Life has changed dramatically with COVID, especially life as a traveler, healthcare or otherwise! We’ve had several calls recently from travelers asking: “Due to COVID, travel contracts are scarce, and I’ve been offered a permanent job. If I take a permanent job outside of my tax home, how will this affect my tax home?”
Taking a permanent job shifts the tax home to that new location unless you have more income from another location. The reality is that you have got to work, and travel contracts are scarce or being canceled, so what do you do? You can take the permanent job for however long you need to; however, your tax home will shift.
If you are planning to go back to traveling after all this blows over, and want to use your previous tax home, then you will mostly likely need to reestablish it. How do you reestablish that tax home? By earning significant income in the area that is fully taxed. You might ask, what is “significant income”? Well, considering that the traveling life is divided into 3-month intervals and one could work 4 assignments a year. A starting point is 2-3 months of income in that new location.
We have already had one, but one of the proposals for the next stimulus bill is to extend the filing deadline to September 15 or even December 15
Here is the article: Another Deadline?
I have been reading articles like the one linked below and it reminds me yet again, how really ignorant the media is about taxes (or anything else requiring some thought). In fact, the list of tax ignoramuses in my book consists of
- Mortgage underwriters
- Most investment advisers
- Diners at Waffle House
The article decries the fact that NY is taxing the wages of those healthcare professionals who came to NY from out of state to help with the COVID patients. Why is this such a dumb article? The workers in NY would have to pay taxes on the same income to their home state – someone failed to read that memo. If the NY is allowed to tax it, then the home state will credit them for the NY taxes.
I was a Respiratory Therapist for 25 years and working in the worst areas of exposure is the equivalent of combat. I get that and support whatever things can be done to reward those that put themselves in harm’s way during our national emergency. But this is just another example of how the media sensationalizes by omission.
Here is one of the articles: NY Taxing Out of State Healthcare Workers
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.
For all our healthcare clients this is good news as things start creeping back. The article outlines how states are resuming elective surgeries
22 States Resuming Elective Surgeries
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
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
You’re probably wondering when your stimulus check is arriving even though you have updated your checking account information at Get My Payment Tool. (use this if you haven’t already)
Click here for an overview of the payment schedule
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.