2020-19: FTB announces conformity and nonconformity to CARES Act - Spidell

2020-19: FTB announces conformity and nonconformity to CARES Act


The FTB has posted the following new FAQs about conformity to various portions of the CARES Act:

Q: Are the payments that individuals receive from the federal government (i.e., $1,200 [$2,400 for individuals filing a joint return] and $500 per qualifying child) under the recently enacted federal CARES Act subject to California income tax?

A: No, these payments are not subject to California income tax.

Q: Is the emergency increase in unemployment compensation benefits (in the amount of $600 per week) that individuals receive under the recently enacted federal CARES Act subject to California income tax?

A: No, these payments are not subject to California income tax.

Q: Are the modifications for net operating losses (NOLs) in the recently enacted federal CARES Act applicable for California income and franchise tax purposes?

A: No, these modifications for NOLs do not apply for California income and franchise tax purposes.

Q: Does California conform to the federal early withdrawal penalty waivers for distributions from qualified retirement accounts under the recently enacted federal CARES Act?

A: Yes, the federal early withdrawal penalty waivers for distributions from qualified retirement accounts under the federal CARES Act also applies for California income tax purposes.

The FTB’s COVID-19 FAQs can be found at:

www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/help-with-covid-19.html

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