Question: My wife lost her job as a result of her company downsizing during the pandemic
and our family is now down to one income. Is there an effective way to tap our retirement accounts for the shortage of funds we now have without undue tax cost?
Recent events have led to weighty economic issues in the United States and around the world. While this will continue to cause anxiety and present serious challenges, the current situation has also created a significant opportunity to maximize wealth transfers and avoid transfer taxes. Two factors have converged to make this opportunity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically disrupted all businesses, employers and government entities. Indeed, virtually the entire global economy has been affected. Shutdowns, the need for social distancing and efforts to contain the spread of the virus has led to the closing of businesses and the cancellations of services and events.
Earlier this year, the State of Illinois enacted new legislation requiring every Illinois employer to provide mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on an annual basis. While the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly upended businesses and employers throughout the nation, the mandatory training obligations for Illinois employers have not changed.
Government officials are either lifting or planning to lift COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, all employers should plan now to prepare their workplace for COVID-19.
In the weeks since the enactment of the CARES Act and implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program – a forgivable loan program designed to assist small businesses to retain employees – many questions have been raised regarding the resulting tax consequences and implications to small businesses participating in the program.
Following the issuance of Governor Pritzker’s March 20, 2020, “Stay at Home” Executive Order (“Order”) [include link here to Order No. 2020-10], individuals and companies with real estate closings in the pipeline suddenly, and quite justifiably, panicked: “Does this mean we can’t close our deal?” For now, the answer is yes, you can still close your deal, with precautions, good planning and an abundance of patience.
Question: With the recent stock market decline, does it make sense for me to sell stocks that have decreased in value to create losses for tax purposes and then buy back the same positions?
For the prolific sales rep victimized by the withholding of commissions due, few moves will command greater attention from the principal than exercising the lawful self-help remedy of grabbing those unpaid commission dollars, then pursuing litigation.
President Trump signed the $484 Billion stimulus bill, adding additional relief for small businesses and healthcare. This stimulus package includes $310 Billion in additional funding for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. The funds are expected to be absorbed far more quickly than the 13 days of the initial PPP funding.