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What Is The FFCRA Tax Credit —Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

In December 2020 Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which expanded the FFCRA to cover self-employed individuals, freelancers, independent contractors, and gig workers — making you now eligible for "immediate refund" tax credits. The Government is now paying you back for the time you lost earning money because of the COVID pandemic.

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Filing with the IRS can be challenging, complex, and time-consuming, and many people are worried about —


Do I have the right paperwork?

Are these calculations correct?

How do I know if I’m approved?

That’s why Tax Prep Advocates is here to help.

We’ll take care of amending your tax returns and submitting your application to the IRS, so you can get back to doing what matters most: growing your business.

You're eligible if you missed work due to:

Quarantine

  • Federal, state, or local lockdown orders related to COVID-19

  • Quarantining or isolation order related to COVID-19

Childcare

  • Caring for your child whose school had closed or gone virtual

  • Caring for your child because your child care provider was unavailable due to COVID-19

Vaccination

  • A COVID-19 vaccination appointment

  • Side effects due to vaccination

Illness

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 or seeking a medical diagnosis

  • Sickness due to vaccination side effects

  • Caring for someone with COVID symptoms

If you're self employed, a 1099 contractor, a freelancer, or a small business owner and file a 1040 tax return with attached schedule C and your business was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and/or 2021, use this survey to calculate how much refund you could expect to receive from the IRS.

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New IRS form available for self-employed individuals to claim COVID-19 sick and family leave tax credits under FFCRA R-2021-31, February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that a new form is available for eligible self-employed individuals to claim sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Eligible self-employed individuals will determine their qualified sick and family leave equivalent tax credits with the new IRS Form 7202, Credits for Sick Leave and Family Leave for Certain Self-Employed IndividualsPDF. They'll claim the tax credits on their 2020 Form 1040 for leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and on their 2021 Form 1040 for leave taken between January 1, 2021, and March 31, 2021.

Is There a Tax Credit for Self-Employed Workers Affected by the Coronavirus?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) came to the rescue for many self-employed taxpayers during the pandemic. The act, signed into law on March 18, 2020, initially provided tax credits to eligible taxpayers who could not work from April through December 31, 2020, due to COVID-19. The credit was extended to March 31, 2021. This carryover period from January through March 31, 2021, allowed eligible taxpayers to claim any unused sick leave or paid leave credits from 2020. The FFCRA laid the ground rules for how the credits worked, who is eligible, and how the credit is calculated.

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act. This extended the tax credits for self-employed workers through September 30, 2021. This means that taxpayers affected April 1 - September 30, 2021, can claim the credits on their 2021 tax return.

Below, we break down the credits available for self-employed taxpayers under FFCRA.

New form from IRS lets the self-employed claim sick and family leave tax credits

The Bureau of Labor Statistics counts self employment in different ways, but estimates that there are close to 10 million, with projections that this number will grow by 8% each year for the foreseeable future. And while much of the COVID-relief packages have been focused on businesses and families, little media attention has been paid to relief offered to those who are self-employed.

But in February of 2021, the Internal Revenue Service announced that a new form is available for eligible self-employed individuals to claim sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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What is the Sick & Family Leave Tax Credit?

The Sick and family Leave tax credit for self-employed and 1099 workers is for eligible self-employed individuals or independent contractors.

Under the FFCRA, eligible self-employed individuals or independent contractors could claim a refundable tax credit against their income tax liability for up to 100% of the qualified sick and family leave equivalent amounts, subject to certain limitations, if they were unable to work or telework due to COVID-19-related reasons.

The qualified sick leave equivalent amount was the lesser of either $511 per day or 100% of the average daily self-employment income for each day an individual was unable to work or telework because they were subject to a quarantine or isolation order, had COVID-19 symptoms and were seeking a medical diagnosis, or were caring for someone who was subject to a quarantine or isolation order or who had COVID-19 symptoms.

The qualified family leave equivalent amount was the lesser of either $200 per day or 67% of the average daily self-employment income for each day an individual was unable to work or telework because they needed to care for a child whose school or place of care was closed due to COVID-19.

To claim the tax credit, eligible self-employed individuals or independent contractors would report the qualified sick and family leave equivalent amounts on their 2019, 2020 or 2021 tax return, depending on when the leave was taken.

What documentation do I need to provide?

For the most part, all we require is your 2019, 2020 and 2021 tax return including your schedule C and a copy of your drivers license for identification.

Do I have to fill out a ton of paperwork?

Not at all. We basically have an agreement letter on our website that you’ll need to read, sign and date. You will also need to upload a copy of your 2019, 2020 and 2021 tax returns and a copy of your drivers license. That’s basically it.


We try to make the process as easy and stress free as we can for you. Once we have your tax returns we’ll take over and get everything filed for you.

What if I already filed my taxes for 2020 & 2021?

We will need to file an amendment on your tax return. We do this all the time. All we require from you is a copy of your 2019, 2020 and 2021 tax returns and a copy of your drivers license and we’ll handle the rest.

How much are your processing fees?

Our fee schedule is really simple. We charge No upfront fee. After we calculate the amount of your tax credit, Legacy Tax File . Once you receive your refund from the IRS, a tax amendment preparation and filing fee of $495 ($395 if you prepay before the IRS submission), plus an additional 20% of your refund amount is then due ONLY AFTER you receive your refund.

How much of a tax credit can I expect to receive?

There are a few factors that go into calculating your tax credit refund amount. The biggest factors would be:

Your net income from your schedule C on your 2019, 2020 and 2021 tax returns.

How many days you were out sick or told to quarantine with Covid-19

How long you might have cared for a loved one affected by Covid-19.

How long any schools or daycare centers were closed (and you were forced to care for a minor child during the closings).

But the fastest and easiest way to find out how much you qualify for is to simply use our online Tax Credit Calculator

Do I have to be self-employed to file for the tax credit refund?

Yes. This tax credit is for self-employed individuals, small business owners, freelancers, and 1099 contractors only.

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