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Exempt Organizations: Form 990s Due May 15 Have Not Been Extended

Although the IRS has automatically postponed the filing and payment deadline from April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020 for most taxpayer returns, the IRS notice specifically does not apply to any Federal informational return.

Forms 990-T

Form 990-T is generally filed by an exempt organization to report certain unrelated business income.  If the exempt organization is required to file Form 990-T on April 15, 2020 then the deadline is automatically postponed until July 15, 2020 under IRS Notice 2020-18. A Form 990-T due on May 15, 2020 has not been postponed and will still need filed on May 15, 2020.

Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF

Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF are informational returns filed by exempt organizations annually with the IRS. Form 990 is due on May 15th of each year. IRS Notice 2020-18 does not apply to these information returns. Therefore, exempt organizations with a Form 990 filing date of May 15, 2020 are not afforded relief and will still need to file the return on May 15, 2020.

IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers

The IRS has provided a filing and payment deadlines questions and answers on its website to assist taxpayers in understanding which returns and payments have been extended and which have not been extended. Those questions and answers are located at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/filing-and-payment-deadlines-questions-and-answers.

For additional questions related to the tax exempt organizations, please contact BMD Tax Law Attorney Tracy Albanese at tlalbanese@bmdllc.com or (330) 253-9195.

Lockdowns, Landlords, & Litigation: Abercrombie & Fitch Flips The Script on Simon Property Group Inc.

Novel litigation between commercial property owners and tenants arises from COVID-19 lockdowns. Typically, owners sue for nonpayment of rent. But in Franklin County, Ohio, a large retail tenant turned the tables and sued the owner to recoup payments.

UPDATE: Ohio Businesses Remain Required to Post Exceptions to State-Wide Mask Mandate at All Entrances

On August 1, 2020, Lance D. Himes, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health, issued an amended order continuing the requirement that Ohio businesses post at all entrances any permitted exceptions they provide to customers, patrons, visitors, contractors, vendors and similar individuals to use facial coverings.

2020 Marcum National Construction Survey Marks a New, Post-Pandemic Construction Environment

The results of the 2020 Marcum National Construction Survey are in, and the construction industry’s outlook for the remainder of 2020 and beginning of 2021 remains cautiously optimistic despite the COVID-19 global pandemic. Ability to find skilled labor, healthcare expenses, and material costs remain the top concerns for the industry, while “lack of future work” joins the list.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in the Wake of COVID-19

Several major “essential business” employers, including Walmart and Tyson, have been served with wrongful death lawsuits in relation to COVID-19. As many Ohio employees begin to return to work, employers should be prudent in following workplace safety practices.

We are Working in a Virtual, Video-Conferencing World – But What About Wiretapping?

Businesses and other organizations often have a need or desire to record telephone conversations related to their business interests and customer dealings; however, this practice is not always permissible as federal and state laws vary on this issue. Knowing and understanding your jurisdiction’s rules and regulations on this practice is essential to remaining in compliance with the law.