Free Housing for Front Line Workers

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We’ve had this question multiple times in the last 2 weeks. Here is the scenario:

“My pay package includes a housing stipend because I am finding housing on my own. However, hotels are offering free stays for front-line workers, that is not provided by my company or the hospitals. At the hotel I do pay for parking. What will happen to the housing stipend if I accept the free stay at the hotel, considering I have to duplicate expenses?”

The answer is that you will need to duplicate expenses for lodging since the lodging is being provided by a third party. The solution is to pay SOMETHING to the hotel, maybe a tip to the housekeeping staff or for other amenities that they offer that you will use in the room.  Parking does not count as lodging expenses, unless you are a hippie! : ) Under the rules there needs to be SOME expense to trigger the exclusion of the per diems.

Get Ready for the Recovery Episode 2

surgery 2

In an earlier post, I pointed out that our home state was preparing to restart the elective surgeries that have been on hold during COVID. This piece of news is from Canada and although the Canadian health system has different logistics, the same pent up demand is present

Many of our healthcare clients are out of work or furloughed waiting for the procedures to begin. Its rough holding on but the recovery is coming so hang in there!

How Hospitals will Handle the Surgery Backlog

Relief for Those Stuck in the US due to COVID

covid world

This is for all those individuals and corporations with representatives that are not permanently living in the US but are working in the US temporarily or snowbirding.

A number of filing situations are triggered once an individual has spent more than 183 days in the US. Not every person is affected by this but some have delicate situations that are dependent on spending less than 183 days in the US (for example, FBAR filings, creating a Permanent Establishment etc.).

This week the IRS released guidance for situations where COVID prevents an individual from returning to their home country. Simply put, an individual will be able to exempt up to 60 days of presence in the US beginning at any date between February 1st and April 1st.

Here is the link to the announcement COVID and Days of Presence in the US

Healthcare Travelers – Get Ready for the Recovery

surgery

If you are thinking rationally about the COVID crisis, the next step is the slingshot that will occur to make up the delays in elective surgeries and then the baby boom that will come in December/January

Our firm’s home state is already starting the process

Resuming Elective Surgeries in SC

The lesson is that when things are negative, be in the position for the positive and vice versa.

IT’S YOUR STIMULUS CHECK FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!@!%

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Ahhhhhh- felt so good to say that!

Our phone and email inbox are being flooded by panicking herds with reactions ranging from surprise to serious accusations of negligence!

MY REFUND WAS LOWER THAN YOU QUOTED!!!!

SOMEONE DEPOSITED $$$ INTO MY ACCOUNT!!!

MY REFUND WAS MORE THAN YOU QUOTED!!!

my humble response…..

STOP BINGE WATCHING, GET YOUR PHONE OUT OF YOUR FACE AND PAY ATTENTION!!!! DON’T ANY OF YOU READ THE NEWS ???!!! IT’S YOUR STIMULUS CHECK!!!!!

Thank you 🙂

Where to File Unemployment

unemployedThe most frequent question we get these days is about unemployment – specifically WHERE one applies.

The link below is a good discussion on this. The confusing part is that it doesn’t really use the proper verbiage to address travelers – where one “lives” can be different based on context and travelers don’t “live” at the assignment per se.

The default answer is that you apply in the state you last worked (reporting taxable wages) UNLESS you are an independent contractor – if you are a contractor you apply in your home state. The employer/agency pays into unemployment systems in the state that you are working so that is the first stop. Every state is different so there is no one answer that fits all.

Now, keep in mind that we are tax advisers, not unemployment benefits administrators 🙂 However, having served the contingent staffing industry for 20 years, this is a very common event and filing in the last work state is the normal approach.

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak

Where to File for Unemployment