Update to EIDL

Major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program  have been announced!

 EIDLE is a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms, and hotels.

Program Updates

  • Increasing the Lending Cap: The SBA will lift the COVID EIDL cap from $500,000 to $2 million. Loan funds can be used for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt.
  • Implementation of a Deferred Payment Period: The SBA will ensure small business owners will not have to begin COVID EIDL repayment until two years after loan origination so that they can get through the pandemic without having to worry about making ends meet.
  • Establishment of a 30-Day Exclusivity Window: The SBA will implement a 30-day exclusivity window of approving and disbursing funds for loans of $500,000 or less. Approval and disbursement of loans over $500,000 will begin after the 30-day period.
  • Expansion of Eligible Use of Funds: COVID EIDL funds will now be eligible to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.
  • Simplification of affiliation requirements: The SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

About the COVID EIDL Program

In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and territories can apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The purpose of EIDL is for small businesses to meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

How to apply

Eligible small businesses, nonprofits, and agricultural businesses in all U.S. states and territories can apply. Visit www.sba.gov/eidl to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021. All applicants should file their applications as soon as possible.

 

If you need assistance applying call us at 872.304.2785.

Small Business Employees Can Get Money to Reduce Their Payroll Taxes

Small Business Employees Can Get Money to Reduce Payroll Taxes

Through the American Rescue Plan, a number of critical tax benefits are being offered to small businesses to help with employee retention and paid leave credits. Available to small businesses who have seen a decline in revenues due to COVID, the employee retention credit of up to $28,000 per employee allows businesses to offset their current payroll tax liabilities.

Employee Retention Credits (ERC)

In 2020, the ERC was a tax credit against certain payroll tax that is not only 50% of the

wages up to $20,000 with a $5,000 cap per employee, but if the amount of the tax credit for an employer is more than the amount of the employer’s share of social security tax owed, the excess is paid directly to the employer.

Having been extended to the four quarters of 2021, the maximum tax credit has increased to $7,000 per employee per quarter, and the level of qualifying business disruption has been reduced so that there is a 20% decline in gross receipts during a single quarter. File amended payroll tax forms to claim the 2020 credit to receive your tax refund alongside the benefits from 2021.

Businesses that took out the PPP loan can still claim the 2020 ERC but the wages cannot be used to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. If your payroll costs were more than the amount covered by your PPP loan, you may be able to claim tax credits for those additional payroll costs.

Key Documents

Employee Retention Credit 2020 & 2021 One-pager

Employee Retention Credit Snapshot

Employee Retention Credit Quick Reference

Paid Leave Credits (PLC)

The availability of paid leave credits has been extended through September 2021 for businesses with fewer than 500 employees through the American Rescue Plan. Businesses can take dollar-for-dollar tax credits equal to wages of up to $5,000 if they offer paid leave to employees who are sick or quarantining. Under the law, businesses were required to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave to their employees as part of the CARES Act in 2020 and were entitled to a tax credit equal to 100% of the leave provided.

While it is no longer required to offer paid leave to employees, if a business does provide paid leave, then you can still claim these dollar-for-dollar tax credits for wages up until September 30th, 2021.

Key Documents

Paid Leave Credit 2020 & 2021 One-pager

Paid Leave Credit and COVID Relief

Paid Leave Credit Snapshot

To learn more contact our partner, The Joseph Center, Melissa Duff Brown, 708.697.5341 mbrown@jbs.edu

PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal: Open Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Forgiveness Portal: Opens Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching an application portal on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans $150,000 or less to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.

The application portal is a streamlined, simple pre-filled application– PPP Borrowers who qualify will be able to submit their forgiveness application directly on the portal, instead of through their lender.

This initiative will ultimately rush relief to 6.5 million small businesses.

Lenders are required to opt-in to this program – borrowers can check if their lender is participating by referencing this list.

  • The SBA is standing up a PPP customer service team to answer questions and directly assist borrowers with their forgiveness applications.  Borrowers that need assistance or have questions should call (877) 552-2692, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST.

Resources on the SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal:

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