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Year-End 2020 May Not Be the “Same as Last Year” for Payroll Taxes and Compensation and Benefits

Year-End 2020 May Not Be the “Same as Last Year” for Payroll Taxes and Compensation and Benefits

Posted by Michē Needham on December 01, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to remind you that this year-end may not be the same as 2019 when it comes to payroll taxes and compensation and benefits matters. This alert highlights various areas of change and what employers should be focusing on.

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Clarity on Three 2020 Employer Tax Credits

Clarity on Three 2020 Employer Tax Credits

Posted by Kerry Roets on December 01, 2020

Congress has enacted three tax credits that can provide some relief to eligible employers at this difficult time. The credits were initiated by three separate pieces of federal legislation and it's easy to confuse one with another. The following is intended to provide some clarity.

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Consider WARN Act Legalities If You Need to Lay Off Employees

Consider WARN Act Legalities If You Need to Lay Off Employees

Posted by Kevin Smeader on November 24, 2020

Many employers that were able to hold off on making substantial layoffs in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic are finding it harder to do so now, even as the economy begins to perk up here and there. If you're in that category and you think layoffs may still be in your company's near future, be mindful of the requirements of the federal WARN Act.

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Beware: Several CARES Act Tax Provisions Will Soon Expire

Beware: Several CARES Act Tax Provisions Will Soon Expire

Posted by Jenna Torella on November 18, 2020

The CARES Act was enacted in March to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several beneficial federal income tax provisions are set to expire at the end of 2020.

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COVID-19-Related Paid Leave Requirements Get a Fine-Tuning

COVID-19-Related Paid Leave Requirements Get a Fine-Tuning

Posted by Timothy Bubar on November 13, 2020

Most business owners know that the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), which passed in March of 2020, included special paid leave requirements. Now, the rules that govern that paid leave have been modified to bring the original rules into compliance with a federal court decision earlier this year. The overall goal is to ensure that certain employees who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get the paid leave they need.

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Employee or Independent Contractor? The Rules May Be Getting Simpler

Employee or Independent Contractor? The Rules May Be Getting Simpler

Posted by Angela Miles on November 10, 2020

Businesses that engage people to work for them as independent contractors often are challenged to know whether those workers truly qualify for that status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. With the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals need new ways to earn income. The Department of Labor is hoping that its proposed rules will make it easier to determine when a worker is an employee, or when an independent contractor status exists. Time will tell.

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Award Year-End Bonuses the Right Way

Award Year-End Bonuses the Right Way

Posted by Kelsey Weigel on November 09, 2020

This has been a rough year for many businesses, but you may still be planning to give out employee bonuses. We offer four tips for rewarding employees — including one for employers who don't intend to pay bonuses. For starters, consider the tax ramifications, then explain your rationale for awarding bonuses.

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2020 Year-End Tax Planning Ideas for Small Businesses

2020 Year-End Tax Planning Ideas for Small Businesses

Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on October 30, 2020

2020 is finally winding down and we have some good news: There's still time for small business owners to lower their 2020 federal income tax bills and plan for possible tax law changes that might be in store for next year. Here are 10 tax-saving strategies for businesses to consider before year end.

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Finding Relief: Tax Strategies to Generate Immediate Cash Flow

Finding Relief: Tax Strategies to Generate Immediate Cash Flow

Posted by Kerry Roets on October 22, 2020

During these challenging times, companies must have access to cash to help offset unforeseen costs, whether for buying personal protective equipment (PPE) for on-site employees or investing in the technology needed to keep a remote workforce safely and efficiently connected.

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Potential New York City UBT Savings As A Result Of Remote Working During Pandemic

Potential New York City UBT Savings As A Result Of Remote Working During Pandemic

Posted by Mark Stack on October 20, 2020

Having employees work remotely from homes outside New York City (NYC) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic may result in a reduction of the Business Allocation Percentage (BAP) for a partnership or limited liability company (LLC) for purposes of the NYC Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT), which translates to a lower UBT liability for the partnership or LLC. 

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