tax credit

Credits for Sick Leave and Family Leave for Certain Self-Employed Individuals

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as amended by the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, is intended to help the United States combat COVID-19 by providing small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19. The FFCRA extends to self-employed individuals equivalent refundable tax credits against net income tax.

These credits are equivalent to the amount of qualified sick leave wages or qualified family leave wages the self-employed individual could receive under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act or the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, two separate provisions of the FFCRA, if the individual were an employee of an employer (other than himself or herself).

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued a health order effective April 3 to April 30, 2020 (27 days)

The order required every person in Alabama to stay at his or her place of residence except as necessary to perform essential activities.

The instructions for Form 7202, the form we file to claim the tax credit for self-employed individuals, states that you will qualify for this credit if “you were unable to perform services as a self-employed individual because you were subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to Covid-19.”

The tax credit can be claimed for a maximum of ten (10) days.