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Wipfli is dedicated to business leaders and their organizations. We bring you thought-provoking articles on long-range organizational issues related to people, processes, technology, customers, and financial management.

5 employee compensation items that should be on your review list

Earlier this year, we addressed the consequences of PPP vs. unemployment and looked at employee compensation options during COVID-19. As 2020 draws to a close and we prepare for 2021, we wanted to share five continuing compensation issues driven by the pandemic:   

Dec 03, 2020
Industries: Financial Institutions
Services: Talent and Change, Consulting
By: Julia A. Johnson

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3 ways to tell if you’re ready for a digital transformation

Plenty of companies talk about embracing digital transformation. But being ready to take that step is an entirely separate conversation.

Digital readiness speaks to how prepared you are to capitalize on opportunities to grow your business. Do you have the tools, the data and the know-how to quickly pivot when your market shifts? Likewise, do you have the infrastructure to support your digital ambitions?

Nov 30, 2020
Services: Consulting, Tech Consulting

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IRS issues guidance on disallowing PPP-funded expenses for 2020 tax year

On November 18, the IRS released Revenue Ruling 2020-27, which states that a taxpayer who reasonably expects full PPP loan forgiveness is not allowed to deduct expenses up to the loan forgiveness amount for the year in which the expenses are incurred.

Nov 19, 2020
Services: Tax
By: Gregory G. Butler

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IRS issues guidance on when a taxpayer can deduct PPP-funded expenses

On November 18, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-51, which provides a safe harbor rule on when a taxpayer can deduct expenses funded with a PPP loan.

Nov 19, 2020
Services: Tax
By: Gregory G. Butler

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3 ways to address and prevent employee burnout

Is your organization on guard against employee burnout? How are you addressing it when you find it? What are you doing to proactively prevent it?

Nov 19, 2020
Services: Consulting, Talent and Change
By: Heather L. Debelak

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IRS says state taxes paid by pass-through entities are not subject to SALT limit

On November 9, the IRS released Notice 2020-75 announcing its plan to issue proposed regulations that many have been waiting for. The regulations will confirm that entity-level state and local taxes (SALT) imposed on pass-through entities are not subject to the $10,000 SALT deduction limit.

Nov 19, 2020
Services: Tax
By: Gregory G. Butler

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What are RTOs and RPOs in business continuity planning

There’s a fair chance that you would like to see your business survive any future disaster, and potentially any issues that follow. To predict a business’s next disaster is all but impossible but simple to prepare for, particularly if you have an effective Business Continuity Plan.

Nov 18, 2020
Services: Consulting, Business Continuity

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What the DoJ’s new guidance on corporate compliance programs means for your company

On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice (DoJ) released its third round of guidance for its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, which was first issued in 2017. 

The 2020 release continues to provide guidance for prosecutors to 1) conduct investigations of corporations, 2) determine the necessity of bringing charges against a corporation and 3) conduct plea or other agreements. The guidelines emphasize the importance of evaluating the corporation’s compliance program and system of internal controls, including how these endeavors may deter or discover future misconduct.

Nov 18, 2020
Services: Consulting, Fraud and Forensic Services
By: Brett Merkel, Marc W. Courey

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Present value calculations: Know what’s reflected in your discount rate

Economic damages can take many forms, from historical amounts to the projection of financial losses into the future.

When you translate the future amounts back to the present time, it’s generally referred to as “present value discounting.” One important variable in this calculation is the selection of a discount rate.

Nov 17, 2020
Services: Consulting, Business Valuations
By: Allen E. Jacque

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Financial institution fraud is 43% more successful

Wipfli fraud specialists were recently called on to advise a financial institution that had wired — at its customer’s request — $250,000 to an account in China. An employee of the customer had been tricked into authorizing the payment. But once the mistake was uncovered, the customer felt their financial institution should have had extra layers of protection in place to prevent such a transaction.

Nov 16, 2020
Industries: Financial Institutions
Services: Consulting, Fraud and Forensic Services
By: Sarah G. Lutzke, Marc W. Courey

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