Articles for January, 2021
Tax and Financial News
Paying the Price for Vice: The Evolving Landscape of Excise Taxes in America
January, 2021
While excise or vice taxes have long been a part of the American tax landscape related to alcohol and cigarettes, the recent invention of vaping and legalization of marijuana and other substances is changing the landscape...
2021 Social Security Tax and Benefit Increases Announced
December, 2020
The Social Security Administration recently announced 2021 increases to both benefits and the taxable wage base for FICA taxes....
General Business News
COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for Employers
January, 2021
Looking at a 2009 letter from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers may be able to require their employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine, with a few...
How Businesses Can Adapt, Grow During COVID-19
December, 2020
In order to survive – and even thrive – during these unprecedented times, small businesses have had to find new ways to make money. The UPS Store’s Small Biz Buzz...
Stock Market News
How Will the Biden Administration's China Policy Impact Markets?
January, 2021
The Obama and Trump administrations couldn’t have had a more different approach when it came to U.S. relations with China. As the Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS) explains, under the Obama...
How Will the Biden Administration Influence the Federal Reserve?
December, 2020
With the nation on the precipice of a transition of administrations on Jan. 20, 2021, there will need to be many roles filled both in and out of the White House. With the potential for Janet Yellen...
Financial Planning
What To Know About Filing For Bankruptcy
January, 2021
About one million Americans file for personal bankruptcy each year, with one in 10 households having filed at some point. Given the loss of jobs, reduced income and the coronavirus recession in 2020, those...
Last Minute Financial Moves for Year's End
December, 2020
There are certain year-end financial transactions that must clear by Dec. 31 to be reported on the 2020 tax return. It’s important to take a good look at your financial portfolio in light of the plethora...
What's New in Technology
Standalone 5G Networks: Potential Vulnerabilities that Could Result in Denial of Service for Customers
January, 2021
5G networks promise high speeds, lower latency and more robust security compared to its predecessors – and this has created a lot of buzz. As a result, there is a lot of competition among...
Will StarLink be the Next Disruption to the Telecommunication Industry?
December, 2020
With every new project comes expectations, uncertainties, questions, opposition and more. Elon Musk’s StarLink internet is one such project...
Guest Post of the Month
Looking Ahead to 2021: Hope is Not Canceled
January, 2021
Despite the fresh start that a new year promises, our world hasn’t changed much since last March. We’re still living in a new normal. We’re masking up, working (and schooling) from home and social...
Tip of the Month
Deciding if a Roth IRA Conversion is For You
January, 2021
Roth IRAs can be a powerful tax tool, but they are often misunderstood and misused. Investment income in Roth IRAs compound tax-free, and most distributions are tax-free as well. Another benefit is...
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: Where We Are So Far
December, 2020
While the pandemic is not over, we do have some good news. There are vaccines and they will be available soon. Here’s where...
Guest Article of the Month
Details on the Expansion and Clarification of the Employee Retention Credit
January, 2021
The CARES Act created the Employee Retention Credit as part of the government’s relief package to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. Recently, on Dec. 28, 2020, Congress enacted the Consolidated...
Predictions for a Post-COVID Working World
December, 2020
Economists are predicting that 58 percent of unemployed workers who were laid off as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns are likely to return to their old jobs, according to the Brookings Institution. But...
Congress at Work
Prosecution for Use of Performance Enhancement Drugs, Modernizing Government Technology, and Enhancements for Veterans and Their Caregivers
January, 2021
Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019 (HR 835) – This bill was introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on Jan. 29, 2019. The purpose of this legislation is to give U.S. officials the power to prosecute individual...
A Flush of Protections for Veterans and Native Americans
December, 2020
Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020 (HR 6168) – Introduced by Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) on March 10, this bill increases Vet compensation benefits by 1.3...