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New COVID-19-Relief: The American Rescue Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (“The Act”) into law. The Act provides $1.9 trillion of relief and is the third COVID-19 bill signed to help Americans since last March. The Act allocates money for stimulus payments and unemployment benefits, vaccines, schools, small businesses, and more. The following is a summary of…

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Last-Minute Tips for Your 2020 Personal Return

Updated: March 17, 2021 Goodbye, 2020. Hello, tax season. Individual taxpayers have until May 17, 2021, to pay Uncle Sam for taxes owed for 2020. (Remember, you can extend the deadline for filing your return until October 15, but you can’t extend the deadline for paying what you owe without penalty.)

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Important Tax Figures for 2021

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2021, as compared with 2020. Some of the dollar amounts are unchanged and some changed only slightly due to inflation.

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Ways to Fully Deduct Business-Related Meals

Restaurants have struggled mightily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, they’re specifically targeted for a new tax relief measure found in the massive Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), which became law on December 27, 2020. The new provision creates a temporary but meaningful tax incentive to spend more on business-related food and beverage costs.

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Wage Costs Rise in Many States in 2021

Updated: March 1, 2021 While the $7.25 federal minimum wage has been in place since 2009, most states, and many municipalities and counties, have upped their minimums since then. Of those, 25 have scheduled increases in 2021, most of which took effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

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COVID-19-Related Relief Is Signed Into Law

Updated: January 7, 2021 On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“The Act”). This was the fourth stimulus package passed in 2020 and comes after months of protracted negotiations. The Act contains numerous tax and nontax provisions and includes several extensions of popular provisions of earlier COVID relief…

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Should You Buy or Lease Equipment?

If your business is in a position to acquire equipment or machinery, management faces a tough decision: Should you lease it, or should you buy it? There’s no universal “right” answer. Here are some factors to consider.

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Beware: Several CARES Act Tax Provisions Will Soon Expire

The CARES Act granted several valuable federal tax breaks for individuals and businesses. But most will expire at the end of 2020 or at the end of tax years that begin in 2020. Here’s a roundup of tax breaks scheduled to go off the books soon, unless Congress extends them.

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Spotlight on Individual Tax Matters in the 2020 Election

Election season 2020 is almost over. As you continue to watch social media ads and listen to interviews and past debates, pay close attention to the candidates’ federal tax plans. Their stances could have a major impact on the amount of taxes you’ll owe in the future and how much you can transfer to loved…

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7 Expiring Tax Breaks for Individuals

Several significant federal tax breaks are set to expire at the end of 2020, unless Congress renews them. Lawmakers customarily extend these so-called “extender” provisions for another year or two, sometimes retroactively. However, in this tumultuous time, nothing is certain.

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