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IRS Temporarily Allows Use of Electronic Signatures and Email Document Transmission in Response to COVID-19
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Tax
In an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) interim guidance memorandum authored by Sunita Lough, Deputy Commissioner, Services and Enforcement, the IRS has temporarily approved the acceptance of “signature images” and “digital signatures” on certain IRS documents, and to send documents to and receive…
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IRS Closes Doors, Sending Non-Mission Critical Employees Home to Wait Out COVID-19
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Tax
In an internal agency-wide email from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Human Capital Officer Robin Bailey, Jr., beginning March 30th all employees—but for those in “mission-critical duties”—were instructed to evacuate the work site, including employees who are currently not teleworking but whose work…
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Governor Issues Emergency Executive Order Extending Arkansas Tax Deadlines for Some Arkansas Taxpayers
Category: Tax
In Executive Order 20-09 issued Monday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson continued his strong leadership in this troubling time by extending the 2019 individual income tax filing date and the individual income tax payment date from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. This proclamation also extends the…
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IRS Puts People First: Sweeping New Initiative Limits Collection Activities Until July 15, 2020
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Tax
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Chuck Rettig has announced the People First Initiative to provide immediate relief to taxpayers, noting that "We are temporarily adjusting our processes to help people and businesses during these uncertain times. We are facing this together, and we want…
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Employers (Including Municipalities) Still Required to File IRS Forms Despite Changes to Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate
Category: Employment, Municipal and Public Finance, Tax
If you watch the news, you may have heard that the requirement known as the “individual mandate” under the Affordable Care Act, which generally requires that individuals either obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, was repealed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Although the “Individual…
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