IRS to send letters in January about Child Tax Credit payments

Families who received advance Child Tax Credit payments in 2021 will need to file a 2021 tax return and compare the advance Child Tax Credit payments they received with the amount of the credit they can claim on their 2021 tax return. To help taxpayers reconcile the advance payments, the IRS is sending in January […]

Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for large employers

The Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to block the Biden administration’s federal vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees. OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) would have required workers to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus or to wear masks and be tested weekly. Employers were to have established policies to provide paid […]

What employers need to know about ETS COVID testing and vaccination

OSHA has released its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing. While a federal court has issued a stay of these requirements in the midst of legal challenges, below is what is included in the regulations. All businesses with more than 100 employees – firm or company-wide – will be affected. Under the ETS, […]

Biden, House release revised Build Back Better framework, bill

President Biden released Thursday a framework to help guide the drafting of legislative language for the Build Back Better bill. What once contained $3.5 trillion in spending, the BBB now has been negotiated down to about $1.850 trillion dollars. The tax provisions included in the BBB framework include: Corporate minimum tax and stock buyback surcharge. […]

Donor-advised funds and private foundations can optimize your philanthropic impact

As we look at the potential increase in the capital gains rate, it is important to understand which tax strategies are available to mitigate your tax burden.  A donor-advised fund or a private foundation are both great strategies to eliminate capital gains tax on long-term appreciated assets. Why donor-advised funds? Donor-advised funds are increasingly popular […]

States given green light for SALT workaround

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, taxpayers have been limited to $10,000 of state taxes they can claim as itemized deductions. This state and local tax, or SALT, limitation has caused many people to pay more federal income taxes over the last couple years. In response, states have been looking for creative […]

Tips for keeping taxes lower should capital gains rise

An increase in the capital gains rate is under serious consideration in Congress. President Biden has proposed a plan making its way through Congress that would increase the capital gains rate on taxpayers earning more than $1 million from 20% to 39.6%, retroactive to April 2021. In the past week, the House Ways & Means […]

Employers eligible for tax credits for paid time off for Covid vaccine

Employers can now apply for tax credits for wages paid to employees who help family members who obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. Credits were made available to employers through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) for qualified wages paid to employees who took leave as a result of the coronavirus. According to updated guidance […]

Reminder: Deferred payroll taxes to be repaid by year-end

Those employers who took advantage of deferring the employers’ portion of Social Security taxes under the Covid-relief CARES Act last year must repay 50% of the deferred amount by Dec. 31, 2021. The CARES Act – Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – codified former President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum issued in August 2020 in […]

10 things to know about the QBI deduction

Are you eligible to take the deduction for qualified business income (QBI)? Here are 10 facts about this valuable tax break, referred to as the pass-through deduction, QBI deduction or Section 199A deduction. It’s available to owners of sole proprietorships, single member limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and S corporations. It may also be claimed […]