Category: COVID-19

COVID-19

IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Retention Tax Credit for Employers Under CARES Act by Andreea Cioara, CPA


Posted on April 02, 2020 by Andreea Cioara-Schinas

The IRS today provided details on how it will implement the payroll tax credit included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which encourages U.S. businesses to retain and continue paying employees through the COVID-19 health crisis even when their businesses are shuttered. What is the Employee Retention Credit? The Employee […]

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


Posted on April 01, 2020 by Angie Adames

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


Posted on March 30, 2020 by Edward Cooper

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 […]

IRS Takes More Steps to Ease Taxpayers’ Outstanding Tax Burdens by Cherry Laufenberg, CPA


Posted on March 30, 2020 by Cherry Laufenberg

Following on the heels of the 2019 federal income tax filing extension, the IRS is instituting additional programs to help individuals and businesses meet their previously unpaid tax liabilities while struggling with the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency has already closed many offices, including Taxpayer Assistance Centers, and reduced its operations to focus on […]

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


Posted on March 27, 2020 by Brent Leslie

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


Posted on March 26, 2020 by Andrew Leonard

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 […]

Taxpayers Have More Time to Make Contributions to Certain Retirement Plans, HSAs for 2019 by Rick D. Bazzani, CPA


Posted on March 25, 2020 by Rick Bazzani

The IRS has clarified that the extension of the 2019 federal income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, also applies to taxpayers’ contributions to traditional IRAs, solo 401(k)s and health savings accounts (HSAs). Generally, the deadline for making these contributions is the due date of the taxpayer’s federal income tax return filing, which is […]

IRS Extends Federal Tax Filing, Payment Deadlines to July 15 by Steven G. Messing, JD, CPA


Posted on March 24, 2020 by Steve Messing

In response to COVID-19 and its impact on U.S. taxpayers, the IRS officially postponed the 2019 federal income tax filing and payment deadlines from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. These automatic filing and payment extensions apply to all individual taxpayers (including the self-employed), trusts and estates, C corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs) and other […]