News For Your Week Ahead: November 5, 2021

Join your fellow MSATP members this month for a fun-filled evening of trivia!  Stephen Walsh of Walsh Trivia joined us this week on MSATP TV to discuss this upcoming virtual event on November 18. (Register for the event here!)

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Coming Up: On Thursday, November 11, at 10 a.m., Rob Smith of Point7Seconds will join us to discuss his upcoming new OneNote course with MSATP! Stay tuned for details and registration information.

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IRS Issues Another 430,000 Refunds For Adjustments Related to Unemployment Compensation | IR-2021-212

The IRS recently sent approximately 430,000 refunds totaling more than $510 million to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation excluded from income for tax year 2020.

The IRS efforts to correct unemployment compensation overpayments will help most of the affected taxpayers avoid filing an amended tax return. So far, the IRS has identified over 16 million taxpayers who may be eligible for the adjustment. Some will receive refunds, while others will have the overpayment applied to taxes due or other debts.

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Deputy Comptroller Sharonne Bonardi to Take National Role | Franchot Taps BRE Director Andrew Shaufele as Successor When She Departs at End of Year

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Deputy Comptroller Sharonne R. Bonardi has accepted a position as executive director of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA). She will remain in her role with the Comptroller’s Office through the end of December.

Comptroller Franchot has named Andrew Schaufele, the current director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates (BRE), to succeed Bonardi as deputy comptroller, effective January 3, 2022. Current BRE Chief Economist David Farkas will be the Bureau’s interim director.

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Year-End Giving Reminder: Special Tax Deduction Helps Most People Give Up to $600 to Charity, Even if They Don’t Itemize | IR-2021-214

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that a special tax provision will allow more Americans to easily deduct up to $600 in donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return.

Ordinarily, people who choose to take the standard deduction cannot claim a deduction for their charitable contributions. But a temporary law change now permits them to claim a limited deduction on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions made to qualifying charitable organizations. Nearly nine in 10 taxpayers now take the standard deduction and could potentially qualify.

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