Guidance Issued on Deferral of Payroll Taxes

For the period between September 1 and December 31, 2020, employers can opt out of withholding the 6.2% payroll tax that is the employee’s share of Social Security taxes. The deferral is only available to employees that earn less than the equivalent of an annual salary of $104,000. If the employer chooses to defer collection, the taxes would then be due no later than April 30, 2021.

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Unique IRA Opportunities for 2020 as a Result of COVID-19

As hard as it has been financially for many individuals, the year has provided some unique tax opportunities for those who have traditional IRA accounts. These range from converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs, retirees making larger-than-normal IRA withdrawals and the decision whether to take advantage of the required minimum distribution suspension for 2020.

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Why It’s Important to Keep and File IRS Notice 1444

The IRS is mailing all recipients of economic impact payments, commonly referred to as stimulus checks, a copy of Notice 1444 that provides information about the amount of their payment, how the payment was made and how to report any payment that wasn’t received.

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Guidance on the PPP Loan Forgiveness Revised Forms

On June 16 and 17, 2020 the Small Business Administration (SBA) released revised loan forgiveness application forms and also provided additional guidance for a few provisions under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. We believe further guidance may be forthcoming; however, the following information will be helpful as borrowers begin the process of applying for loan forgiveness.

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What Is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020?

Congress has continued to legislate for the small business community, specifically targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. On June 3, 2020, the Senate approved House Bill 7010 which is commonly referred to as the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. This bill provides some flexibility to small businesses in complying with the terms of the PPP loan. A few key features of this bill are summarized below.

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It’s Finally Here: Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance on May 22, 2020 specifically related to the loan forgiveness piece of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. Although we received a glimpse of this guidance in the most recently released loan forgiveness application there were some new developments that we will clarify below.

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Clarifications on the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

This past weekend the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the loan forgiveness application for borrowers who received funds under a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. We are still anticipating formal guidance to be issued in the next few days from the SBA, but the application form itself provides some answers to questions we have been tackling in recent days.

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An Important Update on Returning PPP Loan Funds

We recently addressed the question, “do I need to consider returning my PPP loan funds?”. The SBA had provided guidance that if any borrower returns their funds by May 14, the borrower will have been deemed to make their PPP loan certification in good faith. However, today on May 13, the SBA has issued additional guidance regarding the good faith certification.

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