Tax Warrior Chronicles

2021 Individual Tax Deadline Extension – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted on Tue, Mar 23, 2021

By:  Drucker & Scaccetti

 

On March 17, 2021, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced the 2020 individual federal income tax filing due date will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Since then, over 25 states and localities have announced similar extensions. The Tax Warriors have been patiently waiting for the additional guidance promised by the IRS, however, here we are 6 days later, with no such guidance. Today we will discuss what we know about the extensions, how they compare to last year, what is not extended (hint – Q1 2021 estimates are still due April 15) and several questions that remain.

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Another Round of Recovery Rebates Credits - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Posted on Fri, Mar 12, 2021

By: Drucker & Scaccetti

 

Yesterday, President Biden signed into law his first legislative act related to the COVID-19 crisis. Among its near 600-page content, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides a 2021 $1,400 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) per eligible individual and dependent. Dependents include qualifying children and qualifying relatives. Contrarily, the rebates under the CARES Act only included qualifying children. Today we will discuss the details of the 2021 RRC, including the advanced payments, which are expected to begin disbursement soon.

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Pennsylvania Decennial Filings Due in 2021

Posted on Thu, Mar 04, 2021

By: Ashley Menders and Mark Sobel, CPA, JD, LLM

 

It’s that year again! As most of us are ecstatic to put 2020 behind us, remember that 2021 is the year of the Pennsylvania Decennial Filing for certain entities. This is a report of an entity’s continued existence or a report of continued use of certain marks, and today we will summarize everything you need to know about it.

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COVID-19-Related Expansion of Tax Break for Teachers

Posted on Tue, Mar 02, 2021

By:  Drucker & Scaccetti

 

Among the many frontline workers braving the pandemic are teachers and educators. With many hybrid school schedules in place, many find themselves in an in-person learning setting at least part of the time. Eligible educators can now broaden the list of deductible unreimbursed educator expenses to include protective items used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom. Here is the guidance needed for those who are eligible.

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Self-employed Individuals Can Claim COVID-19 Sick and Family Leave Tax Credits

Posted on Tue, Feb 23, 2021

By: Olivia M. Seneca, MBA

 

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the release of Form 7202 for eligible self-employed individuals to claim sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Today we will discuss how qualified self-employed taxpayers can claim tax credits under FFCRA.

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PPP Update #22 – White House Announces Adjustments to PPP Program

Posted on Tue, Feb 23, 2021

As guidance in this area is being released regularly, we recommend you read all of our blogs on this subject.  All the blogs in the Paycheck Protection Program series are here: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7,#8,#9,#10,#11,#12,#13, #14, #15#16#17, #18,

#19, #20, #21, #22, #23

 

As the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) saga continues, today we have a brief update on recent developments. Yesterday, the White House provided a fact sheet outlining proposed changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. While there are no specifics cited within the fact sheet, it does “explain” some of the processing delays associated with this round of PPP. The fact sheet also provides some insight into changes

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6 Keys to Unlocking the Power of 529 Plans

Posted on Wed, Feb 17, 2021

By: Ashley Hampton, MPA, Keisha Price, CPA, MST, and Febby Sugianto, MBA

 

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged educational savings plan that, if approached thoughtfully, can help reduce the overall burden of a family’s educational expenses. As with most savings vehicles, starting early and contributing consistently is a major factor of overall accumulation of value; however, there are other things to consider to maximize to benefits of 529 plans. Today, we will focus on six keys to unlocking the power of 529 plans.

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Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Explained, Tesla No Longer Eligible

Posted on Mon, Feb 15, 2021

By; Sam Battista

 

To protect the environment and combat climate change, Congress passed laws resulting in Internal Revenue Code Section 30D, which provides a tax credit for the purchase of qualified electric motor vehicles. Let's discuss what vehicles qualify and other important details about the Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit. Aspiring Tesla owners should pay close attention.

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Writing Off Business Losses from 2020 – How It’s Different Than Prior Years

Posted on Thu, Feb 11, 2021

By: Jenny Zhang, CPA, MT

 

Undoubtedly, 2020 was a difficult year for businesses due to the pandemic. Many sustained significant losses because of temporary closings or reduced sales. Today, we will focus on 2020 tax law changes related to business losses and how to best utilize those losses in your tax filings.

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Philadelphia Wage Tax Refunds – What’s New for 2020? Plenty!

Posted on Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Among the many issues created by the pandemic, local income tax withholding in Pennsylvania caused administrative headaches for Pennsylvania employers over the last several months (as explained in our previous blog). In today’s blog, we will discuss the Philadelphia Wage Tax Refund process for 2020.

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