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Tax Filing Reminders – February 2021

March 2nd
March 15th
April 15th

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FINAL INSTRUCTIONS REVISE VIRTUAL CURRENCY TRANSACTION LIST

Posted February 2021

For the 2020 tax year, taxpayers will need to answer the question on page 1 of Form 1040. The final version of the instructions to Form 1040 has revised the non-exhaustive list of transactions involving virtual currency by removing the purchase of virtual currency and the acquisition of a financial interest in virtual currency from the list.

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ALL TAXPAYERS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR IDENTITY PROTECTION PINS

Posted February 2021

The Internal Revenue Service launched the Identity Protection PIN program (IP PIN) nearly a decade ago to protect confirmed identity theft victims from ongoing tax-related fraud. In recent years, the IRS expanded the program to specific states where taxpayers could voluntarily opt into the IP PIN program. Now, the voluntary program has expanded to all taxpayers who can verify their identities. 

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REASONS TO FILE YOUR 2020 TAX RETURN EARLY

Posted February 2021

The IRS opened the 2020 individual income tax return filing season on February 12 (this is later than in past years because of a new law that was enacted late in December). Even if you typically do not file until much closer to the April 15 deadline (or you file for an extension) consider filing earlier this year. You can potentially protect yourself from tax identity theft and there may be other benefits as well.

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Tax Filing Reminders – January 2021

February 1st
March 1st
March 2nd
March 15th
April 15th

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IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

Posted January 2021

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

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Relief for Valuing Personal Use of Company Vehicles

Posted January 2021

The IRS is offering relief during the pandemic for employers using certain valuation rules for employees’ personal use of company cars.

In guidance (Notice 2021-7), the agency said those who are valuing that use according to the lease-valuation rule may instead use the cents-per-mile method, for inclusion in income and other purposes.

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5G Internet and Rooftop Leases

Posted January 2021

With the increasing development of 5G technology, the major wireless carriers are expanding their efforts to secure suitable locations for installing their transmission hardware.  Unlike previous generations of wireless technology, which focused on tall towers located in high points of the terrain, 5G requires more numerous transmission points at lower elevations. 

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IRS Green Lights PPP Deductibility after Congress Forces Reversal

Posted January 2021

Businesses can now deduct expenses paid for with the proceeds of a forgiven pandemic relief loan.

The IRS, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, reversed its original position that prohibited businesses with Paycheck Protection Program loans from “double-dipping” by paying expenses with a forgivable loan and then writing off those expenses. Congress, in the latest virus relief bill, explicitly stated that such expenses were deductible, forcing the IRS to flip.

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Employee Retention Credit Expanded

Posted January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which includes certain tax relief. One provision to provide COVID-19 pandemic relief was to expand the employee retention credit under the CARES Act by extending it six months and allowing the credit to be applied to businesses receiving PPP loan forgiveness.

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