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PPP, Stimulus Checks, and Unemployment Update | ​Journal of Accountancy

PPP Round 2 will be open to 
  • PPP Round one (1) recipients who,
  • Have 300 or less employees.         
  • Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan.       
  • Can show a 25% gross revenue decline in any 2020 quarter compared with the same quarter in 2019.
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While not law just yet, it is expected to be signed by the president as soon as today.

While we know many key details, there are some key details we don't know, especially regarding the PPP Loan Program. The most pressing in my mind are bank participation and when applications will be accepted as some time will be needed to restart the program.
Additional details will be forthcoming and the below summary will probably be updated over the coming days for additional details and clarifications.

Below, I summarize the key provisions in the bill:​

PPP Round 2 & EIDL

 $325 billion in aid for small businesses struggling after nine months of pandemic-induced economic hardships.  
  • $284 billion to the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) for first and second PPP forgivable small business loans and 
  • $20 billion to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Grants to businesses in low-income communities. 
  • $15 billion in dedicated funding  for shuttered live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions 
  • $12 billion will be set aside to help business in low-income and minority communities.   

Stimulus Checks

 $166 billion for economic impact payments of          
  • $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 per year and       
  • $1,200 for married couples making up to $150,000 per year, as well as a     
  • $600 payment for each child dependent.     

Supplemental Unemployment

$120 billion to provide workers receiving unemployment benefits a       
  • $300 per week supplement from Dec. 26 until March 14, 2021.       
  • This bill also extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, with expanded coverage to the self-employed, gig workers, and others in nontraditional employment, and the Pandemic Emergency  Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which provides additional weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits to individuals who exhaust their regular state benefits. 
Other Provisions           
 $25 billion in emergency rental aid and an extension of the national eviction moratorium through Jan. 31, 2021.  
 $45 billion in transportation funding, including          
  • $16 billion for airlines,          
  • $14 billion for transit systems,          
  • $10 billion for state highways,         
  • $2 billion each for airports and intercity buses, and        
  • $1 billion for Amtrak.          
$82 billion in funding for colleges and schools, including support for HVAC repair and replacement to mitigate virus transmission, and  
$10 billion in child care assistance.          
$22 billion for health-related expenses incurred by state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments.   
$13 billion for emergency food assistance, including a 15% increase for six months in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. 
$7 billion for broadband expansion.          
  The bill also extends the           
  • Employee retention tax credit and several expiring tax provisions

​   and temporarily allows a             

Business Meals 100% Deductible

  • 100% business expense deduction for meals (rather than the current 50%) as long as the expense is for food or beverages provided by a restaurant. This provision is effective for expenses incurred after Dec. 31, 2020, and expires at the end of 2022.

PPP Round two (2) Who is eligible to apply
PPP Round one (1) recipients (PPP1) may apply for another loan of up to $2 million, provided they:             
  •  Have 300 or fewer employees.         
  •  Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan.       
  •  Can show a 25% gross revenue decline in any 2020 quarter compared with the same quarter in 2019.
First-time PPP borrowers will also permitted from the following groups:      
  • Businesses with 500 or fewer employees that are eligible for other SBA 7(a) loans.    
  • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and eligible self-employed individuals.    
  • Not-for-profits, including churches.         
  • Accommodation and food services operations (those with North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes starting with 72) with fewer than 300 employees per physical location.  

PPP loan terms           
As with PPP Round 1 (PPP1), the costs eligible for loan forgiveness in PPP Round 2 (PPP2) include payroll, rent, covered mortgage interest, and utilities. 
PPP2 also makes (adds) the following potentially forgivable:       
  • Covered worker protection and facility modification expenditures, including personal protective equipment, to comply with COVID-19 federal health and safety guidelines.  
  • Expenditures to suppliers that are essential at the time of purchase to the recipient’s current operations.  
  • Covered operating costs such as software and cloud computing services and accounting needs.   
To be eligible for full loan forgiveness, PPP borrowers will have to spend no less than 60% of the funds on payroll over a covered period of either eight (8) or twenty-four (24) weeks — the same parameters PPP1 had when it stopped accepting applications in August.
PPP borrowers may receive a loan amount of up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll costs in the year prior to the loan or the calendar year, the same as with PPP1, but the maximum loan amount has been cut from $10 million in the first round to the previously mentioned $2 million maximum. PPP borrowers with NAICS codes starting with 72 (hotels and restaurants) can get up to 3.5 times their average monthly payroll costs, again subject to a $2 million maximum.

Simplified application and other terms of note              
 The new COVID-19 relief bill also:          
  • Creates a simplified forgiveness application process for loans of $150,000 or less. Specifically, a borrower shall receive forgiveness if a borrower signs and submits to the lender a certification that is not more than one page in length, includes a description of the number of employees the borrower was able to retain because of the loan, the estimated total amount of the loan spent on payroll costs, and the total loan amount. The SBA must create the simplified application form within 24 days of the bill’s enactment and may not require additional materials unless necessary to substantiate revenue loss requirements or satisfy relevant statutory or regulatory requirements. Borrowers are required to retain relevant records related to employment for four years and other records for three years, as the SBA may review and audit these loans to check for fraud. 

This post first appeared on Growth, Profits, & Wealth Blog By Travis Raml, CPA, please read the originial post: here

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