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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

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

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

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: 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

Coronavirus: Recent Tax-Related Developments

Possible Tax Filing and Payment Extension. At a House subcommittee meeting yesterday, March 11, 2020, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the Treasury Department is considering extending the deadline for certain taxpayers and small businesses to pay taxes until December 31, 2020.  No interest or penalties would be imposed on taxpayers filing by the extended … Continue Reading

Democratic Tax Policy Proposals

Recently, several of the presidential candidates and other prominent Democrats have suggested a number of different tax policy proposals, including wealth taxes, mark-to-market taxation, a VAT, additional taxes, increased income tax rates, and increased gift and estate taxes. This chart illustrates the various proposals, and this blog summarizes them.[1] This blog was updated on February … Continue Reading
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