At long last, Congress passed legislation to correct a drafting error related to real estate qualified improvement property (QIP). The correction is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The correction retroactively allows real property owners to depreciate QIP faster than before.… Continue reading

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing economic hardship for many people and businesses in the United States. On March 27, the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Trump. A key provision of the new law allows tax-favored treatment for people who take so-called coronavirus-related distributions… Continue reading

See below for a video of a webinar presented by Chris A. Gabrick, Principal, SSB. Topics addressed in the webinar include the following: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave Credits available Federal and state filing and payment extensions SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Assistance Loan Coronavirus Aid, Relief… Continue reading

The House of Representatives approved the Senate bill known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (“Act”). The bill provides over $2 trillion in relief for individuals and businesses. The bill is headed to President Trump who indicated he would sign the legislation immediately. Major provisions of the CARES Act are as… Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the long-anticipated final version of its overtime eligibility rules. The changes will take effect on January 1, 2020. As a result, the DOL estimates that 1.3 million workers will be newly eligible for overtime pay. Are any of them on your payroll? Read on to find out.… Continue reading

The ability to deduct state and local taxes (SALT) has historically been a valuable tax break for taxpayers who itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns. Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limits SALT deductions for 2018 through 2025. Here’s important information that homeowners should know about the new limitation. Thinking about… Continue reading

Congress enacted the so-called “kiddie tax” rules to prevent parents and grandparents in high tax brackets from shifting income (especially from investments) to children in lower tax brackets. Congress recently revamped this tax under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Trust and Estate Tax Rates for 2018 Use the following tax rates to compute… Continue reading