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SECURE Act 2.0 Seeks to Boost Retirement Savings

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, CPA on May 12, 2021 12:05:59 PM

Last October, new legislation titled Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020 was introduced in the House of Representatives. Commonly referred to as the SECURE Act 2.0, this legislation contains a number of provisions designed to increase retirement saving opportunities for Americans as well as ease plan administrative burdens for employers.

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, News

Washington State Capital Gains Tax - What We Know Now

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Apr 30, 2021 1:19:11 PM
On April 24, the Washington State legislature voted in favor of a new Washington State Capital Gain Excise Tax, by a narrow margin. The legislation is expected to be signed by Governor Inslee shortly. While challenges are anticipated, here is what we know now:
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Topics: Tax, News, High Net Worth

The American Families Plan: A Summary of Proposals

Posted by Marty Brown, Shareholder, Director of Tax Services on Apr 29, 2021 7:14:44 PM
President Biden’s proposals for individual taxpayers were outlined in an April 28 address to Congress and in an 18-page fact sheet released by the White House. The “American Families Plan” contains tax breaks for low- and middle-income taxpayers and tax increases on those “making over $400,000 per year.”

Here’s a summary of some of the proposals:

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Topics: Tax, News, COVID-19

The IRS Extends the Tax Deadline to May 17

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Mar 18, 2021 11:00:15 PM

On March 17, 2021 the IRS announced an extension of the tax deadline for Individual Income Tax Returns (Form 1040) to May 17, 2021 from April 15. This extension applies to both the filing of the Form 1040 or the filing of an extension form. This also extends the due date for tax payments for individuals only for payments related to 2020 to May 17. This change does not apply to states, though it is likely some/all states will extend the deadline as well.

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Topics: Sweeney Conrad News, Tax, News, COVID-19

Fact Sheet: Does Washington State Long Term Care have you covered?

Posted by Naomi Gerbatsch, CPA on Mar 4, 2021 11:13:40 PM

Long Term Care through a Mandatory Payroll Tax

The Concern: As baby boomers are rapidly moving into retirement, long-term care services provided by Medicare are putting an increasing strain on budgets. 7 out of 10 people will need long-term care after turning 65, and 70% of Americans rely on public benefits such as Medicaid to cover long-term care. In fact, Washington’s spending on Medicaid-funded long-term care is projected to double to $4.01 billion per year in 2030.1

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Topics: Tax, News

Washington State Capital Gains Tax: 5 Things We Know Right Now

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Mar 4, 2021 6:45:55 PM
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Alert: IRS Issues Notice on 2019 Federal Tax Return - Notices Sent In Error

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Feb 25, 2021 9:42:44 AM

Earlier this month, the IRS issued notices to approximately 260,000 taxpayers stating they haven't filed their 2019 federal tax return. These notices, referred to as CP59 notices, are issued yearly to identified taxpayers who have failed to file tax returns due the prior calendar year (Tax Year 2019).

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COVID-19 Recovery: How the Employee Retention Credit Could Improve Cash Flow

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Jul 30, 2020 3:16:49 PM

As post-COVID recovery efforts gain momentum, many businesses are taking a fresh look at some federal stimulus and tax relief programs they had not previously considered. One such program, the employee retention credit contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, could be especially useful in helping companies bring back furloughed or laid-off employees.

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Topics: Tax, News, COVID-19

Accounting for Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Forgiveness

Posted by Stacey Monson on Jun 30, 2020 1:53:11 PM

The American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recently issued a Technical Question and Answer (TQ&A) that provides guidance on accounting for loans issued under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, News, COVID-19

Employee Benefit Plan Audits- Do You Need One... and How Can You Prepare?

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, Audit Shareholder on Jun 17, 2020 6:31:53 PM

They are two of the most common questions that many businesses sponsoring an employee retirement plan ask: Do we need to have an annual audit performed on our plan? And if so, how can we best prepare for the audit?

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, News, Employee Benefit Plans

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