Your Guide to State, Local, Federal, Estate + International Taxation

Credit reports are now free, every week

If there’s such a thing as a COVID-19 silver lining, here’s one. The three major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and Transunion) are making your credit reports free through April 2021. Free access to your credit report is one more tool to help you weather the pandemic storm currently laying waste to economies and individual …

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BE-10 survey for holders of foreign assets

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects data of U.S. owned foreign investments by issuing confidential yet mandatory surveys and collecting data. This data provides Congress and U.S. businesses useful information for making informed decisions. The BE-10 survey is conducted once every five years and is coming due on May 29, 2020.  The BE-10 is …

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PPP loan forgiveness application released by SBA

On Friday May 15th, the SBA released the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, Loan Forgiveness Application. The highly anticipated application provides insight and direction for the loan forgiveness process. The application can be found on our web page.  While the application will likely not answer all of the questions borrowers have, the eleven-page document includes …

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Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement

The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, known as the “J5”, are cracking down on international tax evasion and criminal activity. The J5 is made up of a group of investigators from Australia, Canada, the UK, US and the Netherlands. The group formed in mid-2018 and has been actively focused on bringing down worldwide tax …

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PPP loan increases available for partnerships and seasonal employers

Is your Paycheck Protection Program loan not covering as much as you need it to? Some businesses may be able to go back for more. The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule regarding PPP loan increases for partnerships and seasonal employers. Don’t miss: SBA clarifies process for review of good-faith PPP certifications …

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Here’s why you should file a tax return

Millions of Americans every year are required to file a tax return, and it’s a good idea for everyone to determine whether or not they should file a return this year. Individuals with low income may not be required to file a tax return, but it may be a good idea to file if you …

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SBA clarifies process for review of good-faith PPP certification

In an effort to provide businesses desperately needed help during the COVID-19 crisis, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is administering loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. To streamline the process, qualification certification for the PPP has been reduced to good-faith certification, but that’s raised several questions. Key among them, exactly how will SBA review borrower’s …

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Exclusion continues: Discharge of qualified principal residence debt

With the introduction of the SECURE Act, the exclusion from gross income for a discharge of qualified principal residence debt has been extended. This is good news for taxpayers who had part or all of their mortgage forgiven by a bank or a financial institution. Don’t miss: Welcome back tuition and fees deduction Qualified principal …

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IRS update: Itemizing deductions on estates and trusts

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed, it prohibited individual taxpayers from claiming miscellaneous itemized deductions for any taxable year beginning after 12/31/2017 and before 01/01/2026. After two years, the IRS has finally issued proposed regulations to clarify how the rules on miscellaneous deductions apply to trusts and estates. Don’t miss: What …

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