Social Security Wage Base Increased

It was announced by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in October that the maximum amount of an individual’s taxable earnings in 2022 subject to Social Security tax will be $147,000, up from $142,800 for 2021. The wage base limit applies to earnings subject to the tax, known officially as the old age, survivors, and disability […]

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Social Security Benefit to Increase in 2022

Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when inflation increases, leading to a higher cost-of-living. This change means […]

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SBA Increases EIDL Limit to $2 Million

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced major modifications to the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program, including raising the loan cap from $500,000 to $2 million and adding business debt payments to the list of ways businesses can use the loan proceeds. In a news release issued on September 9, 2021, the SBA […]

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IRS Updates Business Travel Per-Diem Rates

The IRS recently issued its annual update of special per-diem rates for substantiating ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home. The new rates are in effect from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022. Specifically, the per-diem rates issued include the transportation industry meal and incidental expenses rates; the rate for […]

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Tax Benefits for Charitable Giving Expanded in 2021

Recent legislation includes several provisions to help individuals and businesses who give to charity. The new law generally extends four temporary tax changes through the end of 2021. Here’s an overview of these changes. Deduction for individuals who don’t itemize Taxpayers who take the standard deduction usually can’t deduct their charitable contributions. The law now […]

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Child Tax Credit Payments Have Begun

The first advance payment from the newly expanded child tax credit was recently sent out by the IRS. Payments are scheduled to be made on the 15th of each month through December. The idea of advance payments made for a refundable credit confuses a lot of people, so here’s what you need to know. Background […]

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Plan Now to Lower Your 2021 Tax Bill

Now is the time to begin tax planning for your 2021 return. Here are some ideas: Contribute to retirement accounts. Tally up all your 2021 contributions to retirement accounts so far, and estimate how much more you can save between now and December 31. If you are able, consider investing in an IRA or increasing […]

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