With the opening of Maryland’s General Assembly today, Governor Larry Hogan is expected to introduce the state’s latest relief package, called the $1 Billion RELIEF Act of 2021. He outlined the plan at a press conference earlier in the week. Hogan is asking state lawmakers to take quick action on this legislation, which includes actions to help Maryland families, small businesses and those who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic. If enacted, this emergency legislation would support small businesses with sales tax credits, extend unemployment tax relief for small businesses, repeal income taxes on state unemployment benefits, safeguard Maryland businesses against tax increases, and provide direct stimulus payments for low- to moderate-income Marylanders. Let’s look more closely at some of the provisions in the relief package.
There’s a win-win for business taxpayers and restaurants in the latest round of stimulus legislation, known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Under the new legislation, business meals provided by restaurants in 2021 and 2022 are now 100% deductible. Previously, the deduction of food and beverage expenses associated with operating a business was limited to 50%. The new 100% deduction applies to meals in a restaurant, and takeout and delivery meals provided by a restaurant. Let’s dig into the specifics.
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At the end of 2020, Congress passed and President Trump signed a new law that provides for additional relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, 2021) includes a second draw of Paycheck Protection Program loans (PPP2 loans) and it also finally overruled the IRS and allows businesses to deduct ordinary and necessary expenses paid from the proceeds of PPP loans. Let’s take a look at who’s eligible for a PPP2 loan, the terms of the loans and when to apply.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced extended filing and payment deadlines for certain state business and individual taxes and quarterly estimated income tax returns and payments.
The social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, wreaking havoc on countless businesses and their employees. As individuals look for possible solutions to their cash flow challenges, they may turn to their retirement plans as a source of funding.
President Trump signed the bill into law on December 27, 2020. Well, it’s hot off the press and it’s 5,593 pages long. It’s impossible to cover everything in the latest COVID-19 relief bill - called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 - so we are concentrating on Divisions M & N of the bill involving updates to the CARES Act. Let’s look at the highlights.