The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law in late December 2020, allocated additional funding for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) — for both first-time and so-called “second-draw” borrowers who’ve been hit by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes several critical provisions related to loan forgiveness and tax…

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The new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides eligible families with an enhanced child and dependent care credit for 2021. This is the credit available for expenses a taxpayer pays for the care of qualifying children under the age of 13 so that the taxpayer can be gainfully employed. Note that a credit reduces your…

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If you’re self-employed as a sole proprietor, partner or limited liability company (LLC) member, COVID-relief legislation passed in 2020 included tax breaks that may affect your 2020 personal federal income tax return. In some cases, the tax savings may be significant. Here are two important COVID-related tax breaks that every self-employed individual should consider before…

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With the COVID-19 crisis pushing people across the country into financial hardship, it’s natural that some nonprofits want to extend a helping hand to staff members. The good news is that the federal tax code provides a way to make tax-free direct payments to employees in need. This article explains the type of events that…

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President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319) on March 11, 2021. Among the act’s many provisions are several tax items including the tax treatment of 2020 unemployment benefits, the phaseout ranges for economic impact payments, and the treatment of student loan debt forgiveness were changed by the Senate. Below…

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In an effort to target smaller businesses, the Biden administration abruptly changed crucial rules to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It is intended to help the smallest and neediest companies, which have sometimes struggled to obtain aid from the federal relief effort.   What are the five changes to the Paycheck Protection Program?   1.…

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Many people are more concerned about their 2020 tax bills right now than they are about their 2021 tax situations. That’s understandable because your 2020 individual tax return is due to be filed in less than three months (unless you file an extension). However, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with tax amounts that…

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form 1099

The 1099-MISC form has been used in the past to report certain payments, including nonemployee compensation, to the IRS. Beginning with tax year 2020, the Form 1099-MISC has been redesigned due to the creation of Form 1099-NEC. Employers will no longer report nonemployee compensation, such as payments to independent contractors, on Form 1099-MISC, they will…

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act (the Act), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, contains changes that allow many businesses previously ineligible for the employee retention tax credit to consider applying now. The ERC, a refundable payroll tax credit, can now be claimed by businesses even if they borrowed funds through the Payroll Protection…

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