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.
The IRS announced an inflation-adjusted increase to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2021. HSAs are savings accounts that employees can use with a high-deductible health plan to cover higher deductibles and copays.
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 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released a poll showing that Americans across the political spectrum believe that employers must have protections from COVID-related lawsuits. The poll shows more than 6-in-10 Americans say Congress should extend liability protections to employers.
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.
April 15, 2020 is the deadline for taxpayers to claim tax credits on their 2019 individual income taxes for donations to qualifying charitable organizations (QCO), certified school tuition organizations (STOs), and public schools.
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.
Technology has profoundly changed how business works. Its influence is everywhere, from smart homes to business operations. The future will only continue to add new ways technology is used.
As of January 31, 2020, employers should use the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, released on October 21, 2019. The form’s version is located at the bottom left corner, with the expiration date of October 31, 2022 in the top left corner.
The IRS is launching a new identity protection program that prevents anyone who has stolen your Social Security number from using it to file a fraudulent tax return. How does it work? Are you eligible for the program?
The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) issued several key reminders for 2019 tax year filings. The individual income tax filing season for state and federal returns opens on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Congratulations to Stephen J. Rodis, CPA on his three year appointment to the Arizona District Export Council by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. As a member, Steve will engage and support U.S. small and medium-sized businesses that focus on U.S. exporting.
President Trump signed the SECURE Act of 2019 as part of the government’s spending bill and Congress is planning to enact a number of changes that will significantly affect the retirement landscape. The SECURE Act encourages employers to offer retirement plans that were considered too expensive to administer and allows small employers to set up and offer 401(k) plans.
It took until May 27, 2019, but Arizona made some significant changes for the 2019 tax year to conform to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Outlined are the major changes impacting individuals and businesses.
Since deferring income into another year is no longer an option, retirement contributions are a great way to reduce adjusted gross income (AGI). Some options include IRAs and retirement savings to lower taxes. Outlined are options for maximizing retirement savings.
ASC 606 became effective for public companies in 2018 and privately-held companies in 2019. Previously, the reporting standard varied according to industry. Now, under ASC 606, the standard is industry neutral, making it more transparent.
New final and proposed regulations will affect U.S. shareholders eligible for global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI). These regulations will cause companies to reassess the relationship between their GILTI income and Part F income.