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Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID are not taxable

March 30, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service issued frequently asked questions today on how students and higher education institutions should report pandemic-related emergency financial aid grants.

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  • state tax
  • federal tax

DRS Shares Remote Work FAQs

March 29, 2021

As set forth in the Commissioner’s Bulletin, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) will provide new information regarding H.B. No. 6516 as it becomes available. The following is a list of frequently asked questions that have been received by DRS since the issuance of the Commissioner’s Bulletin.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state tax

IRS extends additional tax deadlines to May 17 - does NOT include estimated payments

March 29, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that individuals have until May 17, 2021 to meet certain deadlines that would normally fall on April 15, such as making IRA contributions and filing certain claims for refund.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state tax

Face masks and other personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are tax deductible

March 26, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7 PDF today clarifying that the purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses.

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  • federal tax

More Economic Impact Payments set for disbursement in coming days; taxpayers should watch mail for paper checks, debit cards

March 22, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the next batch of Economic Impact Payments will be issued to taxpayers this week, with many of these coming by paper check or prepaid debit card.

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  • personal financial planning
  • federal tax

Revenue Services: Connecticut filing, payment deadlines for individual income tax returns extended to May 17, 2021

March 18, 2021

At Governor Lamont’s direction, Commissioner Mark D. Boughton announced today that the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing and payment deadline for Connecticut individual income tax returns to Monday, May 17th, 2021.

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  • federal tax

House passes PPP deadline extension in 415-3 vote

March 17, 2021

A bill to move the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline from March 31 to May 31 sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night, passing in a 415-3 vote that sends the legislation to the Senate for consideration.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • practice management

Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline

March 17, 2021

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

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  • coronavirus
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  • state tax

SBA EIDL Payments Not Due Until 2022

March 15, 2021

mall businesses have even more time to pay off certain emergency loans as the SBA said the first due date for repayment of EIDLs made in 2020 is extended from 12 months to 24 months from the date of the note. For loans made in 2021, including loans under the COVID-19 EIDL program, the first payment due date is extended from 12 months to 18 months from the date of the note.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • practice management

American Rescue Plan's Individual Tax Breaks

March 11, 2021

The signing of the American Rescue Plan comes just a few days before extended unemployment benefits were scheduled to start running out. There are several tax breaks for individuals to take note of.

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  • federal tax
  • personal financial planning
  • state tax

Inside the tax provisions of the stimulus act

March 09, 2021

The Senate has approved the House's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, designed to provide relief and address other issues related to the COVID pandemic.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • practice management

Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package including $1,400 stimulus checks

March 06, 2021

The Senate passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Saturday, sending the amended bill back for a vote in the House followed by the president signing the legislation.

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  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

DRS Commissioner Issues Guidance on H.B. No. 6516

March 05, 2021

As Governor Lamont is expected to sign House Bill No. 6516, An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences from Employees Working Remotely During COVID-19, and Concerning the Removal of Liens on the Property of Public Assistance Beneficiaries and a Three-Tiered Grants in Lieu of Taxes Program, into law, the purpose of this Commissioner's Bulletin is to make taxpayers aware of the impact the legislation will have on tax filing and payment obligations, including individual income tax returns and associated liabilities due on or before April 15th, 2021.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state tax

IRS issues employee retention credit guidance

March 02, 2021

In Notice 2021-20, the IRS issued detailed guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit for calendar quarters in 2020.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • practice management

CT Senate Passes Bill to Address Commuter Tax Issues

March 01, 2021

House Bill 6513 (HB 6513), An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During Covid-19, and Concerning The Removal Of Liens On The Property Of Public Assistance Beneficiaries And Three-Tiered Grants In Lieu Of Taxes Program, passed the Senate today.

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  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax

IRS issues guidance for taxpayers caught up in unemployment overpayment debacle

March 01, 2021

A number of people who watched our report on unemployment overpayments Friday have reached out looking for answers. Connecticut is not the only state dealing with overpayment issues. The Internal Revenue Service is now issuing guidance.

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  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • state tax

House passes $1.9 trillion stimulus bill with a variety of small business relief

February 27, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 219–212, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package early Saturday morning that includes $1,400 stimulus checks to individuals, an extension of unemployment benefits, and tens of billions in aid for small businesses and not-for-profits.

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  • advocacy - federal
  • coronavirus
  • federal tax

Schumer weighs big-firm tax to enable minimum wage hike

February 26, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is weighing adding a provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan that would put a penalty tax on big companies that don’t pay workers at least $15 an hour, a Democratic aide said on condition of anonymity.

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  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Important IRS Information Regarding CP59 Notices

February 22, 2021

IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Joe McCarthy has an important message about CP59 notices your clients may have received.

  • federal tax

Victims of Texas winter storms get deadline extensions and other tax relief

February 22, 2021

Victims of this month's winter storms in Texas will have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

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