The Vescio Group

The Vescio Group We assist with the preparation of income tax returns for individuals, small businesses, corporations, estates and trusts in and around San Antonio, Texas.
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12/11/2020

Watch out folks! Don't believe text messages regarding COVID funding!!! The IRS Security Summit issued a warning about a new COVID-related text message scam. According to IRS, the goal of the scam is to trick people into revealing bank account information under the guise of receiving a $1,200 economic impact payment. The text message states the recipient has "received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this payment … Continue here to accept this payment…." The text includes a link to a phishing Web address. "This fake link appears to come from a state agency or relief organization," IRS said, adding that "it takes people to a fake website that looks like the IRS.gov Get My Payment website." If personal and financial account information is entered on the fake website, the information is collected by the scammer, IRS stressed.

IRS
09/06/2020

IRS

On the IRS Dirty Dozen list of tax scams: Scammers targeting individuals with limited English proficiency. These IRS impersonators and scammers are often threatening, especially phone scams. These are major threats to people with limited access to information, including individuals not entirely comfortable with the English language. You should ignore these threats and DO NOT engage the scammers. To learn more, click here: www.irs.gov/dirtydozen

For all you folks who owed money with your return and sent the check in but are still getting notices that you owe, IRS ...
08/25/2020
IRS stops sending balance-due notices, corrects payroll tax penalties

For all you folks who owed money with your return and sent the check in but are still getting notices that you owe, IRS is finally halting the notices until they finish opening the mail, currently estimated to be as high as 12 million unopened pieces.

https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2020/aug/irs-corrects-erroneous-payroll-tax-penalties-suspends-some-balance-due-notices.html?utm_source=mnl:cpald&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25Aug2020

The IRS has stopped sending balance-due notices to taxpayers as it works to process its backlog of unopened mail. It is also working to correct certain erroneous penalties for some employers who reduced their payroll tax deposits to claim COVID-19 relief-related credits.

IRS
08/19/2020

IRS

Your IRS tax refund may have grown a bit! Due to COVID-19, the tax deadline had a disaster-related postponement.
As a result, nearly 14M individual income tax filers who timely filed their federal income tax returns and got a refund will also get interest payments. Most taxpayers who had direct deposit will get the interest deposited. Everyone else will get paper checks. To learn more, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xfzb6

Still working to get this dealt with - stay tuned.
08/05/2020
AICPA continues to ask Congress to include PPP deductibility in upcoming legislation

Still working to get this dealt with - stay tuned.

In a letter dated Aug. 4, 2020, the AICPA joined over 170 organizations to urge Congress to “include a technical correction addressing the tax treatment of loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)” in its next round of legislation addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

05/08/2020
www.tscpa.org

Texas Society of CPAs has written a letter to the Congress calling for the Congress to clarify deductibility of the expenses paid for by PPP Loans in direct response to IRS Notice stating those expenses are nondeducible. The AICPA is also communicating with the Congress re the same issue. Hopefully we will get new guidance soon. Stay tuned.

https://www.tscpa.org/docs/default-source/comment-letters/federal-tax-policy/2020/ppp-loan-tax-deductibility-txcpa-comment-letter.pdf?sfvrsn=e7f8dfb1_2

This is a nice plain english article about PPP Loan forgiveness for self-employed folks. using the current guidance we h...
05/08/2020
PPP Forgiveness for the Self-Employed (Independent Contractors and Sole Props) | Bench Accounting

This is a nice plain english article about PPP Loan forgiveness for self-employed folks. using the current guidance we have.

https://bench.co/blog/operations/ppp-forgiveness-contractors-sole-props/?fbclid=IwAR28C8nBO0Mlq6oUptZT__A97v5NejnM8uXK6moAXZl1oYOXgwK9uuMQLB0

PPP forgiveness works differently for sole proprietors and independent contractors, the biggest difference being the concept of "owner compensation replacement" which greatly simplifies the loan forgiveness process. Here’s everything you need to know.

For folks that have not filed a return in 2018 or 2019, and want to be sure that the IRS has updated information (bank a...
04/10/2020
Economic Impact Payments | Internal Revenue Service

For folks that have not filed a return in 2018 or 2019, and want to be sure that the IRS has updated information (bank account info and address), this is the link to go to. They DO NOT have the link ready for people who have filed returns yet - that will be coming soon. We will keep you posted.

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

We’re committed to helping yout get your economic impact, or stimulus, payment as soon as possible. See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

IRS
04/09/2020

IRS

If IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit info, a check will be mailed to your address on file. For your #TaxSecurity, do NOT provide your direct deposit or banking information for others to input on your behalf into the IRS secure portal. https://go.usa.gov/xvrf7 #COVIDreliefIRS

A few things that have occurred since you last heard from us:1) The Payroll Protection Program is slowly being implement...
04/08/2020
Internal Revenue Service | An official website of the United States government

A few things that have occurred since you last heard from us:

1) The Payroll Protection Program is slowly being implemented. The banks are struggling to get the applications going and small businesses are becoming very anxious. The best thing to do is to check in a couple of times a day with your banks website to see if the information has become available for filing the application. If there is anything you need from our office to assist with this, please let me know.
2) Identity Theft – IRS has warned taxpayers to watch out for emails, text messages, websites and social media attempts related to COVID-19. No one from the IRS will be reaching out to taxpayers by phone, email, mail or in persona asking for information to complete economic impact payments. Please be sure your loved ones and friends are aware of this, especially college students and elderly parents. Do not click on anything in an email that looks like it comes from the IRS or answer any phone calls that look to be from IRS. If in doubt, call us first.
3) IRS Phone assistance – is not available at the time nor are any of the face-to-face services available anywhere in the country until further notice. Paper correspondence received will be responded to only to a very limited degree.
4) IRS has unveiled its “People First Initiative” which is designed to provide immediate relief to those facing COVID-19 challenges. Things addressed in this initiative include (1) suspending installment agreement payments between 4/1/2020 and 7/15/2020 (2) stops installment agreements from going into default during this period (3) suspends certain liens and levies amongst other items. Please go to www.irs.gov and review the News Release IR 2020-59 – you can search for this on the home page of the IRS website.
5) Senior Citizens receiving social security but do not typically file tax returns do not need to do so for 2019 to receive the economic stimulus. For social security recipients who didn’t file returns in 2018 or 2019, the IRS will use information from Form SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 to generate stimulus payments that will be sent to these folks via direct deposit in the same manner their social security is received.

Get Coronavirus Tax Relief Get Your Refund Status Do Your Taxes for Free Get Your Tax Record View Your Account Make a Payment Get Answers to Your Tax Questions Apply for an Employer ID Number (EIN) Forms and Instructions 1040 and Schedules 1-3 Individual Tax Return Other 1040 Schedules Information A...

04/07/2020

Update for the stimulus payments - they are developing a portal where folks can input their direct deposit info if it has not been provided to IRS in the past. Stay tuned ....

04/06/2020

For all my clients who have embraced an extended due date, a few thoughts:

If you wait to request your information from banks, brokerages, etc until May/June, the timelines to get data will get longer and longer. Data will be harder to get as more people take COVID leave and the longer this goes on, the more backed up everyone (including the tax preparers) will be. If you are at home, and have the ability to gather your tax data and get it in to your preparer now, please do so. That gives us time to review the info and let you know what we are missing so that it can be obtained earlier rather than later when this has been going for several more weeks. In addition, if you have a refund coming, we need to file your return sooner than later, especially if IRS doesn't have your current bank account or current address.

Thank you!!!!

04/03/2020

A few updates:

1) Texas Workforce Commission has asked that employers not file their quarterly report until after April 15 and have extended the due date and the payment date for the first quarter report until May 15, 2020.
2) Texas Franchise reports are normally due on May 15 - that date has been extended until June 15, 2020.
3) Payroll Protection Program loans will be administered by each companies bank - you must be a current customer of the bank with which you are trying to apply for the loan.

There was some initial concern that Seniors that don't normally file a tax return due to low income would not get stimul...
04/02/2020
Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically get $1,200 payments, Treasury says in reversal

There was some initial concern that Seniors that don't normally file a tax return due to low income would not get stimulus payments. That has finally been addressed. See the attached article.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/social-security-recipients-who-dont-usually-file-tax-returns-will-automatically-get-dollar1200-payments-treasury-says-in-reversal/ar-BB121Kx7?ocid=spartandhp

Americans on Social Security now have to file a tax return to receive a stimulus check. Most high school seniors and college students won’t get any money at all.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/stimulus-checks-are-coming-here-s-how-make-sure-you-n1169576This gives some go...
03/28/2020
Stimulus checks are coming — here's how to make sure you get yours quickly

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/stimulus-checks-are-coming-here-s-how-make-sure-you-n1169576

This gives some good basic info on the stimulus checks. Just one thing to recognize - for taxpayers who have dependents that qualify only for the $500 dependent credit, rather than the $2.000 child credit (i.e. college kids), parents will not receive the $500 stimulus payment for that child. In addition, if the child is reported as a dependent on the parent's return (again, those same college kids), that kid will not receive the $1,200 stimulus either. Most of the articles are not discussing this but since I have two college kids and a ton of my clients do as well, I hunted down the answer.

Spoiler alert: If you haven't filed your taxes since 2017, now is a good time to get that done.

03/27/2020

The stimulus package finally passed and was signed into law. IRS still doesn't have details on the Stimulus checks yet but they are working on the mechanics of this. I anticipate that over the weekend we will get more concrete guidance of how this is going to work and i will either post articles with details or give you a synopsis of how it's gonna work out early next week.

Installment agreement payments between April 1 and July 15 are suspended by IRS - if you are in an installment agreement...
03/26/2020
IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance program | Internal Revenue Service

Installment agreement payments between April 1 and July 15 are suspended by IRS - if you are in an installment agreement, the payment will not come out of the bank and you do not need to mail it in. Please read! And Share!!!

IR-2020-59, March 25, 2020 — To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced today a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions.

For everyone who collects sales tax, if you can't pay it all see the article attached.
03/26/2020
COVID-19: Help is Available

For everyone who collects sales tax, if you can't pay it all see the article attached.

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03/23/2020

We are still open but we are discouraging "in person" visits and encouraging phone conferences and e-signatures. That being said, work continues, returns are being completed and the office is being staffed on a staggered schedule so there is only one of us here at a time but we are here if there is a need to drop off data or pickup a return. We are trying to be smart about it all while we keep working and keep our people safe. Thanks to all our clients who are the BEST for working with us in trying times!!!

03/23/2020

Read a blurb today that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will work with landlords on mortgage payments being late providing they do not evict their tenants if they cannot pay rent. It was one of a ton of articles dealing with all this crazy but if you are a landlord and your tenants are in trouble, search "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pause mortgages for property owners as long as they don’t evict tenants".

It is official.https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-paym...
03/21/2020
Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed | Internal Revenue Service

It is official.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed

IR-2020-58, March 21, 2020 — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

They've finally introduced legislation to official move the tax filing deadline to July 15.  i'm guessing it will be fas...
03/20/2020
Senators introduce bill to extend tax-filing deadline to July 15

They've finally introduced legislation to official move the tax filing deadline to July 15. i'm guessing it will be fast-tracked and passed fairly quickly. If you have a refund coming though, you can still file and get it back without waiting!

Bipartisan legislation would extend the deadline after guidance from the Treasury Department fell short.

https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/irs-to-extend-tax-filing-deadline-why-file-taxes-now-2020-3The payment ...
03/17/2020
The tax-filing deadline will remain April 15, but the IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days

https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/irs-to-extend-tax-filing-deadline-why-file-taxes-now-2020-3

The payment deadline has been extended to July 15 but the filing deadline is still April 15. For those folks that file extensions, you still have to file an extension (at the moment, at least). But if you owe money with the extension, you can wait to pay that until July 15 without any penalties or interest if the amount is below $1 million. Please read the below article and stay tuned.

If you want to get your tax refund, you need to file your return. And if you owe taxes, you'll still have to pay them at some point.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/14/house-bill-would-allow-for-paid-leave-testing--tax-credits-to-l...
03/16/2020
House Passes Bill To Allow For Paid Leave, Testing & Tax Credits To Lessen Impact Of Coronavirus

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/14/house-bill-would-allow-for-paid-leave-testing--tax-credits-to-lessen-impact-of-coronavirus/#68dc44813520

We do not have guidance yet on how any of the credits will work - waiting on IRS to implement the new law once it passes the Senate and is signed. For now though, no extension to the April 15 deadline so if you can't get your return done, you will need to file an extension.

The House passed H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Here are some of the highlights in the bill.

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Team building day. It is very clear that we spend too much time doing tax returns. LOL Except Chris. Chris is the bomb.