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July 2021

Supreme Court Rejects Affordable Care Act Challenge

The Supreme Court has reversed and remanded California v. Texas, holding that the Plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum essential coverage provision.

In 2010, ACA, under the newly added Code Sec. 5000A, required most Americans to obtain minimum essential health insurance coverage, or pay a penalty. In 2017, under the Tax Cuts and […]

American Rescue Plan Tax Credit FAQs

The IRS issued two new, separate sets of frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) to assist families and small and mid-sized employers) in claiming credits under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These FAQs provide information on eligibility, computing the credit amounts and how to claim these important tax benefits. Enacted in March to assist families and small businesses with the fallout of the COVID-19 […]

Child Tax Credit Letters Being Sent

The IRS has started sending letters to over 36 million families who, based on tax returns filed, may be eligible to receive monthly child tax credit payments starting July. Eligibility of these families are being evaluated based on information provided by taxpayers in their 2019 or 2020 tax returns, or through the Non-Filers tool while registering for an Economic Impact […]

Final Disaster Deadline Postponement Regulations

The IRS has finalized regulations relating to the mandatory 60-day postponement of certain time-sensitive tax-related deadlines by reason of a federally declared disaster. Further, the regulations clarify the definition of “federally declared disaster.” The regulations affect individuals who reside in or were killed or injured in a disaster area, businesses that have a principal place of business in a disaster area, relief […]

Residential Rental Property Depreciation Procedures

The IRS has released a revenue procedure explaining how a taxpayer changes its method of computing depreciation for certain residential rental property. Automatic consent procedures for changing accounting method are available for taxpayers adopting the depreciation method changes.

Residential Rental Property Allowed 30-Year ADS Depreciation
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97) added residential rental property held by an electing real property […]

Eligible Partnerships May File Amended Returns

An eligible partnership may file amended partnership returns for tax years beginning in 2018, 2019, and 2020 by filing a Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income (Form 1065), with the “Amended Return” box checked. The partnership may also issue an amended Schedule K-1, Partner’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. (Schedule K-1), to each of its partners.

Partnerships Eligible for Amended-Return Procedures
The amended-return procedures […]

Marriage Was Valid for Estate Tax Purposes

An estate was allowed a marital deduction because the decedent’s marriage was valid in the country of celebration. The decedent, who was Jewish, obtained a religious divorce under rabbinical law in New York from his first wife after a New York court had declared his Mexican divorce invalid, which resulted in the declaration that his marriage to a second wife […]

BEAT QDP Reporting Requirement Deferred

The Treasury Department and the IRS have announced that they intend to amend the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) regulations under Code Sec. 59A and Code Sec. 6038A to defer the information reporting requirements for qualified derivative payments (QDPs) until tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. The current regulations provide that the QDP reporting requirements apply to tax years beginning […]

June 2021

Safe Harbor for Certain PPP Loan Recipients Who Did Not Deduct Expenses

A safe harbor is available for certain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients who relied on prior IRS guidance and did not deduct eligible business expenses. These taxpayers may elect to deduct the expenses for their first tax year following their 2020 tax year, rather than filing an amended return or administrative adjustment request for 2020.

The IRS had initially determined […]

Simplified Return Procedures for Advance Child Credit Payments and EIPs

Individuals may use two special procedures to file returns for 2020 that allow them to receive advance payments of the 2021 child credit and the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. Under the procedures:

individuals who are not required to file returns for 2020 can use a simplified federal income tax return filing procedure; and
individuals with zero adjusted gross income (AGI) […]

Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance, Related Tax Credit

The IRS has provided guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage to certain individuals under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency.

COBRA provides eligible former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children with the right to temporary continuation of […]

Employers Entitled to Claim Refundable Tax Credits for Providing Paid Sick Leaves to Employees

The IRS has reminded employers that under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2), small and midsize employers and certain government employers are entitled to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19. This includes leave taken by employees to receive […]

Options for Taxpayers Who Can’t Pay in Full

The IRS has reminded taxpayers who owe 2020 taxes that there are different ways to pay their taxes online, including payment options for many people who cannot pay in full.

The IRS stated that the most important thing that taxpayers with a tax bill should do is file a return by the May 17 due date, even if they cannot pay […]

Taxpayers Urged to Create Emergency Preparedness Plans

The IRS reminds taxpayers that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and National Wildfire Awareness Month. It urges taxpayers to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

The IRS advises taxpayers to do the following:

Secure key documents such as tax returns, birth certificates, deeds, titles and insurance policies inside waterproof containers in a secure space. Keep duplicates […]

Dependent Care Carryover, Extended Claims Period Treatment Clarified

Dependent care assistance benefits carryovers and extended claims period amounts that would have been excluded from income if used during the preceding tax year will remain excludable in tax years ending in 2021 and 2022. In addition, these benefits will not be taken into account in determining the dependent care benefits exclusion limit for the tax years ending in 2021 […]

May 2021

Guidance for Claiming Employee Retention Credit for First and Second Quarters in 2021

The IRS has issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under Act Sec. 2301 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ( P.L. 116-136), as modified by Act Secs. 206 and 207 of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (Relief Act) (Division EE of P.L. 116-260), for the first and second calendar […]

Amounts Paid for COVID-19 PPE Are Deductible Medical Expenses

The IRS has issued guidance clarifying that amounts paid for personal protective equipment—such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes—for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 PPE) are treated as amounts paid for medical care under Code Sec. 213(d).

Therefore, amounts paid by an individual taxpayer for COVID-19 PPE for use by the taxpayer, the […]

Suspension of Excess Advance Premium Tax Credit Repayment

The IRS has announced that, under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2), the requirement that taxpayers increase their tax liability by all or a portion of their excess advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit (excess APTC) is suspended for tax year (TY) 2020. A taxpayer’s excess APTC is the amount by which the taxpayer’s advance payments of […]

Deposit Penalty Relief Extended for COVID-19 Employer Credits

The IRS has extended the penalty relief provided in Notice 2020-22, I.R.B. 2020-17, 664, for failure to deposit employment taxes, to eligible employers that reduce their required deposits in anticipation of the following credits:

the paid sick and family leave credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First Act) ( P.L. 116-127), as amended by the COVID-related Tax Relief Act […]

April 2021

Cash Rewards for Money Order, Debit Card Purchases Included in Income

The Tax Court ruled that rewards dollars that a married couple acquired for using their American Express credit cards to purchase debit cards and money orders—but not to purchase gift cards—were included in the taxpayers’ income. The court stated that its holdings were based on the unique circumstances of the case.

Background

During the tax years at issue, each taxpayer had an […]

March 2021

Six-Time Rochester Top Workplaces Recipient Provides Straight Answers, Trusted Solutions

ROCHESTER, NY (MARCH 29, 2021) – Ask any CPA what they’ve been up to lately, and the unanimous answer is, “work, eat, sleep.” Even though the April 15 tax deadline has been extended to May 15, the team at Flaherty Salmin CPAs is still busily taking care of their corporate, affordable housing and personal clients’ needs, while also helping those […]

New Form for Self-Employed COVID-19 Leave Credits

The IRS has released new Form 7202, Credits for Sick Leave and Family Leave for Certain Self-Employed Individuals. The form allows eligible self-employed individuals to calculate the amount to claim for qualified sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ( P.L. 116-127). They can claim the credits on their 2020 Form 1040 for […]

Lenders Notified to File Corrected Forms 1099-MISC to Exclude Subsidized Loan Payments

The IRS has announced that lenders who had filed or furnished Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Information, to a borrower, reporting certain payments on loans subsidized by the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (Administrator) as income of the borrower, must file and furnish corrected Forms 1099-MISC that exclude these subsidized loan payments.

On January 19, 2021, the Department of the Treasury […]

February 2021

Employee Retention Credit Expanded & Extended

The recently enacted stimulus law extends a number of provisions for businesses struggling to cope with the pandemic. For instance, the law greatly expanded the effectiveness of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). Originally, businesses had to choose between taking the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the ERC. For most employers, the PPP provided more benefit and more businesses qualified […]

Reporting Penalty Relief for Partnerships

The IRS has issued guidance that provides partnerships with relief from certain penalties for the inclusion of incorrect information in reporting their partners’ beginning capital account balances on the 2020 Schedules K-1 (Forms 1065 and 8865). The IRS has also provided relief from accuracy-related penalties for any tax year for the portion of an imputed underpayment attributable to the inclusion […]

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