July 15, 2020
Today is the deadline. By the end of the day, calendar year 2019 1040s, 1041s, 990s and 1120s should be filed or extended. Some last-minute reminders:
Delayed Tax Payments? It’s Time to Pay Up - Ben Peeler, Eide Bailly. "For taxpayers that had existing installment agreements with the IRS as of March 25, 2020, any payments due between April 1 and July 15, 2020, were suspended. However, interest continued to accrue on the unpaid balances. Now that we are approaching the end of the relief period, taxpayers will need to start making their monthly payments by their first due date after July 15 to avoid penalties."
IRS reminder: Taxpayers can get an extension to Oct. 15 to file taxes (IRS news release):
Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can request a filing extension to Oct. 15 in one of two ways:
- Filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using Free File on IRS.gov.
- Submitting an electronic payment with Direct Pay, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or by debit, credit card or digital wallet options and selecting Form 4868 or extension as the payment type. The automatic extension of time to file will process when taxpayers pay all or part of their taxes, electronically, by the July 15 due date.
Businesses that need additional time to file income tax returns must file Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns.
How to make the 2 estimated tax payments also due July 15 - Kay Bell, Don't Mess With Taxes. "When the IRS shifted the due date for both of this tax year's first and second quarter estimated tax payments to July 15, which everyone knows by now is the same day as regular annual tax returns are due, we're getting slammed fiscally this month."
Your Tax Refund May Be Late This Year: Here’s Why - Laura Saunders, Wall Street Journal ($). "On June 30, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig told the Senate Finance Committee that the IRS had an estimated backlog of 12.3 million paper tax returns or correspondence as of mid-June. As of July 4, that backlog had shrunk to 7.8 million, including about 3.6 million paper tax returns"
IRS Extends Filing Deadline for Tax-Exempt Hospitals - Frederic Lee, Tax Notes ($). "The IRS has extended the deadline for hospitals to comply with any community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements until December 31."
Iowa guidance bites taxpayers with big 2019 business losses: IDR Releases New State Tax Guidance: Iowa Nonconformity CARES Act of 2020 - Iowa Department of Revenue. Some highlights:
The Iowa rules applying the excess business loss limits for 2019 have a nasty bite. From the Iowa guidance (my emphasis):
NOTE FOR TAX YEAR 2020 AND LATER: For federal tax purposes, excess business losses disallowed in a tax year are included in the computation of the taxpayer’s federal net operating loss (NOL) carryforward to subsequent tax years. However, Iowa NOLs are computed independently of federal NOLs, and there is no provision in Iowa law that permits excess business losses disallowed for Iowa purposes to be included in the calculation of an Iowa NOL or otherwise deducted in a later year. As a result, excess business losses disallowed (i.e. added back as income) for Iowa tax purposes are not deductible in a later tax year and are lost.
The only hope for a fix here is legislative action.
Marginal Tax Rates for Pass-through Businesses by State - Garrett Watson, Tax Policy Blog. "Top marginal tax rates faced by pass-through firms also vary by state, ranging from 40 percent in states with no state and local income tax, like Wyoming and Florida, to 53.7 percent in California. These combined rates include federal, state, and local income taxes in addition to payroll tax."
Apple Wins Major Tax Battle Against EU - Valentina Pop and Sam Schechner, Wall Street Journal ($). "Apple Inc. won a major battle with the European Union when the bloc’s second-highest court on Wednesday sided with the U.S. company over a €13 billion ($14.8 billion) tax bill that EU antitrust officials had said the company owed to Ireland."
Marching Through Georgia - Class Action Lawsuits Against Conservation Syndicators - Peter Reilly, Forbes. "Class action attorneys led by David Deary have filed two lawsuits against promoter groups."
Tax Day 2020 Specials, Freebies & Deals A Lot Lighter Than In Past Years - Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes. "That means that today brings to an end (well, sort of) a long, drawn-out tax season. Normally, that would be cause for celebration since Tax Day usually means specials, freebies, and deals. But things are definitely lighter this year than last."
Is there nothing that 2020 can't screw up?
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