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President Donald Trump signed into law the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-142) on June 5. The legislation aims to expand usability of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s ( P.L. 116-136) headliner small business loan program.


In consultation with Treasury Department, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued...


The IRS is postponing deadlines for certain time-sensitive actions due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. This relief affects employment taxes, employee benefit plans, exempt organizations, individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), Coverdell education savings accounts, health savings accounts (HSAs), and Archer and Medicare Advantage medical saving accounts (MSAs).


The IRS has issued guidance on coronavirus-related distributions and plan loans.


The IRS has released guidance that provides temporary administrative relief to help certain retirement plan participants or beneficiaries who need to make participant elections by allowing flexibility for remote signatures. Specifically, the guidance provides participants, beneficiaries, and administrators of qualified retirement plans and other tax-favored retirement arrangements with temporary relief from the physical presence requirement for any participant election (1) witnessed by a notary public in a state that permits remote notarization, or (2) witnessed by a plan representative using certain safeguards. The guidance accommodates local shutdowns and social distancing practices and is intended to facilitate the payment of coronavirus-related distributions and plan loans to qualified individuals, as permitted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ( P.L. 116-136).


The IRS has released a revenue procedure that describes temporary safe harbors for the purpose of determining the federal tax status of certain arrangements that hold real property as trusts in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Specifically, the Service has provided temporary relief to arrangements that are treated as trusts under Reg. §301.7701-4(c) which are, or have tenants who are, experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, to allow them to make certain modifications to their mortgages loans and their lease agreements, and to accept additional cash contributions without jeopardizing their tax status as grantor trusts. This revenue procedure also indicates that a cash contribution from one or more new trust interest holders to acquire a trust interest or a non-pro rata cash contribution from one or more current trust interest holders must be treated as a purchase and sale under Code Sec. 1001 of a portion of each non-contributing (or lesser contributing) trust interest holder’s proportionate interest in the trust’s assets.


The IRS has announced various extensions of deadlines for qualified opportunity funds and their investors due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


The IRS has issued proposed regulations clarifying the definition of a qualifying relative for various tax benefits for tax years 2018 through 2025 in which the dependent exemption amount is zero. During these years, the exemption amount will be inflation adjusted as provided in annual IRS guidance in determining whether an individual is a qualifying relative such as for head of household filing status and $500 child tax credit.


Proposed regulations provide guidance regarding the elimination of the deduction for expenses related to qualified transportation fringe benefits (QTFs) provided to an employee. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) eliminated the deduction, effective for amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2017.


Proposed regulations would define expenditures for direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministry memberships as amounts paid for medical care. Thus, amounts paid for those arrangements may be deductible medical expenses. The proposed regulations also clarify that amounts paid for certain arrangements and programs, such as health maintenance organizations (HMO) and certain government-sponsored health care programs, are amounts paid for medical insurance.


Proposed reliance regulations clarify the definitions of "real property" that qualifies for a like-kind exchange, including incidental personal property. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), like-kind exchanges occurring after 2017 are limited to real property used in a trade or business or for investment. Comments are requested.


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J Larsen

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rockhurst University 1995

Professional Affiliations:

  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Missouri Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

Heather J. Larsen, CPA, CVA

President

Heather J. Larsen, CPA, CVA, is the owner of J Larsen & Associates, P.C. She started her career in the tax department at Grant Thornton, LLP, an international public accounting firm in 1995 and left in 2001 as a Tax Manager in order to fulfill her dream to form her own accounting firm.

Heather has over twenty years of public accounting experience in providing tax planning and saving strategies, technical tax compliance, financial audits, business entity structuring, as well as management accounting and consulting services to clients in various industries.  She has extensive knowledge of tax laws and has successfully represented numerous taxpayers in State and Internal Revenue Service Examinations at both the local and appeals levels.  She is also a Certified Valuation Analyst and is well versed in the conditions that involve valuing businesses for estate tax purposes, charitable gifting, succession planning, and divorce and litigation support.  Heather has experience with clients in various industries including Automobile Dealerships, Powersports Dealerships, Real Estate Management and Development, Farming Industry, and a multitude of service related businesses. 

Heather strives to deliver excellent, individualized service and to make a difference in the lives of others through her ability to provide accurate and honest accounting and tax advice, as well as ethical valuations of businesses.

Heather is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the states of Florida and Missouri and a National Certified Valuation Analyst and she sits on the Ethics Board of NACVA.

Her firm participates and holds a passing peer rate as administered by the AICPA and the Florida Institute of CPAs.