Tax Warrior Chronicles

IRS Expands the Definition of Coronavirus-Related Distributions

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The Treasury Department offered easier access to retirement savings in March 2020 as the economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic became a forgone conclusion.  Three months later, The IRS has expanded eligibility for coronavirus related distributions and provided further insight into how these new rules should be applied in Notice 2020-50.

 

Certain provisions in the CARES Act were enacted to reduce the tax burden on withdrawals from certain qualified retirement plans. If a withdrawal is considered a “coronavirus-related” distribution, the CARES Act extended the time to pay the resulting taxes or to recontribute the distributions back to the qualified plan, while widening

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IRS Grants Extensive Relief to 2020 RMD Recipients

Posted on Mon, Jun 29, 2020

If you received a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) in 2020, you should take careful note of guidance contained in the recently issued IRS Notice 2020-51 regarding the CARES Act’s waiver of 2020 RMDs and a taxpayer’s ability to rollover such distributions.

 

Prior to the CARES Act, distributions eligible to be rolled over to a retirement plan (including an IRA) within 60 days from the date of receipt, excluded:

  • Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs),
  • Distributions that were part of a series of substantially equal period payments made over a specified period, and
  • Distributions made on account of a hardship experienced by an employee.

Other exclusions form eligible distributions for the

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PPP Update #14 – You Can Apply for Forgiveness Early, but Buyer Beware

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10, #11, #12, #13, #14

 

The Treasury continues to rewrite guidance based upon the changes passed within the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). Overnight on Monday, June 22, the Treasury released the 20th Interim Final Rule (IFR). There are no surprises on what to expect with the 20th IFR: some clarifications, a few new things, and you guessed it, more unanswered questions. Today, we will focus on a significant new item and some of the clarifications.

 

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PPP Update #13 – Revised Forgiveness Guidance: New IFRs and Applications

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10, #11, #12, #13, #14

 

Since our last blog, the Treasury issued two additional Interim Final Rules (the 18th and 19th), revised the original loan forgiveness application for changes made by the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPFA), and issued a new EZ loan forgiveness application. If you are up to date with our blogs, we are starting to compare the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to extra-innings in the longest baseball game ever recorded. It is now inning 19,

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Seize the Day: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Consider Cost Segregation

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Everyone wants to maximize tax savings on their commercial real estate, and while Cost Segregation Studies have long been a solid IRS-approved strategy, these days they are more popular than ever, especially with some of the changes under the CARES Act,Today’s guest blogger, Terri S. Johnson of Capstan Tax Strategies, is here to explain why “cost seg” studies are all the rage, and to walk us through the top-three prime cost segregation scenarios.    

 

Simply put, Cost Segregation is an engineering-based analysis in which specific property components are identified and reallocated into modified cost recovery system (MACRS) class lives.  Treating the components as personal property or land

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PPP Update #12 – Revised Guidance for PPP Forgiveness Begins; More Expected to Follow

Posted on Thu, Jun 11, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10, #11, #12, #13, #14

 

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) could be compared to the longest baseball game in history (we really miss sports, humor us here).  That Triple-A International League game ended with a 3-2 score, lasted 33 innings, and clocked 8 hours and 25 minutes of playing time.  As we enter the twelfth inning on this subject, complete and clear guidance remains wanting.  Last at bat we discussed the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility

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PPP Update #11 - Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPFA)

Posted on Fri, Jun 05, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14

 

We discussed “potential” changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), that were introduced in the House on May 15 in our PPP Update #10. Soon after, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPFA) passed the House by a vote of 417-1.  On Wednesday night, June 3, the Senate passed the PPFA unanimously with no changes. It is anticipated the President will sign the PPFA into law.  Today we will discuss the impact of PPFA on PPP borrowers.

 

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PPP Update #10 - Potential Changes & Forgiveness Regulations

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14

 

Treasury kicked off the holiday weekend on Friday, May 22, by releasing its 14th Interim Final Rule (IFR) addressing loan forgiveness for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.  This new IFR clarified certain issues while leaving others outstanding.  Today’s blog will focus on the clarifications so borrowers, many nearing the end of their 8-week Covered Period, can make decisions around what is known.  Additionally, we will discuss the

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PPP Update #8 – What if I Can’t Rehire My Employees? Should I Keep My PPP Money? Can I Get More PPP Money?

Posted on Thu, May 14, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10,  #11, #12, #13, #14

 

What if I Can’t Hire My Employees Back?

Given the generous unemployment provisions of the CARES Act, many businesses that obtained PPP loans are having difficulty rehiring employees that may now be collecting more on unemployment than their normal wages.  This puts PPP loan recipients in a precarious position, as a business must maintain its workforce through the eight-week, post-loan period to receive full PPP forgiveness.

 

Fortunately, FAQ #40

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PPP Update #7 – What’s New? – Clarity on Deductibility of Expenses & Other Items

Posted on Fri, May 01, 2020

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: Updates #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7, #8, #9, #10,  #11, #12, #13, #14

 

 

While many await formal guidance about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness, the SBA and Treasury were busy issuing various other guidance this week.  Today, we outline and provide our thoughts about this week’s guidance, including deductibility of expenses paid with PPP funds and PPP eligibility standards.

 

IRS Issues Guidance on Deductibility of Expenses Paid with PPP Funds

On April 30th, the IRS issued Notice 2020-32

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