Category: COVID-19

COVID-19

Businesses Surprised to Receive ACA Penalties by Adam Cohen, CPA


Posted on October 26, 2020 by Adam Cohen

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law in 2010 and effective for tax years beginning in 2014, continues to be a source of political and legal contention. Today, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business closures and job losses, Republican lawmakers and business owners in 20 states prepare to argue before the Supreme Court […]

But I Already Paid the Tax by Jeffrey M. Mutnik, CPA/PFS


Posted on August 27, 2020 by Jeffrey Mutnik

The IRS typically takes about two weeks to process paper tax returns and payments it receives via mail from taxpayers. However, 2020 is far from typical. In the current environment, taxpayers should be prepared for some challenges, some of which the IRS is working to alleviate. Due to the IRS’s temporarily shut down of most […]

2019 Tax Refunds to be Delayed by Joanie B. Stein, CPA


Posted on July 30, 2020 by Joanie Stein

The COVID-19 pandemic that precipitated a three-month delay of the 2019 federal income tax filing deadline is also requiring taxpayers to wait longer than usual to receive any refunds to which they may be entitled. It is not unusual for taxpayers to view refunds as welcome surprises they can use to free-up cash flow, pay […]

Businesses Have More Time to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans by Joseph C. Leuchter, CPA


Posted on July 15, 2020 by Joseph Leuchter

Congress agreed to extend the timeline of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to August 8, giving small businesses and nonprofit organizations an additional five weeks to apply for potentially forgivable government-backed loans. The PPP was introduced by the CARES Act to help qualifying businesses, nonprofits and self-employed taxpayers maintain operations and retail employees through the […]

Health Care Spending Rules Relax Further under CARES Act by Adam Cohen, CPA


Posted on July 09, 2020 by Adam Cohen

The IRS recently issued new guidance providing individuals with more flexibility to use their employer-sponsored health-benefit plans, including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs), to cover the unique medical and dependent-care expenses required during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the CARES Act, high-deductible health plans (HDHP) may temporarily cover telehealth and other remote-health […]