PPP forgiveness and repayment: What businesses need to know now
July 23, 2021 COVID-19
PPP forgiveness and repayment: What businesses need to know now

A critical deadline is approaching for many of the businesses that have received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created in March 2020 by the CARES Act. If these borrowers don’t take action before the deadline expires, their loans will become standard loans, and the borrowers could be responsible for repaying the […]

IRS continues to address COVID-related leave
July 16, 2021 COVID-19
IRS continues to address COVID-related leave

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law earlier this year, amended and extended the tax credits available to eligible employers that provide paid sick and family leave. This relief is consistent with the COVID-related leave originally provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act enacted in March of 2020. Just last month, the […]

EEOC addresses requiring and incentivizing COVID-19 vaccination
June 4, 2021 COVID-19
EEOC addresses requiring and incentivizing COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccines for COVID-19 have been available for months now. As of this writing, about half of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated, and many more than that have had at least one shot. Yet, in all this time, employers haven’t received much guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the […]

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is now live
May 6, 2021 COVID-19
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is now live

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected various industries in very different ways. Widespread lockdowns and discouraged movement have led to increased profitability for some manufacturers and many big-box retailers. The restaurant industry, however, has had a much harder go of it — especially smaller, privately owned businesses in economically challenged areas. In response, the Small Business Administration (SBA) […]

Employers get more relief from failure-to-deposit employment tax penalties
April 27, 2021 COVID-19
Employers get more relief from failure-to-deposit employment tax penalties

Under the Internal Revenue Code, an employer would typically be penalized for failing to deposit certain federal employment taxes by the designated deadline. Examples include deposits of withheld income taxes and FICA taxes. However, the IRS recently provided additional penalty relief for employers who have failed to timely deposit their employment taxes because those deposits […]

Some employers are incentivizing employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations
April 22, 2021 COVID-19
Some employers are incentivizing employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations

As efforts continue to get as many Americans as possible vaccinated against COVID-19, employers are contemplating their roles — with many already taking action. If your organization has yet to formally decide on how openly you wish to push employees to get inoculated, it’s not too late. You still have time to roll out a […]

Changes to premium tax credit could increase penalty risk for some businesses
April 16, 2021 COVID-19
Changes to premium tax credit could increase penalty risk for some businesses

The premium tax credit (PTC) is a refundable credit that helps individuals and families pay for insurance obtained from a Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly known as an “Exchange”). A provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the credit. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law in March 2021, made several significant enhancements […]

From FFCRA to ARPA: the latest on paid COVID-related leave
April 8, 2021 COVID-19
From FFCRA to ARPA: the latest on paid COVID-related leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was among the first major laws enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows employees paid sick time and paid family leave time to care for themselves or loved ones during the ongoing public health crisis. In turn, eligible employers can claim tax credits to offset the […]

Updated guidance for impairment testing: When to consider triggering events
April 2, 2021 COVID-19
Updated guidance for impairment testing: When to consider triggering events

On March 30, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) published an updated accounting standard on events that trigger an impairment test under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This simplified alternative may provide relief to private companies and not-for-profit entities that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you should know. Simplified […]

EIDL loans, restaurant grants offer relief to struggling small businesses
March 31, 2021 COVID-19
EIDL loans, restaurant grants offer relief to struggling small businesses

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law in early March, aims at offering widespread financial relief to individuals and employers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The law specifically targets small businesses in many of its provisions. If you own a small company, you may want to explore funding via the Small Business […]

PPP application deadline extended
March 30, 2021 COVID-19
PPP application deadline extended

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, thus providing potential PPP borrowers additional time to submit their applications. The law doesn’t provide the PPP with any additional funding. However, $7.25 billion in […]

Cafeteria-plan DCAPs get temporary boost from COVID-19 relief act
March 29, 2021 COVID-19
Cafeteria-plan DCAPs get temporary boost from COVID-19 relief act

Many employers use cafeteria plans to offer employees a menu of benefits from which to choose. Under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, participants in a cafeteria plan must be permitted to opt for at least one taxable benefit (such as cash) and one qualified benefit. Chosen benefits are then provided on a pretax basis. […]