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Last Day to File for Refund of Paid Leave and Employee Retention Tax Credits

The March 2020 CARES Act allows employers to reduce their quarterly federal employment tax deposit obligations in certain situations. One of those is called the Employee Retention Credit, and another is called the Paid Leave Credit. For employers who have claimed, or intend to claim, the employee retention credit or the paid leave credit that were part of the CARES Act, the deadline to file for advance payment of the credit for 2020 wages is approaching. Taxpayers filing a Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return, may submit a Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19, up to the earlier of February 1, 2021, or the date they file the Form 941 for the fourth quarter of 2020.

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First Steps to Be Taken by Biden Administration

Many of the Cabinet nominees made by President Biden are veterans of the Obama Administration. The management community is always interested in who is running the Department of Labor (DOL), and the appointment of Boston Mayor Marty Walls is relatively uncontroversial. Walls is an old friend of the President and, like the President, has a reputation as a pragmatist and consensus-builder. He comes from the building trades that are perhaps the most moderate of all labor unions, and indeed, many of the leaders of the building trades are privately Republican-oriented. 

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Georgia Elections Change Our Future Dramatically

As a native Georgian, this writer was surprised at the results of the Georgia run-off elections on January 5, 2021, in which both Democrats won narrow victories over two Republican incumbent U.S. Senators. Many had been saying for the last few years that Georgia was now a purple state, although currently all state office-holders are Republicans, and Republicans have majorities in both state legislative houses. There are reports that some persons did not vote in the run-off elections because they were encouraged to boycott them due to claims the election procedures were not fair. If true, there seems to be no method or purpose to evaluate such claims now. 

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