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American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by the Senate on Saturday, March 6 and in the House on Wednesday, March 10. The $1.9 trillion relief bill now heads to President Biden’s desk. He signed the bill into law on Thursday, March 11. Read on for details on the provisions included in the ARPA. […]

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program has been allocated $55 million to provide funding to small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The funds will be distributed to 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDO). The EDOs will be responsible for reviewing, approving, and disbursing funds to businesses in their area. […]

Key Changes to the Employee Retention Credit

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law. A recent article from JD Supra outlines two key provisions included in the act that make changes to the employee retention credit. Established by the CARES Act, the employee retention credit was designed to incentivize employers to maintain their staff […]

New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance Released

On Wednesday, January 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury issued joint guidance regarding the latest updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as amended by the recent COVID-19 relief bill. A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers an overview of the guidance, which includes the following items: An interim […]

Congress Enacts Additional Stimulus Legislation

On December 22, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA2021), which includes $892 billion in coronavirus stimulus spending. This long-awaited and highly contested piece of legislation ties coronavirus relief funding into a $1.4 trillion resolution for funding the federal government through September of next year. The nearly $900 billion in stimulus funds comprises […]

IRS Releases Anticipated Guidance Regarding PPP Loans and Expense Deductibility

On November 18, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Ruling 2020-27 and Revenue Procedure 2020-51. The two releases offer clarification regarding the non-deductibility of expenses that contribute to the forgiveness of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Author Sally Schreiber breaks down the contents and significance of the two releases in an article […]

SBA and Treasury Release New PPP Waiver

On October 8, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury announced the release of a simplified forgiveness process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) participants that received loans of $50,000 or less. The agencies published a new interim final rule offering guidance for recipients of PPP loans equal to or less than $50,000 (“eligible […]

SBA Clarifies Due Date of PPP Forgiveness Applications

On October 13, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released clarifying guidance regarding the due date of forgiveness applications for loans issued via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). A recent article from the Journal of Accountancy offers an overview of the controversy surrounding the issue. Many borrowers were surprised to find that the PPP loan […]

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 […]

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. […]