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Late on June 3, 2020, the US Senate unanimously passed legislation that provides significant relief for PPP loan borrowers. This Senate action mirrors legislation passed earlier in the week by the US House of Representatives on a vote of 417-1. All that remains for this relief to become law is the signature of the President. While this is not guaranteed, the bipartisan legislative support makes that fairly certain.
This relief addresses many of the headwinds that businesses would otherwise face to achieve full forgiveness. The timing is especially critical as borrowers who received their loan funds early in the application process are facing the end of their 8-week forgiveness period.
8-week period extended to 24 weeks. Borrowers previously had 8 weeks from the time they received their loan proceeds to both spend their loan funds as well as restore their workforce to pre COVID-19 levels. The legislation would expand this period to 24 weeks for both purposes. Borrowers have the option to keep the 8-week period which may be advantageous under certain circumstances.
75% Test Becomes a 60% Cliff. Prior rules required that at least 75% of loan proceeds be spent on payroll-related costs to achieve full forgiveness. To the extent this 75% threshold was not met, loan forgiveness was reduced proportionally. Under the revised provisions, the 75% requirement is reduced to 60%. In a very critical change, if at least 60% of the loan proceeds are not spent on payroll-related costs, of the loan will be forgiven.
Rehire Requirement Relaxed. Previous rules provided for a reduction in loan forgiveness to the extent workforce levels were not restored to pre-COVID levels during the 8-week period – subject to a safe harbor rehire date of June 30, 2020. The new provisions would allow for workforce restoration during the new 24-week period, as well as extending the rehire amnesty period to December 31, 2020.
New Rehire Exception. The legislation provides an exemption to the workforce restoration rules for borrowers that previously reduced their workforce. There are two potential ways to qualify for this exception:
Could Not Find Qualified Employees to Rehire. To qualify, borrowers must establish an inability to rehire individuals who were employees on February 15, 2020, and an inability to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions by December 31, 2020.
Could Not Restore Business to Comparable Level. Borrower must establish an inability to return to the same level business as was in place on February 15, 2020, due to compliance requirements from HHS, CDC or OSHA.
Repayment Terms Extended. The proposed legislation extends the repayment period for 2 years to 5 years. Payments are deferred until the SBA makes a forgiveness determination. The interest rate on the loans remains at 1% throughout the 5-year repayment period.
Deferral of Payroll Taxes Extended to PPP Borrowers. The CARES Act provided employers an opportunity to defer payment of the employer share of payroll taxes for up to 2 years. This provision was available only to those who did not receive a PPP loan. The new provisions would extend this provision to all employers without regard to PPP loans.
Please contact your Kirsch CPA relationship manager if you have immediate questions at (513) 858-6040.
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The number of full-time employees will affect your PPP loan forgiveness; here are 4 things to know
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By Grace Donnelly–Reporter, Atlanta Business Chronicle
As small businesses continue to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is beginning to clarify the terms of loan forgiveness.
As of May 26, the SBA had approved more than 4.4 million loans, using a total of more than $511 billion of the $649 billion allocated for PPP funds. These borrowers are expected to spend 75% of their loans on payroll costs and the remaining 25% on rent, mortgage and utility costs during an eight-week window that begins when the funds are received in order to achieve loan forgiveness. They are also required to maintain the same level of full-time employees to qualify for full forgiveness.
Guidance issued by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department include the template for the loan forgiveness application which was released on May 15 and new rules released on May 22. There are still many questions to be answered, especially for business owners who are struggling to bring employees back to the workplace.
While updated terms for PPP loans may be passed by Congress in the coming days, attorneys from Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta answered questions last week about calculating your level of full-time employees and how it will affect loan forgiveness based on the information available now. Here are four questions to better understand how terminating, rehiring and paying workers will factor into the forgiveness process:
1. How do I calculate my full time equivalent (FTE) employees for purposes of my loan forgiveness calculations?
Congress did not define the requirements for an FTE in the CARES Act. Many people thought the definition would be based on a 30-hour work week, as full time employment is defined in the Affordable Care Act. However, on May 22 the SBA clarified that an FTE is someone who works 40 hours or more in a given week.
If you have a single employee working more than 40 hours per week, they still only count as only one FTE in forgiveness calculations.
Employers have two options when it comes to part-time workers. When calculating for loan forgiveness, each part-time worker can be counted as one half of an FTE or business owners can calculate the percentage of hours worked out of 40 and count part-time employees as that percentage of an FTE. For example, someone who worked 30 hours a week during the covered period could be counted as 75% of an FTE.
Business owners must choose one option and stick to it for their loan forgiveness application.
2. I have terminated employees in the normal course of business since receiving my PPP loan. Or I am having problems with employees refusing to come back to work. Will that affect my loan forgiveness?
According to SBA guidance, if an employee was terminated “for cause” then they can still be counted as an FTE, however “cause” was not defined. For business owners who need to terminate an employee for performance reasons, they need to document the reason to prove that it’s not driven by economics.
If an employee voluntarily resigned, you can still count them as an FTE. If a worker voluntarily asked for a reduction in hours, that employee still counts as an FTE, the SBA says. You need to have documentation of these events for the forgiveness application process.
Some employers are facing difficulties bringing back employees who were laid off as many are making more on unemployment than at their previous job. If you have written documentation of an offer to rehire before June 30 and a rejection from the employee, you do not get penalized. You can still count that person as an FTE.
You also have to notify your state unemployment office of the fact that the person rejected your offer within 30 days of receiving the rejection.
“The government is trying to get people off the unemployment rolls and onto employer paid rolls,” said [cincinnati/search/results?q=Henry M. Perlowski]Henry M. Perlowski, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory.
3. My business has been subject to local orders that required it to be closed. Therefore, I have not been able to let my employees return to work and have not paid them their normal salary or wages. How can I take advantage of the Salary and Hourly Wage Reduction Safe Harbor?
You can restore those employees by making an offer to rehire them by June 30 or you can restore their salary by June 30.
By doing this, borrowers are trying to avoid having a reduction in loan forgiveness by the same percentage as the percentage reduction in FTE employees. For example, if an employer has ten FTEs and declines to eight FTEs during the covered period, this decline by 20% makes only 80% of expenses eligible for forgiveness.
The first thing you need to do is choose a “reference period,” which is a time frame either from Feb. 15, 2019, to June 30, 2019, or from Jan. 1, 2020, to Feb. 29, 2020, or, for seasonal employers, either of these time frames or a consecutive 12-week period between May and September 2019.
Your FTE employees by June 30 will be compared to the number of employees during the reference period in order to calculate loan forgiveness.
If you had to reduce salaries or wages, but you still have the same number of FTE employees, there’s a slightly different rule.
You would have to reduce your total forgiveness amount by the total dollar amount of salary or wage reductions that are greater than 25% of base salary or wages between Jan. 1, 2020, and March 31, 2020.
For example, if a borrower reduced an employee’s weekly salary from $1,000 to $700, the first $250 is exempt from that reduction. The employer will have to take the extra $50 and multiply it by the eight weeks during the covered period, leading to a $400 reduction in loan forgiveness.
4. When should I apply for loan forgiveness?
You cannot apply for loan forgiveness until your eight-week period following the disbursement of the loan ends.
There has not been definitive clarification from the SBA about the deadline to apply for loan forgiveness.
“Some people are saying the deadline is Oct. 31, 2020, just because the top of the [loan forgiveness] application has an expiration date,” said [cincinnati/search/results?q=Mindy S. Planer]Mindy S. Planer, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory. “But I don’t know if that’s what it actually means.”
As rules and laws for the PPP loans continue to evolve, often to the benefit of the borrower, Planer says it may be advantageous to wait and see how forgiveness requirements change before submitting an application. She does encourage business owners to apply before Oct. 31.
Keep in mind that the lender has 60 days after you submit your forgiveness application to make a decision.
“You may be balancing ‘Do I submit sooner to get my money sooner? Or do I wait to maximize forgiveness?’” Planer said.
- To make TechCred more flexible for upskilling new hires, employers are no longer required to list employee names when applying for TechCred. Instead, they will identify the number of current or prospective employees they will upskill.
- To account for possible staffing changes, employers who were awarded in the October 2019, January 2020, and March 2020 rounds of TechCred may now substitute employees listed in their original application.
- Employers awarded in October 2019 and January 2020, who had credential programs interrupted by the crisis, may request to extend their 18-month award eligibility timeline.
- Employees can now earn multiple credentials during each application period.
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PPP Loan Forgiveness - Additional Guidance Issued
The SBA recently issued additional guidance on requirements for achieving forgiveness of PPP loans. This guidance came in the form of a draft PPP loan forgiveness application and related instructions. We are in the process of incorporating this guidance into an update of our previously issued comprehensive PPP Loan Forgiveness Guide and our loan forgiveness calculator. We will communicate when that update is complete.
Some significant issues concerning forgiveness were clarified while other questions remain unanswered. In addition, the US House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act on May 15, 2020. That Act includes several provisions that would significantly impact PPP loans. Senate Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump have clearly stated their opposition to the Act in total. However, a bipartisan group of legislators has expressed support for some of the business-friendly provisions specific to PPP loans. Stay tuned!
The following is a summary of some of the significant clarifications and questions that remain. Note this list is not all-inclusive.
- Confirms the eight-week period for determining forgiveness begins on the day of loan funding.
- Provides for an alternative eight-week period for payroll only, beginning on the first day of the first payroll period following loan funding. This applies to employers with bi-weekly or more frequent payroll and eliminates the need to split payroll between payroll periods.
- Did not completely resolve the question of cash vs. accrual accounting to determine eligible expenses during the eight-week period as the instructions include inconsistent language. We expect further guidance on this question.
- Provides that FTE calculations will be made assuming a 40-hour workweek. A special election allows borrowers to treat employees with more than 40 hours as 1 FTE and any employee less than 40 hours at a .5 FTE. This may be advantageous in certain circumstances.
- Provides additional calculation guidance related to the two additional tests which must be met to achieve forgiveness: maintaining total headcount and maintaining individual employee compensation at certain levels.
- Confirms the ability to meet the headcount requirement up to June 30, 2020, and provides for excluding certain employees who do not return to work even though a position was offered.
- Describes some of the documentation that will be required to be submitted to the lender in order to achieve forgiveness.
Our PPP Loan Forgiveness Guide will be updated to provide you detailed coverage of these and other pertinent topics. Please contact your Kirsch CPA relationship manager if you have immediate questions at (513) 858-6040.
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SBA provides safe harbor for PPP loans under $2 million
Businesses that together with their affiliates accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds of less than $2 million will be assumed to have performed the required certification concerning the necessity of their loan requests in good faith, according to guidance posted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Wednesday.
The guidance, provided as Question 46 in Treasury’s Q&As related to the PPP, states that borrowers with loans of more than $2 million may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances and the language of the certification and SBA guidance.
Congress established the PPP to provide relief to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, P.L. 116-136. PPP funds are available to small businesses that were in operation on Feb. 15 with 500 or fewer employees, including not-for-profits, veterans’ organizations, Tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors. Businesses with more than 500 employees in certain industries also can apply for loans.
The forgivable loans were designed to help employers keep their employees paid and keep their businesses from succumbing to the economic hardships created by the coronavirus pandemic. An eligible recipient of a covered loan can receive forgiveness of indebtedness on the loan in an amount equal to the sum of payments made for the following expenses (subject to limitations) during the eight-week covered period beginning on the covered loan’s origination date: (1) payroll costs; (2) payment of interest on any covered mortgage obligation; (3) payment on any covered rent obligation; and (4) any covered utility payment. Section 1106(i) excludes from gross income any amount forgiven under the PPP.
The SBA warned April 23 that businesses with substantial access to liquidity may not qualify for PPP loans, and several larger companies returned their PPP funds. On April 28, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that the SBA would review all PPP loans in excess of $2 million to make sure borrowers’ self-certification for the loans was appropriate.
Out of concerns whether their loans would be deemed appropriate, some larger companies that initially received PPP funds have returned them. For the same reason, some leaders of smaller companies have also considered returning their PPP funds or hesitated to apply for PPP loans.
According to the SBA, borrowers with loans below the $2 million threshold are less likely to have had access to adequate sources of liquidity in the current economic environment than borrowers who obtained larger loans.
The SBA said the safe harbor will promote economic certainty for PPP borrowers with limited resources as they work to retain and rehire employees. The $2 million threshold also will help the SBA conserve its resources and focus its reviews on larger loans.
If the SBA determines during its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for certifying the necessity of its loan, the SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness. The SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies if the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from the SBA.
This article appeared in the AICPA Journal of Accountancy May 13, 2020.
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May 11, 2020
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Academy Rental Group - Rental Tents and More
As a member of the Greater Hamilton Chamber, we wanted to extend our services and discounted pricing to our fellow chamber members as Ohio starts to open back up for business for any short or long term rental needs.
Over the past few weeks we have been working with hospitals and essential businesses for testing tents, overflow tents, crowd control stanchions and more. With the new regulations surrounding the non-essential business and restaurants during reopening of Ohio, utilizing our products will enable you to seat more guests at your restaurants, extend break-room areas and set up temperature testing as a pre-work check in.
Please contact us at 513-772-1929 or https://academyrentalsinc.com/ and mention that you are a chamber member to receive discounted rates.
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PPP Updates as of 5/9/2020
This week’s news on the Paycheck Protection Program front: Getting your loan forgiven no
longer depends on your employees coming back to work. The Treasury Department and
U.S. Small Business Administration released new guidance this week stating that business
owners who make a written offer to employees for the same position at the same salary
will not be penalized if the employees refuse to come back.
That’s big news for business owners across the country who had been waiting for more
guidance on exactly how to get their loans forgiven. Inc. brought together Neil Bradley,
executive vice president and chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as
well as a panel of business experts for Inc.’s exclusive National Small Business Town Hall
Friday to dig into what the new guidance really means. Plus, they discussed the potential
for additional relief and when it might arrive.
To find out more:
Watch the full webinar: What You Need to Know About Changes Coming to PPP Loans: The Latest
Read a quick summary of our experts’ best advice: How to Get Your PPP Loan Forgiven,
When to Give it Back, and What's Coming Next
More Answers to Key Questions
Don’t have time to watch the full video? We broke it down into clips on some of
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- What the New Headcount Guidance on PPP Means for You
- How to Know If You Should Return Your PPP Loan
- 2 Business-Friendly Ways the PPP Terms Could Change
- Why You Should Apply Now for the Main Street Lending Program
For more clips and ongoing coverage, check out our full Stimulus Q&A resource center.
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Reopening While Preventing Spread of Coronavirus
COLUMBUS (KDKA/AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced salons and restaurants can begin reopening on May 15. Restaurants can open outdoor dining on May 15, followed by the restart of dine-in services May 21, the Ohio governor announced Thursday.
COVID-19 Update: Reopening of Restaurants, Bars, and Personal Care Services
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today announced the next phase of the Responsible RestartOhio plan as it relates to restaurants, bars, and personal care services.
As part of today's announcement, Governor DeWine reminded Ohioans that COVID-19 is still incredibly dangerous and stressed the importance of continuing to exercise safe health habits as different sectors of the economy begin to reopen.
"Reopening Ohio is a risk, but it's also a risk if you don't move forward. We're on a dangerous road that has never been traveled before in Ohio and the danger is that we relax and stop taking precautions," said Governor DeWine. "All of us collectively control this. I ask you to take calculated risks and make good judgments. Continue social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing face coverings. If you aren't concerned with what happens to you, do it for others."
Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen as follows:
Outdoor dining: May 15
Dine-in service: May 21
To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Restaurant Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for restaurant and bar owners to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
PERSONAL CARE SERVICES:
Personal care services such as hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities may reopen on May 15.
To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Personal Services Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for personal care service providers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 22,131 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,271 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 4,140 people have been hospitalized, including 1,167 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
How to improve remote working right now INC. THIS MORNING Jason Fried is a bona fide expert when it comes to remote work.
The co-founder and CEO of Chicago-based software company Basecamp has been managing his team remotely for 21 years, and has written several books about the subject. On Wednesday in the latest installment of our Real Talk: Business Reboot virtual event series he shared his wisdom on how to be a better remote leader.
One example of his great advice: If you’re used to in-person managing, Fried said, you’ll need to rethink your communication patterns. Your employees naturally will tend to over-communicate upon going remote, thanks to the pressure they feel to constantly prove they’re working. “It’s really distracting and really damaging to company culture,” he said.
So Fried says use phone calls or video calls for nuanced conversations or debates, rather than continuous one-line updates via apps like Slack. Or, if you’re willing to be bold, ditch those Slack-type platforms entirely and rely on email again, so your employees can consistently construct more organized thoughts.
For more thought-provoking ideas, check out this recap of Fried’s top six tips for getting better at remote leadership right now.
Watch the full hour-long webinar: How Remote Teams Win.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency Information
FEMA released information on considerations in reconstituting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. To download the entire document in a pdf format, click HERE.
Pandemic Child Care from Great Miami Valley YMCA
Through these trying times, the YMCA is in the position to make a difference where it matters most. Because of this we have made the decision to transition two of our YMCA branches to support critical care workers and their families with caring for their children during this crisis. We will continue to provide a safe and caring environment for their children during this difficult time.
Assistance with SNAP, Medicaid ad CSFP
Shared Harvest Foodbank, located in Fairfield, Ohio; Darke, and Miami counties. The SNAP Outreach team is helping people apply for SNAP, Medicaid, and our CSFP program (for seniors). If you know of any employees from any of the businesses in your area that could benefit from applying for these programs; they can call us at 800-352-3663 or 513-874-0114 to apply over the phone. If any employee contacts us that lives outside of the counties we serve, we will gladly refer them to the correct foodbank. Phone applications typically only take 10-15 minutes. We will submit their application electronically and then follow up to help them through the application process until a decision has been make from their local Job and Family Services.
SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger and can help fill in the gap for people who are waiting for their unemployment benefits to kick in. This program can help a person with reduced work hours and/or loss of job. A person can't make over a certain gross income amount (also depend on size of household) in order to be eligible for SNAP.
List of food pantries according to city in Butler County.
Contact SNAP to apply over the phone along with the COVID-19 updates relating to SNAP.
List of organizations in Butler County that can help your employee
Shared Harvest Foodbank
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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.
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Non-Traditional Unemployment for Self-Employed and Others Now Available
Ohioans put out of work by the coronavirus pandemic who don’t qualify for traditional unemployment — such as self-employed workers or those making under the state minimum — can start pre-registering Friday for a temporary unemployment program created by the federal CARES Act.
State officials estimated Thursday that 150,000 Ohioans may qualify for the program, called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. It provides assistance similar to traditional employment for up to 39 weeks, plus an additional $600 a week through July 25. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services had to create a new system to process these applications outside of the traditional unemployment program. Though people can start applying Friday, payments aren’t expected to begin until mid- May. They will be retroactive to when someone became eligible, as far back as Feb. 2.
To pre-register, visit unemployment.ohio.gov and click on “Get Started Now.” Anyone with questions can call 833-604-0774.
Coronavirus In Ohio: House Task Force Considering How To Reopen Economy
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COVID - 19 Regional Recovery Fund
Butler County United Way and the Hamilton Community Foundation are partnering with United Way of Warren County and the Warren County Foundation to join forces with Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC). This partnership will create a dedicated source of funding for Butler and Warren Counties to address critical needs in this region related to the coronavirus pandemic, especially for those who will be disproportionately affected, through the COVID19 Regional Response Fund.
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