COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of American businesses, but perhaps none have been as severely affected as small business owners. Surviving this disaster will require more than just time: you will need to take a pragmatic view of what has happened and what steps you are willing and able to take in order to bounce back. Here are our suggestions:
Special Benefits May Apply to You
The CARES Act includes Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provisions that extend and supplement state-provided unemployment insurance and are intended to lessen the financial burdens on individuals who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 emergency by allowing states to extend unemployment benefits up to 13 weeks and waiving the normal one-week waiting period. The provisions also extend the benefits to individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or otherwise ineligible for regular unemployment compensation.
President Trump has signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPP & HCE Act), a $484 billion package which was passed by both the Senate and the House the week of April 20, 2020.
The IRS has already sent out 80 million stimulus payments to taxpayers that included their direct deposit information on their most recently filed 2019 or 2018 return. So, if you had filed either your 2019 or 2018 return before the direct deposits were issued, you should already have the money in the bank, UNLESS:
Congress has provided a refundable employer retention credit available to all qualifying employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations to help businesses retain employees and keep them employed during the COVID-19 crisis. To qualify for the credit, employers must fall into one of two categories:
As part of the stimulus package to help offset the financial damage inflicted on businesses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Congress restored the ability of businesses that suffer a loss to carry those losses back and recover taxes paid in prior years. The limitation on business interest deductions has also been relaxed, as has the business loss limitation for larger businesses. The legislative package also made a long-awaited beneficial retroactive correction to treatment of qualified improvement property. These changes allow affected taxpayers to recover taxes paid in earlier years, thus providing badly needed cash during these trying times.
What Employers Need to Know
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has begun to initiate an economic downturn and spurred a series of rapid responses on the part of the government. There have been so many proposals and versions floated regarding employee policies during the public health emergency that employers are understandably confused. Though there was an initial belief that the crisis would require businesses to make permanent reductions in their work force in order to survive, the final version of the Act may make these types of drastic actions unnecessary.
The IRS has postponed the due date for filing Federal income tax returns and tax payments due on April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020. Below are the specifics of those postponements.
The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting every facet of our lives – including our taxes. Check here for all your FAQs to see how you may be impacted.
The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (Cares Act) includes many tax and financial breaks for both individuals and businesses. We broke down many of the essential elements and how they can assist you and your business during this troubling time.