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How Will New COVID-19 Legislation Affect Your Taxes?

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law on Dec. 27, provides relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including another round of “recovery rebate” payments to individuals and an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program for businesses and other employers. The legislation also includes some tax relief for businesses and individuals.

AAFCPAs has provided a brief overview, for your convenience, of some of the tax-related provisions that may affect you or your business:

Individuals

  • Permanent reduction of adjusted gross income (AGI) floor to 7.5% for medical expense deductions
  • Extended nonitemizer deduction for up to $300 of cash donations ($600 for married couples filing jointly) to qualified charities through 2021
  • Extended 100% of AGI deduction limit for cash donations to qualified charities through 2021
  • Extended exclusion for certain employer payments of student loans through 2025

Businesses and Other Employers

  • Clarification of tax treatment for PPP loans, certain loan forgiveness and other financial assistance under COVID-19 legislation
  • Extended payroll tax credits for paid leave required under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act through March 2021
  • Extended and expanded tax credits for retaining employees under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through June 2021
  • 100% business meals deduction for food and beverages provided by restaurants in 2021 and 2022
  • Extended Work Opportunity credit through 2025
  • Extended New Markets credit through 2025
  • Extended family medical leave credit through 2025

This is a brief look at some of the most significant tax-related provisions in this 5,500+ page legislation. If you have questions please contact David McManus, CPA, CGMA at 774.512.4014, dmcmanus@nullaafcpa.com; or your AAFCPAs Tax Partner.

About the Author

David McManus CPA
Dave leads AAFCPAs’ Commercial Tax Practice providing highly coveted tax, entity structure, and business advisory solutions.  He has over three decades of proven experience advising manufacturers & distributors, real estate developers, high tech, bio tech, and renewable energy businesses.