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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Novogradac has resources available for private companies and nonprofits affected by Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842, which changed lease accounting standards. The change–which took effect Jan. 1 for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2021–affects the way certain contracts are accounted for under generally accepted accounting principles, particularly entities that are lessees. Rather than disclosing operating leases in notes to financial statements, but not on balance sheets, the new guidance requires lessees to record a right-of-use asset for the leased asset and a corresponding lease liability equal to the financial obligation over the lease term, as well as new disclosure requirements.

Friday, August 12, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a $740 billion budget reconciliation bill that includes $369 billion in clean and renewable energy provisions as well as a 15% corporate minimum tax on book income. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law today. The legislation extends the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC), and expands the 30% ITC for stand-alone energy storage and interconnection property. The House approved the bill along party lines after the Senate approved it 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote.

Monday, August 8, 2022

In a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate advanced sweeping $700 billion-plus legislation Sunday that includes $369 billion in clean and renewable energy provisions, including extensions of the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) for facilities that start construction after Jan. 1, 2022, and before Jan. 1, 2025. Under the reconciliation bill, the PTC is extended at $26 per megawatt-hour, adjusted by inflation annually, while the ITC is extended at 30% for projects that adhere to labor requirements on prevailing wages and apprenticeship programs. The legislation includes many other green energy provisions, including the expansion of the 30% ITC for stand-alone energy storage and interconnection property. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which will take up debate Friday.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The proposed global minimum tax and its potential effect on community development tax credit equity investments is the subject of this week’s Novogradac Tax Credit Tuesday podcast episode. Michael Novogradac, CPA, and Novogradac partner Brad Elphick, CPA, discuss the proposal and potential approaches to mitigate the damage to tax credit equity investment. They also examine next steps in the proposal and for community development tax credit stakeholders. Novogradac has also published a white paper on the subject called Pillar Two and Tax Credit Equity Investments and is seeking public comment on the paper. Comments may be sent to [email protected]

The weekly Tax Credit Tuesday podcast offers an in-depth discussion of various tax incentive topics with expert guests.

Monday, November 30, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden today formally nominated Janet Yellen to be his Secretary of the Treasury. Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve from 2014-2018, would be the 78th Treasury Secretary and first woman to hold the position if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Novogradac special report released today examines the implications of a Democratic sweep of the House of Representatives, Senate and White House in November’s election.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today posted a notice seeking recommendations to be included on the 2020-2021 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan identifies guidance projects that the Treasury and the IRS intend to focus on from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

House Democrats today unveiled a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, their proposal for “Phase 4” of pandemic relief legislation. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act would provide nearly $1 trillion to state and local governments to avert layoffs and $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers.

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that clarifies that taxpayers are not allowed a deduction for an expense if payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, and the income associated with the forgiveness is excluded from gross income.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service will publish a revenue procedure May 18 to temporarily allow taxpayers to electronically submit requests for private letter rulings and other guidance. Revenue Procedure 2020-29 modifies an earlier revenue procedure and will allow both paper and electronic requests for advice until Revenue Procedure 2020-29 is modified or superseded.

Friday, April 24, 2020

President Donald Trump today signed the $484 billion COVID-19 relief bill into law, providing $380 billion for small businesses, $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for disease testing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday morning on a $484 billion COVID-19 relief bill that includes $380 billion for small businesses, $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for disease testing.

Friday, March 27, 2020

President Donald Trump today signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Senate Amendment to H.R. 748), a $2 trillion bill that includes financial aid to individuals, businesses, nonprofits and state and local governments.

Friday, March 27, 2020

The House of Representatives today passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Senate Amendment to H.R. 748), by a voice vote, sending the bill to President Donald Trump, who has said he would immediately sign the legislation. The $2 trillion bill includes financial aid to individuals, businesses, nonprofits and state and local governments.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The House of Representatives will take up discussion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Senate Amendment to H.R. 748), after the Senate passed the COVID-19 relief legislation by a 96-0 vote last night. The House is expected to vote by Friday and President Donald Trump has said he would sign the legislation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Novogradac’s Michael J. Novogradac, CPA, and Peter Lawrence detail in a blog post provisions of the nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 legislation that the U.S. Senate is considering. The post explains provisions in the so-called Phase 3 COVID-19 legislation concerning individuals and businesses, and provides an overview of supplemental appropriations in the legislation.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

President Donald Trump signed legislation late Wednesday that includes free testing for COVID-19, paid leave benefits for many workers and a boost in unemployment and food assistance. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) was passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law in seven days.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The U.S. Senate today passed legislation that includes free testing for COVID-19 and paid leave benefits for many Americans affected by the pandemic, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2020-17, extending the April 15 tax payment deadline to July 15, up to specific thresholds. Tax returns are still due April 15, but individual taxpayers can postpone up to $1 million in federal income tax payments while corporate taxpayers can postpone up to $10 million in federal income tax payments.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Novogradac has a new web page with legislation, guidance and other information on how federal and state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic affect affordable housing, community development and renewable energy communities. There are sections dedicated to the low-income housing tax credit, the U.S.