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IRS Issues ERC Guidance as Congress Considers Early Termination

IRS Issues ERC Guidance as Congress Considers Early Termination

The IRS has published new guidance on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). Notice 2021-49 addresses various issues, particularly those related to the extension of the credit through 2021 by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Read more

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PPP forgiveness and repayment: What businesses need to know now

PPP forgiveness and repayment: What businesses need to know now

A critical deadline is approaching for many of the businesses that have received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created in March 2020 by the CARES Act. Read more

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Pennsylvania tax reform code changes

Pennsylvania tax reform code changes

On June 30, 2021, Governor Wolf signed Act No. 25. The budget included several Pennsylvania tax reform code changes. Read more

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Child tax credit payments: What you need to know

Child tax credit payments: What you need to know

The first advance payments under the temporarily expanded child tax credit (CTC) will begin to arrive for nearly 39 million households in mid-July 2021 unless, that is, they opt out. Read more

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The Biden administration proposes far-reaching tax overhaul

The Biden administration proposes  far-reaching tax overhaul

President Biden recently announced his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan (AFP), the third step in his Build Back Better policy initiative. The announcement followed the previous releases of the proposed $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and the Made in America Tax Plan. Read more

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SBA Proceeding to Dole out $5,000 Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advances

SBA Proceeding to Dole out $5,000 Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advances

The goal is to continue to provide a supplemental payment of $5,000 to the smallest and hardest hit businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the pandemic. Read more

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Temporary 100% Deduction for Business Meals

Temporary 100% Deduction for Business Meals

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 created a temporary 100% (vs. 50%) deduction for certain food or beverages provided by restaurants. The 100% deduction applies to amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2020 and before January 1, 2023. Read more

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PA ID Validation Letters - Be on the lookout if you requested a refund!

PA ID Validation Letters - Be on the lookout if you requested a refund!

If you are a Pennsylvania taxpayer and are requesting a refund on your Pennsylvania personal income tax return, please be on the lookout for a PA ID validation letter to be issued to you requesting an action be performed to confirm your identity before the refund will be issued. Read more

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PPP Application Deadline Extended

PPP Application Deadline Extended

President Biden has signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021. The new law extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application filing deadline from March 31, 2021, to May 31, 2021, thus providing potential PPP borrowers additional time to submit their applications. Read more

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IRS Elaborates on the Deadline Extension

IRS Elaborates on the Deadline Extension

You may recall that the IRS extended the individual filing deadline to May 17, 2021. On March 29, the IRS elaborated on this. Specifically, IRS Notice 2021-21 provides details on the additional tax deadlines which have been postponed until May 17. Read more

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PA Extends Personal Income Tax Deadline

PA Extends Personal Income Tax Deadline

Pennsylvania has extended its personal income tax deadline, to May 17, 2021 to coordinate with the extended federal tax return deadline. Read more

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IRS Extends Deadline

IRS Extends Deadline

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Read more

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IRS Clarifies the Employee Retention Tax Credit in Notice 2021-20

IRS Clarifies the Employee Retention  Tax Credit in Notice 2021-20

The CARES Act created the employee retention tax credit (ERTC) for eligible businesses and tax-exempt organizations that pay qualified wages, including certain health plan expenses, to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Read more

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The American Rescue Plan Act has passed: What's in it for you?

The American Rescue Plan Act has passed: What's in it for you?

Congress has passed the latest legislation aimed at providing economic and other relief from the COVID-19 pandemic that has haunted the country for the last year. Read more

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White House Announces Temporary Reforms to Help Small Businesses Obtain PPP Loans

White House Announces Temporary Reforms to Help Small Businesses Obtain PPP Loans

On February 22, the Biden administration announced several reforms that will make it easier for small businesses, including independent contractors and sole proprietors, to obtain forgivable PPP Loans. Read more

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2021 Tax Calendar

2021 Tax Calendar

Important 2021 deadlines. Summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due. Read more

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ERC expanded into 2021 with possible 2020 refund potential

ERC expanded into 2021 with possible 2020 refund potential

The CARES Act passed last March established an Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) for certain businesses to claim for 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed in December extended that credit through June 30, 2021. Read more

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PPP Second Draw Loans - Does Your Business Qualify?

PPP Second Draw Loans - Does Your Business Qualify?

Included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act that includes $900 billion for COVID-19 relief is a new round of PPP funding. Read more

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Temporary relief to value personal use of employer-provided automobile for 2020

Temporary relief to value personal use  of employer-provided automobile for 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS is providing temporary relief to employers and employees using the automobile lease valuation rule to determine the value of an employee's personal use of an employer-provided automobile. Read more

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Congress approves federal deductibility of PPP expenses and other tax incentives

Congress approves federal deductibility of PPP expenses and other tax incentives

Congress approves federal deductibility of PPP expenses and other tax incentives. Read more

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