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1099-MISC: Who should receive them, why proper classification is essential, and how to remediate errors

Form 1099-MISC is due to vendors by Jan. 31 for payments made the preceding year to non-corporate independent contractors. The IRS requires form W-9 to be completed before any payment is made to a vendor. Businesses do NOT have to issue a 1099 to any vendor that indicates on the Form W-9 that they are a corporation unless the payments were to an attorney. Employee or Contractor?  To determine if an individual is an employee or an independent contractor, consider the IRS 3-Factor Test: The Behavioral Test:  Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and...

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No Change in 2021 Limits for Qualified Transportation Benefits

Maximum Monthly Amounts Remain at $270 The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2021 taxable year, along with annually adjusted numbers for 2021 for a number of other tax provisions. The combined monthly limit for transportation in a commuter highway vehicle and any transit pass remains unchanged from 2020 at $270. The monthly limit in 2021 for qualified parking is also unchanged from 2020, also at $270....

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SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Borrowers and Lenders May Rely on the Guidance Provided in the New FAQs On Oct. 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the forgiveness of loans issued under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and was designed to provide a direct incentive for employers to keep their workers on the payroll. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well...

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IRS issues final regulations on the deduction for meals and entertainment

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The 2017 TCJA generally eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. However, taxpayers may still deduct business expenses related to food and beverages if certain requirements are met. These final regulations address the disallowance of the deduction for expenditures related to entertainment, amusement or recreation activities, including the applicability of certain exceptions to this disallowance.  They also provide guidance to determine whether an activity is...

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IRS Updates Per Diem Rates

The IRS has updated the rules for using per diem rates to substantiate the amount of business expenses paid or incurred while traveling away from home. The full notice from the IRS can be viewed here. Highlights include the following: $66 for any travel locality within the continental United States and $71 for any travel locale outside the continental U.S. for special meal and incidental expenses rates for taxpayers in the transportation industry. $5 per day for any locality of travel within or outside the U.S. for the incidental expenses only deduction For purposes of the high-low substantiation method, the per...

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Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance

President Trump issued an executive order on August 8, 2020 allowing employers to defer employee’s social security taxes for certain employees for the period beginning September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-65 providing additional guidance on August 28, 2020. The executive order defers the employer’s obligation to withhold, deposit and pay the 6.2% Social Security tax for employees. It applies to employees who “generally” make less than $4,000 bi-weekly, calculated on a pre-tax basis, which equates to $104,000 annually. Any deferred Social Security taxes would then be collected from the...

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Be Alert About Email Phishing Scams – Bad Actors Seeking to Take Advantage through “SBA Loan Application”

In the wake of emergency assistance available to help small businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the SBA is urging disaster loan applicants seeking federal aid to be alert to phishing campaigns and scams. These malicious actors are impersonating the SBA and its Office of Disaster Assistance to collect personally identifiable information (PII) for fraudulent purposes. The SBA is particularly concerned about scam emails that are targeting applicants of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program asking them to verify their accounts using a third-party online platform to collect personally identifiable information. Watch Out for Phony Emails Asking for Your...

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July 15 Due Date Approaches for Federal Income Tax Returns and Payments

The due date for federal income tax returns and payments is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the original due date for filing federal income tax returns and making tax payments was postponed by the IRS from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. No interest, penalties, or additions to tax are incurred by taxpayers during this 90-day relief period for any return or payment postponed under this relief provision. The relief applied automatically to all taxpayers, who did not need to file any additional forms to qualify for the relief. The relief applied to federal income tax...

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PPP forgiveness changes coming as Senate passes House bill

The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation Wednesday night, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans. The bill passed in a unanimous voice vote hours after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson initially blocked it. Among the key provisions is a change in the threshold for the amount of PPP funds required to be spent on payroll costs to qualify for forgiveness to 60% of the loan amount. The Senate approval sent the House bill, called the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, to...

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UPDATE: Tax Day MOVED from April 15 – July 15; Includes filing ad payments.

Today, Friday, March 20, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin tweeted: “We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Mnuchin said. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.” "Corporations can get an extension on up to $10 million, and individuals can defer up to $1 million of tax liability," and Mnuchin said Tuesday at a news conference. This includes 1st quarter 2020 federal estimated tax payments normally due 4/15/2020.  These payments can be deferred to 7/15/2020 without an estimated tax payment penalty, SIMA continues to monitor decisions by the...

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