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Section 139 Disaster Relief: Allowing Businesses to Deduct Personal Costs


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMay 25, 2022
CPE:Not available
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Subject AreaTaxes
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

If this pandemic has a silver lining, Code Section 139 may be just that. Section 139 offers employers a flexible and tax-free way to reimburse employees for certain qualifying expenses incurred because of COVID-19. For example, a business can provide personal gifts, living reimbursements, family costs, etc., to individuals working for the company and these expenses become deductible to the company. It is tax-free and non-reportable to the recipient.

Learn about this strategy for tax firms. With just a few steps, you can save your business clients an average of a thousand dollars per staff member—all while helping their employees (or others like family) with disaster-related home expenses. Qualified expenses may include medical home quarantine, home office, child-care/home care for students, health-related expenses, meals, mental health, and housing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how Section 139 gives an employer the flexibility to reimburse employees for certain COVID-19 qualifying expenses

  • Identify what expenses qualify under Section 139

  • Recall a case study example of a small business

  • Recall the steps to take to save your business clients thousands of dollars—while simultaneously helping their employees

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Jackie Meyer is CEO and Founder of TaxPlanIQ, Certified Concierge Accountant Trainings, and Meyer Tax The Concierge CPA. Jackie specializes in providing innovative tax strategies and coaching programs, such as Certified Concierge Accountant Masterminds, to executive clientele for a high return on investment. She leads her own team of top-tier accountants spanning across the US operating with 100% virtual workflows and is a top-rated speaker, business coach, and social media influencer (Join the Facebook group: Accounting Firm Influencers) with thousands of students and followers. 

She served on the Intuit Tax Council (2016-2019) and the Forbes Finance Council (2019-present). Recent honors include 40 under 40 CPA Advisor Winner (2018/2019/2020) and AICTC (American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches) member of the year (2019). Jackie is a proud proponent for lifelong learning and will complete her Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

Her passion is coaching accounting firm owners, that enjoy tax planning, on exactly what to do to become more efficient, provide a higher return on investment, work with ideal clients, and spend their time bridging passion and purpose in the lives around them. Read more at


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