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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.


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-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 in briefly update and other information we feel necessary to share with you.  Also, included is a brief explanation of the SC Refundable Motor Fuel Income Tax Credit that can be claimed on your 2019 returns.  See "SC Form I-385" above for the form referenced in this newsletter.


The IRS has provided guidance regarding whether taxpayers receiving loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may deduct otherwise deductible expenses. Act Sec. 1106(i) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ( P.L. 116-136) did not address whether generally allowable deductions such as those under Code Secs. 162 and 163 would still be permitted if the loan was later forgiven pursuant to Act Sec. 1106(b). The IRS has found that such deductions are not permissible.


Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) have worked together to release the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application. According to Treasury’s May 15 press release, the application and correlating instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of PPP loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act ( P.L. 116-136). The PPP was enacted under the CARES Act to provide eligible small businesses with loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eligible individuals who are not otherwise required to file federal income tax returns for 2019 may use a new simplified return filing procedure to make sure they receive the Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ( P.L. 116-136).


To encourage businesses that have experienced an economic hardship due to COVID-19 to keep employees on their payroll, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ( P.L. 116-136) has provided several new credits for employers, including a new employee retention credit. The IRS has issued a fact sheet summarizing a few key points about the new credit.


The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided tax relief to certain individuals and businesses affected by travel disruptions arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.


The IRS and the Employee Benefits Security Administration are extending certain timeframes during the Outbreak Period for group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, and participants and beneficiaries of these plans during the COVID-19 National Emergency. The beginning of the Outbreak Period is March 1, 2020. The end date is yet to be determined.


Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the IRS has provided increased flexibility with respect to:

  • 2020 mid-year elections under a Code Sec. 125 cafeteria plan related to employer-sponsored health coverage, health Flexible Spending Arrangements (health FSAs), and dependent care assistance programs; and
  • grace periods to apply unused amounts in health FSAs to medical care expenses incurred through December 31, 2020, and unused amounts in dependent care assistance programs to dependent care expenses incurred through December 31, 2020.

The IRS has released proposed regulations that address changes made to Code Sec. 162(f) by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97). The proposed regulations provide operational and definitional guidance on the deductibility of fines and penalties paid to governmental entities.


A partnership was denied a charitable contribution deduction because it had entered in an conservation easement that violated the perpetuity requirement of Code Sec. 170(h)(5) and its regulations. The Tax Court held that if there is a judicial extinguishment of an easement the donee receives a proportionate value of any proceeds.


The IRS has released proposed regulations clarifying that the following deductions allowed to an estate or non-grantor trust are not miscellaneous itemized deductions:


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