President Biden has signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021. The new law extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application filing deadline from March 31, 2021 to May 31, 2021. The new law gives qualifying businesses and individuals more time to apply for a PPP loan.
While this new law does not increase the amount of funding available for PPP loans, Congress did authorize $7.25 billion in additional PPP funding under the recent American Rescue Plan Act.
Prior to the passage of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 11, 2021 (the “Rescue Act”) the employee retention credit, as amended by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (the “Relief Act”), was set to expire for wages paid after June 30, 2021. The Rescue Act extends the employee retention credit to qualifying wages paid through December 31, 2021. Consequently, qualifying employers may be eligible to claim an additional $14,000 of credits per employee in 2021.
A summary of the employee retention credit as amended by the Relief Act is available here.
The second PPP loan program is due to expire March 31, 2021. Many eligible businesses have still not applied. President Biden announced changes to the program on February 22, 2021 making it easier to qualify for a PPP loan now, and particularly for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals.
The PPP loan program still has funds available. Congress could also extend the March 31, 2021 termination date for loan applications. However, Congressional extension is not certain, and qualifying individuals and businesses should consider applying for a PPP ...
The Employee Retention Credit, as originally enacted on March 27, 2020 by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50% of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act (Relief Act), enacted on December 27, 2020 amended and extended the Employee Retention Credit. On March 1, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-20 to provide guidance on the original Employee Retention Credit, as ...
The US Department of Justice announced the first civil settlement involving allegations of fraud against a PPP borrower.
SlideBelts Inc. received a PPP loan under the CARES Act. SlideBelts is an internet retail company and debtor in bankruptcy. SlideBelts and its president/CEO agreed to resolve the allegations in connection with the PPP loan by paying the government damages and penalties of $100,000. SlideBelts had already repaid the $350,000 PPP loan it had received.
The announced civil settlement resolves claims that the conduct of SlideBelts and its president/CEO violated ...
The President signed new stimulus legislation into law on December 27, 2020. The new law, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, P.L. 116-260 (“Economic Aid Act”), authorizes new and additional PPP loans and modifies the CARES Act for this purpose. The Economic Aid Act authorizes funds of $284.5 billion for PPP loans, and which includes $35 billion for first-time borrowers. The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and the United States Treasury also issued new guidance interpreting the new law.
The new SBA/Treasury guidance ...
Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act) on December 21, 2020. The Act, which is 5,593 pages, contains a number of stimulus measures designed to address the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. While the bill has not become law as of the date of this blog, it is expected to be signed by the President quickly and then become law. Key provisions of the Act include:
- Under the CARES Act, expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) proceeds could not be deducted if the PPP loan was forgiven. The Act now permits taxpayers to deduct expenses paid with PPP ...
The SBA has now released broader information on borrowers who received loans under the Payroll Protection Program. The SBA’s release of this information was ordered by United States District Judge James E. Boasberg in a case filed against the SBA, WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, et al., v. U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Action No. 20-1240 (JEB) and a related case, Center for Public Integrity v. U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Action No. 20-1614 (JEB).
The SBA had previously released information for borrowers that received PPP loans of $150,000 or ...
A United States District Judge in Washington ordered the SBA to release the names and other information of all Paycheck Protection Loan borrowers. In WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, et al., v. U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Action No. 20-1240 (JEB) and a related case, Center for Public Integrity v. U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Action No. 20-1614 (JEB), United States District Judge James E. Boesberg issued a November 5, 2020 order requiring the SBA to release the names and other information for all PPP loan borrowers by November 19, 2020.
The SBA ...
A United States District Judge in Washington has ordered the SBA to now release the names and other information of all Paycheck Protection Loan borrowers. In WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, et al., v. U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Action No. 20-1240 (JEB) and a related case, Center for Public Integrity v. U.S. Small Business Administration, Civil Action No. 20-1614 (JEB), United States District Judge James E. Boesberg issued a November 5, 2020 order requiring the SBA to release the names and other information for all PPP loan borrowers. Under the order, the SBA ...
On October 31, 2020, the SBA released new forms and related instructions requiring borrowers with PPP loans of $2 million or more to provide additional information related to their PPP loans. Titled “Loan Necessity Questionnaire”, the SBA released separate forms and instructions applicable to both for-profit and non-profit borrowers. The SBA explains that “the purpose of this form is to facilitate the collection of supplemental information that will be used by SBA loan reviewers to evaluate the good-faith certification that you made on your PPP Borrower Application.”
PPP loans under the CARES Act are being audited by the SBA. All PPP loans over $2 million will be audited, and many more under $2 million will be audited as well. Applying for forgiveness of a PPP loan increases the likelihood of an audit.
An audit or “review” by SBA of a borrower and its PPP loan can result in an SBA determination that the borrower (1) was ineligible for a PPP loan; (2) was ineligible for the PPP loan amount received or used the PPP loan proceeds for unauthorized uses; (3) is ineligible for PPP loan forgiveness in the amount determined by the lender in its full or partial ...
In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to aid businesses and individuals. One CARES Act relief provision offered the deferral of certain payroll taxes. In particular, Section 2302 provides that employers may defer the deposit and payment of the employer’s portion of the Social Security taxes arising between March 27, 2020, and December 31, 2020 (the “Employer Deferral”). Any deferred taxes are repaid over the following 2-year period. The CARES Act failed to offer similar deferrals for the employee portion of ...
The Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act ended June 30, 2020, and with over $520 billion loaned to nearly 4.9 million self-employed individuals and businesses. The PPP was hastily passed by Congress and inconsistently-interpreted by government agencies. Over $125 billion remained available under the PPP, but because of the often complex and uncertain conditions for receiving loans under the program no one was interested in receiving these remaining funds - even where they could have been forgiven.
With the US economy still struggling, Congress has now rushed to pass an ...
This week the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a trio of criminal prosecutions for fraudulent PPP loan applications. Each involved inter-agency investigations involving the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (“IRS-CI”) and the inspector generals of banking agencies or the SBA.
On Monday, June 22, DOJ announced wire-fraud charges against a Massachusetts man who fraudulently applied for over $13 million in PPP loans, ultimately receiving over $2 million. It’s here.
On Tuesday, June 23, DOJ unsealed an indictment charging a Texas man with wire fraud, false ...
The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into businesses and self-employed individuals that applied for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. Over $500 million in loans to over 4.6 million businesses and individuals have been made under the PPP, and with over $100 million still available under the PPP to be loaned.
In connection with this investigation, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, head of the Department of Justice’s criminal division, stated “whenever there’s a trillion dollars out on the street that quickly, the fraudsters are ...
Banks have loaned over $500 billion in PPP loans under the CARES Act, and to over 4.6 million businesses and self-employed individuals. These PPP loans are critical for these businesses and individuals – and their employees – to survive the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-10 pandemic.
PPP loans are administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the SBA has issued a steady stream of administrative guidance concerning its interpretation of the Payroll Protection Program. Some of this SBA guidance is based on the agency’s interpretation of the ...
1. Do I have to take my required minimum distributions (RMD) in 2020?
No. Required minimum distribution rules do not apply for 2020 for IRAs, Roth IRAs, qualified defined contribution plans, 403(b) plans and government-employer type 457 plans.
2. Does that mean my RMD in 2021 will be doubled? Is 2020 just postponed?
No. Your 2021 RMD will be calculated the exact same way as if you had taken your 2020 RMD.
Added bonus: If you turned 70 1/2 in 2019 and did not yet take your 2019 RMD, you do not have to take your 2019 or your 2020 RMD.
3. What if I already took my RMD for 2020?
If you are within the 60 ...
Many South Carolinians who have been furloughed or laid-off from work have received unemployment benefits from the South Carolina Department of Workforce. These benefits have been increased under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and where an individual can be paid up to $926/week for 33 weeks.
The CARES Act significantly expanded unemployment benefits for workers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For unemployed workers, the CARES Act funds the following additional benefits under South Carolina’s unemployment ...
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) provides individuals with a stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult, plus $500 for each qualifying child age 16 and under (subject to phase-outs for higher income individuals). The stimulus payment provided by the CARES Act is structured as a refundable federal income tax credit.
South Carolina does not allow individuals to deduct federal income taxes in arriving at South Carolina taxable income. Consequently, federal tax credits generally have no impact on an individual’s South Carolina income tax ...
On May 15, 2020 the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application with related instructions. The application and instructions help answer some of the questions surrounding a business’s eligibility for forgiveness (see our prior blog for an overview of forgiveness issues). A detailed overview of the application and instructions is available here. Some of the key issues addressed in the application and instructions include:
- The 8 week covered period during which qualifying expenses are measured begins on the date a ...
The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act can provide eligible businesses with a forgivable loan from the government to be used to keep and pay employees, and for certain other purposes, and to help businesses, their owners, and their employees get through this difficult COVID-19 pandemic. However, the amount of a PPP loan – and the amount that potentially can be forgiven - may depend on the type of legal entity under which a business operates.
For example, partnerships/limited liability companies and self-employed individuals (including an individual operating ...
Presently, many human resource departments are scrambling to address issues raised by the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” collectively with the FFCRA hereinafter referred to as the “COVID-19 Legislation”). While many of the provisions of the COVID-19 Legislation are straightforward, the COVID-19 Legislation contains provisions that implicate a number of employee benefit requirements that could get overlooked. This article reviews two disclosure ...
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation extended many deadlines for retirement plans, discussed below.
Remedial Amendment Period Extensions
In the first set of extensions, on March 27, 2020 the IRS announced an extension of the remedial amendment period for 403(b) plans from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020, and also extended the remedial amendment period for preapproved defined benefit plans from April 30, 2020 to July 31, 2020. These extensions provide welcome relief to employers trying to amend plans in a new ...
One of the key benefits of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is the ability to have all or a portion of the loan forgiven. The amount of a PPP loan that will be forgiven is based initially on the qualifying costs an employer incurs during the 8 week period following loan funding (at least 75% of which must be used for payroll costs to qualify for 100% loan forgiveness). The initial forgiveness amount is then subject to reduction under a headcount test and a salary test. The headcount test and salary test reductions, however, do not apply in certain instances when headcount and salary are ...
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans under the CARES Act are available not only to small business but to self-employed individuals, too. Banks began accepting PPP loan applications for self-employed individuals beginning April 10th. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has now issued helpful guidance to self-employed individuals who may apply for these PPP loans. More information about the CARES Act and PPP loans can be found at www.burr.com.
Under the new SBA guidance, an individual is eligible for a PPP loan if: (i) you were in operation on February 15, 2020; (ii) you are an ...
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have furloughed some or all of their workforce in South Carolina. Furloughed employees may now be entitled to receive unemployment benefits, and enhanced by $600 per week by the federal government through the CARES Act.
In South Carolina, unemployment benefits paid to unemployed workers are funded by the South Carolina Unemployment Insurance Tax (UI Tax). The UI Tax – also known as South Carolina’s version of “SUTA” – is imposed on employers and paid to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) and which ...
One of the provisions included in the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allows an employer and self-employed individuals to defer the payment of the employer’s share of social security taxes (not Medicare taxes) or the corresponding portion of self-employment taxes. The option is available for payments that would otherwise be required to be made between March 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020. No special election is required and deferred amounts will be reported on a forthcoming revised Form 941 (future guidance will address how to report deferrals for ...
On April 13, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Revenue issued SC Information Letter #20-8 with updated guidance concerning COVID-19 related filing and payment extensions. This guidance provides:
- Filing Deadlines Extended. South Carolina tax relief to July 15, 2020, now applies to all taxpayers that have an income tax, franchise tax, or corporate license fee filing or payment deadline (originally or pursuant to a valid extension) between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020. Individuals (including individuals working or living outside the United States), corporations ...
The IRS issued Notice 2020-23 on April 9, 2020 and announced that the deadline for making estimated tax payments for the second quarter 2020, due June 15, 2020, has been extended to July 15, 2020. This notice supplements prior IRS guidance extending the deadline for making estimated tax payment for the first quarter of 2020 to July 15, 2020. Now, all 2020 estimated tax payments due on or before June 15th are due on July 15, 2020. Interest and penalties do not apply to these estimated tax payment extensions.
In the late hours of March 25, 2020, the United States Senate met to vote on a third “Coronavirus” bill to provide relief to the American people. The Senate ultimately passed H.R. 748—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or “CARES Act.” Two days later, the House followed suit and sent the bill the President for his approval. The Act contains many stimulus provisions, even some that affect recently-amended Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) sections. This post covers an important amendment to Section 172, which governs the use of “net operating ...
On March 27, 2020 the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act or Act), H.R. 748, became law. The Act provides eligible employers a tax credit against employment taxes equal to 50% of qualified wages. The credit is determined quarterly and effectively capped at $5,000 per eligible employee.
Eligible employers include any employer that was carrying on a trade or business in 2020 whose operations were impacted by the Coronavirus crisis. Two tests are used to determine whether a business was impacted by the Coronavirus. The tests are applied quarterly. The ...
The CARES Act, enacted on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions that change the rules for employee benefit plans, ranging from providing greater access to retirement benefits and HSA funds to offering funding relief to single-employer pension plans.
The CARES Act adds a new tax-favored withdrawal option that applies to the following types of retirement plans: IRAs, qualified plans (e.g., profit sharing and 401(k) plans), 403(a) and (b) plans, and 457(b) governmental plans. The withdrawal is permitted only if it is a Coronavirus-related distribution, which is defined as a ...
The COVID-19 or Coronavirus has disrupted demand in many industries and is wreaking havoc on budgets and cash flow projections. On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act or Act), H.R. 748, became law. The CARES Act seeks to incentivize employers to retain their employees and to provide enhanced unemployment benefits for employees who are not retained. The CARES Act contains a number of tax related provisions to assist employers.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Act establishes a forgivable loan program (the Paycheck Protection Program ...
March 25, 2020 – The IRS announced a major suspension of many “tax compliance” dates and tax collection measures. Published in IRS Information Release 2020-59 as the “People First Initiative”, the IRS announced that it is “temporarily adjusting our processes to help people and businesses during these uncertain times” and where the announced changes range from postponing certain payments related to Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise to suspending tax collection measures and limiting certain enforcement actions. The IRS will be announcing more ...
On March 17, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Revenue announced, through SC Information Letter #20-3, that all South Carolina tax filing and payment deadlines starting on April 1, 2020 were extended to June 1, 2020. Penalties and interest are waived by SCDOR during this period. This includes not only state income taxes, but also sales taxes, admission taxes, and other taxes administered by SCDOR.
The IRS had initially announced that the due date for 2019 federal income tax payments was extended to July 15, 2019, but that the April 15th tax return filing date was not extended. The ...
On March 18, 2020 President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act) to provide relief to employees and small and midsize businesses. The Act is effective until December 31, 2020. The Act requires covered employers, except those with fewer than 50 employees who receive an exemption, to provide the following:
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick time at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or ...
The IRS announced today that it has temporarily closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers and discontinued face-to-face service throughout the country until further notice. The IRS also announced that it is continuing to process tax returns, issue refunds, and help taxpayers through this difficult time.
In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Tuesday that Americans will have until July 15th to pay their 2019 federal income taxes – and without late payment penalties or interest during this extended payment due date. The IRS has now followed with the issuance of specific guidance in IRS Notice 2020-17.
Under the new IRS notice, any person with a Federal income tax payment due April 15, 2020, is affected by the COVID-19 emergency and is considered an “Affected Taxpayer”.
For an Affected Taxpayer, the due date for making ...
In what is appearing to be a fairly fluid situation with the United States Treasury Department and the IRS, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced, via Twitter, that not only tax payments but also the filing of individual tax returns will be extended from April 15 to July 15. Secretary Mnuchin specifically tweeted that “At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”
This tweet from the Treasury Secretary represents a ...
In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Tuesday that Americans will have until July 15th to pay their 2019 federal income taxes – and without late payment penalties or interest during this extended payment due date. No special filing with the IRS is required for this payment extension. The announced payment extensions are limited, however. Individuals can defer payment of up to $1 million in taxes, and corporations can defer payment of up to $10 million, and without penalties or interest. Individuals and businesses with 2019 ...
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