Tax Warrior Chronicles

Federal Student Loans and Taxes – A Primer

Posted on Mon, May 24, 2021

By: Steve R. Rossman, CPA, MT

 

The recent spotlight on student loans has been intense. Every consideration from suspending payments to outright forgiveness is being discussed in the halls of Congress and the White House. This topic is widely impactful as a recent Forbes article sites current student loan debt in the Unites States tops a record $1.7 trillion amongst 45 million borrowers. So, what is the law today for how loans are handled in the wake of COVID-19, and what might the tax and financial landscape look like if loans are forgiven? Today, we offer a primer on this very question and its possible outcomes.

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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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PPP Update #21 – PPP Tax Treatment for State & Local Taxes

Posted on Wed, Feb 03, 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

 

Is it already February? The 2020 filing season is here and this year brings new challenges compared to other filing seasons. In PPP Update #19, we discussed the federal change to deductibility of expenses using Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds, but what about states and localities? As we have become accustomed to, the PPP bares unique issues.

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PPP Update #17 – Updated Guidance: New Application, “Owner” Clarification, New Strings for Nonpayroll Costs & Related Parties, and some FAQs

Posted on Wed, Nov 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

 

Since our last comprehensive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) update, the Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) have continued to issue new guidance for the PPP. The continuous stream of new guidance caused most banks to delay opening their PPP forgiveness portals until recently. Now that forgiveness applications are being accepted by most banks, and as promised in our recent PPP Update #16, today we

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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 #9 – Loan Forgiveness Application Released by SBA

Posted on Mon, May 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

 

 

 

Many hoped the delay in guidance regarding Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness meant SBA and Treasury were taking their time coordinating an application and associated guidance to provide borrower’s clarity. Regrettably, on Friday evening, May 15, the SBA released the PPP Forgiveness Application with no additional guidance issued by the Treasury.  While we had a passing thought that maybe the

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PPP Update #6 - Additional Funding Signed into Law & Eligibility Guidance Updated

Posted on Fri, Apr 24, 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, #15#16#17, #18,

#19, #20, #21, #22, #23

 

 

Our last Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) blog on Thursday, April 16, covered long-awaited guidance for self-employed individuals and partnerships. However, that same day, the SBA announced the PPP ran out of money.  Today, we bring you good news about additional funding and an update on eligibility guidance.

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PPP Update #5 – New Guidance for Individuals and Partners with Self-Employment Income

Posted on Thu, Apr 16, 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, #15#16#17, #18,

#19, #20, #21, #22, #23

 

 

For some reason the SBA really likes issuing CARES Act guidance Tuesday evenings around 5:00PM.  This was again the case on Tuesday, April 14th when it issued its third interim final rule (regulation) related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The third interim final rule provides guidance for individuals with self-employment income who file a Form 1040, Schedule C and provides an update

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Employee Retention Credits - Alternative Relief to Paycheck Protection Loans

Posted on Wed, Apr 15, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to overwhelm our nation’s economic and health systems, new tax credits have been introduced to ease the financial hardship placed upon families and business throughout the country.   One such credit, the Employee Retention Credit, was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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