Tax Alerts Archives - Whitley Penn

November 17, 2021 – President Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill

On November 5, the United States House of Representatives passed the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” (“Infrastructure Act”, “Act”).  The Senate previously approved the bill in August. On November 15, President Biden signed the bill into law. The Infrastructure Act contains relatively few tax provisions. The majority of any potential tax law changes are expected to

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May 11, 2021 – Paycheck Protection Program Loan Update

Texas Franchise Tax PPP Forgiveness Exclusion On May 8, 2021, Governor Abbott signed HB 1195, which excludes forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans from total revenue for Texas franchise tax purposes. To qualify for the exclusion, the forgiven PPP loan proceeds must not be included in a Taxpayer’s gross income for federal income tax purposes. The legislation applies immediately but only for

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March 26, 2021: Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program Extension

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act established the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that provides loan funding for eligible small businesses. Under the CARES Act, a PPP loan may be forgiven if the borrower uses the proceeds to pay certain cost (including payroll, occupancy, and other specified expenses) during a qualifying payment period beginning

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March 18, 2021: IRS Postpones April 15 Due Date

The IRS announced that it has postponed the due date for individual income tax returns from April 15, 2021 until May 17, 2021. The IRS had previously postponed the due date for various tax filings and payments for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana taxpayers until June 15, 2021 (See “Whitley Penn Tax Alert:  IRS Announces Tax

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March 11, 2021: Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion Relief Package

Yesterday, Congress passed a budget reconciliation bill that includes the “American Rescue Plan Act” (“ARPA”, “Plan”), a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.  President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law this week. The ARPA includes several taxpayer economic relief and individual and business income tax provisions. One of the provisions frequently discussed in

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February 26, 2021 – Small Businesses Given Exclusive Access to PPP Loans

The Biden Administration announced the implementation of measures to provide economic relief to the smallest U.S. businesses.  Under these measures, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is offering exclusive access to Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans to sole proprietors and business and nonprofit entities with fewer than 20 employees for the two-week period beginning February 24,

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February 26, 2021 – Texas Comptroller Extends Franchise Tax Deadline

Earlier this week, the IRS announced that the deadline for filing and paying various federal income taxes was postponed until June 15, 2021 for Texas residents and businesses (See “Whitley Penn Tax Alert: IRS Announces Tax Relief for Texas Storm Victims” dated February 22, 2021).    Yesterday, the Texas Comptroller announced that the due date for

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February 22, 2021 – IRS Announces Tax Relief for Texas Storm Victims

The IRS announced today that taxpayers affected by the winter storms that struck Texas beginning on February 11, 2021 are eligible for relief for filing and paying certain 2020 and 2021 federal income taxes.   The relief is available to affected taxpayers in the covered disaster area that includes all 254 Texas counties.   Affected taxpayers include

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January 14, 2021 – New Legislation Expands PPP Loan Program – Part II: Loan Forgiveness

On December 27, 2020, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021” was enacted into law.  (See Whitley Penn Tax Alert: “Congress Passes Legislative Package that Provides Additional Coronavirus Relief” dated December 22, 2020).  Included as part of this legislation, the “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act” (“Act”) extended and provided an additional

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January 13, 2021 – New Legislation Expands PPP Loan Program – Part I: First and Second Draw Loan Eligibility and Application

On December 27, 2020, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021” was enacted into law. (See Whitley Penn Tax Alert: “Congress Passes Legislative Package that Provides Additional Coronavirus Relief” dated December 22, 2020). Included as part of this legislation, the “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act” (“Act”) extended and provided an additional $284.5 billion

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