Tag: COVID-19

IRS CP59 Notices Possibly Sent in Error to Taxpayers

  • February 23, 2021
  • Maria Montie, CPA, MST, CVA, MAFF

Earlier this month, the IRS issued notices to approximately 260,000 taxpayers stating they haven't filed their 2019 federal tax return. These notices, referred to as CP59 notices , are issued yearly to identified taxpayers who have failed to file tax...

Qualified disaster relief payments can be used for employees’ COVID-19 pandemic expenses

The past year has seen an unprecedented number of formerly office-bound employees reclassify as work-from-home.  For some, this change will be temporary, but employers who choose to reimburse employees for work-from-home expenses like office supplies and technology upgrades may make...

Business owners may be eligible to request an increase to already-distributed PPP1 Loan

With the recent changes to the first distribution of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP1) rules, the following situations may allow for PPP1 recipients to be eligible for an increase to the amount they originally received: EIDL Grant Reduced PPP1 Forgiveness...

$15 billion in pandemic relief for Shuttered Venue Operators coming soon

Applications will open soon for the $15 billion Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program, administered by the SBA and created by the December 2020 Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act.  Funds are expected to be exhausted quickly,...

Employee Retention Tax Credit significantly modified and expanded for businesses

The recent Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, amended and extended the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) under section 2301 of the CARES Act.  Two key changes to the ERTC are: 1.  The ERTC is...

IRS delays start of 2020 tax filing season to Feb. 12, 2021

  • January 22, 2021
  • ShindelRock

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.  It has advised people to file their returns electronically and...

Forgiveness application for PPP loans of $150,000 or less now available

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury published updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness guidance and forms, including a one-page application for borrowers that received a PPP loan of $150,000 or less: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S.  The...

Two new relief programs open to Michigan small businesses hurt by pandemic

The state of Michigan has authorized a $58.5 million grant program for businesses hurt by the 2020 pandemic, split into two separate programs: Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program, a $55 million program with grants of up to $20,000 to help...

$900 COVID-19 Relief Bill offers new help for individuals and businesses

Congress approved a long-awaited and far-reaching $900 billion pandemic rescue package.  The bill will include direct payments of up to $600 per adult and dependents (for those making less than $75,000 a year filing single or $150,000 married filing jointly), although there...

SR Client Question: Do I need to refile my unemployment claim to receive extended benefits?

The newly passed COVID-19 Relief Bill offers extended federal unemployment benefits for states like Michigan.  It appears, at least at this time, that recipients currently receiving unemployment benefits do NOT need to refile to be eligible for the extension.  There...