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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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Do you qualify for the Employee Retention Credit?

With all the changes 2020 has brought us, the IRS figured why not add another to the seemingly never-ending list. Here comes the Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”). The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit for qualified wages paid and health coverage provided by an employer whose operation was fully or partially suspended from the …

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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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EIP’s, RRC’s and your stimulus checks

Congress passed several bills in the last year to provide relief for millions of Americans who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the provisions in these bills were geared toward assisting businesses (for example, PPP loans), while some provided aid directly to individuals. Don’t miss: Planning for stimulus The first bill …

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New form 8858 filing requirements for foreign rentals and businesses

Effective beginning in 2018, the IRS expanded the scope of those U.S. persons required to file a Form 8858 with their tax return.  In addition to reporting foreign disregarded entities (FDEs), foreign branches (FBs) must now be reported on the 8858. Don’t miss: Planning for stimulus What is considered a foreign branch for purposes of …

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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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Are you choosing the best tax preparer?

It is in the taxpayer’s best interest to choose a tax preparer that best suits their needs. After all, responsibility does fall on the taxpayer for the information disclosed on their tax return, not the tax preparer. There is a large assortment of tax preparers available to assist you with your 2020 taxes, but are …

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