Don’t forget to factor 2022 cost-of-living adjustments into your year-end tax planning

The IRS recently issued its 2022 cost-of-living adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions. With inflation up significantly this year, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many amounts increased considerably over 2021 amounts. As you implement 2021 year-end tax planning strategies, be sure to take these 2022 adjustments into account. Also, keep in mind that, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), annual inflation adjustments are calculated using the chained consumer price index (also known as C-CPI-U). This increases tax bracket thresholds, the standard deduction, certain exemptions and other figures at a slower rate than was the case

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CHILD TAX CREDIT

The American Rescue Plan’s expansion of the Child Tax Credit supplements the earnings of families receiving the tax credit. Specifically, the Child Tax Credit has been revised in the following ways: The credit amount has been increased. The American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under age 6, and $3,000 for other children under age 18. The credit’s scope has been expanded. Children 17 years old and younger, as opposed to 16 years old and younger, will now be covered by the Child Tax Credit. Credit amounts will be made through

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Taxpayers can protect themselves from scammers by knowing how the IRS communicates

If the IRS does call a taxpayer, it should not be a surprise because the agency will generally send a notice or letter first. Understanding how the IRS communicates can help taxpayers protect themselves from scammers who pretend to be from the IRS with the goal of stealing personal information. Here are some facts about how the IRS communicates with taxpayers: The IRS doesn’t normally initiate contact with taxpayers by email. Do not reply to an email from someone who claims to be from the IRS because the IRS email address could be spoofed or fake. Emails from IRS

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IRS Announces New Extended Tax Deadline for Individuals

March 17, 2021- The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax. Penalties, interest, and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as

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Maryland Extends State Income Tax Filing Deadline to July 15th

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that he is extending the state income tax filing deadline until July 15, 2021. No interest or penalties will be assessed if returns are filed and taxes are paid by the new deadline. The extension, which applies to individual, pass-through entity, fiduciary, and corporate income tax returns with due dates between January 1 and July 15, 2021, inclusive, including first and second quarter estimated payments, is due to recent and pending legislation at the state and federal levels that impact 2020 tax filings and provide economic relief for taxpayers harmed by the COVID19

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Business Education Series: PPP Round Two – What You Need to Know

PPP Round Two – What You Need to Know MillerMusmarCPAs is a proud sponsor of the Business Education Series. The Small Business Association (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for loans in January.  The program will now provide loans to both first-time borrowers as well as businesses that already received a PPP loan. There is still time to submit your application! David Hincapie, Economic Development Specialist at, Small Business Administration (SBA), will present timely information for applying for this round of funding. We will also be joined by Dayana Villanueva, Vice President, M&T Bank, and Joey Musmar,

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SBA Issues Extensive Final Rule Revising Several Small Business Contracting Regulations

On October 16, 2020, the SBA issued an extensive final rule that makes numerous revisions and clarifications to the small business procurement regulations.  This article provides a high-level overview of some of the most significant changes implemented by the new rule, and we will provide further analysis of these changes over the coming weeks. Most provisions of this final rule will take effect on November 16, 2020.   Changes to the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program Merged the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program into the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. This resulted in the update or removal of references to the former 8(a) Mentor-Protégé

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2020 depreciation limits for cars and trucks are issued

The IRS on Wednesday issued the limitations on depreciation deductions for passenger automobiles first placed in service in 2020 and the amounts of income inclusion for lessees of passenger automobiles first leased during 2020 (Rev. Proc. 2020-37). For these purposes, passenger automobiles include trucks and vans. The amounts in the revenue procedure are inflation-adjusted as required by Sec. 280F(d)(7), using the automobile component of the chained consumer price index for all urban consumers (C-CPI-U). For passenger automobiles to which the Sec. 168(k) additional (bonus) first-year depreciation deduction applies and that are acquired after Sept. 27, 2017, and placed in

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IRS Won’t Extend Deadline Again! Tax Returns ARE Due by July 15

The Department of the Treasury and IRS have announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15. Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15. The IRS reminds taxpayers filing Form 1040 series returns that they must file Form 4868 by July 15 to obtain the automatic extension to Oct. 15. The extension provides additional time to file

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IRS announces Form 1040-X electronic filing options coming this summer; major milestone reached for electronic returns

The Internal Revenue Service announced that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products. Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the nation’s tax professional community and has been a continuing recommendation from the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) and Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). Currently, taxpayers must mail a completed Form 1040-X to the IRS for processing.

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