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IRS Extends Filing Season for Individual Taxpayers to May 17
Posted by Bill Smith on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 @ 06:35 PM

On March 17, the IRS announced that the tax filing and payment due date for individual taxpayers is postponed until May 17. Lawmakers and lobbying groups previously sought a longer postponement, but the additional one month provides welcome relief to many.

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Topics: IRS, Taxes, COVID19, tax extension, Coronavirus, tax day

Biden Administration’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan Outlined
Posted by Bill Smith on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 @ 06:17 PM

The new Biden administration has many priorities and some ambitious goals. Perhaps none is more immediate than an additional stimulus package to mitigate the deepening impact of a pandemic that has dragged on for nearly a year. After months of declines, initial jobless claims rose again in December to 782,000, which remains above the previous record of 665,000 set in March 2009 (excluding years prior to 1967 when unemployment was measured differently). State legislatures may also implement additional spending cuts in the coming months that could also lead to deleterious effects on unemployment.

With these challenges in mind, it is time to look at the Biden administration’s “American Rescue Plan” to aid in the economic recovery.

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Topics: IRS, Taxes, Election, Tax Reform, COVID19, Coronavirus, Stimulus, #taxplan, Covid vaccine, loans and grants

Don’t Miss Out on the Newly Supercharged Employee Retention Tax Credit
Posted by Carrie Gizienski on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 @ 12:01 PM

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but limitations on its availability tempered interest in the relief measure. That is about to change, thanks to significant changes made on Dec. 27, 2020, by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act). The ERTC is now available to employers that received loans under the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), so any employer meeting ERTC eligibility criteria can benefit. Because employers potentially benefit from the enhanced ERTC on a retroactive basis, employers should immediately begin analyses to identify and calculate the value of retroactive or prospective ERTC benefits.

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Topics: IRS, tax relief, tax credit, COVID19, Coronavirus, CARES Act, PPP, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Consolidated Appropriations Act, Employee Retention Tax Credit, The Act, ERTC

4 Tax and Legislative Developments to Monitor in the New Legislative Session
Posted by Bill Smith on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 12:44 PM

Amid a chaotic week in Washington D.C., final election results came in that determined the composition of the Senate. Both Georgia Senate seats went to the Democratic candidates, which tipped the balance of power in the Senate to the Democratic party, with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris presiding as the presumed tie-breaking vote in a chamber evenly split 50-50. This assumes that the Senate Democrats vote along party lines, which is far from certain.

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Topics: election year, IRS, Taxes, Election, Tax Reform, senate, COVID19, Coronavirus, Republican Party, Biden, Harris, #taxplan, Filibuster, democratic party, Legislative Session

At Issue - An Employee Benefits Regulatory Affairs Bulletin
Posted by Karen McLeese on Tue, Dec 29, 2020 @ 04:40 PM

After a somewhat torturous journey to becoming law, HR 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, was signed late on December 27, 2020. It is a massive piece of legislation covering much ground. Notably, it includes both coronavirus relief as well as the appropriation portion to keep the government running for the next fiscal year. The law includes direct economic impact payments of $600/each as well as temporary extension of supplemental unemployment relief. Further, it includes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan expansion.

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Topics: retirement plans, IRS, employee benefit plan, FSA, Employee Benefits, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Stimulus, cafeteria plan relief, educational assistance, mental health parity, pharmacy

Initial Election Results Complicate Chances for Tax Changes in 2021
Posted by Bill Smith on Thu, Nov 12, 2020 @ 02:11 PM

A close 2020 election may dampen prospects for some of the more ambitious tax changes proposed by former Vice President Joe Biden, who was declared the winner of the presidential race over the weekend by several news outlets. The situation is still uncertain, however, with President Trump filing lawsuits challenging the vote count in several states and refusing to concede the election at this time.

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Topics: election year, IRS, Taxes, Election, Trump, COVID19, Coronavirus, Biden, Harris, #taxplan

4 Tax Moves to Consider as the Election Gets Closer
Posted by Bill Smith on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 @ 02:22 PM

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, many are looking ahead to how tax rates will be shaped by the next administration. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden hold strikingly different views on tax law, with planned changes to the current law expressed by both candidates.

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Topics: IRS, Taxes, Donald Trump, Trump, COVID19, Coronavirus, Biden, Harris, #taxplan, capital gains

Perspectives on China from the Middle Market
Posted by Tom Bonney on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 06:16 PM

As companies plan for 2021, driver-based analysis will be vital for proactive decision-making and managing a shifting business environment. Manufacturers commonly monitor business activities through key performance indicators (KPIs) that boil down financial and production outputs into meaningful operational insights. As you enter an accelerated recovery mode, your management teams should take inventory of your current processes to unlock data-driven decision-making on a day-to-day basis across your business.

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Topics: IRS, Business Interest Expense, COVID19, manufacturing, distribution, recovery, china, Manufacturers & Distributors

Using KPIs to Guide Manufacturers’ COVID-19 Accelerated Recovery
Posted by Luke Espich on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 04:24 PM

As companies plan for 2021, driver-based analysis will be vital for proactive decision-making and managing a shifting business environment. Manufacturers commonly monitor business activities through key performance indicators (KPIs) that boil down financial and production outputs into meaningful operational insights. As you enter an accelerated recovery mode, your management teams should take inventory of your current processes to unlock data-driven decision-making on a day-to-day basis across your business.

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Topics: IRS, tax relief, Business Interest Expense, COVID19, manufacturing, distribution, recovery, KPIs

IRS Issues Employee Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 05:31 PM

Late Friday, the IRS released guidance that implements President Trump’s executive order permitting employers to defer certain employee payroll taxes. The IRS guidance provides key details on employee eligibility, the repayment period, and employer responsibilities. But the IRS guidance leaves some questions unanswered, even as the optional deferral period takes effect September 1. Importantly, the IRS guidance could cause an economic hardship for many employees while exposing employers to a new contingent liability.

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Topics: IRS, tax relief, payroll taxes, COVID19, Employee Payroll Tax Deferral

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