Weekly Digest – August 12th, 2022
Week 6 seems to be a turning point, now I keep loosing my cane, I still hold it when I am out in the garden because I am a bit klutzy and the ground can be uneven, but it feels good to be back on two feet. Enough talk about new hips, let’s talk about our summer harvest, are you growing tomatoes this summer; are they heirloom variety? If so you have probably been invited to my house for lunch. We don’t really care if you stay or bring anything else (unless it’s dark chocolate bars). My cukes are going wild, my parsley is plentiful (yes flat Italian variety), my banana peppers are growing well and I stocked up on extra virgin olive oil, great imported fetta and red onions. We have the fixings for a great Greek or shepherd salad. The difference is lemon juice or red vinegar. Want to weigh in, stop by with your home grown tomatoes. Sorry limited photos this week as we chopped and ate!
Of course we love the fresh mozzarella from our local deli and pair it with tomatoes, basil from the garden and a splash of extra virgin olive oil…
My blackberries continue to ripen as next year’s canes are shooting up
Hoping you are all enjoying your summer. This weekend I’m planning to read through the Inflation Reduction Act and then plant seeds for my fall crop of lettuce and other greens.
Weekly Take Away
It seems appropriate that our office adopted a weekly huddle format rather than a daily one. For us this has been a great way to stay connected as most of us are working remotely. The weekly huddle also gives us the opportunity to discuss progress on work projects and ask for help. We also use the time to discuss how we use various software options within our standard processes and how they have been productive or what can we do to make improvements if needed. The following week we can exchange notes again; we see how we all may have different processes to reach the same end game or goal – some easier than others and came up with a plan of action to make our work not only easier but more effective.
TAX ISSUES/TAX PLANNING
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) my July 2021 Post Edited for NOW!!!!
I know my clients have received these funds and are thrilled. Last July and August we were writing letters to congress and waiting to hear more specifics. Fast forward to August 2022, we accounting professionals have asked and been given more guidance regarding the ERC and have filed for these much needed and appreciated funds for our existing clients. But what about our newly onboarded clients? You know who you are, in many cases we are thrilled to review activity, hold interviews, examine payroll documents, evaluate financial statements, etc and identify opportunities for these businesses, our new clients. I usually quote one of my long time clients who is also really funny (and you know who you are) “I have the best accountant, she sends me an invoice then she finds me funds to pay them, she and her staff are amazing.”
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says U.S. House Will Pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Today: H.R. 5376
In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi called the $430 billion climate, tax and healthcare bill approved by the Senate last weekend “life-changing legislation.” Remember that many times tax policy is structured to incentivize certain behavior, let’s see what happens today with the expected vote.
I am already looking at commentary on the proposed bill and see the major provisions of the bill focus on tax breaks for green energy and health care, corporate taxes and funding the IRS. The main revenue raisers are a 15% minimum corporate tax, a 1% excise tax on stock buybacks, and estimated additional Internal Revenue Services collections resulting from the increased funding.
Mississippi State Now Allows for Pass Trough Entity Tax (PTET)
Mississippi House Bill 1691, Pass-through Entity Tax (PTET), provides certain individual taxpayers a useful workaround of the $10,000 State and Local Tax deduction limitation established by the federal 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With the passing of this legislation Mississippi joins New York and over 20 other states in enacting such laws since the IRS released guidance in November 2020 essentially approving this workaround.
NYS Has Recently Sent reminder Emails About the Extended Election for PTET
You may have received this reminder in your in box. This is a great opportunity if your the numbers make sense. Check out my blog post from July 29th for more detail…
Tax Deadline Extended for Kentucky Storm Victims
The IRS announced last week that storm victims in parts of Kentucky now have until November 15, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. Details can be found here.
Consider Using Your Income Tax Refund to Buy Paper US Savings Bonds
In our office we say “any day we learn something new is a good day”, so I was really glad to learn about this option for IRS refunds from one of my clients. We looked up the rules together and I accessed the Treasury Direct website to learn the details and then completed that client’s tax return using the appropriate forms. These bonds are currently paying a good rate of interest that is tax free so a win win.
Payrolls Increase in July
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that hiring in July was far better than expected, with payrolls increasing by 528,000. The surprising number is a sign of strength for the jobs market.
Workers in Only Two Industries Making Wages in Line with Rising Inflation
New figures show that only workers in the leisure/hospitality and retail industries are coming out ahead with their wages, after accounting for inflation. These sectors are also the only ones with staffing levels still far below pre-pandemic levels.
Stocks Fall After July Jobs Report is Better than Expected
The volatility continued last week, with the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all slumping. Tech stocks were also down but energy and bank stocks were up, as investors tried to make sense of what a strong labor market means for the Fed’s rate-tightening campaign.
Current Market Causes Uptick in People Choosing to “Unretire”
Whether it’s money worries or just an unexplainable drive to keep working, more and more Americans are choosing to return to the workforce after retiring. Kiplinger has put together a guide to returning to the workforce.
High Hopes for a $3 Gallon of Gas
Gasoline prices have fallen for over 50 consecutive days, and could fall below $3/gallon this week. The lower price is welcome as more people than ever struggle amidst rising inflation rates and other costs.
- IRS resources for stimulus payments:
- IRS information about the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
- The best source for up-to-date and accurate health information is the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Our Covid-19 Resource Center with relevant blog posts, videos and prior weekly newsletters
- Payroll, HR and benefits company Gusto has put together An Employer’s Guide to Navigating the Coronavirus
- Accounting Today has a special page for articles on COVID-19
- Intuit QuickBooks has a dedicated page to help small businesses
- Entrepreneur put together a listing of free tech resources for remote work
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has warnings about COVID-related scams
- Fast Company has a listing of the best productivity apps for 2020
- The New York Times has an online newsletter on K-12 and higher education
- The Wall Street Journal has a collection of articles on education
- The Louvre has digitized 482,000 artworks from its collection
- PC Magazine explains how to carry your vaccination card on your phone
- How to create a strong password
We sincerely hope that you and your family are well and remain well. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are all in this together!
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