Author Archives: Batley CPA

Wisconsin Disallows PPP Loan Related Deductions

Posted on Jan 18, 2021 by

The Act provides that if a taxpayer’s earned income for 2020 is less than the earned income for 2019, the taxpayer may elect to use their 2019 earned income to compute the 2020 federal earned income tax credit (see sec. 211 of Division EE of Public Law 116-260). Taxpayers must use their 2020 income to compute the Wisconsin earned income tax credit. Therefore, if a taxpayer elects to use their 2019 earned income to compute their 2020 federal earned income tax credit, they must recompute the federal earned income tax credit using their 2020 earned income amount for Wisconsin purposes.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert January 2021

Posted on Jan 14, 2021 by

Now’s a good time for taxpayers to familiarize themselves with pertinent tax-related amounts that may or may not be changing in 2021 because of inflation. This article poses six key questions about such amounts, including those related to retirement planning and the itemized deduction.

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Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Posted on Dec 28, 2020 by

Late in the day on December 20, 2020, leaders in Congress announced that they had reached an agreement on a new round of relief for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic stimulus. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 finally took shape after several days of negotiations between the Democrats and GOP on Capitol Hill.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert December 2020

Posted on Dec 15, 2020 by

For many, December 31 means a New Year’s celebration. From a tax perspective, however, it should mean thinking about which filing status you will use for that year’s tax return. This article reviews the five statuses. A sidebar looks at whether a married person can file as a “head of household.”

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert November 2020

Posted on Nov 12, 2020 by

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts are tax-free accounts that can be used for expenses of disabled individuals. They can be created by a disabled person or his or her family members or guardians. This article explains eligibility factors and other pertinent details. A sidebar notes an ABLE account’s impact on Supplemental Security Income.

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Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness

Posted on Oct 13, 2020 by

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert September 2020

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 by

Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act took much of the “teeth” out of the AMT by raising the inflation-adjusted exemption, high-income earners (and even some middle-income earners) should still watch out for its bite. This article discusses the basic rules and the role of itemized deductions. A sidebar warns investors that capital gains can trigger the AMT.

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I.5, Processing Pending Payments During COVID-19

Posted on Sep 1, 2020 by

The IRS has warned taxpayers that if they mailed checks (either with or without tax returns), the checks may still be unopened in the backlog of mail the Service is processing due to COVID-19. Any payments will be posted as the date the IRS receives them rather than the date the Service processed them.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert August 2020

Posted on Aug 13, 2020 by

Because of the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, many people have found themselves in need of cash to pay unexpected medical bills, mortgage payments and other expenses. One option is to borrow against the cash value of a permanent life insurance policy. This article explores the risks and benefits of such a strategy, while a sidebar looks at a myth that represents a life insurance loan as a tool that “pays for itself.”

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