You have until August 31 to reverse your 2020 RMD

We hope by now you probably know that the CARES Act, passed in March, enables taxpayers with a required minimum distribution (RMD) due in 2020 to skip the payment this year. But did you know that you can roll your funds back into your retirement account if you have already taken your RMD this year? You [...]

Big Tax Payoff for Bonus Depreciation

If your business is starting to emerge from this year’s slumber, you may be inclined to acquire new equipment or other assets to help generate more income. In addition to the Section 179 allowance, which allows your business to expense up to $1.04 million of the cost of assets placed in service in 2020 (subject [...]

REVIVE ALABAMA: COVID-19 Cash Grants for Alabama Small Businesses

Last week, Governor Ivey announced a $100 million small business grant program for AL small businesses known as Revive Alabama. The program will reimburse small businesses up to a combined $100 million for expenses they have incurred due to operational interruptions caused by the pandemic and related business closures. These grants are being funded with [...]

CARES ACT – Employer Social Security Tax Deposits Deferral

The CARES Act allows for the deferral of the employer’s social security tax deposits from 3/27/20 through the end of 2020.  The deferred amounts must be deposited over the next two years, half of the deferred amount by 12/31/21, and the other half by 12/31/22.  Originally, the CARES Act prohibited PPP recipients from exercising this [...]

Tax Ramifications in the Gig Economy

Do you pick up riders in your car, rent out a spare room in your summer home or perform various other services for customers? If so, you are likely participating in the “gig economy” that is rapidly growing in popularity around the country. For many people, this is a good way to earn extra money [...]

FAQs on Retirement Plan Loans

During these trying times, employees may be forced to take out loans from their 401(k) plans to meet certain financial obligations. Fortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides some relief for borrowers. Following are the answers to several frequently asked questions (FAQs) about retirement plan loans. What are the limits for [...]

New Law Plays With the Kiddie Tax

The new retirement planning law passed by Congress late last year—the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act—includes a tax provision that has nothing to do with your golden years. Accordingly, the way the “kiddie tax” is calculated reverts to the method used before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 [...]

Tax Angles on Beefed Up Unemployment

Many people have been asked this question: If I lost my job due to COVID-19, do I have to pay federal income tax on unemployment benefits? The answer, at least for now, is “yes.” The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes extra unemployment benefits of $600 a week from April 5, 2020 [...]

New Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Thanks to recently released guidance after the PPP Flexibility Act was passed, PPP loans are now eligible to be forgiven based on the amount of eligible costs paid or incurred during the 24-week period following PPP loan disbursement (the Covered Period). Alternatively, borrowers who received PPP funding prior to June 5, 2020 may elect to [...]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Modifies Requirements

This past Friday, June 5th, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) was signed into law. This Act modifies the Paycheck Protection Program in several ways and is summarized below: Borrowers now have a 24-week covered period to use the PPP funds. However, borrowers may elect to keep the original 8-week covered period. Borrowers [...]