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The CARES Act: Retirement Provisions

  

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of finances, including retirement savings. The CARES Act contains provisions affecting these plans that will remain in effect for 2020. They include the following: The act specifically aligned the due date for contributions to IRAs and retirement plans with the extended due date for individual tax returns. Accordingly,…

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The CARES Act: Getting a Small Business Loan

  

The CARES Act—a collection of pandemic-related provisions—has good news for small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The act provides relief to US-based businesses with (1) 500 or fewer employees that are unable to pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic or (2) the standard number of employees established by the…

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Understanding the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  

March 24, 2020 – President Trump has signed the Families First Coronavirus Act (HR 6201, the “Act”) intended to ease the economic consequences stemming from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by providing family and medical leave, and sick leave, to employees and providing tax credits to employers and the self-employed providing the leave. Here…

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The CARES Act: Retirement Provisions

April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of finances, including retirement savings. The CARES Act contains provisions affecting these plans that will remain in effect for 2020. They include the following: The act specifically aligned the due date for contributions to IRAs and retirement plans with the extended due date for individual tax returns. Accordingly,…

The CARES Act: Getting a Small Business Loan

March 31, 2020

The CARES Act—a collection of pandemic-related provisions—has good news for small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The act provides relief to US-based businesses with (1) 500 or fewer employees that are unable to pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic or (2) the standard number of employees established by the…

Understanding the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020 – President Trump has signed the Families First Coronavirus Act (HR 6201, the “Act”) intended to ease the economic consequences stemming from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by providing family and medical leave, and sick leave, to employees and providing tax credits to employers and the self-employed providing the leave. Here…

Temporary Closure of Our Physical Office

March 20, 2020

We have temporarily closed our physical office and in person client meetings will now be handled by phone and email. The R&A team continues to work diligently using secure remote technology and will continue to meet your needs and deadlines. If you are not already using your portal to securely transfer documents, we continue to…

Medical and Dental Expenses: What Can You Deduct?

February 24, 2020

Can you deduct medical and dental expenses? That’s a complicated question. To start with, your deductions must exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. And they must fall into an IRS-approved category. Deductible medical expenses may include, but aren’t limited to, the following: Payments of fees to doctors, dentists, surgeons, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and…

IRS Clarifies Deductible Expenses

February 17, 2020

The IRS has updated some rules for deductible expenses, as guidance in areas that may have been murky as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The rules being updated involve using optional standard mileage rates when figuring the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes, among…

R&A CPAs Promotes Laura Liewen and Jed Lightcap to Shareholder

February 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tucson, AZ, February 6, 2020—R&A CPAs, one of Southern Arizona’s leading public accounting and business advisory firms, announced today that Laura Liewen, CPA, and Jed Lightcap, CPA, have been promoted to shareholder. Laura Liewen has more than twenty years of experience in public accounting. She specializes in income tax return preparation, compliance,…

IRS Offers Identity Protection PIN

February 7, 2020

The IRS can now assign eligible taxpayers an “IP PIN,” a six-digit code to help prevent the misuse of Social Security numbers on fraudulent federal income tax returns. As the IRS explains, this PIN helps the agency verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept his or her electronic or paper tax return. Not everyone can get…

Strategic Tax Planning and Itemizing

January 30, 2020

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) made major changes that affect how individual taxpayers can claim deductions. For individual taxpayers, the biggest changes were (1) the increase in the standard deduction, which significantly raised the threshold for claiming itemized deductions; (2) the elimination of some itemized deductions (e.g., moving expenses) and the…