Tax

FBAR deadline extended to Oct. 31 after confusion

After a misworded posting caused confusion about the 2020 deadline to file FBARs (i.e., FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)), Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has extended the deadline to Oct. 31.

FinCEN pulls announcement of extended FBAR deadline

Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network briefly announced, but then rescinded, an extension of this year’s deadline to e-file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

2021 Social Security wage base announced

The Social Security Administration announced that the maximum amount of wages subject to the old age, survivors, and disability insurance tax will increase to $142,800 in 2021 from $137,700 in 2020.

Nonfilers have until Nov. 21 to apply for economic impact payment

The IRS announced that it was extending the deadline from Oct. 15 to Nov. 21 at midnight for certain individuals to enter their information on the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on the IRS website to receive the $1,200 stimulus payment due to individual taxpayers.

Health coverage reporting deadline extended

The IRS extended the due date for furnishing Form 1095-B and 1095-C health care coverage information returns to individuals from Jan. 31, 2021, to March 2, 2021. The date for filing them with IRS has not been extended.

ABLE account final rules provide wide-ranging guidance

Eligible individuals with disabilities received guidance from the IRS on the rules regarding ABLE accounts. Tax-favored ABLE accounts allow eligible individuals to save money to meet qualified disability expenses.

IRS releases final rules on business meals and entertainment

The IRS finalized rules implementing provisions of the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, P.L. 115-97, disallowing deductions for most business entertainment expenses and distinguishing them from business food and beverage expenses that remain deductible.

Time to consider a Roth conversion

A qualified rollover contribution to a Roth IRA or an in-plan rollover to a designated Roth account, known as a Roth conversion, can be attractive for CPA advisers' clients because it provides a higher net present value of cash flow from their retirement savings, benefiting themselves or their beneficiaries.

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