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Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Corporate Taxation

Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Corporate Taxation

If there’s one word to encapsulate the past few years, it’s “unprecedented.” COVID-19 has shaken the world and significantly impacted how businesses operate, especially in terms of corporate taxation. Let’s take a deeper dive into the pandemic’s impact on corporate taxation.


The Shift in Tax Landscape


In response to the global crisis, governments worldwide initiated various relief measures to support businesses. The CARES Act in the United States, for instance, implemented numerous tax changes to provide relief to businesses struggling due to the pandemic.


Here are some of the significant ways in which corporate taxation was impacted:


  • NOL Carrybacks: The CARES Act allowed businesses to carry back net operating losses (NOLs) incurred in 2018, 2019, or 2020 for five years, thereby providing critical cash flow and liquidity.
  • Business Interest Expense Deduction: The Act temporarily increased the limit on deducting business interest expense from 30% to 50% of taxable income for 2019 and 2020.
  • Employee Retention Credit: Businesses that retained their employees despite the pandemic challenges could claim an Employee Retention Credit, a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes.

Future of Corporate Taxation


While these measures have been beneficial, they’ve also complicated the tax landscape. Companies have had to adapt quickly to these changes and will need to continue to do so, as tax laws may continue to evolve in response to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.


One key to navigating these changes successfully is partnering with a reliable accounting firm like Dreis Tax Services, which can help businesses stay informed and make the most of the available benefits.


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