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MICPA Joins Targeted Penalty Relief Effort | 11/24/2020

The MICPA sent a letter to Michigan Congressional representatives asking for their support in encouraging the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS to provide additional relief to taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The request for expedited targeted penalty relief for late filings and payments is part of a larger effort by the AICPA and other state societies to ease the taxpayer burden nationwide.

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 Read the AICPA Letter

 

Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order | 11/16/2020

The Director of Health and Human Services, Robert Gordon, issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gathering and Face Mask Order on November 15, 2020. According to the Michigan Public Health Code: “If the director determines that control of an epidemic is necessary to protect the public health, the director by emergency order may prohibit the gathering of people for any purpose and may establish procedures to be followed during the epidemic to insure continuation of essential public health services and enforcement of health laws.”

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Remote Work Guidance Revised by MIOSHA | 11/16/2020

Earlier this week, MIOSHA revised part of its frequently asked questions (FAQ) document regarding remote work. According to the revisions, employers will need to develop a written policy regarding remote work within specified parameters or otherwise amend current policies to be compliant with the new rules.

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MI Lawmakers Determine COVID-19 Business Liability | 10/28/2020

Do businesses require immunity from litigation in order to confidently continue operations amid a pandemic? Or is it employees that stand the most to lose in terms of job loss and safe working conditions? The answer lies somewhere in the middle, according to new legislation passed by state lawmakers, pending signature from the Governor.

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MICPA Signs Letter to Congress in Support of State Tax Filing Relief | 9/1/2020

Alongside the AICPA and more than 120 employers and organizations, the MICPA has signed a letter to Congress urging leaders to support state tax filing and withholding relief for remote workers during the pandemic. Providing state tax relief for remote workers is necessary in our efforts to adapt to the current economic reality and is critical to the fiscal health of the state.

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COVID-19 Resources

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Virtual Roundtables

 

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As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations.

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Referred to as the “Stay Home, Stay Safe Order,” Executive Order No. 2020-2 issued by Governor Whitmer temporarily requires the suspension of all activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

Section 8 of the Executive Order defines critical infrastructure workers as those described by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's March 19, 2020 guidance on the COVID-19 response. Section 8 (l) lists financial services as a sector in which some workers could be considered essential to the extent such employees meet the outlined criteria

Like many other industries and trade associations, MICPA continues to seek further guidance and clarification from the State of Michigan with regard to whether the Executive Order applies to MICPA’s members. We will continue to update members as we receive more information.

Please note that many local and county governments have issued orders that impose additional restrictions on residents and businesses.  Please ensure that you also review and comply with those orders if your business is a critical infrastructure business that will remain open. 

 

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that Tax Day is being pushed back until July while the nation copes with the effects of the COVID-19. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file or make payments without interest or penalties,” Mnuchin tweeted.

 IRS Tax Filing Extension FAQ

 

 

The IRS just released Notice 2020-18 providing additional details to the postponement of the individual filing deadline. Read The News Article

Governor Whitmer will extend the state tax deadline to July 15, 2020

 Read the Letter

 

 

A word from MICPA President & CEO Designate Bob Doyle

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View additional resources from the CARES Act and PPP roundtable.

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Assisting an attest client with a COVID-19 PPP loan application is a nonattest service. If CPAs comply with the ...

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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program – Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loans.

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MICPA and AICPA provide answers to common tax filing and PPP questions in this FAQ.

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Michigan Department of Treasury released a notice that provides taxpayers with additional guidance related to the state and income tax filing extension (EO 2020-26) announced on March 27 and the IRS Notice 2020-23 issued on April 9.

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CPE Earning Update

 

 

A Virtual Learning Reminder
The self-study cap has not been lifted by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for the earning period that began on July 1, 2020. Webinars, which are taken virtually, are considered group live study and will not count toward your self-study hours. Questions on virtual learning? Give us a call at 248.267.3700. Find an online course today

 

MICPA CPE
All in-person courses through June 30, 2021 have moved to a virtual format. Please visit the MICPA CPE Learning Center for the latest information and schedule. MICPA CPE Learning Center

How MICPA is Advocating for Michigan CPAs

 

Tax Preparation Memo
The MICPA has reached out and sent a letter to Gov. Whitmer urging Michigan to safely reopen tax preparation services.   Read Letter

Tax Preparation Safe Work Memo
The MICPA had been in communication with the Governor’s staff and the Safe Behavior for Safe Work Workgroup regarding the need for tax preparers to return to the office.   Read Memo

State Tax Filing Deadline
The MICPA has reached out to the Treasury Department and sent a letter to Governor Whitmer urging Michigan to follow the IRS’s action regarding the state tax filing deadline.   Read Letter

CPA Essential Services
The MICPA sent a letter to Governor Whitmer requesting that the CPA profession be included in the list of essential critical infrastructure workplace exemptions.  Read Letter