COVID 19 Relief: Overview of the New American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The new law will provide roughly $1.9 trillion in much-needed financial relief to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments during the pandemic. Here are some of the key ARPA provisions that will affect federal income taxes for some people […]

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. Social Security/ Medicare 2021 2020 Social Security Tax Wage Base $142,800 $137,700 Medicare Tax Wage Base No limit No limit Employee portion of Social Security 6.2% […]

Can Employers Require Workers to Be Vaccinated for COVID-19?

Vaccinations can be an emotionally fraught issue for some people, for various reasons, and the COVID-19 vaccines being administered today come with additional fears about potential side effects. Yet the risk of contracting COVID-19 — and spreading it — remains across the country. Employers may wonder whether they’re legally allowed to require on-site workers to […]

Act Fast: PPP Changes Provide Greater Access for Smallest Businesses

The Biden Administration announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to increase lending to smaller businesses and help ensure equitable distribution of loans to them. But qualified businesses may want to act fast because there is a two-week period when PPP loan applications will exclusively be accepted from businesses with fewer than 20 employees. […]

COVID-19: Employee Retention Tax Credit

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shut down many sectors of the U.S. economy, causing widespread job losses. Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And far more claims are expected in April. Some economists predict that the unemployment rate could rise to Depression-era levels of 10% […]

COVID-19: State Unemployment Guidance and Actions

During the unprecedented challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has imposed on workers and employers, states have been announcing changes to unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Here are some of the actions: Alabama. The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) has announced that it is offering temporary relief to employers for unemployment insurance (UI) benefit claims related to COVID-19. […]