Pandemic emergency financial aid grant not taxable

Did you receive a pandemic emergency financial aid grant due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Good news! Those grants aren’t included in your gross income. The IRS recently released FAQs on how to report pandemic related grants. While the grants aren’t taxable income, students shouldn’t reduce the amounts they paid in qualified tuition and expenses by …

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The new stimulus act – What’s in it for you?

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 was signed into law today. Here’s a summary of what’s included. Round 3 of Stimulus Payments Subject to the below limits, individuals will receive a $1,400 payment, couples $2,800. Also, in this round dependents receive $1,400, including adult dependents. Similar to the last two rounds of stimulus, payments begin …

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Families with ITINs eligible for stimulus checks

When the first round of stimulus checks, known as the Economic Impact Payment, were issued in 2020 families who filed a joint tax return were not eligible if one spouse had an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security Number (SSN). This left many families out, especially those families with one spouse …

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Ending a partnership

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, a lot of businesses have made the difficult decision to close their doors. If you are a partner in a partnership structure, several steps need to be taken and boxes checked to make sure the business is permanently closed. Below are the steps the IRS lays out to close a partnership …

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Planning for stimulus

Will there be a third round of stimulus? While the White House and the Congress discuss such things, enough rumor is flying around that we need to plan for a potential third round of stimulus. As many realize, the official start of tax season was much later this year – February 12 – partially because …

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Tax consequences to refinancing your home

Mortgage interest rates have decreased this year and a lot of people have jumped at the opportunity to refinance their home mortgage loans to take advantage of these lower rates. So, what does this mean for your tax situation? As you may already know, the IRS allows you to deduct your home mortgage interest on …

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Your stimulus check is in the mail

The Internal Revenue Service has fired up the printers to get stimulus checks into American’s pockets. They began processing the payments yesterday. The official payment date is January 4, 2021. The economic impact payments are part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 signed into law on Sunday night. The act …

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Did You Hire An In-Home Teacher? You Might Be A Household Employer!

With the rise of COVID-19, many families have had to switch to online or home school learning for the safety and wellbeing of their children. Kudos to all of the parents out there right now – I cannot begin to imagine the hardships and challenges this year must have brought. One choice that many parents …

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Sick leave credit for eligible self-employed Individuals

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic self-employed people likely felt they were overlooked. The availability of financing under the paycheck protection program and certain tax credits have shone a light of hope for the self-employed individual. A self-employed individual may be eligible to claim a tax credit under the qualified sick leave and qualified family leave …

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COVID-19 relief for struggling taxpayers

You do not need to read this article to know that COVID-19 has made life extremely difficult for a vast number of people. The impact of the pandemic may have made it hard if not impossible at the moment to satisfy your tax obligations. The IRS knows this too and recently announced new collection procedures …

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