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March 02, 2021
Tax Briefing(s)

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 released new Form 7202, Credits for Sick Leave and Family Leave for Certain Self-Employed Individuals. The form allows eligible self-employed individuals to calculate the amount to claim for qualified sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ( P.L. 116-127). They can claim the credits on their 2020 Form 1040 for leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and on their 2021 Form 1040 for leave taken between January 1, 2021, and March 31, 2021.


The IRS is urging employers to take advantage of the newly-extended employee retention credit (ERC), which makes it easier for businesses that have chosen to keep their employees on the payroll despite challenges posed by COVID-19. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (Division EE of P.L. 116-260), which was enacted December 27, 2020, made a number of changes to the ERC previously made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ( P.L. 116-136), including modifying and extending the ERC, for six months through June 30, 2021.


The IRS has announced that lenders who had filed or furnished Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Information, to a borrower, reporting certain payments on loans subsidized by the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (Administrator) as income of the borrower, must file and furnish corrected Forms 1099-MISC that exclude these subsidized loan payments.


The IRS is providing a safe harbor for eligible educators to deduct certain unreimbursed COVID-19-related expenses. The safe harbor applies to expenses for personal protective equipment, disinfectant, and other supplies used for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom, paid or incurred after March 12, 2020. All amounts remain subject to the $250 educator expense deduction limitation.


With some areas seeing mail delays, the IRS has reminded taxpayers to double-check before filing a tax return to make sure they have all their tax documents, including Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Forms 1099. Many of these forms may be available online. However, when other options are not available, taxpayers who have not received a W-2 or Form 1099, or who received an incorrect W-2 or 1099, should contact the employer, payer, or issuing agency directly to request the documents before filing their 2020 tax returns.


The IRS has highlighted how corporations may qualify for the new 100-percent limit for disaster relief contributions, and has offered a temporary waiver of the recordkeeping requirement for corporations otherwise qualifying for the increased limit. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 ( P.L. 116-260) temporarily increased the limit, to up to 100 percent of a corporation’s taxable income, for contributions paid in cash for relief efforts in qualified disaster areas.


The IRS has announced that tax professionals can use a new online tool to upload authorization forms with either electronic or handwritten signatures. The new Submit Forms 2848 and 8821 Online tool is now available at the IRS.gov/TaxPros page. The new tool is part of the IRS's efforts to develop remote transaction options that help tax practitioners and their individual and business clients reduce face-to-face contact.


The IRS has urged taxpayers to e-file their returns and use direct deposit to ensure filing accurate tax returns and expedite their tax refunds to avoid a variety of pandemic-related issues. The filing season opened on February 12, 2021, and taxpayers have until April 15 to file their 2020 tax return and pay any tax owed.


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