COVID-19 has severely impacted individuals and businesses. From the shutdowns, quarantines, and economic situation that affected people from different economic situations. These changes will also affect your taxes and tax returns.
While people are filing taxes and accounting for any economic changes that 2020 brought to their personal or business finances, there are also more things to think about. 2020 also brought in new economic stimuli and potentially unemployment that will also need to be accounted for when filing taxes. So, here are some tips to keep in mind to get the most out of your taxes and tax return.
Individuals and Families
Many individuals have been affected by COVID-19. With record unemployment and stimulus checks, families and individuals are in different economic situations than they were in 2019. These changes may impact how much money you file and how much money you can expect back.
Two stimulus checks went out in 2020 to many people. In regards to your taxes, these stimulus checks are tax-free and do not need to be noted. The IRS should already have on record that you received these payments and accounted for. These payments will not impact your tax return at all.
Unemployment rates also went up during 2020, with almost 15% of people declaring unemployment at one time. To compensate for the economic downturn that many felt, unemployment checks increased by $600 a week. Unemployment payments are taxed as income. Up to $10,200 in unemployment is tax-free.
Six states do not tax unemployment at all. If you live in one of these states then you can expect to pay less in taxes. Seven states do not tax income at all, since unemployment is taxed as income this can also result in how your taxes are filed if you live in one of those states.
Businesses and Other Entities
Businesses and other places that employ people were severely impacted by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic downturn. The government passed different stimuli and credits to help businesses stay in business and continue to employ people.
The Employee Retention Credit is refundable. Immediate access to credit is available by reducing the employment tax deposits you are required to make. If your employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, then you can get an advanced payment.
Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees were also eligible for Coronavirus-related paid leave. Employers can receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave related to the act. This includes leave for expanded paid childcare leave and paid sick pay leave.
While, COVID-19 changed finances for many people and businesses, these changes in finances also affect taxes and tax returns. For many people who received credits or stimuli, those credits are refundable or not taxed. This means that many people who relied on these services to stay afloat will continue to experience assistance when filing for taxes.
Filing taxes for 2020 will be just as different as the rest of 2020, there will be many changes that will be COVID-19 specific. For many of these changes, individuals and businesses can benefit from receiving credits.