The IRS has reminded taxpayers that a special tax provision will permit more individuals to easily deduct donations of up to $600 to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return. Gener...
The IRS will launch a new feature on November 1, 2021, allowing any family receiving monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments to update their income using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP). T...
The IRS has updated its frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion. These updated FAQs are: (1) Question 2, Topic D: Amended Return (Form 1040-X); (2) Questions 8...
In October and November of 2021, the IRS is sending informational-only CP256V Notices to self-employed individuals and household employers that chose to defer paying certain Social Security taxes unde...
The IRS has provided FAQs regarding Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFR Funds). The FAQs detail the tax consequences for individual recipients and the reporting requirements for th...
The IRS has released frequently asked questions (FAQs) detailing reporting directions for certain passthrough entities and taxpayers partnership interests reporting held in connection with the perfo...
The IRS has updated how users sign in and verify their identity for certain IRS online services with a mobile-friendly platform. The platform relies on trusted third parties and provides an improved u...
In its November 2021 issue of tax news, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) provides information on a variety of corporate and personal income tax issues, including the following:Guidance on subm...
Welcome and thank you for visiting our Website. In addition to providing you with a profile of our firm and the services we provide, this Website has been designed to become a helpful resource tool to you, our valued clients and visitors. Our dedication to superior client service has brought us to the Internet as we endeavor to continue to provide the highest quality professional service and guidance.
January 6, 2021
On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) was signed into law. The CAA contains both the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR). In addition to providing for stimulus payments of $600 per taxpayer and qualifying child, the CAA also contains numerous tax provisions and extenders as follows:
Do note that any of the below provisions that are applicable to income tax at the state level, California may not conform.
Increased deduction for medical expenses – The CAA permanently decreases the limitation for deducting medical expenses to 7.5% of adjusted gross income (“AGI”). Previous law only allowed for a deduction of medical expenses in excess of 10% of AGI.
Child Tax Credit & Earned Income Credit (“CTC” & “EIC”) – The CAA allows individuals to use their earned income from 2019, if greater, to calculate their CTC & EIC for 2020.
Charitable contributions for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions – The CARES act, passed earlier in 2020, created a new above-the-line deduction for charitable contributions made in 2020 for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions. The maximum allowable deduction is $300 ($600 for a married couple). The CAA extends this rule through 2021.
Income limitations for charitable contributions – Under previous law, charitable contributions to qualified organizations were generally limited to 60% of a taxpayer’s AGI. The CARES act removed the limitation for 2020; the new Act also removes the limitation for 2021.
Education credits – The CAA removes the above the line deduction for tuition and fees in exchange for an expanded application of the Lifetime Learning credit. This applies to tax years 2021 and beyond.
Exclusion from income for forgiveness of qualified principal residence indebtedness – Forgiveness of debt is generally included in taxable income. An exception applied for forgiveness of debt that was used to acquire a personal residence. The maximum which could be excluded was $2 million for a married couple. This provision was set to expire in 2020. The CAA extends this exclusion through 2025, but at a reduced amount of $750,000.
Mortgage insurance premiums – The CAA extends the deduction for qualified mortgage insurance premiums through 2021.
Retirement plan distributions – The CAA allows for distributions from retirement plans of up to $100,000 without being subject to the 10% penalty that applies to early retirement distributions. The distribution, however, will be subject to income tax over a 3-year period. This extends the relief provided in the CARES Act & expands the eligibility to all taxpayers.
FSA Plans – Employers may choose to allow a carryover of unused funds from 2020 to 2021 and from 2021 to 2022 or to extend the grace period for spending unused FSA funds to 12 months after the plan year.
Extension of Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) credits for paid sick and family leave – The FFCRA, passed earlier in 2020, provided employers a payroll tax credit for paid sick and family leave due to COVID-19. The Act extends this credit through March 31, 2021.
Employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave – Earlier tax law allowed businesses to claim a general business credit for paid family and medical leave up to 12 weeks per year. The provision was set to expire at the end of 2020; the Act extends this credit through 2025.
Work opportunity credit – The work opportunity credit is available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups. The credit was set to expire at the end of 2020. The CAA extends the credit through 2025.
Expansion of Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”) – The CARES Act provided a 50% credit for companies who continued to pay their employees during a COVID-19 imposed lockdown. The CAA expands eligibility for the ERC, increases the credit to 70%, and extends the credit through June 30, 2021.
Extension of deferred payroll taxes – President Trump signed an executive memorandum in August 2020 allowing employers to defer the employee’s share of social security taxes between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. The taxes were required to be repaid through a reduction in the employee’s pay between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021. The CAA extends the required repayment period to December 31, 2021.
Employer payment of student loans – The CAA extends the current CARES act provision which allows employers to repay education loans incurred by their employees, which was set to expire at the end of 2020. The CAA extends the provision to 2025. The maximum annual payment is $5,250.
Business Tax Provisions
Deductions for expenses paid using PPP loan proceeds – The CAA clarifies the original intention of the PPP loan program and allows for full deduction of any expense paid for using PPP loan proceeds.
Bringing back the business lunch – The CAA temporarily allows for a full 100% deduction for meals provided by restaurants that are paid or incurred in 2021 or 2022.
Qualified disaster relief contributions – The CAA creates a new category of “qualified disaster relief contributions” for qualifying contributions made to organizations for disaster relief efforts. Contributions must be made between January 1, 2020 and 60 days after passage of the Act. Corporations could receive a deduction of up to 100% of taxable income.
Accelerated depreciation of residential rental property for electing real property trade or business – Real property trades or businesses subject to the interest expense limitations of 163(j) may choose to make an election. Under the election, the interest limitations will not apply; however, the taxpayer must use ADS depreciation rules resulting in a longer useful life and lower depreciation expense each year. Under prior law, residential rental property placed in service prior to January 1, 2018 was subject to a 40-year ADS useful life. The CAA changes this to a 30-year ADS useful life if the taxpayer was not subject to ADS prior to January 1, 2018.
More information can on CAA can be found here:
September 9, 2020
California law conforms to Federal Income Tax treatment of PPP Loan Forgiveness
On September 9, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1577 into law, which amends California’s tax code as it relates to loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.
PPP loans are subject to forgiveness when borrowers use proceeds to pay for payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities. For PPP loan borrowers, for purposes of federal income taxation, existing federal law EXCLUDED from gross income any amounts of PPP loans that are FORGIVEN.
With the passage of AB 1577 adds of sections 17131.9 and 24308.6 to the California Revenue and Taxation Code, California tax law, effective for taxable years on and after January 1, 2020, California tax law conforms to federal income tax law. Gross income is not to include any covered loan amount forgiven pursuant to the CARES Act, the PPP and Health Care Enhancement Act, or the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.
Regarding deductions paid from PPP loans, AB 1577 provides that any credit or deduction allowed for any amount paid or incurred by a taxpayer upon which the state income and franchise tax exclusions are based shall be reduced by the amount of the exclusion allowed under the new law. California tax law is consistent with federal tax law and under AB 1577 denies business expense deductions for expenses paid using forgiven PPP loan funds.
Our office is open but due to covid, we are not accepting face to face meetings at this time.
Encourage communication to our office via phone, email, fax, and written correspondence.
Our office is receiving mail, 3rd party delivery services, and clients may drop off packages at our socially distanced table within our reception area.
We do expect masks to be worn by all visitors to our office.
Good health to all
While browsing through our Website, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have - we'd love to hear from you. We pride ourselves on being proactive and responsive to our clients' inquiries and suggestions.