Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. PPP loans were designed to be eligible for full or partial forgiveness, if the money is used for qualifying costs such as payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. … Continue reading Video: Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness
Written by Robert Lowe
If you didn’t get a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan before the SBA ran out of funds, there are still other benefits available under the CARES Act that was recently passed by Congress.
The CARES Act also provides for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) which is a tax credit equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages paid to employees up to $5,000 per employee. If you get a PPP loan, one big negative consequence is that you cannot claim the ERC. So each business needs to make a determination of whether it’s better off with a PPP loan or ERC. This is a complicated decision which will vary from business to business. Continue reading “ERC vs. PPP”
Written by Jeffrey Davine
COVID-19 Related Legislation
As has been widely publicized, the federal government has enacted legislation that is designed to provide tax and other relief to employers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The tax relief is principally in the form of tax credits for payroll taxes that an employer is required to remit to the IRS when paying wages to its employees.
One of the laws enacted is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th. It provides for a refundable payroll tax credit for employers whose businesses have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus.
Another statute enacted is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”). It was signed into law on March 18th. The FFCRA provides small and midsize employers with refundable payroll tax credits to reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages/salary to employees for an absence that is related to COVID-19.
The relief that is provided by both of these laws applies to both for-profit and nonprofit entities. Continue reading “COVID-19 Tax Relief”
CARES Act Tax Benefits for Charitable Contributions
Written by David Wheeler Newman
The CAREs Act – the recently enacted gigantic economic stimulus bill – contains two provisions designed to boost charitable giving with enhanced tax benefits. One provision will provide tax savings to donors making more modest gifts, while the other will benefit donors writing big checks. Continue reading “Charitable Contributions Show You CARE”
DOL Issues Guidance on New CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Provisions
Last week, the DOL issued two guidance letters (available here and here) to state workforce agencies (such as the California EDD) on the unemployment insurance provisions of the recently enacted CARES Act. The CARES Act, which has been discussed in prior blog posts at length (see, e.g. here, here and here), provides emergency assistance for certain individuals, families, and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, the DOL guidance instructs state agencies on how to implement and operate two programs that were included as part of the CARES Act involving unemployment insurance benefits: the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Additionally, the federal government will provide 100% reimbursement to states that provide compensation to individuals beginning on their first week of unemployment (i.e., states which do not require a waiting week) and enter into an agreement with the DOL. Continue reading “America CARES About Unemployment”
Music industry associations and trade groups, working alongside organizations spanning the creative industries, scored a major victory in securing financial help under the CARES Act (the “Act”) for musicians, music producers, and other music industry workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This relief falls into two categories: (1) unemployment compensation expanded from traditional employees to include benefits previously unavailable to independent contractors, “gig” workers, and the self-employed, and (2) newly-available loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), including loan advances of up to $10,000, which are now also available to sole proprietors, independent contractors, and the self-employed. Continue reading “COVID-19 Relief for Music Industry Workers”
Charitable Organizations May Apply for Forgivable Loans Under the CARES Act
As part of the unprecedented $2 Trillion stimulus package (the CARES Act), charitable organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) with 500 or fewer employees may apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provision of the Act.
All loans to qualifying charities will have the same terms: Continue reading “Paycheck Protection for Non-Profits”
Tax and Employee Benefits Provisions of the CARES Act Written by David Wheeler Newman The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “Act”) contains numerous provisions, intended to stimulate the economy, which will impact tax liability and compliance for individuals and businesses. Some of the important provisions are highlighted below. There are many additional provisions in this legislation impacting taxpayers and the below summary … Continue reading America CARES