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IRS Operations During COVID-19: Mission-critical functions continue

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues, the Internal Revenue Service is taking multiple steps to protect our employees, America’s taxpayers and our partners. Although we are curtailing some operations during this period, the IRS is continuing with mission-critical functions to support the nation, and that includes accepting tax returns and sending refunds.

“As a federal agency vital to the overall operations of our country, we ask for your personal support, your understanding – and your patience,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “I’m incredibly proud of our employees as we navigate through numerous different challenges in this very rapidly changing environment. Working closely with our partners in the nation’s tax community, we will do everything in our power to help.”

The following is an overview of IRS operations and advice for taxpayers during this period. The IRS will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated information will be posted on a special coronavirus page on IRS.gov.

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Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses

In a recent IRS release ( IR-2020-57, March 20, 2020) IRS and other federal bodies has come up with announcement of plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave. Please read through the post as posted by IRS.

The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

The Act will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

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IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments till July 15

Tax Day now July 15, 2020: The Treasury and the IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed without penalties and interest, till July 15, 2020.

Yes there is a good news to taxpayers while we’re all going through a national emergency because of the breakthrough of COVID 19. Due to the prevailing situation the federal agencies has extended the due date from April 15 to July 15. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. Extension of time will help you all to work with your tax return and file it well within the due date.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.  Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

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IRS extends April 15 and other upcoming deadlines, provides other tax relief for victims of Tennessee tornadoes

IRS has come up with some relief for taxpayers across Tennessee who were kit badly by the recent tornadoes and released a detailed it in the Issue Number: IR-2020-51 and more information is available here.

WASHINGTON – Victims of this week’s tornadoes and severe storms in parts of Tennessee, including Nashville, will have until July 15, 2020, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

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Time to start working with your Income Tax Extension Application

The tax reporting for the tax year 2019 is in full swing, IRS started accepting the tax returns already. The deadline to file a 2019 tax return and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the April 15 tax deadline. When you’re not ready with your tax return, IRS encourages you to file Extension Applications to buy more time to report the taxes. Extension of time is only to report the taxes and not to pay the taxes that you owe. Income taxpayers both Individuals and Businesses can file applications for automatic extension of time that will push the actual deadline from April 15 to October 15. However the deadline for Extension of time application is also falls on the actual deadline, that is April 15th. For certain businesses the due date falls on March 16th (the actual deadline March 15th falls on a weekend, so the next business day March 16th falls as the new due date).

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We’re listening to our members

The Women In Trucking Association board of directors has a goal to be a resource to the industry.  Whether that means trucking companies, drivers, the government or our members, we want to provide you with the best information (tools) to reach your objectives in creating a more gender diverse workforce.

In 2017 we teamed with Sawgrass Logistics to learn about best practices in hiring female drivers. We learned a lot and have changed our programs to reflect these challenges. However, we continue to survey our members to find out what they want from us, their association.

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Gathering records before preparing tax return makes filing go smoother

As taxpayers are getting ready to file their taxes, one of the first things they’ll do is gather their records. To avoid refund delays, taxpayers should gather all year-end income documents before filing a 2019 tax return.

It’s important for folks to have all the needed documents on hand before starting to prepare their return. Doing so helps them file a complete and accurate tax return. Here are some things taxpayers need to have before they begin doing their taxes.

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IRS opens 2019 tax filing season for individual filers on January 27

The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation’s tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns. 

The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April tax deadline.  

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2020 New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re like many of us, you probably made at least one New Year’s resolution recently.  According to TheQuint.com, the most common new year’s resolution is to get in shape, or at least, to make an effort to work out.  That’s probably why January is the top month for sales of exercise gear and clothing. 

Why is January 1st such a popular time for us to try and make changes in our lives?  A new year offers us a fresh start, and a way to put our past behaviors to rest.  In 1740, John Wesley, an English clergyman, held the first Covenant Renewal Service on New Year’s Eve.  The service was a time for thinking about past mistakes and resolving to do better in the coming year.

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Tax preparers can take classes online to earn CPE credits

Tax preparers who cannot attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums in person can do so online. They can visit  IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online anytime to earn continuing education credits. The website offers courses based on recorded seminars from previous forums. The courses can be watched for free or purchased for continuing education credits.

To receive credits, preparers will need to create an account. The frequently asked questions on the website have details about how to do this. Once preparers have an account, they can take courses on a wide variety of topics to help them serve their individual and business clients.

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