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The IRS has issued the luxury car depreciation limits for business vehicles placed in service in 2021 and the lease inclusion amounts for business vehicles first leased in 2021.


The IRS has issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under Code Sec. 3134, enacted by section 9651 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), P.L. 117-2, which provides a credit for wages paid after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022. The guidance amplifies previous notices which addressed the employee retention credit under section 2301 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), P.L. 116-136, as amended by sections 206 and 207 of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, P.L. 116-260.


The Treasury and IRS have provided an optional safe harbor allowing employers to exclude the following amounts from their gross receipts solely for determining eligibility for the employee retention credit.


The IRS issued transition relief for certain employers claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) under Code Sec. 51. This would apply for certain employees beginning work after December 31, 2020, in response to legislation permitting the designation of an Empowerment Zone under Code Sec. 1393(b) to be extended from December 31, 2020, through December 31, 2025. Specifically, section IV of this notice provides transition relief by extending the 28-day deadline for employers to request certification from a designated local agency that an individual who begins work on or after January 1, 2021, and before October 9, 2021, is a member of the Designated Community Resident targeted group or the Qualified Summer Youth Employee targeted group.


The U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow certain borrowers to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness directly through the SBA. The SBA also is explaining why it discontinued use of Loan Necessity Questionnaires for PPP borrowers.


The IRS stated that families should use the Child Tax Credit (CTC) Update Portal to confirm their eligibility for the payments. If eligible, the tool also indicates whether taxpayers are enrolled to receive their payments by direct deposit. More information can be found at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/advance-child-tax-credit-payments-in-2021.


The IRS provided additional guidance on the application of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2) relating to temporary premium assistance for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) continuation coverage. This notice supplements Notice 2021-31, I.R.B. 2021-23, and addresses additional issues.


The foreign tax credit did not apply against the net investment income tax (NIIT). The structure of the Internal Revenue Code made the credit inapplicable to the NIIT, and tax treaties did not override that fact.


A missing or unknown federal gift tax return could constitute reasonable cause for the late filing of an estate tax return.


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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.