Federal Stimulus Package and the New PPP Changes
News of a Federal Stimulus Package and changes to the PPP is now official, offering some new financial relief tools to business, individuals, and specific sectors.
The State of California also offered new information and gateways to financial resources through the State. You can find more details on the state stimulus here.
Here is a breakdown by topic. Please read carefully:
Stimulus Payments to Families
The Federal Stimulus Package includes another round of nontaxable direct payments to qualifying individuals. Amounts of up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for a married couple filing jointly, plus $600 for each dependent child under the age of 17 will be sent based on 2019 filing information.
Payments begin phasing out once adjusted gross income exceeds $75,000 for a single taxpayer and $150,000 for a married couple. As was the case with the first round of payments, this second payment represents an advance on a tax credit that will be reconciled on the 2020 tax filing.
The bill provides an additional $300 per week through March 14, 2021. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that expands unemployment benefits to self-employed and others in nontraditional employment was extended as well, with the maximum number of eligible weeks increased to 50 weeks.
An additional $100 of extra benefit may also be available for certain workers who have both wage and self-employment income. Unemployment compensation received is taxable income to the recipient.
PPP Loan Program Highlights
Small businesses have access to a new round of funding for PPP Loans. The Federal Stimulus Package could not be meaningful without improving the PPP Loans program of 2020. Therefore, the PPP Loan Program has been revised and updated. The revised program has the following major changes:
Second PPP Loan
Businesses can take a second Paycheck Protection (PPP) Loan (up to $2 million) once a first round of PPP Loan funds have been exhausted. Borrowers must have fewer than 300 employees (down from 500). Additionally, the business must be able to establish a 25% drop in gross receipts during a quarter in 2020 relative to that same quarter in 2019.
Usage of proceeds will follow the same protocol as round one loans. Consequently, loans will be equal to the lesser of 2.5 multiplied by average monthly payroll costs for the one-year period before the loan is made or calendar year 2019, or $2 million. The hospitality industry, however, will use a multiple of 3.5
For borrowers who have not yet received forgiveness, four new types of expenses are eligible non-payroll uses of PPP funds and eligible for up to 40% of total forgiveness.
- 1Certain operations costs such as software or cloud computing services or administrative costs
- 2public disturbance related property damage/vandalism/looting costs not covered by insurance
- 3Covered supplier costs
- 4Covered worker protection costs
EIDL Loan & Grant Highlights
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is accepting applications (Apply here). The latest Federal Stimulus Package enables and offers some updates:
Employee Retention Tax Credit Highlights
As part of the Federal Stimulus Package, the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is extended to July 1, 2021. Businesses may now take the ERC and the PPP, but the wages used in computing the ERC are not forgivable costs under the PPP program.
Employee Retention Credit is explained in details in this separate article.
For periods in 2021, the following changes apply to the ERC:
Additional Federal Stimulus Package Highlights
Other Credits and Deductions
- 1Business meals from a restaurant will be 100% deductible for 2021 and 2022, rather than 50%.
- 2Above-the-line charitable donations for non-itemizers will be available in 2021 as well and increased to $600 for those married filing jointly in 2021.
- 3The increased individual AGI threshold from 60% to 100% and increased corporate limitation from 10% to 25% of taxable income for qualifying cash contributions is extended through 2021.
- 4A special temporary rule allows taxpayers taking the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Child Tax Credit the ability to use income from their 2019 tax year to determine a 2020 credit.
- 5Favorable depreciation rules for taxpayers electing out of tax code Section 163(j) business interest expense limitation rules.
- 6Educators’ deductible costs now include personal protective equipment and other coronavirus prevention related supplies.
- 7Farmers may elect to retain the two-year carryback of a net operating loss (NOL), rather than claim a five-year carryback as provided for in the CARES Act. Farmers may also revoke the election to waive the carryback of an NOL.
- 8The employee portion of certain payroll taxes deferred under President Trump’s memorandum on wages paid from Sept. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020 have an extended repayment period now through Dec. 31, 2021, rather than April 30, 2021.
- 9Taxpayers can roll unused health and dependent care flexible spending amounts from 2020 to 2021, and from 2021 to 2022.
This Federal Stimulus Package bill provides significant relief to businesses and individuals alike. There are many areas of complexity, but overall, is provides real value to those impacted by Covid-19.
Please reach out if you would like help with any applications. It is important you read and understand these articles and guides before reaching out.