CARES Act Provides 4 Possible Reasons to File an Amended Return

April 28, 2020

The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act delivers good news to individuals and businesses, including valuable tax-relief measures. Some of that tax relief is retroactive. These provisions can affect 2018 and 2019 returns that have already been filed. One retroactive provision can, in some cases, go all the way back to 2013. Some taxpayers that file amended returns may receive a tax refund from prior years.

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Businesses: Think About Tomorrow When Hunkering Down Today

April 28, 2020

Until recently, the number one concern for many employers was finding and retaining top talent. Today, to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of those same companies are being forced to shed workers en masse. If you haven’t yet pared down your workforce or need to do some more trimming, what are your options? How you carry out a workforce reduction — and how you maintain contact after the cutbacks — can either engender loyalty and keep employees wanting to come back, or it can send them away feeling disgruntled.  

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Should You File A Business Interruption Claim for COVID-19 Losses?

April 28, 2020

With much of the country currently on lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, many nonessential businesses have been shuttered. As a result, millions of small business owners find themselves on the brink of financial disaster. For those with business interruption insurance policies in place, now may seem like the ideal time to submit a claim.

However, as it stands currently, there’s much disagreement regarding whether business interruption insurance policies should cover the loss of income triggered by the pandemic.

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COVID-19 Relief For Employers: New Employee Retention Tax Credit

April 14, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shut down many sectors of the U.S. economy, causing widespread job losses. Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And far more claims are expected in April. Some economists predict that the unemployment rate could rise to Depression-era levels of 10% to 15% before the crisis ends (compared to 3.5% in February 2020).

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New Law Retroactively Fixes QIP Drafting Mistakes

April 14, 2020

At long last, Congress passed legislation to correct a drafting error related to real estate qualified improvement property (QIP). The correction is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The correction retroactively allows real property owners to depreciate QIP faster than before. Here’s how it could lower your tax bill for 2018 and beyond.

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Stay Afloat With Tax-Favored Coronavirus-Related Distributions

April 14, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing economic hardship for many people and businesses in the United States. On March 27, the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Trump. A key provision of the new law allows tax-favored treatment for people who take so-called coronavirus-related distributions from tax-favored retirement accounts. Here’s the story.

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