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CARES Act: Information for Individuals

Posted by Admin Posted on Mar 28 2020

Below is a general overview of some of the key provisions impacting individuals. For complete details or questions on what this means for you, please contact our team.

  • Individual recovery rebate/credit: Rebates of up to $1,200 for single filers and $2,400 for joint filers (with amounts increased by $500 per child) will be issued. Payments are subject to phase-outs beginning at $75,000/$150,000 adjusted gross income for single filers/joint filers. Individuals with no income, or whose income comes from entirely non-taxable means, are also eligible to receive the rebate. Individuals do not need to register or file for these rebates. They will be issued automatically through the IRS. Learn more.
  • No 10% additional tax for coronavirus-related retirement plan distributions: Qualifying individuals can take distributions up to $100,000 without additional tax.
  • Required minimum distribution requirement waived for 2020.
  • $300 above-the-line charitable deduction: For the tax year beginning in 2020, the Act adds a deduction to the calculation of gross income for those who do not itemize deductions.
  • Modification of limitations on individual cash charitable contributions during 2020: With certain exceptions, qualified cash contributions are not subject to the 60% limit.
  • Increase in limits on contributions of food inventory: The contribution for those involved with the sale of food who donate charitable food during 2020 cannot exceed 25% of net income of the taxpayer (rather than 15%).
  • Tax-excluded education payments by an employer temporarily include student loan repayments: Eligible student loan payments made by an employer before Jan. 1, 2021, are excluded from employee gross income.


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