Here are some filing extension excuses

On March 13, 2020, the FTB announced that business and individual taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until June 15, 2020. Then on March 17, the IRS announced individuals and businesses with an April 15 filing deadline will be given an additional 90 days to pay taxes, among a few other provisions.

When we announced the FTB would forgive penalties for late-filing and late-payment penalties for "affected taxpayers," we came up with a few excuses that we don't think fit the "affected taxpayer rule." Other wacky suggestions will be accepted!

  • Taxpayer had an ingrown toenail
  • Surf was up on the 15th — cowabunga, man
  • Taxpayer was not in the mood to get all that stuff ready
  • Taxpayer was too busy rearranging the sock drawer
  • Taxpayer was a doctor... of French literature

Here is how the FTB defined "affected taxpayers"

According to the FTB, a taxpayer does not have to be directly impacted to qualify for relief. Taxpayers who experience any difficulty in filing or paying as a result of COVID-19 are included in this relief. For example, some taxpayers may not be able to get their tax returns prepared due to the unavailability of their paid tax preparers or through free tax preparation programs. Quarantine or infection could also affect someone's ability to file or pay on time.

Note: On March 18, the FTB announced that it is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities.

Toilet paper is the new math

Editor's note: Due to the status of the paper products aisle in most supermarkets (sold out), we'd like to re-run this 2019 Tribune article on toilet paper quantities for your re-enjoyment.

Sheet dimension. Ply. Softness. Buying toilet paper is already laden with decisions, and now math has been thrown into the mix.

The multipacks available at warehouse clubs boast equivalents like "4 Mega Plus rolls = 18 regular rolls." But how does that reconcile with "16 Double Plus rolls = 36 regular rolls"? This is beginning to sound like Winston Smith trying to buy toilet paper at Costco. Doubleplusungood.

Next time you're buying multipacks of larger-than-normal rolls, here is a conversion list to assist you:

  • 1 Double Plus roll = 2.27 regular rolls
  • 1 Mega roll = 4 regular rolls
  • 1 Mega Plus roll = 4.50 regular rolls
  • 1 Ultra roll = 4.56 regular rolls (what's the point, since we already have Mega and Mega Plus?)
  • 1 Super Mega roll = 6.00 regular rolls (does this even fit on the dispenser??)

Here are some of the choices you have:

AB 5: Don't accuse the legislators of not trying...

One more bill related to AB 5 has surfaced, bringing the total number of bills (at least by our tally) seeking to change or repeal AB 5 to 33. You can check out the rest on our AB 5 spotlight page.

AB 2075 (Kiley) would prohibit application of the ABC test until January 1, 2021, for purposes of determining an employer's liability.

You can read the full bill text here.

Also, we've put together a webinar for March 26, COVID-19 and Filing Extensions: What Tax Pros Need to Know, where you'll get details on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and extended tax season deadlines. Click here for more information and registration details.

A few fun facts about this week's writers:

Lynn Freer, EALynn Freer, EA, is a French literature major, so of course her favorite vacation destination is France. Here she is dining on mussels and fish stew near Nice.

Kathryn Zdan, EAKathryn Zdan, EA, is obsessed with true crime documentaries and photography. On weekends, you can find her around Wilmington photographing the refineries and eating at The Chowder Barge.

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