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DB Alert: 2019 Payment and Filing Deadlines

As we previously alerted our clients and friends, the Internal Revenue Service has postponed the tax payment deadlines for calendar year taxpayers until July 15, 2020 provided that the amounts owed did not exceed certain levels (prior alert); however, the tax filing deadline itself was not automatically extended under this prior guidance.

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Time to Reflect, Regroup, and Restructure

During unforeseen moments of adversity, mortality, and economic decline such as what we are all experiencing right now, it forces each of us to confront the realities of our situation, for better or for worse. While some of us may be sheltered in our homes with a little extra time on our hands, and others may have little time to spare as they scramble to stay in control of things, this is the perfect time to reflect, regroup, and restructure your affairs to either respond to or take advantage of your new reality. Specifically, this is the time for you to revisit your:

  • Estate Planning Documents
  • Asset Protection Structure
  • Wealth Transfer Planning
  • Reformation/Litigation of Contracts
  • Documenting/Securing Receivables
  • COVID Legislative Compliance/Guidance

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Contract Cancellation and Force Majeure - Know your Rights and Consider the Consequences

As the world copes with COVID-19 and the necessity of social distancing, individuals and businesses must contemplate the legal ramifications of their contracts, and what happens when those contracts cannot or are not being performed.   Most contracts contain termination and remedies provisions that may be implicated given the current health crisis.  Additionally, many contracts include “Force Majeure” clauses, which are contractual provisions allocating risk when performance becomes impossible or impracticable as a result of an event that the parties could not have anticipated, such as acts of nature, riots, strikes, wars – or in this instance, a global pandemic.  Force Majeure clauses are often overlooked as “boiler plate” language, but the current climate demonstrates the importance of careful drafting and consideration of the circumstances which might permit a contract to be cancelled. Continue Reading...


COVID-19 HEALTH PROVIDER CLIENT ALERT: Medicare Expansion of Telehealth

Consistent with recently issued recommendations from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for social distancing during the COVID-19 emergency, on March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, during the on-going public health crisis, it will permit Medicare providers to bill traditional Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) for telemedicine services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Until now, traditional Medicare only provided telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries for certain limited services and only via communication from pre-approved locations.



Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at a coronavirus news conference today, announced that individuals who owe taxes to the IRS can defer up to $1 million, and corporations can defer up to $10 million in payments, for a period of 90 days from the April 15th deadline.  At this point, the deferral applies to the income taxes owed, and there does not appear to be a similar automatic extension for filing a return.

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DB Alert – COVID-19 Legislative Update

As part of its initial response to the current and anticipated impact of COVID-19 on businesses across the nation, Congress has passed and the President has signed an $8.3 billion supplemental funding bill that includes authority for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue up to $7 billion in low-interest loans under its already existing Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Program (EIDL) to small businesses adversely impacted by the outbreak. The administration has announced its intention to ask Congress to increase SBA’s resources for small business disaster assistance related to COVID-19 to $50 billion. We expect funding amounts to increase and complementary initiatives to be implemented as the full economic impact of the outbreak makes itself felt.