees are able to work at this time. So, if your company is unable to open for business, how can you best utilize your paid employees’ time? Think outside the box.

Update to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application Date

Update to the Paycheck Protection Program: We all understood April 3, 2020 to be the application open date for the PPP, however, the SBA has not yet released the program. At this time, your lender is unable to process applications for the PPP. Solid Rock Accounting will provide the most up-to-date information as soon as we receive it.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance of up to $10,000. The SBA Loan Advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

For Immediate Release from the Treasury Department: Guidelines and Application for the Paycheck Protection Program.

"The PPP authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay employees during COVID-19 crisis. Loan amounts will be forgiven as long as: The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and employee and compensation levels are maintained."

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses

Some good news to share: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of the CARES Act provides cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans will be forgiven. This program helps workers remain employed, as well as helps affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker from this crisis. PPP has a host of attractive features such as forgiveness of up to eight weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees, and deferrals of six to twelve months.

North Carolina Extends Tax Filings AND Tax Payments to July 15, 2020

NC state income tax filing due date is extended to July 15, 2020. NC taxpayers can also defer state income tax payments due to July 15, 2020.

IRS Extends Income Tax Payments AND Filing to July 15, 2020

Federal income tax filing due date is extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due to July 15, 2020. No penalties or interest will be charged for payments made by July 15, 2020.

Unemployment Information for Your Employees

In this time of COVID-19, who is eligible for unemployment and how do they apply?

Small Business Administration (SBA) Offers Disaster Assistance to North Carolina Small Businesses

We have answers to your questions: Who is eligible? What can the loans be used for? What are the loan interest rates and terms? How do I apply?

At Your Service

As a business owner, you must love what you do. Solid Rock Accounting Services lets you focus on what you do best. We’ll take care of the financials; you take care of your business.

Who Works For You?

You may know the people who work for you personally, but do you know their correct employment classification? Labor laws specifically define who is an employee and who is considered an independent contractor. If you don’t understand the classifications or are unsure about the status of your workforce, it can result in costly fines and penalties for your business.