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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.

Vaccination Considerations for Employers

Today, three Covid-19 vaccines have tested as highly effective (90%+ efficacy) and are advancing in the process for emergency use. This is especially welcome news in Ohio, which has skyrocketing cases and our strategic response has been to turn the entire state into the small town of Bomont with strict curfews and bans on social gatherings.

Did You Receive More than $750,000 in Provider Relief Funds?

The Provider Relief Funds (“PRF”) - authorized under the CARES Act - has been a vital tool for health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These funds have allowed providers to stay open and continue to offer care during these pressing times. While helpful, these funds do come with several important obligations. First, fund recipients are required to comply with certain record-keeping requirements as well as comply with certain balance billing prohibitions. See our Client Alert. Second, fund recipients are required to report their intent, use of funds, and other data elements, which helps promote transparency to the federal government. Please see our Client Alert on provider relief fund reporting requirements. Third, and perhaps a new concept for many providers, fund recipients of more than $750,000 must undergo a “single audit” to ensure program compliance and appropriate use of funds.

Important Updates Every Provider Should Know: Information Blocking

In December 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”) which: (1) authorized funding for the National Institutes of Health to promote medical research and drug development, (2) implemented provisions aimed at addressing the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse, and (3) reformed certain standards of the Medicare program and federal tax laws to foster healthcare access and quality improvement.

PPP Update: Loan Necessity Questionnaires

On October 26, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) published a notice in the Federal Register which foreshadowed the release of two new forms seeking information from for-profit and nonprofit organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans of $2 million or more. If approved, the SBA would use information from these forms to evaluate and determine whether economic uncertainty made a PPP loan request necessary.

Exposure to COVID-19 Flow Chart

Exposure to COVID-19 Flow Chart