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The IRS Struggle is Real!

Staff shortages, a 1,200% increase in the number of paper tax returns filed for the tax season that have been carried over from the prior year compared to a normal year, trailers parked outside the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) facilities with millions of pieces of unopened mail piled up in them. This is what COVID-19 …

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Are You Still Waiting for Your Refund from the IRS?

Many taxpayers are experiencing more refund delays this year than usual. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) at the IRS is aware of this. These delays are due to a record number of 2020 tax returns that are filed daily, the backlog of unprocessed 2019 paper tax returns, resource issues at the IRS, and technology problems. …

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MSA Receives Top Honors

Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. (MSA) has been recognized for its wellness standards in the workplace and recently received LiveWell at Work’s Gold Worksite designation. LiveWell at Work recognizes Catawba County businesses that are committed to worksite wellness practices to improve employee health and wellness. Companies meeting evidence-based worksite wellness standards in the areas of …

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American Rescue Plan Overview

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently provided an overview of some of the key tax provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Tax law updates and changes are never-ending. To keep abreast of updated developments, you will want to regularly check the IRS.gov site. Taxpayers who have already filed their 2020 returns are urged …

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IRS Begins Unemployment Compensation Income Tax Return Correction

Beginning this week, the IRS began issuing refunds to eligible taxpayers who paid taxes on 2020 unemployment compensation that the recently-enacted ARPA later excluded from taxable income. Corrections are being made automatically in a phased approach. To learn more about these corrections and refunds, please click here . Source: Internal Revenue Service

Ko Tang Cha-Moses Graduates from The Chamber of Catawba County’s Commerce Leadership Program

Ko Tang Cha-Moses, Senior Manager at Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. became a graduate of the 46 th class of the Leadership Catawba program on May 13, 2021.   A luncheon was held at Lake Hickory Country Club and certificates were given by Kim Dahlsten and Dedra Flournoy, Chairwoman of the Chamber Board, while officiated by …

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Cooper Signs Income Tax Interest Waiver into Law

On April 27, 2021 Governor Roy Cooper signed an income tax interest waiver into law. This new law waives any interest accrued on the underpayment of individual income taxes between April 15, 2021 and the extended filing deadline of May 17, 2021. This bill also addresses three other important matters: The Extra Credit Grants and …

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We Have a New Domain!

We are excited to announce our new domain at msa.cpa. The .cpa domain is a new, secure domain exclusively available to verified CPA firms to enhance client trust and protect your data. The email address has changed to @msa.cpa but our @martinstarnes.com email continues to work if replying to that email address. Please keep this …

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Do You Tweet?

We have recently updated our Twitter handle to MSA_CPAs_PA@MSA_CPAs. Be sure to update our information and follow our tweets!

2021 COVID-19 Relief for Employers – NC Unemployment Tax Rate Reduction

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS!!! Have you received your UPDATED Unemployment Tax Rate Assignment RETROACTIVE to January 1, 2021? Under N.C. Senate Bill 114, the employer base contribution rate to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund for 2021 has been reduced from 2.4% to 1.9%. The base contribution rate is one of the factors used to calculate an …

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