The IRS and the Pandemic Highlights

Written by Charlotte Ochs. Updated Jul 7, 2020.

Since the beginning of the pandemic it has been a whirlwind of unprecedented economic impacts. With that came the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and a curtailment of enforcement actions by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including audits. Per the People First Initiative the IRS generally avoided launching new audits from April 1st through July 15th. This did not prevent the IRS from opening audits to protect the government’s interest in preserving statute of limitations. (See IRS, IR-2020-59) In a report released June 29th, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said that the IRS launched substantially fewer audits from April 1st to June 1st compared to the same period in 2019. The IRS launched 71% fewer Corporate audits, 79% fewer Partnership audits, and 65% fewer individual audits. In total across all types of examinations there was a 65% decrease during this time period. With July 15th approaching the assumption is that there will be an increase in audits launched. However, with the pandemic still in a critical state as numbers of COVID-19 cases rise it remains to be seen what will happen as things are more fluid and the rules of the game are constantly changing.

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Written by Charlotte Ochs. Updated Jun 18, 2020.

During this time of unprecedented economic challenges faced by small businesses during COVID-19, rare glimpses of bipartisanship are encountered to assist small business with economic relief. Due to the economic challenges faced by small businesses the economic relief provided is in a constant state of fluidity. This has been the status quo for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) to address the concerns voiced by the small businesses utilizing the program. The Congressional intent of the new law is to allow greater flexibility for business to use the PPP loans that was not provided by the initial short-term fix of the PPP set up under the CARES Act. This new law provides the following expansions and flexibility to address the issues created by the CARES Act – PPP, that was a band aid and not a comprehensive bandage when it was enacted.

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Veterans Targeted for Hiring Incentives

Written by Annette Fago. Updated Jun 8, 2020.

Despite the size of the veteran workforce, tapping into the population has proved to be a challenge for many non-governmental employers. In 2012, to address the challenges faced by Gulf War-era II Veterans, Congress passed the Vow to Hire Hero’s Act, which expanded the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (“WOTC”) with the addition of four new, veteran-specific categories. The WOTC was created in 1996 to provide a federal tax credit to employers that hire individuals from specific target groups. People from these target groups have been identified by the U.S. government as having historically high unemployment rates. By many measures, the WOTC has been a success and continues to have bi-partisan support in Congress.

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Key Changes to COVID-19 Incentives Paycheck Protection Loan and Employee Retention Credit

Written by Charlotte Ochs. Updated May 11, 2020.

Life is in a constant state of flux right now with the COVID-19 virus. It has affected daily life and the economy. Congress has worked to provide economic stimulus programs such as loans and credits. The intent of Congress was to stimulate the economy and help employers maintain business and retain employees to alleviate the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. However, as is typical when trying to quickly stop the negative impact of a disaster, details get omitted from the legislation and key areas need clarification as we have seen recently with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Credit. More specifically, with the PPP concerning the deductibility of expenses when payments were made with debt forgiven funds and with the Employee Retention Credit in determining whether employers could claim the Employee Retention Credit when the only payments made to furloughed employees was for their health care benefits.

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Tax Incentives Play a Key Role in Assisting Businesses in the Coronavirus Stimulus Packages

Written by Darren Labrie. Updated Mar 31, 2020.

Nothing in recent history will affect the U.S. economy to the same magnitude as the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis.  The effect will reach government agencies, nonprofit organization, businesses and individuals throughout the country.

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CPAs Can Progress Their Portfolio with Eldercare Services

Written by Corporate Tax Incentives. Updated Oct 8, 2019.

There’s a well-known idiom that says, “…in this world nothing can be certain except death and taxes.” Taxes we must pay along the way. If we’re lucky, we get the privilege of growing old before we ‘pay the ferryman.’ 

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Cost Segregation Analysis - When You Care Enough to Give the Very Best

Written by Corporate Tax Incentives. Updated Aug 21, 2019.

You’re a CPA. You direct large sums of money, prepare tax returns, bestow financial advice, conduct audits…What would you consider your paramount duty for the success of your business?

Keep abreast of new tax regulations? Stay dialed in to current economic trends? Continue industry skills training?

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Helping CPAs Identify R&D Tax Incentive Opportunities for Clients

Written by Mark Echols. Updated Aug 19, 2019.

Are you an elder sibling? Do you have one?  If so, then you know the oldest child of a family is often fated into an involuntary role: the confident, the mentor, the counselor. The younger brood look to the first-borns to show them the way.

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Feds, CPAs Need Cybersecurity Tax Credits

Written by Corporate Tax Incentives. Updated Aug 9, 2019.

The CPA. A respected professional who corrals numbers and wrangles through tangled IRS red tape and mercilessly mutable regulations to help his clients manage their finances and tax returns. Some offer specialty services, such as tax incentive and credit claims, to further assist their clients with money-saving tax breaks.

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Putting People to Work & Cashing in on WOTC: A CTI Success Story

Written by Rachel Zarate Brouwer. Updated Aug 5, 2019.

Administrative burdens, technology slumps, and meeting the bottom line. Staffing clients combat many headaches in their efforts to put people to work. For this, they deserve to be rewarded.

CTI sees the value that staffing firms bring to the economy, and we pay that forward by adding value to their bottom line. We can step in and help place them in a better financial situation when we maximize their Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

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