Research Articles

Tax · April 17, 2020

Main Street Lending program

CPA is working to keep you up to date on the CARES Act lending programs. Here is additional information that may help your business regarding the new Main Street Lending program and the previously announced Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The PPP is the most popular lending program because the...

April 17, 2020

International View: Japan, France Preparing to Move Supply Chains Out of China

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

According to rumors circulating in Paris, French president Emmanuel Macron recently had a phone call with Chinese president Xi Jinping in which the Frenchman asked for an emergency shipment of a billion face masks to cope with the COVID crisis. The Chinese president is...

April 16, 2020

Made in America 2030: A Smart Infrastructure and Industrial Strategy Can Make Post-COVID America Stronger

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist


As we emerge from the current lockdown and economic freeze, the US economy will need a substantial boost.

Tax · April 06, 2020

Paycheck protection program update for CPA members

This is an update on the Paycheck Protection Program which is part of the Small Business Interruption Loan Program within the recently passed CARES Act. 

CPA members with 500 or less employees can start applying as of last Friday, April 3. You can start applying through your local bank. 

April 02, 2020

Trade in the Time of Coronavirus – China Trade Deficit Hits 14-Year Low

By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry

US trade with China was drastically disrupted in February in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 30, 2020

What does COVID stimulus bill - CARES Act - do for small CPA member companies?

By David Morse, Tax Policy Director

The president just signed the CARES Act after a week of negotiations in the Senate, and a Congressional kerfuffle that required an emergency recall of House members to the Capitol. Newspapers have spent much ink on individual check expectations and considerable corporate...

March 26, 2020

Employee Paid Sick Leave During the Corona Pandemic: What it means for America’s small businesses

Editor's Note: David Morse is the tax policy director at the Coalition for a Prosperous America Education Fund.

The President and Congress are currently finalizing the CARES Act to address the major economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus. However, small employers around the country are wondering what the earlier new “Families...

March 06, 2020

US Tariffs Reducing Trade Deficit; Continued Improvement in 2020

By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry

 The US trade deficit in goods and services for January 2020 fell 6.7 percent from December, to $45.3 billion, as January’s monthly imports decreased more than exports.

Buy American · March 05, 2020

E-Commerce and Your Family

How safe are the items you are purchasing online?

By Greg Owens

On January 24, 2020 there was a press conference in Washington given by the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for US Customs, and Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy. 

March 04, 2020

2019, A Year in Trade: Imports Decline; China Imports Relocate

In 2019, the US trade deficit, our total imports and our goods imports all declined. These are all positive developments for the US economy and especially so because key indicators of the overall US economy, including GDP and personal consumption expenditure, grew at healthy rates last year.