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COVID-19: Taxation of coronavirus support payments

The UK government has opened a consultation on draft legislation concerning the taxation of coronavirus business support payments. HMRC want views on the technical effectiveness of the proposed legislation in ensuring that grants covered by the legislation are subject to tax. Such grants include the much-reported Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) (as reported by us … Continue Reading

COVID-19: DAC 6 reporting delayed

In light of COVID-19, and in response to requests from European trade associations, the European Commission has published its proposal to amend Directive 2011/16/EU which deals with various strands of administrative co-operation in the field of taxation. Significantly, the proposal includes an extension to the time limit for reporting information under the new rules on … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: House Democrats Introduce the HEROES Act

On May 12, 2020, House Democrats introduced the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (the “HEROES Act”) (H.R. ___), a $3 trillion stimulus bill that would provide additional relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn.  The HEROES Act would eliminate the limitation on the deduction for state and local … Continue Reading

New Guidance Allows Publicly-Offered REITs and RICs to Issue up to 90% of Qualifying Dividends in the REIT or RIC’s Own Stock Through the End of the Year.

On May 4, 2020, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-19, which temporarily allows a publicly-offered REIT or RIC to pay as much as 90% of a distribution in its own stock (rather than cash or other property) and still have the entire amount treated as a dividend for US federal income tax purposes. As a … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Impact on Executive Compensation – Amending Performance Goals under Equity and Other Incentive Awards

We continue our blog series on COVID-19 implications on executive compensation matters with a post that addresses considerations relating to amending performance goals under equity and other incentive awards. Setting meaningful and effective performance goals often requires significant focus and analysis by compensation committees with the assistance of their advisors and management.  In light of … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Congress Introduces New COVID-19 Tax Bills

On May 6, 2020, Senators Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D. Ore.), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Small Business Expense Protection Act of 2020 (S. ___),[1] which would reverse a recent Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Notice and permit deductions for expenses that relate to loan forgiveness … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: President Trump Signs the CARES Act; Summary of the Tax Provisions of the Act

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) (H.R. 748).  This blog post summarizes the tax provisions of the CARES Act, and has been updated to reflect subsequent guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on these provisions. Economic Impact Payments.  The CARES Act provides … Continue Reading

IRS Issues Guidance on COVID-19-Related Tax Credits Available to Employers Under the FFCRA

On April 1, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) posted on its website a series of frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) that explain the COVID-19-related tax credits available to small and midsize employers who are required to provide paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), which was signed into law by President … Continue Reading

COVID-19: interim measures on stamp duty announced by HMRC

In response to the COVID-19 crisis HMRC has updated its guidance on the process for getting documents stamped and paying the stamp duty, including that: Stock transfer forms should not be posted to the Stamp Office. Instead an electronic copy (which can be a scanned PDF) should be emailed to HMRC at stampdutymailbox@hmrc.gov.uk. The form … Continue Reading

COVID-19: HMRC Announces its Approach to Company Residence

There has been considerable discussion about the effect that the travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic might have on the tax residence of companies, particularly where directors are stuck in a different jurisdiction and cannot attend board meetings as they would in normal circumstances. On 7 April, HMRC updated its published guidance to discuss … Continue Reading

The FFCRA and CARES Act: Key Provisions Affecting Nonprofit Organizations

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) (H.R. 6201), and on March 27, 2020, he signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) (H.R. 748). This alert summarizes certain loan and tax-related provisions of these new laws that are most … Continue Reading

The CARES Act and Compensation – What Employers Need to Know

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) (H.R. 748). In this blog post we (1) lay out an initial action plan for employers considering obtaining relief under the CARES Act, (2) summarize the compensation-related provisions of the CARES Act, and (3) identify … Continue Reading

COVID-19: UK Tax Residence for Companies and Individuals

Introduction In these testing times the ramifications of COVID-19 continue to be felt in every area of personal and corporate life. With lockdowns announced around the world, including in the UK on 23 March 2020, travel has been severely curtailed and business practices are having to change accordingly. Below we discuss what this means for … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Impact on Executive Compensation – Salary/Wage Reductions

We continue our blog series on COVID-19 implications on executive compensation matters with a post that addresses salary or wage reductions on a company-wide or targeted basis. Companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the concomitant widespread shelter in place orders, may be considering pay cuts for some or all of their workforce, either in … Continue Reading

COVID-19: UK Chancellor announces measures to support the self-employed

Earlier this evening (26 March 2020) the UK Chancellor announced the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to help the self-employed face the economic hardship wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the key points: The scheme will provide direct cash grants of 80 per cent of individuals’ taxable profits (based on average monthly trading profit … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Impact on Executive Compensation (Leave of Absence)

COVID-19 has had significant impacts on all aspects of business.  While employers are assessing how to handle immediate employee needs related to sick leave, family leave and benefits claims, employers should also consider the impact that changes in their workforce or economic conditions will have on their compensation plans and programs. This blog post addresses … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: CARES Act Vote Fails in Senate; Summary of the Tax Provisions of the Bill

Today, March 23, 2020, for the second time the Senate defeated a procedural motion on a third stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) (H.R. 748).  The vote was 49 in favor and 46 opposed (yesterday, the vote was 47 to 47).  Sixty votes were required to advance the legislation.  … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: UK Chancellor announces unprecedented measures to support the British economy

Earlier this evening the UK Chancellor announced an economic intervention which is “unprecedented in the history of the British state” with measures to support the United Kingdom economy in the midst of COVID-19. Below are the key measures he announced for businesses: The government is setting up a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme will … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Senate Passes Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill Providing For Tax Credits for Sick and Family Leave Payments; President Trump Expected to Sign

Today, March 18, 2020, the Senate overwhelming passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, previously passed by the House.  President Trump is expected to sign the bill. The bill would provide refundable payroll tax credits through 2020 to employers to cover wages paid to employees while they take time off under the bill’s sick leave … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Announces 90-Day Interest-Free and Penalty-Free Tax Payment Extension from April 15 to July 14

Today, March 17, 2020, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that individuals may defer up to $1 million in 2019 tax liability without interest or penalties until July 14 (90 days after April 15, 2020) and corporations may defer up to $10 million in tax liability without interest or penalties for 90 days.  Secretary Mnuchin said … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: House Passes Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill Providing For Tax Credits for Sick and Family Leave Payments

Today, March 14, 2020, the House overwhelmingly passed an emergency coronavirus response bill (H.R. 6201) with bipartisan support.  The Senate is expected to consider the package next week.  President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) both issued statements indicating support for relief measures. The bill would provide refundable payroll tax credits through 2020 to … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: President Trump Declares a National Emergency Allowing Possible Tax Filing and Payment Extensions

Today, March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the coronavirus.  This declaration allows the Treasury Department and the IRS to extend the deadline for certain taxpayers and small businesses to pay taxes until December 31, 2020 as Treasury Secretary … Continue Reading
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