COVID-19 tax news and resources

E-filing problems plague some Sept. 15 tax returns

Some practitioners who attempted to file returns on Sept. 15 ran into technical difficulties that prevented them from e-filing returns by the midnight deadline. The AICPA is talking to the IRS about relief for the problem.

IRS issues guidance on COVID-19 testing coverage

The IRS said that COVID-19 testing and diagnostics are not minimum essential coverage under a government-sponsored program and therefore do not disqualify taxpayers from taking the Sec. 36B premium tax credit or Medicaid.

IRS temporarily allows e-signatures on some forms

The IRS identified a dozen forms for which is will accept e-signatures for the rest of the year. The forms covered include Form 8879, IRS e-file Signature Authorization, used for e-filing individual income tax returns.

Guidance issued on payroll tax deferral

The IRS issued guidance on the payroll tax deferral ordered by President Donald Trump on Aug. 8. The notice requires employers to withhold deferred taxes during the period from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2021.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

TAX RELIEF

Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.