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Tax File Minute:
Answers from a Tax Insider

Your need-to-know tax updates, impacts from COVID-19, stimulus changes and more.

Is my home office tax deductible?

Chief Tax Information Officer Mark Steber covers common questions about the home office and explains who qualifies to take the tax deduction.

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Stay up to date on the latest tax news related to Coronavirus

Get important information about state, federal, and other tax implications.

Home Business and Office Tax Deductions

Home Business and Office Tax Deductions

See if you qualify for any tax breaks for operating a business from your home.

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How Unemployment Can Affect Your Tax Return

How Unemployment Can Affect Your Tax Return

We know how difficult unemployment can be. Here’s what you need to know before filing your taxes this year.

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Covid-19 Unemployment & Tax Relief for Self-Employed, Freelance, and Gig Workers

Traditionally, freelancers and gig workers have been unable to claim unemployment benefits. Independent contractors and their clients don't pay into state unemployment funds by default. However, with the unprecedented situation that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, self-employed workers who otherwise wouldn't normally qualify for unemployment may now be eligible for payments.

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Coronavirus Stimulus Package: What You Need to Know

Updated on September 1, 2020

As the federal government manages its on-going and rapidly evolving response to the coronavirus epidemic, a variety of solutions including extending the federal tax deadline for filing and payments, implementing paid leave for some workers and tax credits for small businesses, and a $2 trillion stimulus plan to bolster the U.S. economy were implemented. As a part of the recently passed CARES Act, qualifying taxpayers should receive a stimulus check in the near future.

While information is changing rapidly, we’re answering some frequently asked questions about stimulus payments:

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Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits and the CARES Act

In late March 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act. It’s an enormous stimulus bill designed to help protect businesses and individuals from the economic effects of the shutdown in response to the Coronavirus.

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Social Security Recipients to Automatically Receive Stimulus Checks

Updated on April 17, 2020

In accordance with updated IRS policy effective April 1, 2020, all Americans receiving Social Security benefits will have stimulus checks deposited into the same accounts as their benefits. This replaces prior guidance which required Social Security beneficiaries to file a simple return to access stimulus funds.

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Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses Under the CARES Act

Shutting down nonessential businesses may have been necessary to slow the coronavirus, but it’s nonetheless leaving staggering economic hardship in its wake. Recognizing the impending financial crisis, especially to small businesses, Congress passed two important bills to provide economic relief. The first was the CARES Act in March 2020. The second was the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement (PPPHCE) Act on April 21.

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How will COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Affect the Tax Filing Deadline?

Updated on June 8, 2020

With the Federal Government’s national recommendation to stay at home affecting businesses across the country, it may be time to file your taxes if you haven’t already done so. Remember, the majority of Americans filing taxes receive refunds, and additional funding during this time of uncertainty could provide you and your family with greater peace of mind.

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IRS Guidelines and support for COVID-19

Tax rules are changing quickly in response to COVID-19. See what the IRS has to say.

Coronavirus Tax Relief Information

Updated information on tax deadline changes, stimulus money, and IRS tax resources.
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Economic Impact Payment Information Center

Answers frequently asked stimulus questions regarding eligibility, amounts of payments, taxability of payments, and much more.
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IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines Q&A (COVID-19)

Answers to commonly asked questions about IRS tax relief, who qualifies, which taxes are affected, and much more.
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