And the coronavirus is on its way beyond pandemic and becoming endemic.
That means we will be living with it in some form for a while. It also means that there might be more legislation and Internal Revenue Service guidelines that affect our taxes.
So we are here, at the ol' blog's fourth Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Taxes page as we enter the new 2022 year. 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, or last year's third iteration covering January-December 2021.
I won't challenge the health or tax gods by predicting whether this will be the last COVID page. I don't want to tempt them and fate like I did last year, and have it come true like it did that the illness continues to linger.
But I will note that while there are, for now, four 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 counterparts, 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 2021 page as they are also are of interest in 2022.
- IRS refund late? At least you'll get some interest, which so far has totaled $3.3 billion (May 14, 2022)
- Child Tax Credit online filing portal is open again (May 12, 2022)
- Some married parents could save this year by filing separate tax returns (April 16, 2022)
- Crowdfunding tax consequences and reporting requirements (March 21, 2022)
- A review of the 116th Congress' 8 tax bills (March 12, 2022)
- IRS plans to end tax backlog by shifting jobs, hiring 10,000 new staff (March 11, 2022)
- Voice and chat bots now part of IRS telephone tax help lines (March 10, 2022)
- Ways to spend tax-favored FSA money if you're facing 3/15 (or later) deadline (March 9, 2022)
- Child Tax Credit online portal is offline until after Tax Day (March 8, 2022)
- VITA & TCE volunteers are back, helping taxpayers prepare & file returns for free (March 7, 2022)
- IRS TACs open for walk-in tax help on Saturday, March 12 (March 6, 2022)
- Make sure you claim your charitable tax deductions, on Form 1040 or Schedule A (Feb. 28, 2022)
- 5 reasons your tax refund this year might be smaller (Feb. 15, 2022)
- IRS sending 1099-INTs to taxpayers who got interest added to tax refunds (Feb. 14, 2022)
- IRS suspends issuance of 14 more taxpayer notices (Feb. 11, 2022)
- Tracking down 2020 — yes, two-year-old — missing EIPs (Feb. 9, 2022)
- 3 medical tax breaks prompted by COVID-19 (Feb. 8, 2022)
- A look at EITC changes on this year's EITC Awareness Day (Jan. 28, 2022)
- Recovery Rebate Credit on 2021 tax return could help get missed COVID stimulus money (Jan. 26, 2022)
- Don't let wrong IRS EIP or CTC letter info stop you from filing your taxes (Jan. 24, 2022)
- Tax return checklist & questions to help you file your taxes (Jan. 13, 2022)
- Top 10 Taxpayer Problems of 2021 likely to repeat in 2022 (Jan. 12, 2022)
- Tax statements you need to file your 2021 return (Jan. 11, 2022)
- Moves in 2021 motivated by COVID, family matters, & taxes (Jan. 8, 2022)
- Keep an eye out for IRS letters on COVID relief money, advance Child Tax Credit payments (Jan. 4, 2022)
- California wildfire filings, COVID-deferred payroll taxes due Jan. 3, 2022 (Dec. 30, 2021)
- You got your last 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit payment. Now what? (Dec. 15, 2021)
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 new 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.
First, there are the official government sites. The image above recommends Coronavirus.gov, which basically is a landing page (like this), so below are my suggestions.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Social Security Administration (SSA): Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (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
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
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
And, of course, there are other sites following the pandemic's tax effects.
Many of my fellow tax bloggers are doing great jobs tracking the intricacies of COVID-19 tax changes. So are the members of the great #TaxTwitter community.
But in order to keep this page from following the excessive pieces of coronavirus legislation when it comes to length, I've focused below on web pages posted by professional firms, associations and other taxcentric entities that are providing valuable coronavirus-related tax information and advice.
National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP): COVID-19 Tax News & FAQ
Thomson Reuters: COVID-19 resource center
Deloitte: COVID-19 tax policy updates
EY US: Responding to COVID-19
Grant Thornton: COVID-19 Resource Center
RubinBrown: Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Center
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP): COVID-19 Tax Policy Resources
Avalara: COVID-19 Tax Relief Roundup
Employee Benefit News (EBN): Coronavirus Impact
But wait, there are more: Naturally, things will change as the virus itself and our tax reactions to it evolve, so I'm asking for your help.
I know I've missed some good sites. Please let me know. I'll probably see your suggestions sooner if you let me know via Twitter where, in case you don't know, I'm @taxtweet. You also can drop me an email note.
I'll update this page as regularly as I can. You'd think that I'd have more time by essentially being on house arrest during Austin's coronavirus stay-home order, but it seems that the hours in the days also are affected by these bizarre circumstances (and my discovery of new things to stream).
Thanks for your assistance and patience. And, of course, be safe!
Taxes are important, but they are just taxes. The well-being of everyone and your families is everything, the only thing.
Original post began April 4, 2020