Last-Minute Tips for Your 2020 Personal Return

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, tax season. Individual taxpayers have until April 15, 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...

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...

5 Valuable Tax Credits for 2020 Individual Returns

Individuals who are eligible for federal income tax credits can significantly lower their tax obligations. It’s important to differentiate between tax credits and tax deductions. A credit usually provides greater tax savings than a deduction, because a credit...

Digital Banking is Revolutionizing the Banking Industry

The percentage of retail bank customers who access banking services daily via desktop apps has nearly doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to BAI, a banking association. Rather than risk the possibility of a viral infection, many consumers are checking out...

To Discount or Not to Discount (That Is the Question)

Value is relative. Some assignments call for an appraisal of the entire entity on a controlling basis. Others require the valuation of a minority interest that may lack control and “marketability.” How do these situations differ — and how do...

The Status of Temporary COVID Tax Relief Measures After the New Law

Before President Trump signed the latest economic stimulus law, several temporary COVID-19-related federal tax relief measures were set to expire on December 31, 2020. This article explains the current status of eight important temporary relief measures and whether...

Wage Costs Rise in Many States in 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 take effect on Jan. 1. Meanwhile, longstanding...

COVID-19-Related Relief Is Signed Into Law

On December 27, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), which provides pandemic relief, as well as other tax and health-related provisions. The CAA contains the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA), as well as a government...

A Dozen New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Owners

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2021? Resolutions usually take the form of personal goals like eating healthier or getting rid of clutter around the house. But you can also make New Year’s resolutions for your small business. Here are a dozen...