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Category: Taxation-Individuals

March 18, 2021

IRS Extends Federal Tax Deadline to May 17

The IRS has announced that the federal tax filing deadline will be extended this year from Thursday, April 15 to Monday, May 17, 2021. New legislation that passed recently, which provides economic, tax and other relief from the pandemic, has created a complex tax filing season for individuals, businesses and tax preparers, leading to the extended deadline. The extension does not impact all tax deadlines, however. First-quarter estimated tax payments are still due April 15. Deadlines for state tax returns… Read more ›

March 17, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Provides Sweeping Relief Measures for Eligible Families and Businesses

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion law is intended to provide far-reaching relief from the economic and other repercussions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to funding for testing, contact tracing, vaccinations, education, and state and local governments, the ARPA includes extensive relief that could directly impact your finances. Recovery rebates Under ARPA Under the ARPA, many people will receive a third round of direct payments (which… Read more ›

March 11, 2021

Maryland State Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

The State of Maryland has extended the state income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. The extension applies to individual, pass-through, fiduciary and corporate income tax returns, and is the result of economic relief-related legislation expected to impact 2020 state and federal tax filings. Read more in this March 11 press release published by the State of Maryland Comptroller’s Office. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDCOMP/bulletins/2c630db For more information, contact CBM Tax Practice Director Richard Morris using our online contact form.

March 11, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act Has Passed: What’s In It For You?

Congress has passed and President Biden has signed into law the latest legislation aimed at providing economic and other relief from the COVID-19 pandemic that has haunted the country for the last year. The 628-page American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes $1.9 trillion in funding for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. The ARPA extends and expands some of the critical provisions in the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA). It also includes some new provisions that… Read more ›

February 22, 2021

The RELIEF Act of 2021: Tax and Stimulus Relief for Maryland Individuals and Businesses

In late February, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed The RELIEF Act of 2021, legislation which will provide up to $1 billion for stimulus payments, unemployment insurance, and grants and loans to individuals and small businesses in Maryland. The RELIEF Act will deliver the following in an effort to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic: One-time stimulus payments of $300 (individuals) or $500 (families) who filed for the Earned Income Credit in 2019. Qualifying Marylanders will have funds deposited directly into… Read more ›

February 12, 2021

Tax Filing Season – Tips and Advice from the IRS and Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell

The IRS often provides taxpayers with recommendations for preparing for the latest tax season. Based on a recent email CBM received from the IRS, we thought it might be valuable to share the following tips and advice. Get organized – Identify all the records you will need for tax season including any W-2s, 1099s, cancelled checks and other documents you’ve accumulated through 2020 related to your income, deductions or credits in one location. Organizational tools – Do you have software,… Read more ›

January 24, 2021

2021 Tax Calendar

To help clients make sure they don’t miss any important 2021 deadlines, Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell has provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due. Please review the 201 tax calendar below and let us know if you have any questions about the deadlines or would like assistance in meeting them. Date Deadline for  February 1 Individuals: Filing a 2020 income tax return (Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR) and paying tax due, to avoid… Read more ›

January 11, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act Brings COVID-19 Relief (and More) to Individuals

President Trump signed into law billions of dollars in long-awaited COVID-19 and economic relief. The relief package is part of the nearly 5,600-page Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), which also contains numerous other tax, payroll and retirement provisions. Here are some of the provisions most likely to affect individual taxpayers. Recovery Rebates The most headline-grabbing component of the CAA is the second round of direct payments. The law calls for nontaxable “recovery rebates” of $600 per eligible taxpayer ($1,200 for married… Read more ›

December 22, 2020

Congress Passes COVID-19 Aid Package Containing Billions in Funding and Tax Breaks

After months of negotiations in Washington, an agreement has been struck on a new aid package to address the ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation has been passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and now goes to President Trump to sign the bill into law. As of this writing on December 22, the President has expressed concerns about some aspects of the relief bill. Included in the nearly 5,600-page Consolidated Appropriations Act… Read more ›

December 6, 2020

Unusual Year Steers Year-End Tax Strategies – 2020 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

PDF: Unusual Year Steers Year-End Tax Strategies – 2020 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals Please click the link above for a printable, PDF copy of the letter below.  As the end of 2020 approaches, we can all agree that this year is unlike any other. The coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters have had a significant impact on the tax situation for many taxpayers. In response to the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed two major pieces… Read more ›