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Sara concentrates her practice in business organization operations and planning, mergers and acquisitions, federal and state taxation, intellectual property issues, and health care law. Sara is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and before the United States Tax Court.

Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Sara served as an Asset Integration Specialist at a local probate and estate planning firm and as a law clerk at a family law firm. During law school, Sara was a legal intern in the Middle District of Florida as well as the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida.

Sara served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Child and Family Law Journal and as the Executive Board Treasurer for the National Conference of Law Reviews. Sara volunteered as a certified tax preparer with Barry Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Program. Among other distinguished positions, Sara was nominated to serve as a Dean’s Writing Fellow, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing I and II courses.

Upon receiving her Juris Doctor, Sara continued her education at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, graduating at the top of her class.

Sara is a Cape Coral native, graduating from Cape Coral High School in 2011 and currently resides in Fort Myers with her Corgi, Yoda. She is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi. When not working, she enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and friends

Taxpayers have until today (July 15) to request an extension to file their 2019 federal tax return. If an extension is approved, taxpayers could have until October 15 to file, but any taxes owed are due by July 15.

Common Tax Return Errors

The IRS has noted the following common tax return errors:

  • Missing or inaccurate Social Security numbers
  • Math errors
  • Inaccurate filing status
  • Incorrect calculation of credits or deductions
  • Unsigned returns
  • Filing with an expired individual taxpayer identification number

The IRS highly encourages taxpayers to use the e-file or IRS Free File system. The IRS software will formulate calculations, flag common errors, and prompt taxpayers for missing information, all of which ultimately reduces tax return errors. A tax return containing errors can delay refunds.

What if I can’t pay my tax bill?


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June 4 Update

House Bill H.R. 7010 passed the Senate and is now on its way to the President to sign. In addition to amendments relating to the PPP loan program, the bill provides that the deferral of employment taxes is now available even for taxpayers who have PPP loans that re forgiven under the CARES Act. This will allow taxpayers who obtain PPP loans and intend to apply for loan forgiveness to also defer the applicable employment taxes.

April 30, 2020 Update

The IRS has issued Notice 2020-32, which provides further guidance on some certain tax consequences associated with PPP loans. In particular, the IRS has confirmed that expenses paid with PPP loans will not be deductible to the extent attributable to the portion of the loan forgiven.

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The Internal Revenue Service announced further tax relief for individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers.

Individuals and Businesses Extensions

Penalties and interest have been waived for every U.S. taxpayer, including those living and working abroad, who wish to wait until July 15, 2020 to file their 2019 federal tax return and/or pay any taxes owed. Should an individual need an extension beyond the July 15 deadline, they must file Form 4868.

A business who needs an extension must file Form 7004. Granted extensions will allow individuals and business owners until October 15, 2020 to file. This extension will not extend the July 15 deadline to pay taxes owed. Taxpayers requesting the October extension should estimate their tax liability and pay in full by July 15 to avoid accumulating interest and penalties.

Estimated Tax Payment and Unclaimed Refunds


Continue Reading COVID-I9: IRS Extends More Tax Deadlines and Provides CARES Act Guidance

Unfortunately, with good news of the stimulus package, also comes the bad news of an increase in calls and e-mail phishing scams, leading to tax-related fraud and identity theft. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig shared:

We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an economic impact payment or your refund faster….That also applies to surprise emails that appear to be coming from the IRS. Remember, don’t open them or click on [the] attachments or links. Go to IRS.gov for the most up-to-date information.”

The IRS will never contact taxpayers requesting money or personal information, in a text message or through social media. Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic impact payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on IRS.gov website.

How will I get my money?


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The Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, along with the Florida Department of Revenue, have extended deadlines for certain entity and tax filings, including payment requirements, including the following:

  1. Annual report filings for entities registered with the state of Florida has been extended to June 30, 2020 (normal deadline is May 1st).
  2. Property taxes for 2019 payment deadline has been extended to April 15, 2020 (normal deadline is March 31st).
  3. For sales and use tax, as well as other related tax returns and payments:
    • Taxpayers who were unable to meet the March 20th due date for taxes collected in February will have penalty and interest waived, if the taxes are reported and remitted by March 31, 2020.
    • Taxpayers who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 have an extended due date to April 30, 2020 for such taxes collected in March.
    • Taxpayers who have not been adversely affected by COVID-19 are required to continue to file and remit taxes no later than the normal due date of April 20, 2020.
    • An adversely affected taxpayer is defined as a business that:
      1. closed in March 2020 in compliance with a state or local governmental order and following the closure, had no taxable sales transactions as a result of such closure; or
      2. experienced sales tax collections in March 2020 that were less than 75% of March 2019 sales tax collections; or
      3. was established after March 2019; or
      4. is registered to file quarterly.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions regarding the above.

#FlattenTheCurve


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The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced on March 25, 2020, an extensive series of steps to help taxpayers on a number of issues, including easing payment guidelines and postponing compliance actions, through the enactment of the People First Initiative.

People First Initiative

The People First Initiative is designed to help people facing uncertainty over taxes and is expected to take effect April 1 and run through July 15. Below are some of the notable aspects (for the complete list, click here):
Continue Reading COVID-19: IRS unveils the new “People First Initiative”

March 28 Update

Please note that the original post has been updated in its entirety to provide a more comprehensive and final review of the CARES Act tax-related provisions. 

On March 25, the Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to help individuals, states and businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. On March 27, the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or the “Act”), and later that day, the President signed it into law.

Below are some of the notable tax-related impacts the CARES Act will provide:
Continue Reading The Impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

There is a significant increase in businesses receiving letters from the Ogden, Utah, office of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”). Whether you are a business owner, member of the c-suite or HR professional, this notice is not a scam and should be taken seriously.

Below is a brief overview to help address this letter and the potential significant penalties.

Typically, the letter states the following:

“Dear [Employer],

We have made a preliminary calculation of the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP) that you owe.

Proposed ESRP                    $X,XXX,XXX.XXX …”

When you look at the notice and realize that the amount of the proposed ESRP quite high, questions of “how” and “why” begin to formulate in the midst of unleveled anxiety. In our experience, we have found that the proposed ESRP penalties are a result of filing incorrect or incomplete Form 1094-C (“Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns”) and/or Form 1095-C (“Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage”).

ESRP Summary Table – Minimum Essential Coverage


Continue Reading Addressing Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Penalties under the Affordable Care Act

Florida law requires all businesses to file an annual report with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (the “Department”). Annual reports are due between January 1 and May 1 of the year following the calendar year in which the business’ articles of organization/incorporation became effective or the foreign entity obtained a certificate of authority to transact business in this state. If annual reports are not filed, businesses could incur penalties or even worse, potential administrative dissolution of the business. Annual reports must be filed with the Department between January 1 and May 1 of each calendar year thereafter.

Electronic Filing of Annual Reports – Proceed with Caution


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