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Be Alert for Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Due to the pandemic and current economic climate, unemployment insurance fraud is a growing area of concern. Many states have adopted an online unemployment filing process, which makes it easier for individuals to file legitimate claims but also opens the door for fraudulent claims. A recent data breach with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) may have exacerbated the problem for Illinois taxpayers; however, this type of fraud is not limited to individuals in the state of Illinois.
Unusual Year Steers Year-End Tax Strategies
Like so many things this year, the recommended practices for your annual end-of-the-year tax planning reflect the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-flung effects. The economic impact, as well as federal relief packages like the CARES Act, may render some tried-and-true strategies for reducing your income tax liability less advisable for 2020.
Extended Benefit Claims And Appeals Periods During COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal agencies have extended certain claims and appeals periods for employee pension benefits plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The relief also applies to qualifying group health plans, as well as eligible disability plans and other employee welfare benefit plans.
The Red Flags Are Many When Borrowing From Your Retirement Plan
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people borrowing from their companies’ qualified retirement plans, and the CARES Act provides some temporary rule changes to this loan type. However, given the risks and costs of borrowing from a retirement plan, it should generally be viewed as a last resort. Subtracting funds from your retirement plan will leave less for your heirs if you were to unexpectedly die before you can repay the loan.
The Possible Tax Consequences of PPP Loans
If your business was fortunate enough to get a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan taken out in connection with the COVID-19 crisis, you should be aware of the potential tax implications.
CARES Act Made Changes To Excess Business Losses
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act made changes to excess business losses. This includes some changes that are retroactive and there may be opportunities for some businesses to file amended tax returns. If you hold an interest in a business, or may do so in the future, here is more information about the changes.
The President’s Action To Defer Payroll Taxes: What Does It Mean For Your Business?
On August 8, President Trump signed four executive actions, including a Presidential Memorandum to defer the employee’s portion of Social Security taxes for some people. These actions were taken in an effort to offer more relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After You File Your Tax Return: 3 Issues To Consider
The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns has been extended until July 15 this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After your 2019 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, there may still be some issues to bear in mind. Here are three considerations.
COVID-19-Related Leave Donation Programs Now Eligible For Tax Relief
The IRS recently announced special tax relief for leave-based donation programs set up by employers to aid those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under such programs, an employer can allow its employees to give up vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for a cash contribution by the employer to a qualified charitable organization.
If You’re Selling Your Home, Don’t Forget About Taxes
Traditionally, spring and summer are popular times for selling a home. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a slowdown in sales. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that existing home sales in April decreased year-over-year, 17.2% from a year ago. One bit of good news is that home prices are up. The median existing-home price in April was $286,800, up 7.4% from April 2019, according to the NAR.
SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.
Student Loan Interest: Can You Deduct It on Your Tax Return?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains some assistance to borrowers with federal student loans. Notably, federal loans were automatically placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows borrowers to temporarily stop making monthly payments. This payment suspension is scheduled to last until September 30, 2020.

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