The team at Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC shares updates and thoughts on developments in the law.

[UPDATED 6.5.20] Guidance & New Legislation on Forgiveness for PPP Loans

Since our original post on May 20 (text below), new legislation has addressed some matters regarding the SBA’s guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness. Some take-aways from the new legislation are: Instead of an 8-week covered period for distribution of funds, the period is now 24 weeks or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. However, borrowers with existing loans can elect to keep the...

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Tennessee Business Relief Program: What You Need to Know

The recently-announced Tennessee Business Relief Program will distribute $200 million of federal stimulus funds to Tennessee businesses. The funds are targeted toward the public-facing businesses that faced closure or decreased revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that more than 28,000 Tennessee businesses will be eligible for funds, and it is expected that 73% of these...

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COVID-19’s Impact on Contract Disputes

What happens when an extreme, unanticipated event occurs that undermines or frustrates the purpose of a contract? Are the parties still bound by the contract, or are they relieved of their obligations? The COVID-19 pandemic has raised these and countless other questions. The answers are not clear. However, there are three legal concepts that help shed light on the situation. Here’s what...

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[UPDATED] Are you Covered? Business Interruption Insurance and Covid-19

This article was originally published on April 9, 2020. We have updated it as of May 1, 2020 to reflect new developments. Click here to jump to the update. Does your business interruption insurance cover pandemic losses? Three things to do today. Your property insurance policy likely includes business interruption (“BI”) coverage. BI insurance covers loss of business income and other reasonable...

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What You Need to Know about Your Retirement Accounts as a Result of the Pandemic

Federal legislation was recently enacted which affects your retirement accounts–such as IRAs, 401ks, 403(a)s, 403(b)s, and governmental 457(b) plans. This post is a summary of important changes. I. Changes for All Individuals All Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are waived for the calendar year 2020. If you have already received a RMD for 2020, you may either roll it over into a...

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April 15 is NOT Tax Day. Here are 5 Things You Need to Know about Taxes This Year

Today we’re talking about important changes to state and federal tax deadlines, relaxed rules on hardship withdrawals from 401(k)s, and a deduction that can help employers and at-home workers. Here are five things to know about tax matters in 2020:  1.  IRS Extension for Filing and Paying TaxesThe April 15 deadline for the filing of federal income tax returns and payment of the taxes has...

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Addressing COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed employers in the difficult position of trying to navigate financial losses while addressing employee matters and health concerns.  This fact sheet is intended to provide some critical information that employers need to know during this uncertain time, including highlights of the federal legislation enacted in recent weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

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IRS Offers Disaster Relief For Tennessee Tornado Victims

The IRS is extending deadlines and offering relief for those who live in areas affected by the tornadoes. This relief will automatically be applied to anyone with an address on record with the IRS in any area designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance, which, as of now, includes Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson counties. Taxpayers who do not have an address on record from the...

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Tax Obligations for Gig Economy Workers

Understanding your tax obligations is an important factor to consider when beginning a new job. Whether you are driving for a ride sharing app or renting out a camper for the holidays, you need to know how to go about fulfilling your income tax obligations. Earning money in the gig economy usually leaves workers with the responsibility of handling their own tax payments. However, many gigs in...

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When does a Material Change in Circumstances Warrant a Modification of a Parenting Plan?

The Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s order on a modification of a parenting plan. The trial court wrongly granted the mother’s petition to change the parenting plan, giving her primary residential custody and the majority of days with the children. The trial court found that based on the material changes of circumstance, and the geographical distance between the parties, it...

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Court of Appeals Reverses Multiple Summary Judgments and Allows Plaintiff to Move Forward in Mesothelioma Suit.

Plaintiff worked as a mechanic at the Tennessee Eastman chemical plant for nearly 30 years. While employed there, he was responsible for repairing and maintaining the equipment. Due to the corrosive nature of the chemicals at the plant, the equipment required daily repairs and maintenance. When he made repairs to the equipment in carrying out his job duties, and when worn components on the...

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Another Alimony Correction Court of Appeals Win for Donald Capparella

When divorce ends a long-term marriage, a court usually has to make a decision about an award of alimony.  In this case, the trial court properly found that the wife was entitled to alimony, but did not properly account for the wife’s own income-earning capacity. In its alimony analysis, the trial court determined that amount of income the wife needed to sustain a similar lifestyle was $9,700...

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How Taxable Income Can Impact A Spouse’s Ability To Pay Alimony

Alimony in futuro is more likely to be awarded after a lengthy marriage, when one spouse is more economically disadvantaged than the other, and it’s typically awarded for life or until the economically disadvantaged spouse gets remarried. Donald Capparella recently argued two separate cases addressing alimony in futuro at the Court of Appeals. In the case discussed here, a husband was wrongfully...

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