Insights: Governmental Agencies

Standard Mileage Rates Increase

June 13, 2022

As gas prices continue to soar, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on June 9 an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022. Starting July 1 through December 31, 2022, the standard mileage rate for the business use of employees’ vehicles will increase four cents from 58.5 cents…

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Once You File Your Tax Return, Consider These Three Issues

April 14, 2022

The tax filing deadline for 2021 tax returns is April 18 this year. After your 2021 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, there may still be some issues to bear in mind. Here are three considerations: 1. You can throw some tax records away now You should hang onto tax records related…

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There Still May Be Time to Cut Your Tax Bill With an IRA

March 10, 2022

If you’re getting ready to file your 2021 tax return, and your tax bill is more than you’d like, there might still be a way to lower it. If you’re eligible, you can make a deductible contribution to a traditional IRA right up until the April 18, 2022, filing date and benefit from the tax…

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Learn More About the Coronavirus State and Local Government Fiscal Recovery Funds

January 27, 2022

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF), awarded as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, provides emergency resources for state and local governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding can be used to: Help support essential workers and pandemic response; Reinforce critical public services by funding lost revenue for…

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Vaccine and Testing Mandate Guidance

November 4, 2021

 On November 6, 2021, a U.S. federal appeals court issued a stay temporarily blocking the president’s new COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing policy, citing “grave statutory and constitutional” issues with the rule. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding the COVID-19 workplace vaccine mandate that is expected to be published…

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HR News You Can Use: Covid-19 Sick Leave

September 8, 2021

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, employers should refamiliarize themselves with the Emergency Paid Sick Leave benefits as extended in The American Rescue Plan Act originally passed in March 2021.  While this program is VOLUNTARY for employers, credit is still allowed against applicable employer payroll taxes equal to 100 percent of the qualified sick…

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Look at your employee handbook with fresh eyes

May 19, 2021

For businesses, so much has changed over the past year or so. The COVID-19 pandemic hit suddenly and companies were forced to react quickly — sending many employees home to work remotely and making myriad other tweaks and revisions to their processes. Understandably, you may not have fully documented all the changes you’ve made. But…

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HR News You Can Use

March 25, 2021

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  This legislation includes several notable items for employers, including an extension of tax credits for voluntary COVID related sick leave and emergency family leave as well as premium assistance for COBRA coverage. Extension of Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)…

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Educators can now deduct out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 protective items

February 5, 2021

On February 4, 2021, the IRS announced (Rev. Proc. 2021-15 PDF) that eligible educators can deduct unreimbursed expenses for COVID-19 protective items to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom. Eligible COVID-19 protective items include, but are not limited to: face masks disinfectant for use against COVID-19 hand soap hand sanitizer disposable gloves tape, paint…

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COVID-19: WV City Tax Update

April 17, 2020

Charleston, WV City Service “User” Fee: At this time, Charleston has not waived or suspended City Service Fee payments. Charleston City Service Fees should continue to be withheld for: Employees remaining on the employer’s payroll Employees that have not been permanently assigned to an office or place of business outside the city. Employees who are…

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