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IRS Announces Coronavirus Relief

On March 18, the IRS released Notice 2020-17, Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic which sets forth the scope of the relief being granted taxpayers.

What Has Been Extended

The Notice provides for the extension of payment of up to $1 Million on the balance due on 2019 individual returns (Form 1040) and trust and estate returns (Form 1041) until July 15, 2020. It also provides for the extension of time to make the first federal estimated payment until July 15, 2020. Under both circumstances, there will be no penalty or interest assessed; provided payment is made by the July date. It has been explicitly stated that interest and penalty will begin to be calculated and imposed effective July 16, 2020.

C corporations and consolidated groups whose returns are due on April 15, 2020, have also received an extension to make payments while avoiding the imposition of penalty and interest until July 15, 2020. Each C corporation that is not part of a consolidated group will be able to defer the payment of up to $10 Million on the balance due on 2019 corporate returns. Each consolidated group will be able to defer the payment of tax due up to $10 Million. Submission of any estimated payments due on April 15, 2020, has been extended as well. As with individuals, interest and penalties will begin to be charged effective July 16, 2020.

What Has Not Been Extended

Most importantly, the filing deadline has not been extended. All returns must be filed or extended by April 15, 2020. While there is no form that is required to receive the payment relief set forth above, they have not waived the penalty and interest for failure to timely file your returns.

Additionally, note that this extension applies only to federal INCOME taxes. That means if you owe any other type of tax (most notably, I point out that first quarter payroll taxes are due April 30, 2020), you still must file those returns and pay the taxes on time. Penalty and interest will be assessed from the normal due date.

What We Still Don’t Know

At this point, we still have not received any guidance from the State of Ohio or any city about the filing and payment deadlines for any taxes due.

As always, we will continue to update you with any changes. For more information, please contact BMD Business, Corporate & Tax Member, Priscilla Grant at pagrant@bmdllc.com or 330-253-5934.

UPDATE: Governor Dewine Signs HB 606 Granting Short Window of Immunity from COVID-19 Personal Injury Lawsuits

The Ohio General Assembly, in Am. Sub. H.B. No. 606, is in the final stages of passing a law that will prohibit lawsuits seeking damages from COVID-19. This includes injury, death, or loss to person or property if the lawsuits are based, in whole or in part, on the exposure to, or the transmission or contraction of the coronavirus, unless the defendant in the lawsuit acted intentionally or recklessly. In circumstances where this immunity does not apply, H.B. 606 prohibits such claims being aggregated and brought as a class action.

Revised Department of Labor FFCRA Guidance, Effective September 16, 2020

In response to attacks on the legality of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule regarding the Families First Coronavirus Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”), which took effect in April 2020, the Department of Labor issued new guidance on Friday, September 11th to formally address ongoing questions and concerns related to the COVID-19 legislation.

FCC Adds $198 Million to Strengthen Telehealth for Rural Healthcare Providers

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has added an additional $198 million in funding to its Rural Health Care Program. These funds will be used to increase broadband services and telecommunications to bolster telehealth/telemedicine services for rural healthcare providers. Funding for rural healthcare providers was initially capped at $605 million in 2020, but the added funds will now allow the FCC to provide over $800 million to eligible providers.

Finding Opportunity in Adversity: Optimism for the Construction Industry

Looking for good news? If so, you are not alone. Aside from the collective mental, physical and emotional human toll imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, entire sectors of the economy have been ravaged, and old, familiar ways of doing business have been disrupted. Although deemed essential, the construction industry has not been immune to interruption and uncertainty during these unprecedented times. Amid new health and safety concerns, coupled with financial uncertainty, progress on projects has slowed, and the start dates for a number of new projects slated to begin in 2020 have been deferred. However, resilience has always been a trademark of contractors, subcontractors and other industry professionals. Reports indicate that while the construction industry lost more than one million jobs February through April, at least 600,000 of those jobs had been gained back by the end of June.

Yard Sign Do’s and Don’ts: How to Avoid Legal Challenges to Municipal Sign Codes this Election Season

As the nation heads into the tail end of the 2020 general election, municipalities will inevitably face challenges as they seek to regulate the seasonal proliferation of yard signs on residential property. While the matter may seem trifling, a seemingly benign yet content-based sign ordinance can result in significant legal exposure for municipalities that have not heeded recent Supreme Court decisions on content neutrality.