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Key Changes to the Employee Retention Credit

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law. A recent article from JD Supra outlines two key provisions included in the act that make changes to the employee retention credit. Established by the CARES Act, the employee retention credit was designed to incentivize employers to maintain their staff .....

New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance Released

On Wednesday, January 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury issued joint guidance regarding the latest updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as amended by the recent COVID-19 relief bill. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers an overview of the guidance, which includes the following items: An interim .....

Congress Enacts Additional Stimulus Legislation

On December 22, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA2021), which includes $892 billion in coronavirus stimulus spending. This long-awaited and highly contested piece of legislation ties coronavirus relief funding into a $1.4 trillion resolution for funding the federal government through September of next year. The nearly $900 billion in stimulus funds comprises .....

IRS Releases Anticipated Guidance Regarding PPP Loans and Expense Deductibility

On November 18, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Ruling 2020-27 and Revenue Procedure 2020-51. The two releases offer clarification regarding the non-deductibility of expenses that contribute to the forgiveness of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Author Sally Schreiber breaks down the contents and significance of the two releases in an article …..

SBA Clarifies Due Date of PPP Forgiveness Applications

On October 13, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released clarifying guidance regarding the due date of forgiveness applications for loans issued via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers an overview of the controversy surrounding the issue.   Many borrowers were surprised to find that the PPP .....

SBA and Treasury Release New PPP Waiver

On October 8, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury announced the release of a simplified forgiveness process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) participants that received loans of $50,000 or less. The agencies published a new interim final rule offering guidance for recipients of PPP loans equal to or less than $50,000 (“eligible .....

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Payroll Tax Deferral

On Friday, August 28, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-65, which offers guidance regarding the implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on the deferment of some payroll taxes. The memorandum, which was released by the President on August 8th, called for a deferral of the employee share of social security tax (or the railroad …..

SBA and Treasury Release Additional PPP Guidance

On August 24, the Small Business Administration and Treasury made available a new set of guidance regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness issues. The new interim final rule covers two areas: owner-employee compensation and the eligibility of non-payroll costs. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers a concise summation of the new regulations. …..

Presidential Memos Address Coronavirus Issues

Over the weekend, President Trump issued a series of executive actions. Three of the four memos aim at extending CARES Act provisions that have expired already or will expire soon. The fourth seeks to mimic the payroll tax holiday for which the President has been advocating. The four executive actions address the following areas: Unemployment …..

SBA Issues 23 New PPP FAQs

On August 4th, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional guidance regarding forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. In consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the SBA added 23 new questions to their PPP FAQ page.   The SBA sorts the new loan forgiveness FAQs into the following four categories:   …..

IRS Publishes New Release Regarding Business Interest Expense Limitations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced finalized guidance regarding business interest expense limitations. In a helpful article from the Journal of Accountancy, author Sally Schreiber offers an overview of the new rules. Background The business interest expense limitation was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 and subsequently modified by …..

PPP Gets Five-Week Extension

On Wednesday, July 1 the House agreed unanimously to an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The five-week extension originated in the Senate on Tuesday, where it was approved late in the evening. President Trump signed the bill into law on Saturday, July 4. With around $129 billion of loan funds still available through …..

SBA PPP Guidance Update—June 25-26, 2020

Late last week, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) released yet another round of guidance updates regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The areas covered by this latest release are maturity dates and loan amounts. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers a brief overview of the guidance update. The additional guidance …..

SBA Releases Guidance Regarding Early PPP Loan Forgiveness

On June 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional guidance regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy summarizes the information contained in the release. The new interim final rule primarily addresses changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. This is the …..

Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

On Wednesday night, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. This new legislation makes key adjustments to the timeline for spending Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and revises how loan recipients are required to allocate the money. Here is a brief overview of the key provisions contained in the bill: …..

FASB Announces Further Delays of Revenue Recognition and Leases Standards

Following last month’s proposal to defer the effective date of two standards for private companies and nonprofit organizations, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to delay the effective dates of revenue recognition and leases standards on May 20. The standards extension comes as a response to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A recent …..

What Will the Post-Coronavirus Business World Look Like?

As the U.S. slowly starts to transition into reopening, many business owners are anticipating big changes—a new normal. While nobody can know for sure how things will turn out, today we want to spend some time pondering what the post-coronavirus business world might look like. What might reopening look like for businesses? Because of the …..

SBA Releases Application for PPP Loan Forgiveness

On Friday, May 15, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced an important release for borrowers who received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bureau made public a form and instructions for borrowers to use to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. The application must be completed and submitted to the lender that serviced the …..

New SBA Guidance Regarding Paycheck Protection Program

On May 13, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). They added a highly anticipated new question to their lengthy FAQ: “How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?” One of the requirements when submitting a PPP loan application is a …..

Is My PPP Loan Still Forgivable if My Employees Refuse to Come Back to Work?

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan initiative created by the CARES Act that targets aid to small businesses dealing with losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The big appeal of the program is that the portion of the PPP loan funds used for certain “allowable purchases” is fully forgivable. Firstly, what are the …..