Tax Scams: The Pandemic Edition

The IRS has published its annual list of “dirty dozen” tax scams. They do this every year, but 2020 is special, as the scammers have managed to turn the pandemic to their advantage. Phishing: Don’t make assumptions Phishing — fake emails looking to...

IRS Updates Form 941 To Reflect COVID-19 Tax Credits

The IRS has revised Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, to accommodate COVID-19-related employment tax credits granted under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. If you’re...

Reporting Requirements for Health Care Providers Under CARES

The CARES Act was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The act was specifically designed to provide funding to hospitals and health care providers that are not federal entities. Then, on July 22, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services changed the...

Meal Expenses: What’s the Story?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to deductions for meals. In fact, it eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities that used to be considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. But you’ll be glad to hear that you may continue to...

Home Equity Loans Are Deductible — Sometimes

Contrary to rumors, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allows taxpayers who buy, build or substantially improve their homes using either a home equity loan, home equity lines of credit (HELOC) or second mortgages to deduct interest on the loans. That’s the good...

SBA and Treasury Issue New FAQs on Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Income Disaster Loans

On August 11, 2020, the SBA and Treasury issued two FAQs related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and three FAQs related to the PPP and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). An interim final rule also was issued to establish procedures for prospective...
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