And 2020 is still the year of COVID-19. In fact, the deadly coronavirus has been so persistent and there have been so many pandemic-related tax matters, that the original special Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Taxes page was overwhelmed and overflowing.
So I renamed it Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Taxes: March-July 2020 and created this page to finish out the year.
Then 2021 arrived and COVID-19 was still here. Actually, it picked up steam after people decided they were going to escape their self-isolation pods and visit family and friends over the December holidays. So now there's a third special coronavirus tax page named marking COVID/tax posts from for January 2021 until … who knows? Here's hoping we don't need any 2022 versions!
UPDATE, Jan. 1, 2022: This is one time I am not pleased with my prognostication powers. There is indeed a fourth COVID and taxes page, since the coronavirus just will not freakin' let go! Posts in which taxes and the pandemic are connected in 2022 will be found there, Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Taxes: January-... 2022.
A couple of things stay the same on all three pages. First, the items are listed with the most recent post first.
Secondly, this page, like its COVID counterparts, starts off with COVID-19 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.
So enough with the housekeeping. Here's the second collection of coronavirus tax+ matters.
- 8 Q&As about the $600 COVID-19 payments that already are on their way (Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020)
- Full 11 weeks of unemployment assistance will be paid even after COVID relief delay led to lapse (Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020)
- Special COVID pandemic tax benefits for charitable help (Monday, Dec. 21, 2020)
- IRS goal: Issue most 2019 tax refunds by Dec. 31, 2020 (Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020)
- Tax reform is a global concern in wake of COVID-19's costs (Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020)
- IRS and FBI warn about business cyber scams that target COVID teleworkers (Friday, Dec. 4, 2020)
- COVID relief 2.0 could offer some donors a bigger charitable tax deduction (Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020)
- Use Form 8915-E to report, repay COVID-related retirement account distributions (Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020)
- IRS won't provide blanket tax relief for penalties assessed during COVID-19 (Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020)
- Didn't get COVID-19 stimulus money? Nov. 21 is the last day to register for it (Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020)
- Watch out for continuing COVID-19 tax (and more) scams (Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020)
- IRS offers tax help to those facing COVID money troubles (Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020)
- Deductibility of PPP loan expenses: Tax issues remain at federal and state levels (Friday, Nov. 6, 2020)
- IRS is resuming issuance of tax balance-due notices (Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020)
- In the wake of disasters & COVID-19, will the IRS be ready for the 2021 tax season? (Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020)
- Nov. 10 is national COVID economic relief registration day (Friday, Oct. 23, 2020)
- 10 ways FSA/HSA funds can help you cope with COVID-19 (Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020)
- COVID-19 relief payment deadlines are just days away (Monday, Sept. 28, 2020)
- COVID EIPs await non-filers nationwide, especially in some NY ZIP Codes (Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020)
- COVID tax credits highlighted by IRS during National Small Business Week (Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020)
- No 1099-C for forgiven PPP loans, but this tax form still issued in other taxable canceled debt cases (Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020)
- State revenue loss due to COVID-19 not as bad as feared (Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020)
- 1 million+ Californians top list of missed COVID payments (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020)
- Senators push for end of forced deferral of federal employee payroll tax (Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020)
- IRS special letter going to non-filers with info on how to get COVID tax relief payments by year's end (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020)
- Federal workers are forced payroll tax deferral guinea pigs (Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020)
- Treasury clears up Trump's payroll tax order. Just kidding! (Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020)
- IRS approves e-signatures for 10 tax forms, temporarily (Friday, Aug. 28, 2020)
- Tax injured spouses to get catch-up COVID-19 payments (Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020)
- IRS waives some bad check charges (Monday, Aug. 24, 2020)
- COVID-created tax refund interest payments going to nearly 14 million filers (Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020)
- IRS stops sending nonpayment tax notices until it clears COVID snail mail backlog (Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020)
- W&M chair to IRS: Stop sending COVID-delayed notices (Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020)
- IRS knows some recently issued nonpayment notices are wrong. Now what? (Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020)
- Get government benefits? Have kids? You get one more chance to claim added COVID cash (Friday, Aug. 14, 2020)
- IRS now sending some erroneously denied COVID-19 dependent relief payments (Monday, Aug. 10, 2020)
- Trump COVID executive actions sidestep stalled Congressional relief talks (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020)
- Home office tax deduction still available, just not for COVID-displaced employees working from home (Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020)
- 4 August tax moves to make during pandemic Dog Days (Monday, Aug. 3, 2020)
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 page.
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