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COVID-19 Plagues the IRS’s 2020 List of Dirty Dozen Tax Scams by Joseph L. Saka, CPA/PFS

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 health crisis has permeated almost every aspect of life in 2020. According to the IRS, the pandemic has even spread to the agency’s annual list of the 12 most common tax scams criminals use to steal taxpayers’ money and personal information. Following are the “Dirty Dozen” schemes to […]

Which COVID-19-Related Payroll Tax Credits Is My Business Eligible to Receive? by Cherry Laufenberg, CPA

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. enacted laws providing a variety of financial-relief measures to support businesses struggling to maintain operations and payroll through the crisis period. Key among those provisions are tax credits for businesses that retain employees despite full or partial suspensions of their operations and that continue to pay […]

Avoid Elevated Risks of Fraud and Other Financial Scams Related to COVID-19 by Rick D. Bazzani, CPA

The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed the pace of financial crimes targeting taxpayers. In fact, the IRS Criminal Investigation division (CI) has noted an increase in coronavirus-related scams seeking to steal taxpayers’ money and personal information. Reducing your risks of falling victim to these schemes requires you to take precautionary measures to secure your data […]

IRS Provides COVID-19 Relief for Opportunity Zone Investors by Arkadiy Eric Green, CPA

On June 4, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS issued another round of guidance relaxing certain deadlines and requirements that Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) investors and funds must meet in order to obtain preferential tax benefits. As a reminder, the QOZ program, introduced by Congress in December 2017 provides investors with potential […]

Estate Planning in the Time of COVID-19 by Christopher Taarick, JD, LLM

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it, threatening our physical and financial well-being, potentially for years to come. Just as social distancing and other safer-at-home measures have been implemented to help you protect your health, there are some estate planning strategies you should consider at this time to help you protect your […]

Nonresident Aliens, Foreign Businesses, U.S. Expats May Receive Relief from U.S. Tax Problems Arising from COVID-19 by Arthur Dichter, JD, LLM

The IRS has issued a series of guidance providing relief for nonresident alien individuals, foreign businesses and U.S. expats living and working abroad who may be adversely affected by the COVID-19 international travel restrictions and forced to prolong their stays in the United States. In general, individuals who meet U.S. residency tests are considered resident […]

Have You Suffered Any Losses Due to COVID-19? Some 2020 Losses May Be Deductible in 2019 by Arthur J. Lieberman

The COVID-19 crisis has caused major economic hardship for many companies, making it imperative for businesses of all kinds to increase cash flow to ensure survival. Taxpayers should not overlook the potential to reduce 2019 taxes and/or generate refunds of taxes previously paid from 2014 through 2018 by making an election to deduct eligible 2020 […]

Importers Receive COVID-19 Relief, Approval to Delay Payments of Duties, Taxes, Fees by Jim Spencer, CPA

The U.S. Treasury and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are granting much-needed relief to importers and critical supply-chain businesses struggling with restricted operations and rising financial difficulties through the COVID-19 pandemic. Under a temporary interim-final rule, eligible importers have the option to defer for 90 days deposits of estimated duties, taxes and fees on merchandise […]

UPDATED – COVID-19 Economic Relief Extended to Mid-Size Businesses by Joel Glick, CPA/CFF, CFE, CGMA

The Federal Reserve Bank has announced it will expand the eligibility and scope of its Main Street Lending Program, introduced on April 9 to provide up to $600 billion in stimulus to businesses suffering under the economic strain of the COVID-19 health crisis. While the recent guidance adds a third loan facility and extends loan […]

UPDATED – Some Opportunity Zone Investment Deadlines Extended by Federally Declared Disaster for COVID-19 by Arthur J. Lieberman

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a variety of commercial transactions to a screeching halt. For businesses and investors involved in the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program, this temporary pause can delay their ability to meet the program’s statutory time constraints, which may expose them to excise-tax penalties. However, relief from some deadlines currently is available […]

UPDATED – COVID-19 Loans for Small Businesses, Not-For-Profits, Independent Contractors by Judd Appel, ABV

Small businesses and non-profits organizations suffering significant losses and risk of permanent closure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for financial assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL). The PPP, which offers potential loan forgiveness, was created under the government’s $2.2 […]

COVID-19 CARES Act Provides Significant Benefits to Property Owners and Others That Invest Capital in Commercial Real Estate Improvements by Angie Adames, CPA

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) grants a 15-year depreciation period to qualified improvement property (QIP), making it eligible to bonus depreciation. With this legislation, businesses with commercial real estate holdings may immediately write-off expenses incurred to improve the interiors of non-residential buildings rather than depreciating those costs over 39 years. This […]

Congress Passed COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package, Expands Assistance for Businesses by Edward N. Cooper, CPA

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to increase, Congress on March 27 approved its third stimulus package to provide more than $2 trillion in much-needed financial relief to U.S. businesses and families. Following is a brief overview of some of the business-friendly provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic […]

Businesses Affected by COVID-19 May Receive Financial Relief from Bank Lenders by Brent Leslie, CPA

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a letter on March 13 encouraging the country’s banks and credit unions to be especially accommodative to borrowers whose business operations have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the notice specifically recommends financial institutions be flexible when working with entities in industries hard-hit by the virus, relief may […]

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Introduces COVID-19 Response Team, Helps Individuals and Businesses Respond to Challenges by Andrew Leonard, CPA

The spread of the coronavirus and the rapid pace at which taxpayers must make critical decisions and adapt to shifting policies and regulations will leave an indelible mark on individuals and businesses for generations to come. While change is expected, you do not have to face it alone. The tax, audit, business-consulting and business-valuation advisors […]

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Karen Lake Appointed as Chairwoman of Florida TaxWatch’s COVID-19 Taxpayer Tax Force

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., – June 2, 2020 – Florida TaxWatch, a non-partisan, non-profit research institute and government watchdog for the state of Florida. has appointed Berkowitz Pollack Brant Associate Director Karen A. Lake, CPA, as chairwoman of its COVID-19 Taxpayer Tax Force. The task force will identify and analyze key state and local tax issues […]