On June 19th, 2020 the IRS published the final revised Form 941 that will be used for the remainder of 2020. The purpose of filing this quarterly form is to report to the IRS the wages subject to social security, Medicare and federal income tax withholding. This new revised form takes into account changes made by the Families First Act and the CARES Act that provided various types of payroll tax relief for employers.
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The CARES ACT provides employers an alternative to the Paycheck Protection Program under the Employee Retention Credit. You can only take advantage of one or the other, but not both.
The goal of the Employee Retention Credit is to encourage employers to keep employees on payroll by offering a credit up to $5,000 per employee.
Sources cited by the Washington Post indicate that if the IRS does not have direct deposit information on record for you, paper stimulus checks will be mailed out starting on April 24th. The IRS plans to issue checks at a rate of about 5 million checks per week, which could take up to 20 weeks to complete. They will be sent out in reverse 'adjusted gross income' order, starting with people with the lowest income first:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on Friday, March 27th, 2020 and went into effect on April 1st, 2020. This blog post focuses in on the expansion of unemployment benefits for individuals including the self-employed and individuals with limited work history.
A summary of major provisions of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act affecting small businesses and self-employed taxpayers:
A summary of major provisions of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act affecting individual taxpayers:
The Internal Revenue Service has extended the federal tax return filing date from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
They have also issued an update on their plan to implement the new paid leave provisions of the Families First Legislation.
The following are other tax related deadlines as of this posting:
To answer questions about paid sick leave and unemployment, we are providing a chart about recent federal and Michigan state updates.
The comprehensive chart answers questions about:
Effective January 1, 2020, the Department of Labor updated the thresholds for workers to be considered exempt from overtime.
Changes were also made to Form W-4, the Michigan minimum wage and the business mileage rate. Following is a summary of some of the changes employers should be aware of.
Congress has passed a large number of tax changes, including retirement plan issues, that are effective in 2020, as well as extensions through 2020 of a number of tax provisions that had expired or were about to end. While Congress passed these changes Dec. 19, 2019, many are not aware of the implications.
The list of changes is quite large, so we have only included those that are most likely to affect individual tax returns. Here is a run-down on some of the new tax provisions: