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Virginia Tax Bulletin 21-4: Important Information Regarding 2020 Virginia Income Tax Returns

15 Mar 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous

Important Information Regarding 2020 Virginia Income Tax Returns: Virginia's Conformity to the Internal Revenue Code Advanced to Dec. 31, 2020

Under emergency legislation enacted by the 2021 General Assembly, Virginia's date of conformity to the terms of the Internal Revenue Code advances from Dec. 31, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2020. This allows Virginia to generally conform to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA). 

However, it specifically deconforms from three provisions of the CARES Act that temporarily change limitations applicable to the net operating loss deduction, excess business losses and the business interest deduction. This legislation also deconforms from the provision of the CAA that permanently reduces the medical expense deduction threshold.

The legislation conforms to the federal tax exemption for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness and certain funding received under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. However, it partially deconforms from the provision of the CAA that allows taxpayers to claim a federal deduction for business expenses funded by forgiven PPP loan proceeds. Instead, the bill permits a deduction for Taxable Year 2020 of up to $100,000 for business expenses funded by forgiven PPP loan proceeds. In addition, the legislation fully deconforms from the provision of the CAA that allows taxpayers to claim a federal deduction for business expenses funded by certain EIDL funding proceeds.

The legislation also provides an individual and corporate income tax subtraction for Taxable Year 2020 for up to $100,000 of all grant funds received by a taxpayer under the Rebuild Virginia program.

Tax Bulletin 21-4 explains the conformity adjustments that may be necessary as a result of this legislation. 

View the Tax Bulletin

If you have additional questions, go to www.tax.virginia.gov, or contact us at 804.367.8031 for individual income tax questions and 804.367.8037 for business tax questions.


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