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COVID-19 relief: How to apply changes to returns in ProSeries

SOLVEDby IntuitProSeries Professional95Updated July 14, 2022

This article will help you:

  • Navigate the new forms and calculations on tax year 2020 returns due to the CARES Act and other pandemic relief and stimulus legislation.
  • Understand what applying the CARES Act provisions changes on your 2019 tax returns.
  • Find clients' 2019 returns that you previously filed who may benefit from amending their return to apply the relief provisions.

Per treasury guidance (Notice 2021-25 ), beginning Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022, businesses can claim 100% of their food or beverage expenses paid to restaurants.

Corporations can deduct qualified relief contributions paid between Jan. 1, 2020 and Feb. 25, 2021, up to 100% of their income. Learn more here.

Corporations can deduct certain donations for major disasters paid between Jan. 1, 2020 and Feb. 25, 2021, up to 100% of their income. Learn more here.

Applying key CARES Act provisions to your 2020 returns

The following are the top articles about tax law changes from the CARES Act and the CAA of 2021:

  1. Open the return to the Information Worksheet.
  2. In Part I, locate the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act section.
  3. Check the Yes box.

You’ll need to check this box for every tax return you file going forward to make sure the return is accurate and using the latest tax laws. This feature allows you to only apply the CARES Act provisions to returns you file after the law’s passage and prevents calculations from changing on returns you previously filed until your ready to review the changes.

You can now use the Client Analyzer Query to identify returns that may need to be amended due to the CARES Act. This tool can search through all of your clients — even those with locked returns — to check whether they’re affected by:

  • Net operating loss changes (Individual and Corporate modules),
  • Excess business loss changes on Form 461,
  • Prior year minimum tax credit changes on Form 8827,
  • Business interest expense limitation changes on Form 8990, or
  • Depreciation of qualified improvement property changes.

Follow these steps to run the Client Analyzer Query:

  1. Open ProSeries to the HomeBase.
  2. From the HomeBase View dropdown menu, choose Client Analyzer Queries.
  3. In step 1) Select Return Type, choose your business entity:
    • 1120 Corporation
    • 1120S S-Corporation
    • 1065 Partnership
    • 1041 Trust
  4. In step 2) Select Query, choose either of the new queries:
    • Clients impacted by CARES Act Bus Interest Exp changes
    • Clients impacted by CARES Act Qual Improv Prop Changes
  5. Click GO.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, retroactively made all qualified improvement property 15-year property that is eligible for special depreciation allowance.

Follow these steps to apply this to your assets in Fixed Asset Manager:

  1. Open the qualified improvement property asset.
  2. Change the Recovery Period (YY/MM) field from 39/00 to 15/00.
  3. Scroll down to Qualified for Special Depr Allowance and check the applicable box.

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