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AICPA takes case for PPP deadline delay to Congress

March 09, 2021

The AICPA sent a letter Tuesday encouraging congressional leaders to push back the Paycheck Protection Program’s (PPP’s) March 31 application deadline at least 60 days.

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

Inside the tax provisions of the stimulus act

March 09, 2021

The Senate has approved the House's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, designed to provide relief and address other issues related to the COVID pandemic.

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

Plan to expand child tax credit offers hope along with direct payments

March 06, 2021

When her car started making a noise more than a year ago, Chinara Johnson parked the vehicle and hasn’t used it since.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package including $1,400 stimulus checks

March 06, 2021

The Senate passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Saturday, sending the amended bill back for a vote in the House followed by the president signing the legislation.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

With billions in federal relief on the way to CT, legislators assert their role in deciding how to spend it

March 05, 2021

After ceding unprecedented authority to Gov. Ned Lamont during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly is reasserting itself — just as Washington is poised to send more than $4 billion in new aid to Connecticut.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

CTCPA: Pay Close Attention to Your 2020 Financial Documents, 1099s

March 02, 2021

2020 was clearly not like any other year — and navigating through the tax season will be no different. The Connecticut Society of CPAs (CTCPA) is warning residents to pay close attention to the accuracy of their 2020 financial documents, especially 1099s recording unemployment funds received.

  • coronavirus
  • member news
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

House passes $1.9 trillion stimulus bill with a variety of small business relief

February 27, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 219–212, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package early Saturday morning that includes $1,400 stimulus checks to individuals, an extension of unemployment benefits, and tens of billions in aid for small businesses and not-for-profits.

  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Schumer weighs big-firm tax to enable minimum wage hike

February 26, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is weighing adding a provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan that would put a penalty tax on big companies that don’t pay workers at least $15 an hour, a Democratic aide said on condition of anonymity.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Tax policy shifting this year under Biden

February 16, 2021

The Biden administration is likely to dramatically change its approach to tax policy, with the first step in the stimulus package it began pushing through Congress this month.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

AICPA Applauds Taxpayer Relief in Mobile Workforce Amendment

February 09, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has actively advocated for legislation to (a) provide taxpayers relief from inconsistent state and local income tax and withholding rules impacting employees and employers, and (b) create a uniform national standard to simplify and enhance compliance with various state and local tax laws, thereby reducing these burdens.

  • practice management
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

6 tips for CPAs on newest round of PPP funding

January 21, 2021

Business leaders and the CPAs who serve them will need to use a variety of strategies all at once as they pursue economic support in the newest round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.

  • coronavirus
  • practice management
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Employee Retention Credit Under COVID-19 Relief

January 20, 2021

Here is a recap of the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act and the higher-impact modifications under the latest COVID-19 Relief Package.

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  • coronavirus
  • practice management
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Employers can withhold, make payments of deferred Social Security taxes from 2020

January 19, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 2021-11 PDF addressing how employers who elected to defer certain employees' taxes can withhold and pay the deferred taxes throughout 2021 instead of just the first four months of the year.

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

Connecticut Joins NH Remote Work Income Tax Case

January 17, 2021

New Hampshire is challenging a Massachusetts measure that continues to tax nonresidents that formerly commuted to work in the Bay State, but now work from home because of the pandemic.

  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal

Labor Department finalizes rule on employee vs. independent contractor status

January 06, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule Wednesday to clarify the standard for determining whether a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor. The rule is one of many contentious regulations that the Trump administration has been rushing to finalize in its waning days and is likely to have an impact on labor relations, pay scales and benefits for workers. It also has an impact on the taxes they pay and whether taxes need to be withheld from their paychecks or simply reported on a Form 1099 and sent to them before Jan. 31. More companies in recent decades have been classifying their workers as independent contractors as opposed to full-time employees to save on salaries and benefits, and that trend has only accelerated in recent years with the growth of the gig economy.

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  • career resources
  • practice management
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

COVID-19 relief bill addresses key PPP issues

December 27, 2020

President Donald Trump on Sunday night signed into law the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed Dec. 21 by Congress. Trump had said he would not sign the bill because he wanted $2,000 stimulus checks for individuals instead of the $600 in the legislation. His signature Sunday came a day after unemployment benefits expired for millions of Americans and only hours before the federal government would have shut down due to a temporary funding bill expiring.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax