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The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 temporarily increased the deduction of business meals from 50 percent to 100 percent for 2021 and 2022. This deduction applies to food and drink provided by restaurants. In this instance a “restaurant” is defined as “a business that prepares and sells food or beverage to … Continue reading “Temporary 100% Deduction for Restaurant Meals”

On March 11th 2021 the American Rescue Plan Act created a $28.6 billion fund for restaurants called Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This fund is set to provide grants to restaurants and other eligible businesses by providing grants equal to their financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up to $10 million. Funds can be used … Continue reading “Restaurant Revitalization Fund”

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) has been updated for 2021 and is available to businesses whose 2021 1st and/or 2nd quarter sales are at least 20% lower than the same quarter in 2019.  The Employee Retention Credit credit is filed on your payroll tax return for the quarter, currently due 4/30/21.  The Employee Retention Credit … Continue reading “2021 Employee Retention Credit”

APEX CPAS & CONSULTANTS RAISE $24,398 IN FIFTH LUGGAGE OF LOVE CAMPAIGN FOR KANE COUNTY CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE (St. Charles, IL) December 23, 2019 – In its fifth annual Luggage of Love fundraiser, supported by generous clients, employees, and friends, Apex CPAs & Consultants raised $24,398 for CASA Kane County. The goal of the … Continue reading “Luggage of Love 2019”

If you have any question at all about the power of charitable giving, just consider this: #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement fueled by social media and online donation tools, was started on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2012 by a single New York City nonprofit. In its seventh year, #GivingTuesday 2018 campaigns raised over $380 … Continue reading “The Season of Giving: 4 Reasons Why Giving Back Makes Good Business Sense”

The Story of Joe: How one man used the Apex Kairos process to transform his business and achieve his personal goals.   Have you ever found your business hitting a plateau—or even a decline—and weren’t sure what to do about it? Or perhaps you have thought about expanding your business, but hesitated due to concerns … Continue reading “Achieve Your Personal Goals Through the Success of Your Business”

In the beginning, all bets are off. A business owner’s sheer will and determination is enough. This works when you reach four or five employees. Then comes an epiphany. Fatigue and plateau set in. And you realize that if you keep doing the same things, you will get the same results. Clearly, this is not … Continue reading “Empowering Your Team Empowers Your Business”

A Conversation with Mike Algrim, Director of Commercial Banking for First National Bank, about growing up in St. Charles, what lights him up about entrepreneurial growth, and his prediction on a cashless society.   You attended St. Charles High School. What is something you learned growing up that you employ today in business? The core … Continue reading “Epic in The Fox Valley – Mike Algrim”

Aurora University graduate Worked in public accounting since 2012 Specialty areas: manufacturing and technology sectors Looks for ways to help businesses succeed Loves hiking!   She knows what successful companies look like Hi, I’m Lisa! Since I joined APEX, I have had the privilege of working with one of our major manufacturing clients, assisting them … Continue reading “Meet Lisa Yanke, CPA – Executive Division Associate”

When we start out in business, everything is urgent. Everything is important. You’re a Swiss Army knife — doing the work, billing it, marketing it, making it, taking care of customers. As the business grows, it’s easy to get stuck in “urgency” mode. But that’s not where growth happens. Two Types of Thinking The task-focused … Continue reading “Think First, Grow Second”

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