The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline formally changed from March 31 to May 31 on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the extension into law.
On March 17, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the deadline for individuals to file federal taxes would be extended from April 15 to May 17, 2021 (Notice 2021-21). This week, the IRS issued additional guidance on its postponement of the tax deadline for individuals. Like the news release before it, this most recent notice does not extend the April 15 due date for estimated tax payments. To ensure our clients do not miss the deadline for estimated tax payments, we encourage the early submission and preparation of tax returns.
The IRS announced on Wednesday that it is postponing the deadline for all individual tax returns. Returns otherwise due April 15 will not have to be filed until May 17 this year. The IRS says it will issue formal guidance in the near future.
Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. This legislation, also known as H.R. 1319, was first passed by the House on February 27. The Senate made several amendments and passed its version of the bill on March 6. The bill then came back to the House for a final vote on Wednesday and was subsequently signed into effect on March 11.
The House of Representatives voted 220–211 Wednesday to approve the Senate version of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law.
Government Fraud Discovered—a headline that no government official, auditor, or taxpayer ever wants to see. Fraud in government exists in many forms and can be perpetrated by a multitude of persons individually or in collusion with others. External entities, engaged with governments through public projects or contracts, may also bring risk of fraudulent activity. Losses vary widely in amounts and can affect governments both on the international stage as well as within your zip code.
In Notice 2021-20, the IRS issued detailed guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit for calendar quarters in 2020. The credit was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L 116-136, and amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, P.L 116-260. The IRS says the guidance in the notice is similar to the information it posted in FAQs last year, but the notice clarifies and describes retroactive changes under the new law that apply to 2020, primarily relating to expanded eligibility for the credit for taxpayers who took Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The AICPA requested authoritative guidance on the 2020 and 2021 employee retention credits from the IRS in a comment letter sent on Feb. 25.
It is with great honor that we announce Bowman & Company LLP has joined the CEO Action’s pledge to advance diversity & inclusion within the workplace. Bowman’s Managing Partner, Michael D. Cesaro, signed the pledge to strengthen our Firm’s commitment to putting forth infrastructure and actions that help cultivate an eclectic work environment.
The PICPA won a major legislative victory when state lawmakers added a provision addressing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness to legislation providing COVID-19 relief to Pennsylvania small businesses. Senate Bill 109 was approved unanimously by the state House and Senate and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. It is now Act 1 of 2021.