Tax Warrior Chronicles

State Nexus and Tax Issues Resulting from a Remote Workforce

Posted on Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Working from home, once a perk at many companies, has become the norm for employees across the country. COVID-19 has forced businesses to quickly allow their employees to work remotely. The state tax implications of having a remote workforce should not be overlooked, especially as many businesses transition from temporary teleworking policies to permanent ones. Today’s blog will focus on a state tax issue many taxpayers will need to focus on as we enter the second half of 2020: nexus.

 

“Nexus” is a term used to describe when a taxpayer has a presence in a state. Once nexus is created with a state, the taxpayer will likely need to register to do business in that state and will be subject to

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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.

 

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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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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IRS Grants Broad COVID-19 Relief to Qualified Opportunity Funds and Their Investors

Posted on Tue, Jun 09, 2020

Late last week, the IRS released Notice 2020-39 providing relief for Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) and their investors in response to COVID-19, and updated the Qualified Opportunity Zones frequently asked questions on its website to reflect the recent changes.  With the June 30th investment standard testing date fast approaching for many QOFs, this presents welcome relief and flexibility to QOFs and their investors.

 

It is worth noting that none of the relief provisions under Notice 2020-39 require QOFs or their investors to certify they have been adversely impacted by the virus.  In addition, the relief provisions do not require any filing or formal extension request and will

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June 15 Estimated Tax Due Dates Still Valid in Certain States

Posted on Tue, Jun 09, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly every taxing authority (federal, state, and local) granted taxpayers an automatic extension of time to file and/or pay 2019 taxes.  This has made the 2020 tax season… interesting.  As we approach June 15, which is typically the date second quarter estimated tax payments are due for most taxing authorities, many are wondering if they need to act now, or if they have until July 15, 2020 to make these payments.  The answer, as it usually is in taxation is, it depends.

 

Federal

The IRS recently released a reminder, that taxpayers with estimated tax payments for tax year 2020, originally due April 15 and June 15, are now due July 15. This means that

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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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Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the current economic conditions brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic, including down markets and reduced interest rates, provide estate planning opportunities many individuals may want to consider as part of their overall estate plan.

 

Last September we discussed the advantages of certain estate planning strategies in low-interest rate environments. Fast forward to today, the Applicable Federal Rates ("AFR") have fallen again for June (between .18% to 1.31% depending on the loan term), so such strategies may be even more advantageous in the current environment.

 

Besides the current low-interest rate environment, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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