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. […]

COBRA provisions play critical role in COVID-19 relief law
March 25, 2021 COVID-19
COBRA provisions play critical role in COVID-19 relief law

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees and their families have lost group health plan coverage because of layoffs or reduced hours. If your business has had to take such steps, and it’s required to offer continuing health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) […]

Latest COVID-relief law addresses underfunded multiemployer pensions
March 23, 2021 COVID-19
Latest COVID-relief law addresses underfunded multiemployer pensions

A multiemployer pension is generally a defined benefit plan to which more than one employer is required to contribute and is maintained pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. Many multiemployer pensions are expected to become insolvent in coming years. In fact, because of the number of pensions facing insolvency, and the total amount of unfunded […]

New law tax break may make child care less expensive
March 23, 2021 COVID-19
New law tax break may make child care less expensive

The new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides eligible families with an enhanced child and dependent care credit for 2021. This is the credit available for expenses a taxpayer pays for the care of qualifying children under the age of 13 so that the taxpayer can be gainfully employed. Note that a credit reduces your […]

New COVID-19 relief law extends employee retention credit
March 19, 2021 COVID-19
New COVID-19 relief law extends employee retention credit

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which was created to encourage employers to keep their workforces intact during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been with us for a year. But questions about it remain for many employers. With the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) extending the credit and expanding eligibility — and the credit worth as […]

FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 17
March 17, 2021 COVID-19
FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 17

Updated 3/24/2021 (adding states that have also extended deadlines) The IRS has announced that the federal income tax filing deadline for individuals for the 2020 tax year is extended from April 15, 2021, until Monday, May 17, 2021. The IRS extended the deadline to provide relief to taxpayers facing challenges as a result of the […]

The American Rescue Plan Act provides sweeping relief measures for eligible families and businesses
March 16, 2021 COVID-19
The American Rescue Plan Act provides sweeping relief measures for eligible families and businesses

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion law is intended to provide far-reaching relief from the economic and other repercussions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to funding for testing, contact tracing, vaccinations, education, and state and local governments, the ARPA includes extensive […]