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SBA and Treasury reopen Paycheck Protection Program

January 11, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department relaunched the Paycheck Protection Program on Monday to new borrowers, prioritizing loans from community lenders. The program, funded with $284.5 billion thanks to the latest stimulus package passed by Congress late last month, opened Monday to so-called “first draw” PPP loans for those small businesses who didn’t take advantage of the program last year. “Second draw” PPP loans will be available starting Wednesday. Initially only community financial institutions will be able to make the first-draw and second-draw loans, but the SBA and the Treasury said Friday that the program would be open to other lenders shortly thereafter.

  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • federal tax
  • practice management

PPP application forms released

January 09, 2021

The US Small Business Administration and Treasury released borrower loan application forms Friday night for the rebooted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will launch Monday, initially for select lenders and borrowers before a broader opening takes place a few days later

  • coronavirus
  • federal tax

New PPP guidance issued by SBA, Treasury

January 07, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury issued guidance late Wednesday night for the reconstituted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The guidance came in the form of two interim final rules (IFRs).

  • coronavirus
  • federal tax

Labor Department finalizes rule on employee vs. independent contractor status

January 06, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule Wednesday to clarify the standard for determining whether a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor. The rule is one of many contentious regulations that the Trump administration has been rushing to finalize in its waning days and is likely to have an impact on labor relations, pay scales and benefits for workers. It also has an impact on the taxes they pay and whether taxes need to be withheld from their paychecks or simply reported on a Form 1099 and sent to them before Jan. 31. More companies in recent decades have been classifying their workers as independent contractors as opposed to full-time employees to save on salaries and benefits, and that trend has only accelerated in recent years with the growth of the gig economy.

  • business and industry
  • advocacy - federal
  • career resources
  • federal tax
  • practice management

Guidance permits change in vehicle use valuation during pandemic

January 05, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS is allowing employers to switch from the vehicle lease valuation method to the cents-per-mile method (57.5 cents for 2020, 56 cents for 2021) for determining the value of an employee’s personal use of a vehicle during the pandemic (Notice 2021-7). Because many businesses have either closed or switched to telecommuting, employers have noticed that using the Regs. Sec. 1.61-21(d) automobile lease valuation rule has resulted in an increase in the lease value required to be included in an employee’s income for personal use of a vehicle in 2020 compared with earlier years. In contrast, the cents-per-mile method produces a more accurate income inclusion.

  • coronavirus
  • federal tax

IRS releases 2020 Progress Update; annual report details unprecedented year

January 05, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service today released its 2020 annual report describing the agency's work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

  • federal tax

Managing warehousing in a changed world

January 05, 2021

The global COVID-19 crisis is accelerating the transformation of the warehousing sector. A surge in online retailing and global supply chain uncertainties, combined with the departure of the UK from the European customs union, present new challenges for CFOs and other financial professionals.

  • federal tax

COVID-19 relief bill addresses key PPP issues

December 27, 2020

President Donald Trump on Sunday night signed into law the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed Dec. 21 by Congress. Trump had said he would not sign the bill because he wanted $2,000 stimulus checks for individuals instead of the $600 in the legislation. His signature Sunday came a day after unemployment benefits expired for millions of Americans and only hours before the federal government would have shut down due to a temporary funding bill expiring.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

PPP expense deductibility and forgiveness raises basis, other issues

December 27, 2020

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA 2021), H.R. 133, Division N, Section 276, provides that deductions are allowed for otherwise deductible expenses paid with the proceeds of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan that is forgiven and that the tax basis and other attributes of the borrower’s assets will not be reduced as a result of the loan forgiveness. CAA 2021 passed both houses of Congress on Dec. 21, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 27.

  • coronavirus
  • federal tax