rescue american plan act

Richard A. Huffman, CPA, MST

Tax Partner


The American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden includes the following significant tax provisions:

Business tax provisions:

  • Family and sick leave credits – Extends tax credits through 9/30/21.
  • Employee retention credit – Extended through 12/31/21, program criteria as follows:
  1. To qualify experienced a full or partial suspension of business operations due to COVID-19 governmental orders or incurred at least 20% decline in quarterly gross receipts as compared to the 2019 year quarter.
  2. Main benefits for employers with up to 500 full-time employees (limited benefits for employers with more than 500 employees).
  3. Credit is 70% of up to $10,000 per employee per quarter qualified wages claimed against employer payroll taxes.
  4. Additional information available at the following IRS website
  • Restaurant revitalization grants – Businesses that serve food or drink as its primary purpose will be eligible for grants that will match their pandemic-related revenue loss calculated by comparing the reduction in 2020 revenue as compared to 2019.
  • COBRA continuation coverage – Continuation coverage premium assistance credit applied to premiums and wages through September 30, 2021.

Individual tax provisions [phase out begins when adjusted gross income (AGI) is above $75,000 (single) and $150,000 (joint)]:

  • Unemployment benefits – $10,200 exclusion for unemployment compensation in 2020 subject to above phaseout.
  • Recovery rebates – $1,400 per individual economic impact payment subject to above phaseout.
  • Child tax credit – Only for year 2021 increased to $3,000 per child (or $3,600 for a child under the age of six) and includes 17-year old children subject to above phaseout.


Please contact your tax advisor at WFY to discuss additional details regarding these tax benefits.  Click here to contact a WFY tax advisor.