While it may seem mundane, recordkeeping is an important chore. Gathering your tax documents throughout the year makes it easier to file your tax return the following year. And having an organized recordkeeping system overall makes it easier to understand any letters you may receive from the IRS.
In this current seller’s market, you may be considering selling your first or second home. If so, keep in mind how selling your home may affect your tax return. When filing your taxes, you may qualify to exclude all or part of any gain from the sale from your income.
Paid Sick & Family Leave Credits were enhanced under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which was enacted in March. The credits reimburse small and mid-size employers (and certain governmental employers) for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees for reasons related to COVID-19, including vaccinations. The updates apply to leave taken from April 1 – September 30, 2021.
If you have a child age 17 or under, you may automatically begin receiving advance payments of the Child Tax Credit on July 15th. Roughly 39 million households — covering 88% of children in the United States — will begin receiving the payments as part of The American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed in March.
Beginning on July 1, 2021, owners of short-term rentals will have to start paying hotel taxes under House Bill 317, which was signed into law by Governor Kemp last month. The law requires that home rental companies, such as Airbnb and VRBO, collect Georgia’s $5-per-night lodging tax and local excise taxes, which can reach 8%. All hotels, motels, short-term rentals and most lodging facilities in Georgia will be required to pay the $5-a-night excise tax as of July 1. The costs will be passed onto renters in their bills.
When you first start a business, you don’t know what you don’t know. This can be especially true when it comes to taxes. As a new business owner, you may not be aware of the many tax deductions available that can help take the sting out of starting up.
Get a letter from the IRS? Don’t panic! The IRS mails letters or notices for a variety of reasons, including if you have a balance due; you are due a larger or smaller refund; the IRS has a question about your tax return; the IRS needs to verify your identity or that of a dependent; the IRS is requesting additional information; or the IRS made changes to your tax return.
The American Rescue plan, which was signed by President Biden on March 11th, and other tax law changes affected finances and returns for both 2020 and 2021. Here are some of the details you need to know:
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, allocates help to struggling small businesses — especially restaurants — through grants, additional aid, and an expansion of existing credits such as the Employee Retention Tax Credit.