A business collaborator of mine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., shared this informative piece with me and I want to pass it along to all of you.

As of November 1st, the Pay Transparency Law affecting New York City's roughly 4 million private sector workers is going into effect. Most employers in NYC are now required to list the salary range on all posted job ads and promotion opportunities.

Who This Impacts: Businesses with 4 or more employees (including the owner) where at least one employee is working in New York City whether it is in an office, field based or from the employee's home 

What The Law Requires: Employers advertising jobs in NYC must include the minimum/maximum salary offer

With this being said, it is now more important than ever to ensure that your employee benefits package is appealing to gain and retain your workforce to potential employees as well as recruiters.

Prior to the enactment of the CAA, the U.S. Tax Code only allowed a business to deduct 50% of its expenses for meals, whether or not they were provided by a restaurant.  The 50% deduction still applies for business meals that are not provded by a restaurant.  After 2022 the restaurant deduction will return to 50% of the cost of business meals.  Meals while traveling count for this tax deduction as well.

Under the CAA, businesses can deduct 100% of business meals provide by restaurants, including meals taken during business travel and meals offered to employees for the convenience of the employer.  Unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Code does not define the term "restaurant", but many experts believe the deduction would apply to food delivered by restaurants.

The seven brackets remain the same: 10%, 12%, 22%,24%,32%,35%,37%. However, the income thresholds for tax brackets are adjusted to reflect inflation or the cost of living. For example, instead of 10% being applied to the first $9950 of income, it will now be applied to the first $10,275.00 for a taxpayer filing individually.

Also, the standard decuction will increase in 2022 by $400 to $12,950 for single filers or married but filing separately. It will increas to $19,400 for head of households and $800 to $25,900 for married taxpayers filing jointly.

There is also an additional standard deduction of $1,400 that will apply to those wo are either 65 and older or blind. The amount doubles if both apply to a taxpayer in 2022.

A business acquaintance of mine, Cody Creenfield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) provided me with some relevant information I want to share with you.

On Oct. 22, 2021 NYS Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law making a workplace retiremnt plan mandatory for businesses with 10 or more in-state employees that have been in business for at least 2 years AND don't presently offer a plan.

NYS provides a state-facilitated IRA savings program, The New York State Secure Choice Savings Program,  to private sector businesses.  Companies do not have to use the NYS plan as long as they implement a plan.  NYS has not formally established a deadline as of yet.  

As of October, 2019 - all New York businesses are required to provide preventing sexual harassment training to their employees this year and every year thereafter. NHCG, Inc. has developed an online workshop that meets the New York State requirements for this training. Click on the link below to register yourself and your employees.

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The IRS website became available for filing 2021 returns as of Monday, January 24, 2022.

The IRS advises taxpayers watch for the following two letters:
Letter 6419 outlines the total amount of advance Child Tax Credit payments you received in 2021 and the number of qualifying children used to calculate the payments.
Schedule 8812 should be filed to claim any remaining credit or determine if you must pay back any of the payments you received in 2021.
Letter 6475 relates to the third stimulus payment that was available and how much you received. I am assuming that, again this year, if you did not receive this stimulus payment and were entitled to it; an adjustment will be made to increase your refund or reduce any taxes owed
Please watch for these two letters as they are important parts of your 2021 filing

Various sources are now reporting that the Internal Revenue Service is holding up millions of tax refunds for manual processing. Furthermore, they are faced with manually processing many of the quarterly payments that were required by April 15 as their automated systems were unable to process them.

The recent tax laws passed by Congress created complexities beyond what their systems were able to accomodate. Industry groups such as the National Conference of CPA Practitioners had foreseen these difficulties and had urged the IRS to delay the deadline for the payments until May 15th to align with the modified extended filing date but were rebuffed.

Anyone wanting to check the status of their return can access the IRS website and use their "Where is my Refund" tool to check the status of their submitted return.