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Paramount Property Tax Appeal Offers Free Consultation to California Property Owners, RE: ‘Tax-Reduction Solutions & Overcoming Changes Limiting Tax Breaks’

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Wes Nichols, president of Paramount Property Tax Appeal Service, is reminding California property owners that property tax relief will be severely limited by changes to the Proposition 58 Parent-to-Child Exemption, as Prop 19 will soon become law.

The Paramount firm is inviting property owners and families looking to lower their property taxes and/or transferring property to heirs, to get a free consultation There are only 3 months left to prepare, evaluate and potentially appeal property taxes - typically reducing property tax bills by 20% to 30%. Residential and commercial property owners are urged to prepare for specific changes to long standing property tax relief in California.

Paramount Property Tax Appeal is inviting California property owners to take advantage of the firm's unprecedented offer of a free consultation focusing on Property Tax Reduction; Property Appraisal; Real Property Tax Appeal, Business Property Tax Appeal, and Business Personal Property Tax Compliance.

Company president Wes Nichols announced this week: "Families have to get in now to see us so we can complete their paperwork, in terms of locking in their future tax base. With Proposition 19 becoming property tax law, folks only have until Feb. 2021 to complete estate planning, in order to pass down low assessed values to their children. Prop 19 is designed to eliminate the Parent-to-Child Exemption for properties that are not owner-occupied homes within a year. This means homes, apt. buildings and other commercial properties are all assessed at full market value when you transfer title to your children."

Paramount Property Tax Appeal is one of the few property tax related firms in California that offers unique property tax reduction solutions and proprietary programs to make sure parents can pass down their low assessed value in the future to their children. Even if property is held in an LLC or trust.

Mr. Nichols explains: "This year, Californians face unprecedented tax challenges unlike any year prior; due in part to the COVID shutdown and resulting economic crisis, impacting property values and estate planning. However, families with estate planning needs have only 3 months before the doors for California property tax relief from Proposition 13 and Proposition 58 slam shut - as Proposition 19 becomes law. Thereby dismantling key tax breaks protected by the Parent-to-Child Exemption - avoiding property tax reassessment at current market value."

"Folks should understand that by engaging us now, you start the process of setting up your tax appeal; to reduce your overall tax burden. Waiting until you're too close to the appeals deadline can be a recipe for disaster! Bottom line, we truly do enjoy helping people - middle class and working families, not just wealthy folks."

For the first time since its inception, Paramount is offering a free consultation on trusts, estates, property tax appeals and property tax reduction issues, to all California property owners interested in lowering their property tax bill, as well as transferring real property to their heirs. Property owners can call the firm's main office at 858.225.1200 with the option to come in and sit down informally with a property tax specialist, and discuss their property tax and/or business personal property tax issues.

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Call: President Wes Nichols at (888) 385-9203
Email: wes@pptaxappeal.com

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Certified Tax Resolution Specialist, James Cha from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, Advises Non-Filers to File Their Back Tax Returns Now

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- James Cha, a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, urges taxpayers to file their tax returns as soon as possible, even if they missed the tax deadline or can't pay off, as they're only increasing their tax bill by delaying.

The IRS has started again to send the collection notices to taxpayers from late October. These notices were paused due to COVID-19. Now, the IRS's mail backlog is caught up enough to enforce non-payments, and they will start levy, lien, and other threatening collection activities.

The IRS has slowed down in many aspects due to COVID-19, but they never stopped investigating people who haven't filed tax returns. Pursuing non-filers can be one of the IRS's most efficient enforcement strategies because issuing non-filer notices can be a cost-effective tool that requires little more than automated notices.

There is an ever-increased chance that the IRS will start ramping up their collection activities right after the presidential election is over.

Consequences of Non-Filing

Why are there so many non-filers? Quite many people misunderstand and think, "If I don't file, then the IRS won't know. Then the IRS cannot pursue, lien, or levy me." Or, "I didn't get any notices the following year. I must've gotten away."

"However, this isn't true," says Ace Plus Tax Resolution's Certified Tax Resolution Specialist(R), James Cha. "Taxpayers are only increasing their tax bills by not filing and waiting. The IRS will investigate and catch up with non-compliant cases in the following years. Once the IRS system discovers those cases, it will send out warning letters and threaten non-filers. Failure to file a tax return may be construed as a criminal act by the IRS and can be punishable by up to one year in jail for each year not filed. If left unresolved, the non-filers find themselves in a tough spot when the IRS freezes their bank accounts, garnishes their wages, seizes or sells their assets, suspends their passports, takes their retirement funds, takes their home, and so much more."

Why Should Non-Filers File Tax Returns As Soon As Possible?

If a taxpayer hasn't filed tax returns in the past several years, it is strongly recommended that they file their returns as soon as possible, even if they can't pay them off at the moment.

If taxpayers fail to file or pay the returns, the IRS will keep adding penalties at an extremely high rate and also charge them interest. The IRS charges 5% of the amount due every month for failure to file, and 0.5% for failure to pay for a maximum of 25% each. Because of 0.5% reduction in penalty for any month, the maximum penalty amount combined is 47.5% of the taxes owed.

Compliance is Required before Resolution

Ace Plus Tax Resolution can bring you back to compliance by filing back tax returns, which will stop the failure-to-file penalty. What's important is that the taxpayer needs to be "current" with any filing obligations to be eligible for any back tax liability settlement with the IRS.

To be Current, You Must:

1. File tax returns for the most recent six years, and

2. Make current tax payments.
a. sufficient withholding (W-2 employee)
b. estimated tax payments (self-employed)
c. quarterly payroll tax deposits (business)

Ace Plus Tax Resolution's solutions include:

If qualified, Offer in Compromise allows a negotiation to settle back tax liability for a substantially reduced amount from the full amount owed. Keep in mind that the IRS can reject the offer if the financial documents are not professionally prepared or the taxpayer is not in compliance with the IRS. For applicants who have not filed all of their tax returns or made all required estimated tax payments or deposits, their offers will be rejected.

The Installment Agreement is for those who are unable to make the full tax payment immediately. There is a limit to how much they can owe to qualify for the agreement for online application. Thus, non-filers should consult with a tax relief professional for detailed information.

Another method is to see if they qualify for a Currently Not Collectible status upon submitting a financial statement. If the taxpayers have no means to pay the debt at the moment or anytime soon, they can request the IRS to delay the collection process until their financial situation improves. Note that this doesn't mean the back tax liability will disappear - the IRS can come back and collect your taxes years later. Other solutions include lien relief, release of wage or bank levies, penalty abatement, Bankruptcy Dischargeability Analysis, etc., depending on the non-filer's situation.

James adds on and says, "the IRS is making deals right now for back tax liability due to COVID-19. So, now is the best time to negotiate with the IRS."

Bottom Line

Without these alternative solutions, the amount the taxpayer owes to the IRS can become so massive that they cannot pay off the amount. It's like this huge snowball rolling downhill, getting bigger and bigger with growing penalties and interest. In fact, millions of taxpayers in America are delinquent in filing tax returns and are struggling to pay the IRS.

If you're struggling with tax problems, it is strongly recommended that you seek help from tax relief experts who can guide you through the most suitable resolution method and reduce the liability owed to the IRS to the lowest amount possible if you qualify. This can resolve your non-filing problems effectively and permanently.

​Learn more at - https://AcePlusTaxResolution.com

Watch why you should file back tax returns here and how a tax professional can help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-761u9qxJs

James Cha is a CPA and Certified Tax Resolution Specialist(R) at Ace Plus Tax Resolution, providing permanent solutions to taxpayers with IRS and state tax problems. He has been representing his clients and dealing with the IRS for over 30 years. His practice is in Los Angeles, but his clients are across the nation. Call us at (213) 600-7388 or email at James@AcePlusTaxResolution.com.

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EnergyCAP, Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary with New Headquarters, Logo, Training Services, and More

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- EnergyCAP, Inc. (ECI) is pleased to announce a list of notable accomplishments as it celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020.

New EnergyCAP Headquarters

ECI employees will begin operating from the company's new state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot headquarters facility this month.

The building is located on a prime lot in the Boalsburg Technology Park. To the south, there are beautiful unobstructed views of Tussey Mountain, and to the north, Mount Nittany. The site is directly adjacent to the planned Harris Township Tussey Pond Park and connects to the recently developed network of hiking and mountain bike trails of the Harvest Fields Community Trail System. Besides enjoying the inspiring mountain views, employees and family members will have free and easy access to disc golf, miles of trails, fishing, a picnic pavilion, fitness center, local bus service, and streams and ponds, with convenient childcare available next door.

ECI's new address is: EnergyCAP, Inc., 360 Discovery Drive, Boalsburg, PA 16827.

New Logo and Icons

ECI's 40-year anniversary year became a great occasion to modernize the company's logo. The new design is displayed on the new headquarters facility and is being rolled out to the software and webpages: https://www.energycap.com/

EnergyCAP Academy

The pandemic forced ECI to cancel its popular national Catalyst training conference in April, in addition to other in-person training opportunities. In quick response, the company created EnergyCAP Academy, a collection of online training courses that EnergyCAP users can complete at their own pace.

The EnergyCAP Academy courses are an easy and convenient way for users to develop EnergyCAP Version 7 skills and earn Professional Development Hours (PDH). The collection of Academy training programs starts with EnergyCAP Fundamentals. From there, users can complete programs focused on energy management functionality, utility bill accounting, and chargebacks accounting. Users can also confirm their mastery of EnergyCAP's concepts and functionality by successfully completing an online exam to earn the Mastery of EnergyCAP certificate.

Additional information about the Academy courses and other valuable EnergyCAP services is accessible through ECI's Customer Services Catalog within the online Help Center.

FedRAMP Marketplace

Independently verified compliance with strict federal information security regulations is a gold standard for software. After a two-year effort to upgrade and certify software, policies, testing protocols, cloud hosting environment, internal networks, and even building physical security, EnergyCAP is now the only energy information software in its class to be listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace.

The Marketplace listing, in conjunction with a GSA contract, makes it easier than ever for federal agencies and other publicly funded organizations to license and implement EnergyCAP.

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

ECI launched its Bill CAPture utility bill process service in 2015, and the scope of available services has grown considerably over the past five years. Focusing initially on obtaining and processing utility bills, Bill CAPture added an Account Management service in 2019 and now completes the monthly utility bill process by offering bill payment services.

Organizations looking to reduce bill processing costs and eliminate late fees should contact ECI to learn more about how Bill CAPture can help.

EnergyCAP, Inc.'s CEO, Steve Heinz commented, "What a year it has been! And let me say that 40 times for the last forty years. Beginning with the simple proposition in 1980 that emerging PC technology could take the pain out of tracking energy information and validating troublesome utility bills, EnergyCAP software now processes millions of bills annually valued at tens of billions of dollars, and is a trusted tool for thousands of energy management and utility accounting professionals. Our beautiful new corporate headquarters is the perfect venue for the next 40 years of innovation and growth."

About EnergyCAP

EnergyCAP, Inc. has helped more than 10,000 energy managers in government, education, and commercial organizations derive value from their utility bills and energy data. Clients use our comprehensive EnergyCAP software-based solution to streamline utility bill processing and auditing, track energy and greenhouse gas data, process campus chargebacks, target reduction goals, benchmark facilities, submit to ENERGY STAR, measure and verify energy & cost savings, create budgets and forecasts, and much more. Learn more: https://www.energycap.com/

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HomeWork Solutions Sees Huge Demand in Nanny-Share and Education PODS during COVID Epidemic

STERLING, Va. -- HomeWork Solutions (HWS), industry experts in household payroll and employment taxes, have announced a major effort to support working families interested in Nanny Share and Educator PODs. This action is in direct response to families struggling to find in-home caregivers for their children and continuing their educational learning. According to industry sources, the number of children not returning to school has more than tripled in the past year.

"We know families are struggling to find solutions for in-home care and to facilitate distance learning. HWS is committed to providing payroll and tax support to these families immediately, so they can focus on their family worry-free," says Jay Schulze, President of HomeWork Solutions. "For 27 years, we have worked side by side with families to help take the burden of payroll and taxes off their plates."

HWS offers easy, straight-forward payroll and tax support once families have secured their new hires. Our commitment to the best customer service in the industry is guaranteed to all of our clients. We offer free consultation to explain in detail all the potential pitfalls and offer best in class solutions to ensure you and the worker are covered from all angles.

To further support families during this difficult time, HomeWork Solutions will waive all enrollment fees for new clients joining as part of a nanny share, education pod, or other shared employment arrangement. Existing clients who refer another family to HWS as part of a shared employment agreement will receive a $100 credit on their account.

Call us today for your free evaluation and Nanny Share Starter Kit at 866.959.7812 or enroll online at HomeWorkSolutions.com: https://www.homeworksolutions.com/learning-pods-nanny-shares/

HomeWork Solutions, Inc. has provided payroll and tax preparation services to families nationwide since 1993. As experts providing services to tens of thousands of families, the staff at HomeWork Solutions has been a trusted resource for household employers, as well as publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fox, The Washington Post, and many more.

Homework Solutions provides free consultations to families, CPAs, and other financial professionals at 866.959.7812 or online at https://www.homeworksolutions.com/.

More information about Household employer tax obligations can be found in IRS Publication 926- Household Employer's Tax Guide (PDF): https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p926.pdf.

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KROST Launches PPP Loan Forgiveness Review Services for Borrowers and Lenders

PASADENA, Calif. -- Award-winning tax, accounting, and consulting firm, KROST, announced the launch of their PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Review Service for both Borrowers and Lenders. The services are intended to aid both borrowers and lenders by taking on the burden of calculating forgiveness values, checking that expenses conform to the SBA forgiveness rules, and ensuring that the underlying documentation verifies those expenses.

The PPP Forgiveness Review Service for borrowers includes reviewing the actual expenses incurred by the borrower during the covered period, calculating the forgiveness amount taking into account all the rules, reviewing and assembling the necessary backup documentation that is required, and creating an electronic binder that can be sent to the lender. The PPP Forgiveness Review Service for lenders includes, independently reviewing the actual expenses claimed by the borrower during the covered period, independently calculating the forgiveness amount, ensuring the documentation substantiates the claimed expenses, and reporting any errors or omissions.

Paren Knadjian, who leads the firm's M&A and Capital Markets practice and has a background in debt financing, and as a fractional CFO, has taken the lead on the KROST PPP Services.

"While the PPP loan program has been hugely successful at injecting capital into businesses suffering from the consequences of COVID-19, the rules and regulations surrounding forgiveness can be complex and burdensome. The KROST PPP Loan Forgiveness Review Service is aimed at assisting both borrowers and lenders to complete the forgiveness application process in an accurate, timely, and stress-free manner," said Paren Knadjian.

In addition to the PPP Forgiveness Services, the firm has also developed a COVID-19 Resource Center as a hub for businesses and individuals to access the latest tax, accounting, and HR news on the Coronavirus. Learn more: https://www.krostcpas.com/covid-19-resource-center

ABOUT KROST CPAS & CONSULTANTS

Established in 1939 in Pasadena, California, KROST is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm serving clients across various industries in the areas of tax, accounting, consulting, assurance and advisory, M&A and capital markets, corporate tax incentives, and wealth management.

For more information about KROST, please visit https://www.krostcpas.com/

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Bethany Wolfe
Marketing Director
(626) 508-1792

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Don Baham accepted into invitation-only Forbes Technology Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don Baham, President of Kraft Technology Group, LLC (KTG) has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

Don Baham was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

"We are honored to welcome Don into the community," said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Technology Council. "Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world."

As an accepted member of the Council, Don has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Don will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Finally, Don will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

"I am honored to represent the Nashville community as a member of the Technology Council," said Don Baham. "I'm looking forward to engaging with other members of the council across the country and locally. KTG is a leader in IT management and cyber security for healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations throughout the southeast. Membership in the council further demonstrates our thought leadership in this space."

ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS

Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

For more information about Forbes Technology Council, visit https://forbestechcouncil.com/. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit http://forbescouncils.com/.

ABOUT KRAFT TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Part of the KraftCPAs family of companies since 1992, Kraft Technology Group has been providing Computer Services, I.T. Security, Network Support, and Managed I.T. Services in the greater Nashville Tennessee area and beyond. Our mission is to empower small and midsize businesses to efficiently and securely utilize best of breed technology, so they can focus on reaching and exceeding their strategic goals.

Visit https://www.kraftgrp.com/ to learn more.

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Sasha Baluka Promoted to Partner at Bessolo Haworth, a Leading West Coast Tax, Accounting and Business Advisory Firm

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. -- Bessolo Haworth, a leading West Coast tax, accounting and business advisory firm, announces the promotion of Sasha Baluka to partner. Baluka will continue to manage some of the firm's largest clients and will now also work with the firm's partners to manage and lead the organization.

"This was the perfect time to promote Sasha to partner," said the firm's Managing Partner, Larry Haworth. "In addition to her expertise in the manufacturing, retail and distribution segments, Sasha is a leader who works collaboratively with staff and others to ensure an exceptional level of client service."

"I look forward to this new chapter in my relationship with Bessolo Haworth," said Baluka. "Over the past year-and-a-half, I've seen how the partners lead and I'm confident that we will continue to build a firm that is relevant into the future."

Baluka, a graduate of California State University Northridge, joined the firm as a principal in late 2018. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has been honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as a "Trusted Advisor" and was nominated for recognition as a "Women in Business" honoree.

About Bessolo Haworth:

Based in Sherman Oaks, California, Bessolo Haworth was founded by John Bessolo, Larry Haworth and Peggy Clark in 2007. Featuring CPAs, licensed tax and investment professionals and other expert staff, the independent firm's core expertise includes accounting and auditing, income tax planning and preparation, estate planning and compliance, investment consulting and business advisory services. The firm serves middle-market companies and high net-worth individuals throughout California and beyond. The firm has two other office locations in San Rafael, California and in Gig Harbor, Washington.

To learn more, visit: https://www.bhcpagroup.com/

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Rapid Deployment Solutions and nipendo Sign Reseller Agreement

BOSTON, Mass. -- nipendo and Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS) today announced a new partnership agreement for the resale of nipendo's RPA (Robotic Process Automation) platform for P2P (Purchase-to-Pay) process automation - the world's first RPA platform for P2P and AP processes automation designed and built over AI architecture and infrastructure, which facilitates modularity, flexibility and transparency, supporting endless variations of P2P process logic through configuration only, and zero coding.

"Making the decision to work with our platform is simple, as our customers, tier 1 global enterprises, have been working with it over the past decade and have seen an incredible transformation of efficiencies and a significant reduction in procurement, supply chain and AP costs," says Eyal Rosenberg, co-Founder and CEO of nipendo. "We're excited about working with RDS - a vibrant and energetic company that we believe will elevate nipendo to new heights in North America," he added.

"We are excited to offer nipendo's cloud-based platform to help businesses streamline procure-to-pay processes, and to interact with suppliers electronically, touch-free and error-free," said Greg Kowalik, President, Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS). "Our reseller agreement with nipendo will make it easier than ever for RDS's North American customers to adopt and benefit from this leading trading platform," he added.

The platform supports enterprises in three primary ways:
1) Extends existing P2P processes: Enables suppliers to seamlessly participate in enterprise processes, reduces over 50% of procurement and AP costs by replacing manual invoice reconciliation and manual order fulfillment work with self-provisioned process governance and machine automated governance and validations.
2) Scales supplier adoption rate: Hundreds or thousands of suppliers can be onboarded within weeks or months - all sizes and types, regardless of their connection mode (portal/email/mobile/integration). Plug-ins to over 50 ERP packages require no custom work per connection (Connect-Once-Communicate-with-All). Record supplier adoption rate of over 90% of enterprise supplier base.
3) Automates: Smart-Bots replace manual workflows, process fulfillment follow-up, automate decision making and autonomous invoice reconciliation, resulting in over 50% cost reduction, process cycle time reduction, elimination of all errors, disputes, and fraud opportunities and achieves over 95%-touch-free and error-free procure-to-pay processes fulfillment.

The nipendo platform became available June 1, 2020. For more information, visit https://nipendo.com/lp/p2p-automation.

About nipendo

Founded in 2010, nipendo is dual headquartered in Netanya, Israel and in Boston, Massachusetts. The company's RPA platform for P2P process automation streamlines and simplifies interactions between enterprises (buyers) and their suppliers across all spend categories of goods and services, and all supplier types and sizes. The company boasts such customers as Intel, KLA Tencor, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Unilever, Kodak alaris, Israel Aerospace Industries, HP, Elbit Systems, Check Point and more. For more information, visit https://www.nipendo.com/

About Rapid Deployment Solutions

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS) is a leader in providing strategy, planning, and implementation of Content & Records Management solutions and process automation with a focus on P2P processes and ERP systems integration. RDS has applied its industry knowledge and expertise to help Fortune 100 customers become more competitive, efficient, and profitable through the application of innovative technologies, greater efficiencies, and cloud solutions. For more information, visit https://www.rds-consulting.com/

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KROST CPAs & Consultants Provides Much-Needed Help to Businesses Affected by the Economic Downturn Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Los Angeles-based firm, KROST CPAs & Consultants, has launched several programs to assist businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Since April 2020, the firm has assisted hundreds of businesses and individuals through the development of COVID-19 resources that have guided them through the process of choosing, applying, and qualifying for emergency loan programs. To date, the firm has helped more than 200 firms and sole proprietors apply for, and receive, more than $150 million in total loans.

KROST hosted two virtual webinars to provide insight into the EIDL and PPP loan programs - who can apply, what the terms of the loans were, how to apply, and how to use the proceeds once they receive funds. Now, the firm has launched the PPP Budgeting and Forgiveness Maximization Tool, a proprietary tool that allows users to plan, budget, and track expenditures on a week-by-week basis. The tool has all the current known rules on forgiveness programmed into it.

Paren Knadjian, who leads the firm's M&A and Capital Markets practice and has a background in debt financing, and as a fractional CFO, has taken the lead on the emergency loan programs. He, along with a team at KROST, developed the PPP tool with KROST clients in mind.

"From day one, we used our role as trusted advisors, to keep our customers informed of the detailed terms of these government-backed loans and helped many of them with the application process. Now that many of them have received the funds, we are guiding them through best practices on the use of proceeds and providing them with a proprietary tool to ensure they optimize loan forgiveness. The next step will be to provide them with the resources necessary, such as accounting and fractional CFO services, to ensure they emerge from business closures with a plan and a budget that maximizes their ability to make an economic recovery," remarked Paren Knadjian.

In addition to the emergency loan forgiveness assistance, the firm also developed a COVID-19 Resource Center as a hub for businesses and individuals to access the latest tax, accounting, and HR news on the Coronavirus. Learn more: https://www.krostcpas.com/covid-19-resource-center

ABOUT KROST CPAS & CONSULTANTS

Established in 1939 in Pasadena, California, KROST is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm serving clients across various industries in the areas of tax, accounting, consulting, assurance and advisory, M&A and capital markets, corporate tax incentives, and wealth management.

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EnergyCAP, Inc. Receives Inc. Magazine ‘Best Workplaces’ Award

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- EnergyCAP, Inc. (ECI) has been named to Inc. Magazine's annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2020 will hit newsstands May 12, and is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.

ECI, developer of the widely used EnergyCAP(R) utility bill accounting & energy management software, currently employs 62 people at its State College, PA headquarters. The company also has employees in Virginia, Mississippi, and Texas. Organizations across government, education, and commercial sectors count on ECI's flagship product, EnergyCAP, and complementary services for streamlined utility bill processing and auditing, energy and greenhouse gas data tracking & reporting, processing campus and tenant distributions, benchmarking facilities, meeting ENERGY STAR submission requirements, measuring and verifying energy savings, and more.

To determine its award winners, Inc. collected data from more than 3,000 submissions and singled-out 395 finalists. Employees from each nominated company then took part in a survey on topics that included trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. After analyzing and auditing the data, Inc. noted, "The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity."

ECI's Founder & CEO, Steve Heinz, gratefully accepted the Inc. award, stating, "My thanks to Inc. for official confirmation of what we already knew. EnergyCAP is a great place to work-not because of the facility (although our new corporate headquarters in Boalsburg, PA will be the best office setting in the county), but because of the total package. Study after study has found that the two most important keys to a healthy and satisfying life are quality relationships and meaningful work. Our HR program takes a life coaching approach to developing and nurturing personal and professional relationships, while our 'Top Product' award-winning software makes an important contribution to environmental sustainability and a greener future."

"Building a great corporate culture comes only from strong leadership," says Inc. magazine Editor-In-Chief Scott Omelianuk. "The companies on Inc.'s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from, especially now, when company culture is more important to the workforce than ever."

About EnergyCAP

EnergyCAP, Inc., celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020, has helped more than 10,000 energy managers in government, education, and commercial organizations derive value from their utility bills and energy data. EnergyCAP, Inc. is a multiple year winner of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, and Environmental Leader's Product of the Year. In addition to our award-winning utility bill & energy management software, we provide bill processing, implementation, training, and support services to deliver a comprehensive utility bill accounting and energy management solution. Learn more: https://www.energycap.com/.

About Inc. Media

The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.

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