COVID-19 Relief Bill – An Update Focused on PPP and ERC

Introduction The COVID-19 relief bill being debated since July in Congress was finally signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of a broader Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The new relief package ($900 billion) is intended to extend and modify certain provisions in the CARES Act ($2.2 trillion) enacted in March 2020. Together with the provisions in the CARES Act, this relief package is the largest provided by the US government in its history (e.g., the fiscal stimulus for the 2008 financial crisis was $700 billion) and is aimed largely at assisting US businesses and workers still suffering from the COVID-19 led economic hardship. The relief package is expected to stimulate the US economy during the first half of 2021.


November 20, 2020 Although vote counting continues and legal challenges to the election endure, many news media organizations are projecting that former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. The House of Representatives will remain under Democratic control, but control of the Senate is somewhat less certain since the balance of power will be determined in January 2021 following a run-off election for two open Senate seats in Georgia. The run-off is necessary because neither of the candidates in either of the races obtained more than 50% of the total vote count as required by the state’s election law. A win by the two Democratic candidates would shift the balance of power in the Senate from one of GOP control to one where neither party has a majority. In that case, if all Senators vote along party lines (including independent senators who typically vote with Democrats), any deadlock on legislation would be broken by Vice President-elect Harris casting the deciding vote. This tiebreaking potential would also determine the Senate leadership, the ratio of committee memberships between the parties, and the leadership of each committee.

HLS US state taxes practical guide

U.S. State Taxes – A Practical Guide for Businesses Entering the United States

Companies from around the world sell their products and services into the U.S. market, either directly or through a US subsidiary. These businesses are continually looking for better ways to understand the tax and overall business climate. Many companies investing in the US need to better understand Federal as well as state income taxes. Each state is able to apply its own different tax rules and regulation to businesses that have a taxable presence within their jurisdiction. This article will highlight the differences between federal and state taxes in the United States.

HLS Global Group and HWS GmbH & Co. KG Form International Strategic Joint Venture

September 30, 2021 HLS Global HWS GmbH & Co. KG HLS HWS Europe GmbH   HLS Global Announces the Establishment of Japan Desk at the Stuttgart Office Creating New Opportunities for Japanese Companies in Europe through a Partnership Founded on Trust   Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. / Stuttgart, Germany: As of September 1, 2021, the HLS Global group announced the opening of its new branch in Stuttgart, Germany, to start the provision of various support services to the local subsidiaries of Japanese companies in Europe.  After starting in the U.S. 30 years ago, and establishing offices in Japan, Mexico and India, this newest branch enhances HLS Global’s international expansion to Europe.  As announced on July 30, 2020, HLS Global has formed a strategic joint venture with HWS GmbH & Co. KG (“HWS”), and the firms will collaborate together  to jointly provide a variety of services in Europe. HWS is an consulting and accounting firm with a rich history of nearly 100 years and approximately 550 employees in the Stuttgart area.  Through this collaboration, the firms will integrate HLS Global’s knowhow accumulated through services provisioned to Japanese companies globally, into the proficiency developed by HWS to provide superior quality services to

CARES Act – Employee Retention Credit and Employer Payroll Tax Deferral

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act contains a business relief provision known as the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), a payroll tax credit for “qualified wages” paid to retained employees between March 13 and December 31, 2020. The purpose of this provision is to encourage employers to keep employees on the payroll, even if they are not working during the covered period due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Additional Information on SBA Loan Programs

The US Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have recently added several key topics in their Frequently Asked Questions, which has been the main guidance document for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

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