Section 139: Qualified Disaster Payments

At this point, most people have heard about relief measures the government has enacted in the wake of Covid-19, but there remains one opportunity to harvest that has had little discussion surrounding it—Section 139 Qualified Disaster Payments.  Background  Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code was established

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Are You Withholding Taxes on Your State Unemployment Compensation?

Many people erroneously believe that state unemployment compensation is not considered taxable income, resulting in quite an unpleasant surprise at tax time when they realize their mistake.  With a record number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits due to the Covid-19 pandemic and struggling to make ends

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Business Owners—Taking Money Out of a Business

When taking money out of a business, transactions must be carefully structured to avoid unwanted tax consequences or damage to the business entity. If the loan and repayments are not set up and processed properly, the IRS can reclassify the funding as nondeductible capital contributions and classify

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CARES Act: Charitable Giving Changes Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented unique opportunities for charitable giving for the 2020 tax year, which has been addressed in the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the new guidelines, which apply to the 2020 tax year only, taxpayers can donate 100 percent of their

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Reporting Requirements for Virtual Currency

As cryptocurrency continues to evolve as a valuable commodity, the IRS has issued guidance on the reporting requirements associated with the acquisition and sale of it. What is cryptocurrency?  Cryptocurrency, also known as digital or virtual currency, is a digital asset that is secured by encryption techniques

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Failure to File: Covid-19 Update

Due to Covid-19, the IRS extended the tax return filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.  If you are unable to file your return by this date, you may request an extension which will give you until October 15, 2020 to submit your tax return.  However,

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Inherited IRAs and the SECURE Act of 2019

At the end of 2019, the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) was signed into law, modifying required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for inherited IRAs and retirement accounts. Under the SECURE Act, inherited IRAs and retirement accounts must be distributed and taxed within

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