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Key Changes to the Employee Retention Credit January 12, 2021

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 in ...
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New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance Released January 11, 2021

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 final ...
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Congress Enacts Additional Stimulus Legislation December 22, 2020

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 a ...
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IRS Releases Anticipated Guidance Regarding PPP Loans and Expense Deductibility November 20, 2020

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 ...
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SBA Clarifies Due Date of PPP Forgiveness Applications October 14, 2020

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 loan forgiveness ...
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SBA and Treasury Release New PPP Waiver October 13, 2020

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 borrowers”). ...
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IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Payroll Tax Deferral August 31, 2020

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 retirement ...
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SBA and Treasury Release Additional PPP Guidance August 26, 2020

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. Owner-employee ...
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Presidential Memos Address Coronavirus Issues August 11, 2020

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 Benefits – ...
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SBA Issues 23 New PPP FAQs August 6, 2020

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: 1. General Guidance – ...
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