COVID-19 Home Testing Deductible?

COVID-19 Home Testing Deductible? The IRS recently posted a reminder on their website that the cost of home testing for COVID-19 is an eligible medical expense that can be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), or Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs). That…

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I Haven’t Received Our Stimulus Check

I Haven’t Received Our Stimulus Check Many clergy are finding that they are getting direct deposits for only a portion of what they think their stimulus payment should be. Some have gotten half of their payment deposited one week and half the next, and others are finding that their dependents’ share of the stimulus money…

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New Educators Guidelines – COVID-19 protective items

Educators can now deduct out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 protective items Eligible educators can deduct unreimbursed expenses for COVID-19 protective items to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom. COVID-19 protective items include, but are not limited to: face masks; disinfectant for use against COVID-19; hand soap; hand sanitizer; disposable gloves; tape, paint, or chalk…

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Vaccination, Return to Work, and Masking FAQ

Q1: Can we bring all employees back to the church office, but make the unvaccinated keep their masks on? In most states, yes.* Currently the CDC suggests that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most places (some workplaces will be an exception, such as healthcare settings), but that non-fully vaccinated people…

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Should I Opt-Out of the Advance Child Tax Credit

Child Tax Advance Credit Update Recently many news outlets have been reporting a new “stimulus payment” coming in July. This has caused some confusion. There are no current plans for a fourth economic impact payment (EIP), but instead, the press is calling the upcoming advance child tax credit (CTC) payments a “stimulus payment.” Earlier this…

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New law extends COVID tax credit for Churches

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a refundable payroll tax credit for up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and $28,000 in 2021. This temporary credit was enacted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA). On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue…

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IRS Refund Delays

Delayed Refunds Due to RRC Discrepancy Many clergy are still waiting on refunds when they filed their tax return in February. Some tax returns take longer to process than others, including when a return: Includes errors such as an incorrect recovery rebate credit (RRC) amount Was filed with missing information Is affected by identity theft…

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Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness

Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness Many churches applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan through the Small Business Administration to assist in retaining employees and paying other expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to follow the appropriate steps in order to ensure that the loan is forgiven to avoid paying interest…

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IRS Begins Correcting Tax Returns

The IRS will begin issuing refunds this week to eligible taxpayers who paid taxes on 2020 unemployment compensation that the recently-enacted American Rescue Plan (ARP) later excluded from taxable income. These corrections are being made automatically in a phased approach. The first phase of adjustments is being made for single taxpayers who had the simplest…

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Employee Retention Credit – Expanded Eligibility

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) offered relief to certain employers affected by COVID-19 in 2020, in the form of a fully refundable federal payroll tax credit. It was later extended to all four quarters of 2021, with certain changes – most notably the fact that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients can now claim these…

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