Weekly Tax Brief
- Published: 22 May 2020 22 May 2020
The IRS has issued guidance clarifying that certain deductions aren’t allowed if a business has received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. Specifically, an expense isn’t deductible if both: 1) the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a loan made under the PPP, and 2) the income associated with the forgiveness is excluded from gross income under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. IRS Notice 2020-32 states that “this treatment prevents a double tax benefit.” However, two members of Congress say they’re opposed to the IRS stand on this issue. They say they’ll seek legislation to make certain expenses deductible. Stay tuned.
- Published: 18 May 2020 18 May 2020
Did you get an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) that was less than you expected? The federal government is sending EIPs to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. If you’re under a certain adjusted gross income (AGI) threshold, you’re generally eligible for the full $1,200 ($2,400 if married filing jointly). And if you have a “qualifying child,” you’re eligible for an additional $500. Some people have received EIPs for less than they were expecting because they make too much money to receive the full EIP. Others may think their children are eligible for a payment and they aren’t. Still others may have debts, such as past-due child support or garnishments from creditors, that reduced their EIPs.
- Published: 11 May 2020 11 May 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many Americans’ finances. You may have questions about the implications. For example, if your employer is requiring you to work from home, can you claim home office deductions on your tax return? Unfortunately, if you’re an EMPLOYEE who telecommutes, home office expenses aren’t deductible through 2025. What about unemployment compensation? Is it tax able for federal tax purposes? Yes. This includes state unemployment benefits plus the temporary $600 per week from the federal government. (Benefits may also be taxed for state tax purposes.) Contact us if you have questions or need more information about these or other COVID-19-related tax issues.
- Published: 08 May 2020 08 May 2020
The CARES Act includes favorable changes to the rules for deducting net operating losses (NOLs) to provide businesses with relief from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It permanently eases the taxable income limitation on deductions. For tax years beginning before 2021, the CARES Act removes a taxable income limitation on deductions for prior-year NOLs carried over into those years. So NOL carryovers into tax years beginning before 2021 can be used to fully offset taxable income for those years. These changes may affect prior tax years for which you’ve already filed tax returns. To benefit from the changes, you may need to file an amended tax return. Contact us to learn more.
- Published: 04 May 2020 04 May 2020
A law providing relief due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis contains a valuable change in the tax rules for improvements to interior parts of nonresidential buildings. You may recall that under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, any qualified improvement property (QIP) placed in service after Dec. 31, 2017 wasn’t eligible for 100% bonus depreciation. The cost had to be deducted over 39 years rather th an entirely in the year the QIP was placed in service. This was due to a drafting error by Congress. But the new CARES Act now allows most businesses to claim 100% bonus depreciation for QIP as long as requirements are met. The correction is retroactive to QIP placed in service after Dec. 31, 2017.
- Published: 28 April 2020 28 April 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the ensuing stock market downturn has caused the value of some retirement accounts to decrease. But if you have a traditional IRA, a downturn may provide a valuable opportunity: It may allow you to convert to a Roth IRA at a lower tax cost. Roth IRA qualified withdrawals are tax free and you don’t have to begin taking RMDs after you reach age 72. But if you convert to a Roth, you’ll owe income tax on the converted amount. If your traditional IRA has lost value due to a market downturn, converting to a Roth now will minimize the tax, and you’ll avoid tax on future appreciation. Interested? Contact us to see whether a conversion is right for you.
- Published: 21 April 2020 21 April 2020
Millions of eligible Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) via direct deposit or paper checks, according to the IRS. Others are still waiting. The payments are part of the CARES Act. Is there a way to check on a payment status? A new IRS tool called “Get My Payment” shows taxpayers either their EIP amount and the scheduled delivery date, or that a payment hasn’t bee n scheduled. It also allows taxpayers who didn’t use direct deposit to provide bank account details. Some people are getting an error message (“payment status not available”). Hopefully, the IRS will have it running seamlessly soon. Access the tool here: https://bit.ly/2ykLSwa
- Published: 16 April 2020 16 April 2020
- Published: 30 March 2020 30 March 2020
Is your business affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Fortunately, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act recently became law. It includes paid leave benefits to employees; employer and self-employed tax credits; and FICA tax relief for employers. The IRS also issued guidance allowing taxpayers to defer some federal income tax payments and estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. “There is no limitation on the amount of the payment that may be postponed,” the IRS stated in Notice 2020-18. Plus, the IRS announced the 2019 income tax FILING deadline will be moved to July 15, 2020 from April 15, 2020. Questions? Contact us.
- Published: 26 March 2020 26 March 2020
Taxpayers now have more time to file their returns and pay any tax owed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The IRS announced that the filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Contact us with any questions.