Archives for Tax Return

Earned Income Tax Credit

For many, 2020 proved to be a “lost year.” Especially financially speaking. Employment income among wage-earners was down almost universally. And those in the middle and lower-income brackets were among the hardest hit. That said, there’s a built-in tax credit that specifically addresses folks in this position. It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). And the EITC could result in a very tidy tax refund for those who qualify. In fact, your refund could
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Congress Passes $900 Billion COVID Relief Package

  First off, Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a happy, and most importantly, healthy holiday season. Secondly, it’s a brand new year… But we’re still facing many of the same problems. Particularly in California. Govern Newsom has extended the current lockdown order “indefinitely.” Which has forced many businesses to shutter or further curtain operations. Of course, this is bad news for a whole lot of people, business owners and employees alike. And
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Will Businesses Who Took PPP Funds Be Hit With A Big Unexpected Tax Bill?

  Given the complete financial and economic bedlam 2020 has unleashed, the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) has been an absolute Godsend from countless small businesses AND their employees. But that said, the program has not come without its share of confusion, and in some cases, consequences. And one of the biggest concerns for many businesses as we coast into the end of the fiscal + calendar year is whether or not PPP funded expenses can
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What Are The Tax Consequences of Accepting Stimulus Funds?

  Could there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Well, the COVID-19 infection rate (and mortality total) in LA County is not as encouraging as one might hope. But overall, stats are improving. Setting aside, of course, the overall national death toll, which has crested 100,000 (and some predict may double before this crisis has completely dissipated). And as if the situation isn’t dire enough, already agitated citizens took to the streets
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More COVID-19 Financial News Updates, Aid Packages + Governmental Relief Programs

I sincerely hope you and your family are remaining healthy and safe despite the coronavirus’s continued spread. The “new normal” — homeschooling your children, working from a laptop in the corner of your family room + only venturing out for a jog or quick trip the grocery store — is a BIG adjustment. But hopefully, you’re settling into a rhythm. In the meantime, as I predicted, the flood of new information surrounding the coronavirus crisis
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COVID-19 Tax + Financial Update

At the moment, we find ourselves on some pretty shaky ground. And in response, I want to offer my best wishes to everyone out there reeling in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. I sincerely hope you, your family, friends, and assorted loved ones are all healthy and safe. As we enter this truly unprecedented time in modern history, we’re all feeling unsure (and likely a bit nervous) about what may come. But the reality
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California Establishes An Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – AKA Obama Care – has yet to be totally repealed. And it’s more likely to be replaced rather than canceled without a credible alternative in place. But several key elements of the program have been excised since the Trump Administration won the White House in 2016. This includes removing the penalty for failing to purchase health insurance. The “Individual Mandate,” as it was originally known, required every citizen to
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Tax Payers First Act Brings Welcome Reforms to IRS Appeals Process

Few things induce gut-churning panic faster than notice of an IRS audit. It’s a fear to which no taxpayer is immune. But thankfully, the recent passing of the Taxpayer First Act (TFA) is bringing some solace to taxpayers grappling with an IRS audit. Particularly for those appealing an audit. Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals To begin with, the TFA establishes the Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals. This new administrative body is
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Tax Reform Highlights – Business Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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Tax Reform Highlights – Individual Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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