Last updated 12/31/2020
December 21, 2020: Congress passed new legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, that included much needed COVID-19 relief. Key provisions include:
Ensures tax deductibility for business expenses paid with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds.
$325 billion for a second round of PPP loans along with $20 billion in Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants. States certain businesses that received first round PPP loans are eligible for the second round loans.
$166 billion for additional economic impact payments (EIP or stimulus payments) of $600 per person with up to $75,000 prior year AGI or $1,200 per married filing jointly couples with up to $150,000 AGI, plus $600 per child dependent.
$120 billion in supplemental federal unemployment benefits of $300 per week from December 26, 2020, to March 14, 2021.
$25 billion in emergency rental aid and an extension of the national eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021.
$45 billion in transportation funding for airlines, airports, transit systems, state highways, intercity buses and Amtrak.
$82 billion in funding for colleges and schools; $10 billion in child care assistance.
$22 billion in funding for health-related expenses for state and local governments.
$13 billion in funding for emergency food assistance.
$7 billion in funding for broadband expansion.
June 5, 2020: Congress passed new legislation changing the requirements surrounding loan forgiveness for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 extends the forgiveness period from 8 weeks to 24, changes percentages of payroll/non-payroll costs from 75/25 to 60/40, and changed the loan maturity from 2 years to 5 years (only for those loans originating on 6/5/2020 or later.) See a simple SBA loan comparison chart here.
April 13, 2020: The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2020-23 (pdf) expanding the extended July 15th deadline to 2nd quarter estimated tax payments normally due June 15th(Forms 1040-ES, 1120-W, etc.), Exempt Organization Returns (Form 990 series), Trust and Estate Returns (Form 1041 series), Gift Tax Returns (Form 709 series), and more. This expands relief given in Notice 2020-20 (pdf).
April 10, 2020: IRS Launches Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Registration Web Tools at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments to update payment information and check payment status. Tool for "Filers" available by April 17th.
Tax Filing and Payment Due Dates: The Treasury Department and the IRS per Notice 2020-18 (PDF), along with the California Franchise Tax Board, have automatically extended the April 15th due date to July 15th, 2020. This includes any income tax returns and payments that were due on April 15th. No special extension needs to be filed. At this time, the automatic extension does not apply to excise or estate tax. Notice 2020-20 (PDF) extended filing and payment of gift tax to July 15th, 2020. Notice 2020-22 (PDF) provides that employers may pay qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages (as required by the Families First Act) or qualified wages (pursuant to the CARES Act) using employment taxes that otherwise would be required to be deposited, but without incurring a failure to deposit penalty. For more information, go to: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/filing-and-payment-deadlines-questions-and-answers
Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Economic Impact Payments for Individuals and Families: As part of the CARES Act, individuals should receive up to $1,200 each and $500 per dependent under the age of 17 whose Adjusted Gross Income is under certain amounts. The payment will be based upon information on your TY2019 income tax returns or TY2018 if you have yet to file. This is an advance of a refundable tax credit. The advance of the credit will be reconciled on your TY2020 tax returns. This means you may either be due more or need to repay a portion or all of the credit once it is reconciled with your TY2020 income. The Adjusted Gross Income maximum amounts for full credit are $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married filing jointly couples. The credit is reduced by $5 of each $100 above those amounts until you reach $99,000 for individuals and $198,000 for MFJ couples, at which point the credit is completely phased out (unavailable.) For more information regarding these payments go to: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
CARES Act Temporary Business Loan Programs: The act established two new funding programs through the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses through the economic turmoil associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for a comparison of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
FFCRA For Employers: Certain employers are to provide two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave to qualifying employees. Covered employers qualify for a tax credit for qualifying wages paid under FFCRA. For more information, go to https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
IRS Corona Virus Tax Relief https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Small Business Administration Coronavirus Small Business Guidance https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act (PDF)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (PDF)
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