Temporary Deferral of Employee Social Security Tax Withholding: Is It Really Worth It?

Written by Jeffrey Davine The Executive Order. On August 8, 2020, in response to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s economy, President Trump issued an executive order permitting employers to defer the withholding and remittance of the employee’s share of the 6.2% Social Security (FICA) tax that is required when wages or salary are paid during the period September 1, 2020 through … Continue reading Temporary Deferral of Employee Social Security Tax Withholding: Is It Really Worth It?

The Sky Is Falling

What to do about potential tax hikes with a possible change in Presidential Administrations Written by Allan Cutrow A recent commentary by Philip DeMuth in the Wall Street Journal suggested that a tax hike under a Biden administration would be quite severe. In addition to warning about income tax adjustments affecting rates and capital gains taxation, Mr. DeMuth cautioned that potentially significant changes to the … Continue reading The Sky Is Falling

COVID-19 Tax Relief

Written by Jeffrey Davine

COVID-19 Related Legislation

As has been widely publicized, the federal government has enacted legislation that is  designed to provide tax and other relief to employers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  The tax relief is principally in the form of tax credits for payroll taxes that an employer is required to remit to the IRS when paying wages to its employees.

One of the laws enacted is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act).  The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th.  It provides for a refundable payroll tax credit for employers whose businesses have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus.

Another statute enacted is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”).  It was signed into law on March 18th.  The FFCRA provides small and midsize employers with refundable payroll tax credits to reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages/salary to employees for an absence that is related to COVID-19.

The relief that is provided by both of these laws applies to both for-profit and nonprofit entities. Continue reading “COVID-19 Tax Relief”

Charitable Contributions Show You CARE

CARES Act Tax Benefits for Charitable Contributions

Written by David Wheeler Newman

The CAREs Act – the recently enacted gigantic economic stimulus bill – contains two provisions designed to boost charitable giving with enhanced tax benefits.  One provision will provide tax savings to donors making more modest gifts, while the other will benefit donors writing big checks. Continue reading “Charitable Contributions Show You CARE”

Paycheck Protection for Non-Profits

Charitable Organizations May Apply for Forgivable Loans Under the CARES Act

Written by David Wheeler Newman and Jean Nogues

As part of the unprecedented $2 Trillion stimulus package (the CARES Act), charitable organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) with 500 or fewer employees may apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provision of the Act.

All loans to qualifying charities will have the same terms: Continue reading “Paycheck Protection for Non-Profits”

America CARES

Tax and Employee Benefits Provisions of the CARES Act Written by David Wheeler Newman The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “Act”) contains numerous provisions, intended to stimulate the economy, which will impact tax liability and compliance for individuals and businesses. Some of the important provisions are highlighted below. There are many additional provisions in this legislation impacting taxpayers and the below summary … Continue reading America CARES

Tax Filing Reprieve

Tax Return Filing and Payment Extensions

Written by Jeffrey Davine

As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently extended the deadline for payment of 2019 federal income taxes from April 15th to July 15th.  This extension, however, did not apply to the filing of 2019 tax returns.

Today, the Treasury Secretary announced that the filing deadline for 2019 tax returns would be extended to match the new payment deadline. Continue reading “Tax Filing Reprieve”

COVID-19 Client Communication

As the COVID-19 crisis rapidly evolves, the health and safety of our employees, clients and our communities remain our highest priority. We wanted to share with you what we are doing as a firm. We have instructed attorneys and staff in all of our offices to work remotely (with rare exception for certain critical functions). This is happening seamlessly as part of our business continuity plan. We have been working round-the-clock in counseling clients on today’s mission-critical issues, from employment to immigration to tax, as it relates to the outbreak of COVID-19. Like you, we are constantly monitoring the situation, and we will provide additional updates in the coming days and weeks as appropriate. In the meantime, we want you to know that our thoughts are with you and your families, and we hope that you remain healthy and safe.

In an effort to support you during these uncertain times, we have assembled a firm-wide COVID-19 response team from all of our practice areas. For the coming weeks, and starting today in this alert, we intend to send a consolidated communication alert on a regular basis that touches on breaking news and relevant items that could affect you or your business across a range of topics. If there is anything else that we can do to help you during this challenging time, please do not hesitate in reaching out.

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Federal Tax Payments May Be Delayed 90 Days

Written by David Wheeler Newman Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that individual taxpayers may defer payment of tax bills up to $1 million for ninety days, interest and penalty free, as part of a coronavirus stimulus bill announced by the administration on March 17. According to the Secretary, the $1 million limit is intended to provide relief to small businesses and pass-through entities like partnerships … Continue reading Federal Tax Payments May Be Delayed 90 Days

IRS Penalties Assessed Against Your Client May Not Be Valid

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Written by Robin C. Gilden 

Internal Revenue Code section 6751(b) provides that no penalty shall be assessed under the Code unless the initial determination of such assessment is personally approved (in writing) by the immediate supervisor of the individual making such determination, or such higher level official as the Secretary of the Treasury may designate.  This section defines penalty as any addition to tax or any additional amount.  The requirement for prior written approval does not apply to penalties for failure to file a return or pay tax, or to penalties that are automatically calculated through electronic means, but does apply to negligence and substantial understatement penalties, as well as the “responsible party” penalty for failure to withhold or remit payroll taxes.

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