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Bars and Restaurants Given an Extension for To-Go Alcohol Deliveries until December 31, 2021

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Bars and Restaurants Given an Extension for To-Go Alcohol Deliveries until December 31, 2021

Although things are starting to return to normal as of June 15th (see blog post), loosened alcohol sales and consumption laws will remain in effect for the remainder of 2021.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control provided various temporary allowances during COVID which included the ability to return purchased alcohol; allowances of off-sales purchases from on-sale retailers; purchasing “to-go” premixed alcoholic beverages; and acceptance of payment at delivery. In other words, it was easier for establishments to sell beer, wine, and pre-mixed cocktails/drinks for pick-up and delivery.

These loosened restrictions are expected to assist restaurants badly hurt by the pandemic, because they can continue to expand outdoor operations in areas such as sidewalks and parking lots, and can continue the sale of to-go alcoholic beverages with food deliveries.

Furthermore, if these allowances continue to be popular, the legislature has pondered keeping some of them permanent, which would be greatly endorsed by current restaurants and breweries.

For more details see the CA Press Release, or contact the Burton Law Firm at 916.822.8700.

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Individual Tax Deadline Extended from April 15th to May 17th, 2021

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Analysis of the latest updates about the coronavirus pandemic.

Individual Tax Deadline Extended from April 15th to May 17th, 2021

On March 17th, the IRS made a 4th quarter decision to extend the federal deadline, and therein moved the individual tax filing deadline ahead by a little over a month. Now, your individual IRS taxes will be due May 17th, 2021.

Relatedly, taxpayers shall postpone federal income tax payments without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by May 17.

Please take note, this deadline only extends to federal individual payments, and does not extend to state tax payments or deposits or payments of any other type of federal tax, such as partnership and corporate deadlines.

For more information, please contact the Burton Law Firm at 916.822.8700. More information will be released in the following days, but feel free to read on at: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-for-individuals-extended-to-may-17-treasury-irs-extend-filing-and-payment-deadline.

UPDATE: The California FTB has agreed to match the IRS individual filing deadline to May 17th.

“We are aware the federal tax filing and payment deadline for individuals has been extended to May 17, 2021. Consistent with the IRS, California will also extend the state tax filing and payment deadline for individuals to May 17, 2021. The extension does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021.” See https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/2020-tax-year-extension-to-file-and-pay-individual.html for more details.