COVID-19 caused many changes in our personal and business lives, giving us time to rethink our priorities and expectations. Estate planning is one area that has received a lot of attention. Do you have an estate plan in place?
The IRS is experiencing delays in processing paper tax returns due to limited staffing. Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to file electronically through a CPA or accountant or tax software provider. Paper returns are processed in the order they are received.
The DOL released additional guidance for workers and employers on how protections and requirements will affect the workplace as companies reopen. Additional guidance will help everyone understand workplace rights and responsibilities.
In March 2020, due to COVID-19, the IRS automatically extended the filing deadline for tax returns from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The extension applied to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations. The Arizona tax filing deadline was also extended to July 15, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) are temporarily reducing or eliminating costs of several export services to U.S. businesses affected by COVID-19.
Join Stephen J. Rodis, CPA and Mark R. Dreher, CPA in an ASCPA live online webcast on June 20, 2020, about current PPP tax issues and status of forgiveness portion of the PPP loan program, including financial reporting options.
President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 modifying certain provisions related to PPP loan forgiveness. One important modification allows recipients of loan forgiveness to defer payroll taxes.
COVID-19 may have created tax complications for companies with employees working from home in another state. To prevent tax surprises for you and your employees, understanding how to classify wages will avoid penalties and amending tax filings.
On May 15, 2020, the SBA published its PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, with instructions, providing some clarity about allowing borrowers to use their regular payroll schedule. Borrowers were concerned about matching their payroll cycle to the testing or covered period in the forgiveness formula.
Arizona Governor Ducey announced retail, including retailers in indoor shopping malls, pools, gyms, fitness providers, spas, massage therapists, and personal services may open on May 13, 2020, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation.
The Trump Administration extended the deadline for companies to repay PPP loans from May 7, 2020 to May 14, 2020. The decision comes after many groups and organizations requested the administration provide additional time for companies to determine if they would return the funds.
The IRS and SBA issued guidance clarifying certain rules about PPP. Whether you have a loan already or preparing to apply, you should be aware of tax responsibilities and disbursement rules.
On April 29, 2020, Governor Ducey loosen some Stay Home restrictions, including a phased in approach for retail stores effective May 4, 2020. The Stay Home order remains in effect through May 15, 2020, with modifications.
According to HHS, a portion of the $100 billion Provider Relief Fund will be used to reimburse healthcare providers, at Medicare rates, for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured. As a condition, providers are obligated to abstain from “balance billing” any patient for COVID-related treatment.
Many Arizona small businesses received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to maintain payroll levels from loss of revenue. The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an Interim Final Rule addressing eligibility issues and requirements for certain pledges. The CARES Act requires the SBA to issue additional guidance on rules for loan forgiveness by April 27, 2020.
The April 15, 2020 deadline for filing and paying Arizona and federal income taxes for the 2019 calendar year is July 15, 2020. The Arizona due date for first quarter estimated tax payments has not changed and remains April 15, 2020.
The CARES Act grants a payroll tax credit for employment taxes owed by certain eligible employers. Employers may be able to defer the employer portion of any Social Security taxes for the period beginning on March 27, 2020, and ending before January 1, 2021.
Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending commercial tenant evictions, including lock out, notice to vacate, or any other attempt to inhibit the operations of a business associated with inability to pay rent caused by COVID-19. The Executive Order expires on May 31, 2020.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.
According to Eric Stevenson, President, Nationwide Retirement Plans, advisors to retirement plans will play a critical role, stating “This is the time they have to be more visible than they have ever been,” said Stevenson. “They have to be in constant communication with plan sponsors, even if from a distance.”
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Economic Injury Grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private nonprofits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance.
The Small Business Debt Relief Program provides immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, such as 7(a), 504, and microloans. Eligibility requirements for 7(a), 504, and microloans, along with other resources, are in this article.
Business owners should consider the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist them through this critical time. We highly recommend they contact their lending institution to start the lending process and begin gathering information that may be required for their application.
On March 30, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Arizona’s version of a stay-at-home executive order. Unique to Arizona, the Governor’s order includes a strong focus on mental health and encourages Arizonans to participate in outdoor activities in accordance with social distancing measures.
Governor Ducey declared most Arizona counties, including Maricopa, a disaster area. This means business owners can apply for low-interest loans online through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Application Portal.
On March 20, 2020, the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) announced it moved the deadline for filing and paying state income taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020 following direction by Governor Doug Ducey.
On March 17, 2020, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that, while the due date for filing 2019 tax returns would not be postponed, the IRS would waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days. The waiver only applies to individual taxpayers owing up to $1 million in taxes and corporations owing up to $10 million in taxes.