COVID-19

New COVID-19 Relief Provisions for Individuals and Businesses

In the waning days of 2020, the latest of a series of COVID relief provisions were signed into law. This most recent round of stimulus and tax relief was tied to the Consolidated Appropriation Act. Not only does this bill provide additional economic aid in response to the pandemic, but it also avoids a federal [...]

2021-01-06T07:47:14-06:00December 30th, 2020|BUSINESS TAX, COVID-19, INDIVIDUAL TAX|

COVID-19 Relief Package – Does it Impact State and Local Governments?

After months of negotiating, Congress has passed a new COVID relief package, which will provide approximately $900 billion of additional pandemic aid. Although first glance may lead one to assume that the new bill has no direct impact on states and local governments, several key items were included in the most recent legislation: Coronavirus Relief [...]

2020-12-28T14:26:58-06:00December 28th, 2020|COVID-19, GOVERNMENTS, STATE & LOCAL TAX|

Legislation Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

Among the many provisions included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 are small business loans and tax policies designed to provide much-needed relief due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the relief package, Congress passed numerous changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including reopening the application process for first-time [...]

2020-12-28T14:27:37-06:00December 28th, 2020|COVID-19, SMALL BUSINESS|

Much Needed Clarity on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both passed a new COVID-19 relief bill, which was signed into law by President Trump. Among many other things, this bill addresses the tax implications of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). After almost a year of uncertainty and conjecture, we have some clarity about the taxability of [...]

2020-12-28T14:27:44-06:00December 28th, 2020|COVID-19, SMALL BUSINESS|

What Qualifies You to Receive the Second Stimulus Payment?

Congress passed, and the President signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill providing $600 direct stimulus payments to individuals, $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits, and more than $300 billion in aid for small businesses, among other COVID-19 relief benefits.   $600 Direct Payments to Americans The bill includes a $166 billion provision for direct payments [...]

2020-12-28T13:08:41-06:00December 22nd, 2020|COVID-19, INDIVIDUAL TAX|

A Quick Guide to Your PPP Loan and Tax-Related Questions

Small businesses all around the country have taken advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a federal program designed to help companies keep employees paid and their operations running during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although widely successful, many questions surrounding PPP and the 2020 tax year have many taxpayers wary about the upcoming tax season, particularly [...]

2020-12-09T14:38:51-06:00December 9th, 2020|BUSINESS TAX, COVID-19, SMALL BUSINESS, TAX CONTROVERSY|

Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness—More Guidance is Needed

In Revenue Ruling 2020-27 and Revenue Procedure 2020-51, the IRS finally provided much-needed guidance on the timing of the taxability of the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The guidance effectively states that the income tax effect will occur in the year in which forgiveness is reasonably foreseen. For most taxpayers, this will be the 2020 calendar [...]

Clarity – Handling Deductions Associated with PPP Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a key component of the CARES Act passed in late March 2020. The PPP program provided loans to businesses struggling in the wake of the economic impact of COVID-19. PPP loan proceeds used by businesses to pay employee compensation and other eligible expenses are eligible to be forgiven. In [...]

2020-11-19T16:14:28-06:00November 19th, 2020|BUSINESS SUPPORT, BUSINESS TAX, COVID-19, SMALL BUSINESS|

PPP Guidance: Change of Ownership

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has recently issued guidance related to changes in ownership of an entity with a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. This new guidance will provide additional information and clarity regarding the PPP. Change in Ownership A change in ownership is considered to have occurred when at least 20% of the ownership [...]

2020-10-12T12:09:20-05:00October 12th, 2020|COVID-19|

Latest Guidance Answers Common Questions on Federal Loan Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently addressed a handful of frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. These programs have been lifelines for many businesses whose operations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and only [...]

2020-09-08T18:16:09-05:00September 8th, 2020|BUSINESS TAX, COVID-19|

Maximizing Revenue Is a Realistic Goal, Even During a Pandemic

When managing our business operations in times of economic instability, we tend to focus on the expense side of the equation. We ask ourselves: Where can we cut costs? Is this a necessary purchase? Can we negotiate a lower fee? The revenue side can easily get overlooked. But just like our cash outflows, we can [...]

Federal Awards Best Practices

Download this Resource Have you or your organization received support under the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund? Did you know that receiving those funds may trigger an audit requirement—even for commercial (i.e, for-profit) organizations? Preparing for an audit of federal award funds can seem daunting, even if you have been subject to them [...]

2020-08-21T13:47:49-05:00August 19th, 2020|COVID-19, HEALTHCARE|

PRF Requirements Summary

Our initial piece, Provider Relief Fund Recipient Q&A, introduced the notion that recipients of funds awarded and disbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) could – much to their surprise – be subject to an audit related to those awards. This requirement is [...]

2020-08-19T18:23:44-05:00August 19th, 2020|COVID-19, HEALTHCARE|

Provider Relief Fund Recipient Q&A

1. Have you or your organization received support under the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF)? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was authorized under the CARES Act to distribute $175 billion to hospitals and healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.  Of this amount, approximately $130 billion has [...]

2020-08-14T13:22:52-05:00August 14th, 2020|COVID-19, HEALTHCARE|

CARES Act and Provider Relief Fund Single Audit

In less than four months, the United States government has distributed (or is in the process of distributing) hundreds of billions of dollars in funding to state and local governmental entities and healthcare providers of almost all types. This funding was authorized in various spending bills between March and May of 2020, with the most [...]

2020-10-01T13:36:50-05:00July 27th, 2020|COVID-19, DISASTER RECOVERY, GOVERNMENTS, HEALTHCARE|

Financial Institution Regulatory Examinations and COVID-19

The Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued guidance for examiners to consider the effects of COVID-19 in safety and soundness examinations. The interagency guidance seeks to acknowledge the "unique, evolving and potentially long-term nature" of the issues arising from COVID-19 and the impact on financial institutions. However, the guidance also notes, "examiners will [...]

2020-07-07T12:20:04-05:00July 7th, 2020|COVID-19, FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS|

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Approved for Five Week Extension

On Tuesday, June 30, just hours before the application window for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was scheduled to close, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a five-week extension. The House of Representatives followed suit, and the act was signed into law by the President on July 4, 2020. The intention behind this extension is to [...]

2020-07-06T09:00:57-05:00July 6th, 2020|COVID-19|

Updates to The Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program

On Monday, June 15, the Main Street Lending Facility, administered by the Federal Reserve of Boston, officially opened up its lender portal to begin signing up participating lenders. Although the loan intake portal for lenders to submit loan participation requests to the Fed isn’t yet operational, Federal Reserve officials are advising potential borrowers to [...]

2020-06-18T14:49:06-05:00June 18th, 2020|COVID-19|

Latest Update – Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Accepting Online Applications Effective June 16th

The Small Business Administration (SBA) EIDL loan program is back in business. Due primarily to the volume of loan activity, the SBA online EIDL application portal was largely shut down on April 15. From April 15 through June 14, the only accepted new applications were those submitted by agricultural businesses not eligible for the EIDL [...]