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The American Rescue Plan Act: Some Things To Know

Posted by Jeff Piha, CPA on Mar 24, 2021 4:38:56 PM

The recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes 600 pages of new legislation- a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. The Act contains retroactive and prospective tax breaks including exclusions from income, new tax-free grant programs, and credits.

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Topics: Tax, COVID-19

The IRS Extends the Tax Deadline to May 17

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Mar 18, 2021 11:00:15 PM

On March 17, 2021 the IRS announced an extension of the tax deadline for Individual Income Tax Returns (Form 1040) to May 17, 2021 from April 15. This extension applies to both the filing of the Form 1040 or the filing of an extension form. This also extends the due date for tax payments for individuals only for payments related to 2020 to May 17. This change does not apply to states, though it is likely some/all states will extend the deadline as well.

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Topics: Sweeney Conrad News, Tax, News, COVID-19

Fact Sheet: Does Washington State Long Term Care have you covered?

Posted by Naomi Gerbatsch, CPA on Mar 4, 2021 11:13:40 PM

Long Term Care through a Mandatory Payroll Tax

The Concern: As baby boomers are rapidly moving into retirement, long-term care services provided by Medicare are putting an increasing strain on budgets. 7 out of 10 people will need long-term care after turning 65, and 70% of Americans rely on public benefits such as Medicaid to cover long-term care. In fact, Washington’s spending on Medicaid-funded long-term care is projected to double to $4.01 billion per year in 2030.1

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Topics: Tax, News

Washington State Capital Gains Tax: 5 Things We Know Right Now

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Mar 4, 2021 6:45:55 PM
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Topics: Tax, News

Alert: IRS Issues Notice on 2019 Federal Tax Return - Notices Sent In Error

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Feb 25, 2021 9:42:44 AM

Earlier this month, the IRS issued notices to approximately 260,000 taxpayers stating they haven't filed their 2019 federal tax return. These notices, referred to as CP59 notices, are issued yearly to identified taxpayers who have failed to file tax returns due the prior calendar year (Tax Year 2019).

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Topics: Tax, News

Updated Checklist: Meals and Entertainment Tax Deductions in 2021 and Beyond

Posted by Connor Tidd on Feb 11, 2021 6:17:34 PM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 brought about many tax changes, including a reduced deduction amount for meals and entertainment. In general, most meals were 50% deductible.

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Topics: Tax

Tips For Preparing Your 2020 Tax Documents

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Jan 28, 2021 10:49:33 PM

The time has come to start thinking about those 2020 taxes. At this point, tax documents have probably started showing up in your mailbox. While it may seem like there is plenty of time, the sooner and more organized you can make your documents, the smoother the process will be.

Just like last year, we thought it might be helpful to create a checklist for easy organizing of your documents that will help to streamline the process for your accountant:

    • Make sure to fill out the questionnaire located towards the front of the organizer at a minimum.
    • Update your address, phone and email address as necessary.
    • Original tax documents are preferred to copies or photos.
    • Provide one copy of your 1099's. You can keep any duplicate copies.
    • Do not use highlighters on your tax documents.
    • No need to tear apart tax documents if they are perforated, just keep them together.
    • Avoid post it notes. Write notes and questions on a separate piece of paper or on the tax organizer.
    • If you are grouping documents together, avoid stapling and taping them; this will make it easier when your documents are being scanned.
    • For charitable deductions, make sure to send us the thank you letters and donation receipts for donations over $250. You can summarize donations less than $250.
    • If you are summarizing your medical expenses, do not send us the receipts, just keep them in your files.
    • If you are summarizing your expenses for Schedule C or your rental, do not send us the receipts.
    • Stack all supporting documents behind the organizer. They do not need to be organized within the organizer.
    • When in doubt, send us the document. Your accountant will review and determine if it needs to be included in your tax return.
    • Last but not least, please contact us if you have any questions.
Getting all of the necessary documents together to help your accountant, can be overwhelming. We are here to help! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
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Topics: Tax

Changes to 2020 Employee Retention Credit Benefits Under the New Stimulus Bill

Posted by Chris LeRoux, CPA on Jan 21, 2021 3:13:55 PM

Recently, President Trump signed the second COVID-19 stimulus bill, which includes some rather special benefits for small businesses (i.e., companies with 100 employees or less). The new bill allows for both retroactive and prospective changes to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). It is now possible for businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in 2020 to potentially also benefit from the ERC. You may recall, prior to these changes, a business could either get a PPP loan or take the ERC. They could not have both. In addition, the new bill extends the ERC period to cover the first two quarters of 2021. The extended period now covers wages from January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. The rules for the 2021 credit are significantly different and could provide opportunities for employers that did not previously qualify for the ERC.

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Topics: Tax, COVID-19

Bea Nahon Honored with WSCPA CEO Award

Posted by Emily Taibl on Aug 7, 2020 4:10:08 PM

Sweeney Conrad Principal, Bea Nahon, was recently honored by the Washington Society of CPAs with the 2020 CEO Award for Leadership and Dedication to the WSCPA and the accounting profession in Washington State. This prestigious award recognizes an individual (or organization) who has made a significant contribution to the success of the profession.

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Topics: Tax, Sweeney Conrad People

COVID-19 Recovery: How the Employee Retention Credit Could Improve Cash Flow

Posted by Sweeney Conrad, PS on Jul 30, 2020 3:16:49 PM

As post-COVID recovery efforts gain momentum, many businesses are taking a fresh look at some federal stimulus and tax relief programs they had not previously considered. One such program, the employee retention credit contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, could be especially useful in helping companies bring back furloughed or laid-off employees.

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Topics: Tax, News, COVID-19

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