Time rules are eased for the substantial presence test for foreign citizens in the US and the foreign earned income exclusion for US citizens abroad.
Advocacy & Tax Relief
The IRS provided guidance on how businesses can take advantage of CARES Act tax provisions.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS is allowing employers to permit their employees to change their health coverage elections or dependent care elections during the year and is extending the carryover period for health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) expenses.
The AICPA has made a broad range of legislative recommendations to encourage economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bill introduced in the Senate would clarify that ordinary expenses funded by Paycheck Protection Program loans are deductible by taxpayers. If enacted, this would overrule a recent IRS notice saying the expenses are not deductible.
Eileen Sherr, CPA, CGMA, describes her work with state CPA societies as they advocate with state tax authorities for coronavirus-related taxpayer relief at the state and local level, and resources for keeping track of each jurisdiction’s response.
As the coronavirus pandemic became a public health menace and damaged the economy, the AICPA took the lead in advocating for relief on behalf of the accounting profession and the public.
Here are legislative and IRS responses to the coronavirus outbreak.
Individuals and businesses can avoid having their prolonged stay in a country affect their tax residence if their cross-border travel was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, under limited relief the IRS announced in two revenue procedures and FAQs.
In a letter to Treasury and the IRS, the AICPA pointed out several issues involving the new employee retention credit that need clarification and guidance.
Social Security and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries who didn’t file 2018 or 2019 tax returns must enter their children’s information by noon EDT on Wednesday, April 22, to get an automatic $500 child stimulus payment.
The IRS issued guidance on how to file tax returns in order to receive an economic impact payment for taxpayers who do not normally file income tax returns or who have zero adjusted gross income amounts to report can file returns using special IRS procedures.
The IRS posted and updated 67 FAQs about the employer tax credits for paid sick and family leave enacted in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The IRS issued procedures for how taxpayers can take advantage of the recently enacted technical correction to the rules for qualified improvement property (QIP).
The IRS announced the launch of its “Get My Payment” website, which is designed to permit people who filed tax returns to enter their direct deposit information and check the status of their $1,200 stimulus payment.
The IRS issued procedures to elect to forgo net operating loss carryback and extension of time to file tentative carryback adjustments.
The IRS granted relief for a broad array of tax filing and payment deadlines that fall between April 1 and July 15, expanding on previous relief, as requested by the AICPA.
To allow those partnerships to take advantage of the beneficial tax provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the IRS is allowing partnerships to file amended returns for 2018 or 2019.
The AICPA posted FAQs explaining the latest developments in taxpayer relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AICPA has recommended that the IRS and Treasury Department expand the scope of recently announced taxpayer relief.
The Treasury and the SBA released 18 FAQs to help facilitate funding of small businesses under the PPP. The AICPA applauds the additional clarity, which aligns with many of the recommendations recently made by the AICPA and an AICPA-led coalition.