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.
The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidelines and provisions under NOTICE 2020-23 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures were intended to provide relief to taxpayers in the form of extensions to time-sensitive acts. Most notably under these provisions was the extension of the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.
On April 9, 2020 the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced another round of relief provisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new wave of relief measures is intended to provide further benefits to taxpayers in addition to the previous measures already implemented.
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.
Some of you may have spent many nights in the grips of a TV crime series or real-life court case; you speculate on the accused, the innocent…the evidence. Whether fact or fiction, in these dramas, the arrest or verdict always comes down to the evidence. It can prove guilt or innocence. But without compelling evidence, justice is not served, and the appropriate outcome is mislaid.
Updated May 20, 2019
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced late last week that lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee will form bipartisan groups to analyze how best to address expired and soon-to-expire tax incentives, known as extenders.
Finance Committee Democrats and Republicans will convene six separate working groups to analyze tax extenders, with the two largest working groups addressing energy tax incentives and those for economic and community development.
The natural world is full of awe-inspiring wonder. From simple gardens growing in our backyards, to the epic beauty of national parks like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, Mother Nature stirs up a wide range of emotions and experiences.
Opinions, opinions, opinions…. everybody has them and the latest one on the application of section 41, the “R&D Tax Credit”, is fresh off the presses from the federal court in the southern district of Ohio.
When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) into law a little over a year ago, he enacted the most sweeping update to the U.S. tax code since the 1986 tax reform enacted under President Reagan.
There it is. Slowly lumbering around…back and forth. Everyone is keenly aware of its presence. In fact, it cannot be ignored. An immovable obstacle…a disconcerting distraction of mammoth proportions. With it comes a sense of helplessness, as your business and thousands more like it across the country are faced with the five-ton frustration of certification delays for the WOTC (Work Opportunity Tax Credit), and the burden of amended return filings.