Unemployment Fraud Continues to Thrive

Unemployment Fraud Continues to Thrive Unemployment fraud has been running rampant since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of fraudulent claims continues to grow at an alarming pace. There are many consequences when a fraudulent unemployment claim is filed including: 1099-G forms sent to the victims of the fraud, creating a false…

Relief for Taxpayers Struggling With Tax Debts

Relief for Taxpayers Struggling With Tax Debts While there have always been payment options available from the IRS to help taxpayers struggling to pay tax debts, the new IRS Taxpayer Relief Initiative was put into place to expand these options and offer relief during the pandemic. These revised COVID-related collection procedures will help taxpayers, especially…

Taxable vs. Nontaxable Income

Are you wondering if there’s a hard and fast rule about what income is taxable and what income is not taxable? The quick answer is that all income is taxable unless the law specifically excludes it. But as you might have guessed, there’s more to it than that. Taxable income includes any money you receive,…

What’s New for 2020 Tax Returns

What’s New for 2020 Tax Returns As always, taxpayers should be aware of several key items involving credits, deductions, and refunds when filing their tax returns. Let’s take a look: 1. Recovery Rebate Credit/Economic Impact Payment. In January, the Treasury Department and the IRS began sending the second round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP2) to millions…

State grant gives new life to Cambria-Rowe site

A multi-million-dollar effort is one step closer to turn the former Cambria-Rowe site in Johnstown into a call center to support people recovering from opioid addiction. State lawmakers and the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority Chairwoman Melissa Komar said a Pittsburgh-based healthcare technology company, Telehealth Suite, received $1.4 million in state funding to renovate the longtime education…

Johnstown lawmaker named majority chairman of state Senate Transportation Committee

A Johnstown area lawmaker has been picked to head the state Senate Transportation Committee. It makes state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Richland Township, the majority chairman of an influential committee tasked with identifying, steering and sorting Pennsylvania’s transportation issues and priorities – at a time the region is pushing to complete Route 219 to Maryland…