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IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Payroll Tax Deferral

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 tax equivalent) due between September 1, 2020, and the end of the year. The deferral applies to employees who [Read More]

SBA and Treasury Release Additional PPP Guidance

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 compensation – For the purposes of calculating loan forgiveness, C-corporation and S-corporation owners who hold less than a 5% stake [Read More]

SBA Issues 23 New PPP FAQs

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: General Guidance - The first three FAQs cover broad subjects: which forgiveness application should be used by sole proprietors, independent contractors, and [Read More]

PPP Gets Five-Week Extension

On Wednesday, July 1, the House agreed unanimously to an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The five-week extension originated in the Senate on Tuesday, where it was approved late in the evening. President Trump signed the bill into law on Saturday, July 4.  With around $129 billion of loan funds still available through the PPP, the application window closed on Tuesday, June 30 at midnight. However, this extension means that the U.S. Small [Read More]

SBA PPP Guidance Update—June 25-26, 2020

Late last week, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) released yet another round of guidance updates regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The areas covered by this latest release are maturity dates and loan amounts. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers a brief overview of the guidance update. The additional guidance was released in the form of new and updated PPP FAQ questions on the SBA website. Here are details of [Read More]

SBA Releases Guidance Regarding Early PPP Loan Forgiveness

On June 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional guidance regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy summarizes the information contained in the release. The new interim final rule primarily addresses changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. This is the second round of guidance following the new legislation. It seeks to respond to inquiries regarding applying early for PPP loan [Read More]

Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

On Wednesday night, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. This new legislation makes key adjustments to the timeline for spending Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and revises how loan recipients are required to allocate the money. Here is a brief overview of the key provisions contained in the bill: Loan recipients now have 24 weeks to spend the funds. Previously, they had to use all the money within eight [Read More]

FASB Confirms Revenue Recognition Standards Delay

On Wednesday, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced a broad extension of the revenue recognition standard effective date. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy examines the reasoning behind the board’s decision. Prior to this final vote, FASB released a more limited proposal that would adjust the effective date of the revenue recognition standard just for non-public franchisors. During the comment period, it became clear that all nonpublic entities desired an adjustment to [Read More]

SBA Releases Application for PPP Loan Forgiveness

On Friday, May 15, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced an important release for borrowers who received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bureau made public a form and instructions for borrowers to use to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. The application must be completed and submitted to the lender that serviced the borrower’s PPP loan. It includes the following four components: A form for calculating the PPP loan forgiveness amount A PPP [Read More]

New SBA Guidance Regarding Paycheck Protection Program

On May 13, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). They added a highly anticipated new question to their lengthy FAQ: “How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?” One of the requirements when submitting a PPP loan application is a self-certification by the applicant that the loan is necessary to support their ongoing operations in light of the current economic [Read More]

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