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Category: Taxation-Corporate

September 1, 2020

The IRS Issues Guidance on the Executive Action Deferring Payroll Taxes

On August 28, the IRS issued guidance that provides some explanation of how employers can defer withholding and remitting an employee’s share of Social Security tax when wages are below a certain amount. The guidance in Notice 2020-65 was issued to implement President Trump’s executive action signed in early August. The guidance is brief, and private employers still have questions about whether, and how, to implement the deferral. The President’s action only defers Social Security taxes; it doesn’t forgive them,… Read more ›

August 12, 2020

What Does the Executive Action Deferring Payroll Taxes Mean for Employers and Employees?

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive memorandum that defers an employee’s portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes from September 1 through December 31, 2020. At this point, the taxes are just deferred, meaning they’ll still have to be paid at a later date. However, the action directs U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “explore avenues, including legislation, to eliminate the obligation to pay the taxes.” The exact impact on employers and employees isn’t yet known. There… Read more ›

July 14, 2020

Watch for UBIT When Your Not-for-Profit Pursues New Activities

During these financially challenging times, many not-for-profit organizations have had to get creative to raise adequate revenue to sustain operations. But new activities, however well-intentioned, can lead to tax trouble. Your nonprofit risks exposure to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) if it operates outside its usual charitable scope. Here’s how to avoid unwanted tax exposure. Regular and Unrelated For tax-exempt organizations, unrelated business income generally is defined as the profits generated by regular trade or business activities that aren’t… Read more ›

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Crisis May Affect Tax Angles for Rental Property Losses

Economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis will cause many rental real estate properties to run up tax losses in 2020 — and possibly beyond. Here’s a summary of important federal income tax rules for such losses. What You Can Write Off Rental property owners can deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes. They can also write off all standard operating expenses that go along with owning rental property. Examples include: Utilities, Insurance, Repairs and maintenance, and Care and maintenance of… Read more ›

April 22, 2020

Senate Approves $320 Billion in Additional Paycheck Protection Program Funding

The Senate has approved $320 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration’s business relief program that passed as part of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. The PPP originally received $349 billion in funding to support businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding quickly ran out however, as a surge in applications for relief and skyrocketing unemployment numbers reflected the significant need. The House of Representatives is expected to pass the legislation on… Read more ›

April 15, 2020

Further Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the Small Business Administration

Thanks to CBM Supervisor Tom Hudson for developing the following article. On April 14, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional guidance that provided more information about the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for self-employed taxpayers. Previously, it was not explicitly stated that taxpayers who file a Schedule C were included in the program although many interpretations of the SBA’s language indicated that they were eligible. The SBA did confirm through the most recent guidance that a taxpayer… Read more ›

April 13, 2020

The IRS Announces New COVID-19-Related Assistance for Taxpayers

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury have announced new relief for federal taxpayers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The IRS had already extended certain deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes and estimated tax payments due April 15, 2020, without incurring late filing penalties, late payment penalties or interest. The additional relief, outlined in Notice 2020-23, applies to a wider variety of tax filers. The IRS also has announced new tools for taxpayers expecting Economic Impact… Read more ›

April 11, 2020

IRS Extends Form 990 Series Filing Deadlines Until July 15, 2020

Last Thursday, the IRS announced in Notice 2020-23, Update to Notice 2020-18, Additional Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, that the filing and payment deadlines for Form 990-series returns originally due between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020 will now be due on July 15, 2020. This deadline extension applies to both original and extended filing deadlines. The returns impacted by this extension include: Form 990 Form 990-EZ Form 990-PF Form 990-T Form 990-W Any not-for-profit… Read more ›

April 9, 2020

The Impact of the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program on Small Businesses and Independent Contractors

On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into legislation the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2.2 trillion legislation represents the largest stimulus package in U.S. history—dwarfing the $800 billion package signed during the 2008 financial crisis—and provides a variety of economic relief measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on American society. The Act provides for six options for businesses in search of relief, which are listed below for consideration: • Paycheck Protection Program… Read more ›

April 8, 2020

Maryland Temporarily Suspends Paper Income Tax Return Processing Due to COVID-19

Maryland will stop processing paper income tax returns beginning on Friday, April 15, based on a statement by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. The move has been motivated by a desire to keep employees safe in the era of COVID-19. Taxpayers anticipating a refund from their taxes and who plan to paper file are encouraged to file by April 10 to ensure their return will be processed in a timely manner. Marylanders are encouraged to file electronically, since it takes just… Read more ›