25 Mar COVID-19 Update 5: $2 Trillion Stimulus Deal, IRS & AICPA Update
White House, Senate reach historic $2 trillion stimulus deal amid growing coronavirus fears
COVID-19 monetary relief
Washington (CNN)The White House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, capping days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress.
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
IRS clarifies tax filing extension relief
In FAQs just posted on their website, the IRS answered many of the questions regarding the July 15 filing and payment extension announced in IRS Notice 2020-18. Note the following highlights:
Our plan to keep the economy strong
In these uncertain times, the AICPA is fighting to keep the economy strong. We already told you about how we are urging Congress to establish a federal payroll grant to fund small businesses. But we know that even more needs to be done.