Entries by Janis

IRS to Issue Advanced Child Tax Credits

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for the tax year 2021. Payments for the increased child tax credit will begin on July 15th. Child Tax Credit Increase For the tax year 2021 only, families claiming the CTC will receive up to $3,000 per qualifying child between the […]

IRS Pushes Tax Deadline

Taxpayers now have more time to compile their 2020 income taxes as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) moves this year’s tax-filing deadline to May 17th, offering taxpayers and their accountants a huge sigh of relief. This move comes following many pleas from lawmakers and accountants to extend the deadline amid recent changes to U.S. tax […]

All About Gift Tax

When giving assets to a beneficiary, whether cash or property, the government may want to know about it and might even want to collect what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) refers to as a gift tax.  Fortunately, a large portion of some gifts or estate assets are excluded from taxation and there are numerous ways […]

Cryptocurrency and Tax Law

The IRS has increased scrutiny on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions in its effort to make those aware who previously neglected to declare these forms of virtual investments. The first question on the 2020 tax year Form 1040 for individuals asks about virtual currency transactions. However, the degree to which the investment is taxed depends […]

Why File a Tax Extension

There are a variety of reasons for filing a tax extension; however, having an extra six months to complete the filing process would be at the top, particularly for the 2020 tax year. Aside from normal tweaks to tax laws, American taxpayers may need extra time to sift through the many changes made through the […]

Mortgage Lenders Look to Public Filing and SPACs

The mortgage industry was exceptionally lucrative in 2020 due to a surge in refinance loans triggered by historically low interest rates. Loan refinancing comprised over 50 percent of loan originations in 2020. According to data provider Black Knight, the mortgage industry originated more than $4.4 trillion in loans in 2020, about $300 billion more than […]

Highlights of 2020 Tax Changes & Updates

As the 2021 filing season rapidly approaches, here is a reminder of the federal tax law changes and updates that will affect individual 2020 income tax returns. For the tax year 2020, the tax rates are the same but there are some changes to the income brackets to account for inflation.     2020 Marginal […]

Employee Retention Credit

The recently signed stimulus package included considerable enhancements to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). The new law, known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) expands the ERC under the CARES Act that went into effect January 1, 2021, with the covered wage period extended until June 20, 2021. The new legislation is also retroactive to […]

Economic Recovery and Stimulus

President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“the Act”). The Act is made up of the Additional Coronavirus Response and Relief Act (ACRRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2020. The approximately $900 billion of pandemic stimulus provides emergency relief for both individuals and businesses, and consists of […]

Guidance for PPP 2.0

The latest stimulus bill passed by Congress allocates $284 billion to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new legislation is said to have tighter requirements with more relaxed tax regulations. PPP round two reopens the program for first-time borrowers provides better flexibility for spending PPP funds, and, under certain conditions, allows prior […]