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Millions of people lost their jobs and filed for unemployment benefits each week for the past year. There are10 million Americans still unemployed, according to the latest Labor Department statistics. After a hard year during the pandemic, many people couldn’t wait to get their taxes done to close the chapter on 2020 and start fresh in 2021.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become common for many companies. What once was a relatively small percentage of remote workers has drastically increased. A recent survey found that many new remote workers are unaware of the potential state tax implications of working in a state or states different from where their company is located.
On behalf of the American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA®), The Harris Poll surveyed 2,053 U.S. adults in October. Among the 58% of Americans employed, 42% have worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and 25% were currently working remotely. More than half (55%) of those working remotely during the pandemic were unaware that failing to change their state tax withholding to reflect their remote work situation could have tax consequences.
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“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”– Alfred Hitchcock
In a good year, CPAs fret over due dates. I’m a glass half-full type of guy, but there aren’t too many measures that could be used to call 2020 a good year. (I digress for one moment and thank my wonderful colleagues at the AICPA and the many CPAs who volunteer to assist the profession, with whom I’ve shared the 2020 journey of achievement.)
Although we’re not finished with 2020, we’re already hearing from members about March and April 15, 2021.
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As the accounting profession continues to build trust, create opportunity and grow prosperity amid the global pandemic, the AICPA has implemented numerous advocacy initiatives, built coalitions, created tools and provided leadership that simultaneously propels the profession while addressing its issues and concerns. The AICPA’s advocacy efforts have helped the profession navigate clients’ and businesses’ needs in the United States and abroad. This blog highlights some important recent events in our U.S.-based advocacy.
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The AICPA released its quarterly Business & Industry Economic Outlook Survey yesterday and the results, unsurprisingly, weren’t pretty.
With commercial activity hobbled by pandemic-related restrictions, the CFOs, controllers, CEOs, and senior-level CPAs and CGMAs we poll reported that their companies in aggregate have slashed profit outlooks and pulled back hiring plans for the coming year. Our CPA Outlook Index – a comprehensive gauge of executive sentiment within the survey – dropped to its lowest level since early 2009, when the Great Recession was still in full bloom. Optimism in the U.S. economy is at its lowest ebb since late 2011.
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