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Note: This is an update to our March 30 article, incorporating guidance from the Small Business Administration's interim final rule (issued late in the day on April 2).

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. The CARES Act contains a number of relief provisions—including tax provisions—designed to sustain Americans during the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Update: In response to criticism of IRS' March 30 notice, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced late April 1 that the IRS would not require seniors who had not filed returns in 2018 and 2019 to file a "simple return" to claim their economic impact payment.Stay tuned for further details!

March 25, 2020 | Kristine A. Tidgren

The Senate has been discussing provisions contained in what's being called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act or Phase 3 Coronavirus legislation. The proposal would include $2 trillion of spending. Full text of the legislation has not been publicly released, but Chairman Grassley from the Senate Finance Committee has released a summary of provisions under consideration.

March 23, 2020 | Kristine A. Tidgren

In a March 22, 2020, Proclamation of Disaster Emergency related to the COVID-19 crisis, the Iowa Governor temporarily suspended foreclosures of residential, commercial, and agricultural real property.

Update: On March 24, IRS issued a Q & A addressing many questions unanswered by the Notice.

Update: The Department of Labor has created a webpage devoted to this new law.

Update: After Iowa issued its notice, the IRS issued a notice extending the filing deadline for federal returns to July 15.

Update: On March 20, 2020, the IRS superseded this notice with Notice 2020-18. An automatic extension now applies to payments AND tax return filings otherwise due on April 15, 2020.

March 18, 2020 | Kristine Tidgren

Eligible producers and crop share landlords should finally begin receiving interim payments from the Syngenta settlement this month. On February 28, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas authorized the claims administrator to make interim payments to class members that have:

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