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New York Could Get $50B from Biden Rescue Plan

January 17, 2021

New York, NY—New York realized about $54 billion from the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that was enacted at the end of last year. The bill’s signing was in doubt for months because Democrats and Republicans haggled over the price tag. President-elect Joe Biden recently announced a nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, and Republicans are already balking. But U.S. Senator ...

DOE Decides Against Dual Language Program on the UES

New York, NY—Parents on the Upper East Side were thrilled when, after their hard work and support from elected officials, the Department of Education opened a pre-K French dual language program last October. The parents, however, had also worked with the DOE to identify a public school on the Upper East Side that would host a K-5 French dual language program so that the pre-K students could ...

New York's COVID-19 Expenses Now Fully Covered

New York, NY—U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced today that New York City and New York State will soon be fully reimbursed for expenses incurred in the fight against COVID-19 thanks to an agreement with President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administration.

Back on March 13, 2020, an emergency disaster declaration was declared, and both ...

New York to Gain Big from Biden Transportation Plan

New York, NY—President-elect Joe Biden’s Build Back Better economic plan calls for investing around $2 trillion to re-build and expand the country’s transportation and infrastructure network as a means to realize net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plan has earned the praise of legislators and advocates alike who say that it could lead to the most consequential four years of ...

Local Transit Advocacy Group Hosts Important Transportation Forum

New York, NY—There’s high hopes for robust investment in public transportation with an incoming Joe Biden administration as he himself is an avid supporter and commuter of Amtrak trains. Indeed, one of the pillars of his Build Back Better economic platform is to modernize and invest in the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. Within that context, the New York ...

Manhattan District Attorney Candidates Seek Reforms

New York, NY—The race for the Manhattan District Attorney is crowded. Yesterday you were introduced to four of the candidates who each provided their vision for the DA office during a virtual forum hosted by the West Side Democrats this week. In this installment, you’ll read about another four candidates who likewise shared their vision, explained some reforms they’d like to ...

Manhattan District Attorney Candidates Talk Change

New York, NY—The Westside Democrats recently hosted a virtual forum of all eight candidates who are running to be the next Manhattan District Attorney. In this installment, we’ll meet the first four candidates who started off the conversation by explaining why they are the most qualified to succeed Cy Vance.

First up was Eliza Orlins, who said that she’s the most qualified ...

New Coalition Urges Cuomo to Raise Taxes on Wealthy

New York, NY—Chants of “Tax the Rich” bellowed from those who gathered in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office as a new and broad coalition of different organizations launched today to persuade lawmakers in Albany to pass a total of six bills that would end tax breaks and increase taxes for the wealthiest of New Yorkers.

The coalition backing the legislation consists ...

Manhattan DA Candidates Gear Up for Forum

New York, NY—The election for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is scheduled for June 2021, and that means that another candidate forum is in order. Last month, the Chelsea Reform Democrats and Hell’s Kitchen Democrats co-hosted a forum for the nine candidates running in the 2021 Democratic primary. Tomorrow evening, the West Side Democrats will be hosting, which will be ...

Governor Cuomo Leads Ribbon Cutting at Moynihan Train Hall

New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo officially led the ribbon cutting yesterday to announce the grand opening of the new, $1.6 billion-dollar, Moynihan Train Hall that passengers will be able to access starting tomorrow.

As we reported on Tuesday, the new train hall represents a significant milestone for passenger rail travel in New York, especially during a time when the region’s ...

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2021 tax filing season begins Feb. 12; IRS outlines steps to speed refunds during pandemic

January 16, 2021

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

The Feb. 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the Dec. 27 tax law changes that provided a second ...

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WASHINGTON – IRS Free File – online tax preparation products available at no charge launched on Friday, January 15, giving taxpayers an early opportunity to claim credits like the Recovery Rebate Credit and other deductions, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

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Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by Feb. 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The ...

IRS reminds taxpayers to make final estimated tax payment for 2020

WASHINGTON − Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2020 can still avoid a tax-time bill and possible penalties by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the Internal Revenue Service. The deadline for making a payment for the fourth quarter of 2020 is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Income taxes are pay-as-you-go. This means that by law, taxpayers are required to pay most of ...

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on taxpayer impact of COVID-19 and IRS funding needs

WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic this week. The report also finds that a roughly 20% inflation-adjusted reduction in the IRS’s budget since ...

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