Tax Policy: Not boring anymore

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According to the New York Times, tax policy used to be fairly boring and predictable. But in the past decade, it has become dynamic in a way that tax advisers don’t like: It changes with the political party in power. Questions: According to the article, changes for tax advisers with the political party in power… Read more »

A lookback at 2020

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One of the most read articles by the BV Wire in 2020 was one summarizing the thoughts on the impact of the crisis on valuations by the Business Valuation Update Editorial Advisory Board, in both the U.S. and around the globe. Questions: Edwina Tam, partner at Deloitte in Hong Kong, suggested that issues to be considered… Read more »

Scamdemic

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According to the Department of Justice, three family members were arrested in New York for misrepresenting employee payroll figures to receive COVID-19 loan funds for a chain of family-owned nail salons. Questions: According to the report, how was the payroll misrepresented by this family? What federal organizations were involve in the identification of these fraudsters?… Read more »

AICPA fires back!

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The AICPA takes issue with Charles Rettig, IRS Commissioner, for penalizing taxpayers and businesses when the IRS is failing to process returns on time. Questions: Who is the Congressional member who entered the AICPA letter into the Congressional Record, regarding this issue? What is the aggregate backlog of mail at the IRS? Why isn’t the… Read more »

United Airlines’ Collective Sacrifice

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According to the New York Times, members of the United Airlines pilots’ union agreed to a collective sacrifice to prevent the airline’s 13,000 pilots from being furloughed until June 2021. Questions: As a contract agreement looms, how many jobs are United Airlines and its pilots’ union planning to save? How much money did the passenger… Read more »

Accounting for Coronavirus

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According to the Washington Post, some companies are adopting an innovative approach to accounting for the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their earnings: they’re leaving it out. Questions:  What is Ebitda and why is it so important? How does Ebitdac work? Who’s using it? What is your opinion of this practice? Source: Lindell,… Read more »

Turns Out: Low-Tech, Simple and Likely Cheaper Masks are Better in Some Respects

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According to the Washington Post, face masks with the coin-sized valves on the front may not be as good at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus as the seemingly lower-tech, non-valved masks. Questions: Why are the lower-tech masks better at preventing the spread of COVID-19? Do medical masks have the valves? What does the CDC recommend… Read more »

First Bad News about Chuck E. Cheese, Now Broadway- Oh No!

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According to the Washington Post, the shutdown of Broadway’s 41 theaters will continue at least until Jan. 3. Questions: Why is Broadway so important to New York’s economic health? What will happen to ticketholders for shows up to and including January 3? What percent of tickets for commercial productions in 1,000- to 2,000-seat theaters must… Read more »

Under-capitalization costs lives

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According to the Washington Post, investigations show that Life Care Centers of America, one of the largest chains in the industry, violated federal standards meant to stop the spread of infections and communicable diseases even after outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 began to sweep its facilities from the Pacific Northwest to New England. Questions What… Read more »