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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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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Home Office Deductions and the Coronavirus

Posted on Tue, Feb 09, 2021

By: Ashley Hampton, MPA

 

2020 was an extraordinary and challenging year. In fact, a Stanford University study found that roughly 40 percent of the U.S. work force now works from home full time due to COVID-19. This has led many to question the effect this has on their taxes. Do you now qualify for the home office deduction? Did the CARES Act account for this wave of remote workers? Does my state follow the federal tax law? Continue reading to find your answers.

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Tax Impact of 2020 Unemployment Compensation

Posted on Fri, Jan 15, 2021

By: Brandon Caine, CPA

 

The coronavirus pandemic has affected our nation’s economy in many ways. Most notably, millions of citizens applied for and received unemployment compensation during 2020. As we head into the 2020 tax filing season, today we will provide a summary of the tax impact of receiving unemployment compensation.

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Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Creates More Questions Than Answers

Posted on Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Late on Friday, August 28, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-65 providing highly anticipated guidance addressing the Presidential Executive Order regarding the deferral of certain payroll tax obligations. Unfortunately, the notice failed to address the most basic issues raised by the Executive Order. Today we will discuss what we know, what questions remain, and practical considerations for employers. Implementation of the deferral begins September 1, 2020 – yes, tomorrow.

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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.

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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.

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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: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7,#8,#9,#10,#11,#12,#13, #14, #15#16#17, #18,

#19, #20, #21, #22, #23

 

 

 

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

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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: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7,#8,#9,#10,#11,#12,#13, #14, #15#16#17, #18,

#19, #20, #21, #22, #23

 

 

 

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

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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: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7,#8,#9,#10,#11,#12,#13, #14, #15#16#17, #18,

#19, #20, #21, #22, #23

 

 

 

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

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