On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed into law The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal which is intended to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation is intended to help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads. It is intended to drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come.
The IRS recently issued further guidance on the employee retention credit. This includes guidance for employers who pay qualified wages after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022, and guidance on miscellaneous issues that apply to the employee retention credit in both 2020 and 2021. Additionally, the IRS issued a safe harbor allowing employers to exclude certain items from their gross receipts solely for determining eligibility for the employee retention credit.
Notice 2021-49 addresses changes made by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to the employee retention credit that apply to the third and fourth quarters of 2021.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains a business relief provision known as the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), a refundable payroll tax credit for “qualified wages” paid to retained full-time employees from March 13, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020. The purpose of the ERC was to encourage employers to keep employees on the payroll, even if they were not working during the covered, COVID-19, period.
The IRSand the Treasury released guidance Thursday April 8, 2021 on a temporary exception to the 50% limit that businesses can deduct for food or beverages from restaurants during the pandemic.
On Monday, President Joe Biden announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program designed to make the program more accessible to underserved borrowers, including a two-week period beginning on Wednesday (February 24, 2021) where only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for loans.
On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Borrower Application Form, SBA Form 2483, for businesses applying for a First Draw PPP Loan or requesting an increase in their First Draw PPP Loan. Existing borrowers seeking a Second Draw PPP Loan will need to submit the Second Draw Borrower Application Form, SBA Form 2483-SD.
On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued the Interim Final Rule on Second Draw Loans (the IFR). The IFR announces the implementation of section 311 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act), a component of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act), which authorizes the SBA to guarantee additional loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”) was passed by Congress on December 21, 2020, and signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020. This is the second-largest federal stimulus package approved by Congress this year following the $2 trillion CARES Act passed in March 2020.
On Sunday December 27, 2020 President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the Act) which included several enhancements to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). The most prominent change is that businesses that received a loan pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are now eligible for the ERC.
Below is a summary of the proposed details on the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act that was recently released. The proposed legislation includes significant updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If approved, the bipartisan bill will make $267.5 billion additional funds available for PPP loans and $13.5 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans also overseen by the Small Business Association.