Advocacy Updates

The Connecticut Legislative Session has finally come to an end. A whirlwind of a session, primarily virtual, took us all for a ride this year. 

The CTCPA and our lobbyists worked tirelessly advocating on a wide variety of matters. From audits to taxation to unemployment, we testified and spoke with legislators and the administration throughout the session to ensure that CTCPA's membership was well represented and well served.

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Last modified July 30, 2021.

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Connecticut Legislative News

Baker says Mass. is different as other states impose COVID-19 protocols

July 30, 2021

Many in Massachusetts are waiting with bated breath to see whether Governor Charlie Baker will make any coronavirus-related policy changes following new federal guidance this week surrounding mask-wearing.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Aflac Selected as Claims Administrator for Paid Leave Program, Company Will Bring 150 Jobs to New Offices in Windsor

July 30, 2021

As claims administrator, Aflac will accept applications, determine eligibility, and administer benefits for paid leave. Individuals will have flexible options to submit applications for paid leave, either online, by email, or by calling directly into a customer care advocate.

  • business and industry
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state

CT officials forecast $55M in annual cannabis tax revenue by FY '26

July 28, 2021

Connecticut's Office of Fiscal Analysis is projecting the state's cannabis industry will generate $20.4 million in tax revenue in its first full year of operation, and over $55 million in its fourth year.

  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax

Governor Lamont Reminds Residents That Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Sunday

July 28, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that – as a result of legislation he enacted two years ago scheduling several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period – the minimum wage in the state will increase from the current rate of $12.00 per hour to $13.00 per hour beginning on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

  • advocacy - state

CT reviewing CDC mask guidance for K-12 schools

July 27, 2021

Updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday urging mask-wearing in schools did not prompt Gov. Ned Lamont to make any immediate decisions about what will be in store for kids and teachers returning this fall.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Fat budget surplus may be even larger than Connecticut legislators expected. Wall Street earnings fuel tax revenue surge.

July 27, 2021

When lawmakers adopted a new, two-year state budget in early June, some observers blinked at the unprecedented, $2.3 billion surplus built into the package.

  • advocacy - state
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Federal Legislative News

SBA Streamlines Forgiveness Process for PPP Loans

July 30, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued new guidance yesterday designed to accelerate the end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by streamlining the process for millions of small businesses and nonprofit employers to have their emergency payroll loans forgiven.

  • accounting and auditing
  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal

SBA streamlines forgiveness process for most PPP loans

July 29, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published new guidance Wednesday designed to simplify and speed up the forgiveness process for businesses and not-for-profits with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal

Wyden introduces bill to overhaul pass-through deduction and expand to accountants

July 21, 2021

Senate Finance Committee chairman Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, introduced legislation Tuesday to streamline the section 199A deduction for qualified business income for pass-through entities, allowing accountants, lawyers, doctors and others to qualify, but phasing out above $400,000.

  • business and industry
  • practice management
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

SCOTUS Won’t Hear New Hampshire Remote Worker Tax Fight

June 29, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up New Hampshire’s challenge to Massachusetts’s taxation of nonresident remote workers in New Hampshire v. Massachusetts.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Supreme Court rejects New Hampshire’s challenge to work-from-home taxes

June 28, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a New Hampshire challenge to Massachusetts’ practice of taxing people who once worked in that state but started telecommuting from elsewhere during the pandemic.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Professional services tax proposals discussed in multiple states

June 21, 2021

Taxation of CPA services was a hot topic in several state legislatures this year as states sought to fix expected revenue shortfalls.

  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal
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