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ARPA modifications of the payroll tax credits for paid sick leave and family leave

March 25, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, extended and significantly modified the payroll tax credits for qualifying sick leave and family leave wages. Below is a summary of the key provisions. Background: Both Covid-19-related credits were initially provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and…

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Updates on The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021

March 12, 2021

With President Biden’s signature yesterday, March 11, 2021, the $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill (ARPA) became law. This is the six separate COVID-relief bill enacted by the federal government. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) includes tax provisions, business stimulus provisions, individual assistance like extended unemployment benefits, additional funding for existing programs like the…

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New tax laws that affect businesses

January 5, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the CAA, 2021), signed into law on December 27, 2020, is a further legislative response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CAA, 2021 include–along with spending and other non-tax provisions and tax provisions primarily affecting individuals–the numerous business tax provisions briefly summarized below. The provisions are found in two of…

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What does the additional 2020 Stimulus Check mean for you?

January 5, 2021

You’ve probably heard that IRS will be making millions of ”economic impact payments” (also called ”recovery rebates”) in the near future to help people stay afloat during this time of economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 crisis. These payments are in addition to the $1,200 payments ($2,400 for married couples) issued earlier in 2020. Here’s…

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2020 COVID relief bill provisions affecting individual taxpayers

January 5, 2021

Here is an overview of key provisions in the recent COVID relief legislation that affect individuals. The legislation is the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (the “Act” or COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR), both of which are part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. RECOVERY REBATE/ECONOMIC…

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Main Street Lending Program

August 3, 2020

It is an understatement to say that businesses and individuals all over the world have been affected by Covid-19. This has caused considerable financial stress on many businesses forcing them to seek creative ways to stay afloat during this volatile time. Small to medium-sized businesses are a crucial part of our economy and are responsible…

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Revised PPP loan forgiveness applications released.

June 22, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with Treasury, released Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, a revised loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The SBA also unveiled a new EZ application for forgiveness of PPP loans. Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application (https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/PPP%20Loan%20Forgiveness%20Application%20%28Revised%206.16.2020%29.pdf)and instructions (https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP-Loan-Forgiveness-Application-Instructions_1.pdf) EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application (https://content.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application%203508EZ%20%28%20Revised%2006.16.2020%29.pdf)and instructions (https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP-Loan-Forgiveness-Application-Form-EZ-Instructions.pdf) The…

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PPP Flexibility Act UPDATE

June 9, 2020

The Senate unanimously passed H.R.7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, and the President immediately signed it into law.   This new Act allows more flexibility for borrowers taking advantage of PPP funds.  It basically extends the time period for businesses to use the funds and changes the ratio for payroll to other fixed…

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PPP Forgiveness Application

May 20, 2020

On May 15th the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the link to the “Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application,” which contains information on PPP Loan forgiveness along with instructions for completing the application form. The SBA said its form and instructions are designed to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers.  The form…

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5 things you should do once you receive your PPP loan.

May 14, 2020

1. Only Use Money From The Loan on Forgivable Expenses You must track what you spend this money on in order to be able to apply for forgiveness. Recipients must not lose sight of the legal restrictions on the use of these fund. The SBA issued a Rule that requires PPP applicants to certify funds…

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