APA Contributes to GAO Report on IRS COVID-19 Relief Response
APA members participating in the Government Relations Task Force Federal Issues Subcommittee were interviewed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for its report, COVID-19: IRS Implemented Tax Relief for Employers Quickly, But Could Strengthen Its Compliance Efforts [GAO-22-104280, 5-17-22].
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Payroll Professionals’ Comments
Payroll professionals were asked about their experience filing for paid qualified sick and family leave tax credits, the employee retention credit, and employee/employer share of payroll tax deferrals, as well as their experience with IRS communication and guidance.
APA members pointed out the lack of visibility for some COVID tax relief measures, citing confusion about filing requirements and a lack of general awareness about different options as a key drawback of the tax relief programs.
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Mike Linehan is the Assistant Manager of Government Relations for the APA.