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2019 MOTOR FUEL INCOME TAX CREDIT - Use this form determine if you are eligible to claim this credit on your 2019 SC tax return.  The first page has a flowchart to help you determine your eligility.  Page 2 is the Form I-385.  If married filing a joint return, complete a separate form for each of you.  Pages 3-5 contain instructions and helpful information to address most questions and circumstances such as selling, trading in, or a total loss of a vehicle during the year.  Please open this file and then either save it to your computer.  After completing the form, wither email it to us or print it and include with the other tax documentation that you bring to us.  Please complete the YES/NO questions on page 1 and then proceed to page 2 and complete every field for each vehicle a credit is to be claimed.  All fields must be completed. 


This schedule is not all-inclusive, but it covers most of the common deductions and credits.  The General Information section helps us with the basic information needed for all returns.  There is also a section to summarize your rental and self-employment business income and related expenses.


2020 MOTOR FUEL INCOME TAX CREDIT - Use this form determine if you are eligible to claim this credit on your 2020 SC tax return.  The first page has a flowchart to help you determine your eligility.  Page 2 is the Form I-185.  If married filing a joint return, complete a separate form for taxpayer and spouse.  Pages 3-5 contain instructions and helpful information to address most questions and circumstances such as selling, trading in, or a total loss of a vehicle during the year.  Please print this form out and complete it completely.  The required information is noted with "---->" in the left margin.  All fields must be completed.  Each SC resident may claim the credit for up to 2 eligible vehicles.


This annual newsletter briefly update and other information we feel necessary to share with you.  We focus this year on some of the primary the tax effects of COVID-19--The Economic Impact (Stimulus Payments, unemployment compensation, special charitable contribution deduction for 2020, required minimum distributions for certain retirement plans.  Also, included is a brief explanation of the SC Refundable Motor Fuel Income Tax Credit that can be claimed on your 2020 returns.  See "SC Form I-385" above for the form referenced in this newsletter.


The IRS has issued the luxury car depreciation limits for business vehicles placed in service in 2021 and the lease inclusion amounts for business vehicles first leased in 2021.


The IRS has issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under Code Sec. 3134, enacted by section 9651 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), P.L. 117-2, which provides a credit for wages paid after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022. The guidance amplifies previous notices which addressed the employee retention credit under section 2301 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), P.L. 116-136, as amended by sections 206 and 207 of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, P.L. 116-260.


The Treasury and IRS have provided an optional safe harbor allowing employers to exclude the following amounts from their gross receipts solely for determining eligibility for the employee retention credit.


The IRS issued transition relief for certain employers claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) under Code Sec. 51. This would apply for certain employees beginning work after December 31, 2020, in response to legislation permitting the designation of an Empowerment Zone under Code Sec. 1393(b) to be extended from December 31, 2020, through December 31, 2025. Specifically, section IV of this notice provides transition relief by extending the 28-day deadline for employers to request certification from a designated local agency that an individual who begins work on or after January 1, 2021, and before October 9, 2021, is a member of the Designated Community Resident targeted group or the Qualified Summer Youth Employee targeted group.


The U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow certain borrowers to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness directly through the SBA. The SBA also is explaining why it discontinued use of Loan Necessity Questionnaires for PPP borrowers.


The IRS stated that families should use the Child Tax Credit (CTC) Update Portal to confirm their eligibility for the payments. If eligible, the tool also indicates whether taxpayers are enrolled to receive their payments by direct deposit. More information can be found at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/advance-child-tax-credit-payments-in-2021.


The IRS provided additional guidance on the application of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2) relating to temporary premium assistance for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) continuation coverage. This notice supplements Notice 2021-31, I.R.B. 2021-23, and addresses additional issues.


The foreign tax credit did not apply against the net investment income tax (NIIT). The structure of the Internal Revenue Code made the credit inapplicable to the NIIT, and tax treaties did not override that fact.


A missing or unknown federal gift tax return could constitute reasonable cause for the late filing of an estate tax return.


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