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.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) published in late October that it will begin issuing loan necessity questionnaires to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers with PPP loans of over $2 million. The loan necessity questionnaires will be utilized by the SBA to review the PPP borrower’s good-faith certifications of economic need. There are two versions of the questionnaire: Form 3509 that will be used by for-profit borrowers, and Form 3510 that will be used by non-profit borrowers.
Let’s look at some simple math. Bob, an hourly employee, averaged 40 hours per week making $15 per hour. At the end of each week, his gross income was $600. Now, due to a furlough, Bob is receiving unemployment benefits. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Bob will bring home a weekly unemployment benefit of $300. Common assumption would be that he would begin hunting for a new job. Not so fast. With passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES), the federal government expanded each States’ ability to provide unemployment insurance for many workers. The expansion places an extra $600 per week into the pockets of each eligible worker. Bob is now bringing home $900 per week.
On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 7010, a bill that will dramatically change critical terms to the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, providing much needed relief for borrowers.