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Some Clarifications on the CARES Act Tax

Stimulus Check to help fighting the Virus

Stimulus check

  •  $1200 per person and $500 per child(under 17)

  •  Phase-out starting $75000 adjusted income($150,000 MFJ)



  •  Phase-out based on 2019 tax return adjusted gross income(2018 if 2019 not filed)

  •  Will be paid through direct deposit if IRS has your bank information through the last tax return. Otherwise by mail. IRS is going to create a portal for people to update or add bank information in the coming days.

  • The stimulus check is actually an advanced payment of recovery rebate credits. The actual credits will be calculated based on your 2020 tax return and will be adjusted up or down. However, as of now, it appears that taxpayers who receive an advance refund (based on their 2018 or 2019 tax information) greater than their recovery rebate credit amount (based on their 2020 AGI and filing status) will be a


llowed to keep the excess.  People who don’t get the credit (or full credits) might be able to get the credit when you file your 2020 tax returns and your 2020 AGI is below the threshold. I will update on this as IRS clarify more later.

Retirement Plans withdrawal

  • 10-percent penalty for early retirement plan withdrawals waived to any coronavirus-related distribution. (up to $100,000)

  • Such distribution is taxable.(You can elect to be taxed over 3 years)

  • Distribution needs to be made during year 2020.

  • Self Certification to satisfy “ coronavirus-related” is adequate.

  • Needs to contribute to the plan during the three-year period beginning on the day after the date on which such distribution was received the same amou


nt. 


Waiver of Required Minimum Distribution Rules

  •  Only for distribution which is required to be made in 2020.


Charitable  Contributions


  • Up to $300 may be deducted even you don't itemize deduction.

Employee Retention Credit


Please see the Summary of Financial Reliefs for Business due to COVID-19 for detail.

Extension of Time to Pay Employment Taxes

Please see the Summary of Financial Reliefs for Business due to COVID-19 for detail.

Fixed the notorious "retail glitch"


Due to a drafting error in that piece of legislation, the 15-year recovery periods and bonus depreciation that were available for qualified improvement property placed in service before 2018, no longer existed for such property placed in service a


fter 2017. Instead, the depreciation period was 39 years. The CARES Act fixes this mistake so that such property now has a 15-year depreciation life and meets the criteria for taking a bonus depreciation deduction. Because the provision is effective as if it were included in TCJA, we should review prior returns to see if filing amended returns will result in your business being owed a refund.  Circular 230:The articles are for general information only. In accordance with IRS


Circular 230 they are not considered tax opinions for purposes of relying on such statements in any challenge of the reporting of the above transaction by the IRS. If a full tax opinion is required certain procedures must be met . Also there is a significant cost for a full tax opinion to meet the requirements of Circular 230.



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