Who thought back on March 13, 2020, that we'd still be dealing with the coronavirus three+ years later? Not me, but here we are.
At least we're beyond serious, widespread outbreaks as the virus is becoming endemic. Reflecting that change, the official federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ended on May 11, 2023.
But since we will be living with COVID in some form for a while, the virus still might affect our taxes via future legislation.
I'll keep track of lingering COVID tax matters and future ones that might occur here, on the ol' blog's fifth Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Taxes page. If you want to check out previous COVID-related tax posts, you can head on over to the original page with the March-July 2020 designation, the second page with posts from August-December 2020, page number three's coverage of January-December 2021, and/or last year's iteration January-December 2022.
I won't challenge the health or tax gods by predicting whether this will be the last COVID page. But I will note that while there are, for now, five COVID and taxes pages, a couple of things are on all of them.
First, the items are listed with the most recent post first.
Secondly, this page, like its COVID predecessors, starts off with posts from Don't Mess With Taxes because, well, it's my blog! Then the other sections with coronavirus links from official government websites, professional associations, law and accounting firms, and tax policy think tanks follow.
OK, enough with the housekeeping. Let's get to this fourth (and final; OK, I did it, I did tempt the medical powers that be!) collection of coronavirus tax+ matters with a quick caveat. I'm pulling a few from the 2022 page as they also are of interest in 2023.
- 2020 & 2021 stimulus money still available to eligible filers (Nov. 27, 2023)
- IRS extends digital signature, certain email options (Nov. 5, 2023)
- IRS allows businesses to withdraw improper ERC claims (Oct. 22, 2023)
- W&M members want ERC backlog answers from IRS (Oct. 5, 2023)
- Swifties & BeyHive provide the IRS with targets for lower resale tax reporting law (Sept. 23, 2023)
- IRS halts ERC claims, warns businesses about scam promoters (Sept. 16, 2023)
- Honoring 9/11 heroes by volunteering on Patriot Day (Sept. 10, 2023)
- State general welfare payments in 2023 remain federally tax-free (Aug. 30, 2023)
- COVID federal fraud sweep recovers $836 million, produces 371 criminal charges (Aug. 25, 2023)
- D.C. restauranters plead guilty to 1.35 million in tax evasion, separate COVID relief fund fraud (Aug. 18, 2023)
- Teachers' out-of-pocket classroom costs worth $300 tax break (Aug. 17, 2023)
- Build your own Child Tax Credit with this online tool (Aug. 5, 2023)
- One week left to collect your 2019 tax year refund (July 10, 2023)
- Tips if the IRS audits your business' ERC claim (June 23, 2023)
- After initial progress, IRS slips in processing paper tax filings (June 21, 2023)
- IRS issued $10.5 million in miscalculated Child Tax Credits (June 18, 2023)
- Time running out to repay COVID retirement distributions, recover paid taxes (June 7, 2023)
- Business owners should look carefully at ERC promotions (May 27, 2023)
- July 17, 2023, is deadline to claim $1.5 billion in 2019 tax year refunds (April 12, 2023)
- 6 family-friendly tax credits (March 29, 2023)
- Child care tax credit returns to lower pre-COVID levels, but still worth a look (March 5, 2023)
- 10 reasons to file a tax return even if you don't have to (Jan. 25, 2023)
- IRS issues 12 million refunds to correct errant 2020 unemployment filings (Jan. 15, 2023)
- 1099-K reporting delay yays and nays (Jan. 14, 2023)
- What's new when it comes to filing your 2022 taxes (Jan. 4, 2023)
- Tax happenings in 2022, and what to expect in 2023 (Jan. 1, 2023)
There also are some posts since the beginning of the pandemic that tangentially reference COVID-19's effects on taxes, but not enough so to make the official coronavirus cut for inclusion on this or the other pages.
If you're interested in seeing those, you can browse the Coronavirus COVID-19 category. The posts above (as well as those on the other coronavirus pages) will show up, too, but just keep scrolling to find others that didn't make this coronavirus tax specific list.
Now to other off-blog resources.
As noted at the top of this page, the official federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ended in May. With that expiration date, many sites ended or scaled back their coronavirus postings. Some official government sites, however, continue to offer advice. The image above recommends Coronavirus.gov, which goes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID page. It's also part of the government sites list below.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Coronavirus - What the FTC is Doing
Health and Human Services (HHS): COVID-19 Portal
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): A guide to COVID-19 economic stimulus relief
Department of Education (Ed): COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response (note the rumor control section)
U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS): Coronavirus/COVID-19 Related Scams
At the height of the pandemic, other tax-focused professional and industry sites followed the virus-related tax changes. Now, however, they are effectively dated, if not deleted, so I've excised that listing from this 2023 page.
However, since COVID-19 is still around, you can find medical coronavirus resource links below.
Need help finding a coronavirus vaccine in the United States?
or TTY 1-888-720-7489.
More information and resources at:
CDC Booster Shots
HHS Combat COVID
USA.Gov COVID Info
Taxes are important, but they are just taxes. The well-being of everyone and your families is everything, the only thing. Stay safe!
First COVID-19 resource page posted April 4, 2020
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