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***updates as of December 2020 COVID relief bill are noted with *** below as well as March American Rescue Plan Act have now been added below.
To confirm your payment or provide the IRS additional information such as banking information, use this link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
More information HERE
***UPDATE DECEMBER 2020***
Under the provisions signed into law December 27, 2020:
There is a second round of stimulus payments beginning late December 2020 for $600 per taxpayer plus $600 per qualifying child. Income limits are the same as above. There is speculation this may be raised to $2000 but this has not passed into law at this time. IRS plans to update the above website with additional information on this second round as available.
***UPDATE MARCH 2021***
Single taxpayers with AGI under $75,000 ($150,000 for married) will receive $1,400 stimulus as an advance against a 2021 tax credit. The credit phases out at $80,000 ($160,000 for joint)
Employers with less than 500 employees must provide up to 2 weeks paid leave to employees. May be a hardship exemption for businesses with fewer than 50 employees for school closings or childcare unavailability if it could jeopardize business as a going concern. Qualifying reasons:
You can take a retirement plan distribution up to $100,000 without penalty. It IS still subject to income tax; however, that tax can be spread over three years. The money can also re-contributed back into the plan to avoid the tax within three years without regard for the annual contribution limits.
Employer may contribute up to $5,250 annually toward an employee's student loans without the employee having to pay tax on it.
Will be able to be deducted on your Federal Return in 2020 to 2022 (even if you are not itemizing) up to $300. ***December 2020 update*** The 2021 amount could be up to $600.
The Federal government may supplement state unemployment payments up to an additional $300-$600 per week as well as include self-employed, independent contractors, etc. for up to four months. In some cases, with this added payment, you may receive more in unemployment than your normal paycheck. Senator Whitehouse noted the break-even salary point was $62,500 for 2020.
***March 2021*** The first $10,200 of unemployment will be non-taxable (retroactively to 2020) for households earnings less than $150,000. The IRS released tax forms, instructions and calculations for this about a week after the law change. They later updated the instructions and calculations. If your return was filed with this income as taxable and you qualify for it to be non-taxable, IRS has stated they automatically make the change and issue refunds.
This income is taxable in MA.
RI tax forms base their income off the federal non-taxable and included no modification even after the after both federal changes. However, on March 25, announced they would update their tax forms to make the unemployment income taxable. If your RI return was filed with this as non-taxable, an updated return is due by the tax filing date.
Most waiting periods have been waived. Covering more than usual such as independent contractors and self-employed. States encouraging everyone out of work to apply immediately.
Employers are allowed to offer to employees a delay in social security tax withholdings. Deferred withholdings are to be ratably withheld and repaid from wages from 1/1/21 to 4/30/21.
***the repayment period is extended to 12/31/2021***
**March 2021*** If at the end of the year you received too much of an Advanced Premium Tax Credit to lower your health insurance from the state marketplace and owe it back on the tax reconciliation, you do not have to pay back the excess with your 2020 return. Guidance is still pending for those that already filed.
Child tax credit is increased from $2,000 to $3,000 for children under 18 and $3,600 for children under 6 for your 2021 taxes. This is a fully refundable credit with advanced payments to begin in July 2021. It is phased out at $75,000 for single, $150,000 for join and surviving spouse and $112,500 for HoH.
Individual taxes due April 15th, 2020 have been extended until July 15th, 2020
No additional interest or penalties will accrue on income taxes for balances due between April 15 and July 15
IRA and HSA contributions are not due until July 15th
Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments will be due for tax year 2020 as follows: 7/15, 9/15, 1/15/21
Individual taxes due April 15th, 2021 have been extended until May 17th, 2021
No additional interest or penalties will accrue on income taxes for balances due between April 15 and May 15
The first quarterly estimated tax payment is still due on 4/15