Updated September 2021: Over the past fourteen months, the employee retention tax credit has undergone a number of changes since it was initially introduced. The most current information is in the Current Employee Retention Tax Credit Standards: American Rescue Plan Act – March 2021 section, but we recommend reading everything below to understand the full picture of the employee retention tax credit.

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. Included in the act is the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which provides much-needed support for the recovery of the greatly impacted restaurant industry. Applications open Monday, May 3, 2021 at noon Eastern time for priority restaurants for three weeks. After this time, all eligible restaurants are encouraged to apply. According to the National Restaurant Association, foodserv Read More >>

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law Thursday, March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan contains a number of pieces of legislation aimed at supporting individuals through the continued Coronavirus pandemic.
Direct Payments
Stimulus checks are a big part of this latest bill. Individuals who earn less than $75,000 and married couples earning less than $150,000 will receive a direct payment of $1,400 per person. Additionally, for ever
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As businesses move forward in applying for a second-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan, or PPP2, it is important to remember the maximum loan size is capped at $2 million for businesses, as well as their affiliates. That means the total amount a business and its affiliates can apply for is capped at $2 million. Businesses are also only eligible if collectively with their affiliates the employee count is below 300.

For purposes of the PPP loans, per the U.S. Small Business A Read More >>

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has seen an influx of fraud surrounding applications for federal aid. The most common fraud occurring is email phishing where a scammer impersonates the SBA via email with the goal of collecting personally identifiable information (PII).

Those who have applied for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program seem to be at high risk for receiving phishing emails asking them to “verify their accounts”, but really, the scamm Read More >>

Late in December 2020, Congressional leaders announced the next round of relief: the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R.133). The long-awaited $900 billion relief package includes additional aid for small businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses key PPP issues. Former President Donald Trump officially signed off on the stimulus package as of late Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Here’s where things stand, as of December 2020:
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by th
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State of Ohio Designates $125M of CARES Act funding to Small Business Relief Grants

Governor Mike DeWine recently announced the allocation of $125 million of federal CARES Act funding to provide $10,000 grants to aid small businesses hurt by the current crisis. Additional funding was also announced for bars and restaurants, higher education, and nonprofits and arts organizations.
The Small Business Relief Grant is designed to assist Ohio businesses that have been har
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On October 8, the SBA released Form 3580S, a simpler loan forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,000 or less.

According to Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, “The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs. Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the c Read More >>

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive memorandum calling for a payroll tax holiday for Americans making less than $104,000. This results in a deferral of the employee portion of the social security taxes owed between September 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

On Friday, August 28, the IRS released further guidance.

When weighing your options, it’s important to note that this is not a tax cut but a deferment.

This means that the tax will still need to be paid in 2 Read More >>