PPP Application Deadline Extended in New Law

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On March 30, 2021, President Biden signed legislation to extend the application period of the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through May 31, 2021. This followed a bipartisan 92-7 vote in the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021.

Employee Retention Credit Expanded by the American Rescue Plan Act

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An eligible employer is allowed a credit against their Medicare payroll taxes for each quarter in an amount equal to 70% of the qualified wages in 2021. The Act extends the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) from June 30, 2021 until December 31, 2021.

PPP Adjusted to Prioritize Very Small Businesses

When the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) last year, the program’s stated objective was “to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.” However, according to federal officials, the recently issued second round of funding has distributed only a small percentage of the $15 billion set aside for small businesses and low- to moderate-income “first-draw” borrowers.

Extension of Payroll Tax Credits Under the FFCRA (as Enacted with the Signing of the CAA)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020, extended the employer tax credits available to employers who voluntarily pay eligible employees sick leave and/or expanded family and medical leave through March 31, 2021. Learn more about the extension in this article.

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to Begin Accepting Applications Tuesday

The State of Michigan announced a new grant program for small businesses who are experiencing ongoing loss from COVID-19 and the Gatherings and Mask Order. Learn more about the Program in this article.

Pandemic Relief Package for Individuals and Businesses Signed by President Trump

Congress has passed new stimulus relief legislation which contains multiple provisions to help taxpayers, including individuals and businesses. The President signed this legislation yesterday after almost a week of uncertainty about whether he would or would not sign it. After review and analysis of the new legislation, this article highlights what we believe will be of most interest.

Michigan Strategic Fund Unveils $10 Million in Grants for Small Businesses

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $10 million grant program to assist small businesses who have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Simplified Forgiveness Application for PPP Loans Under $50,000

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury Department, recently announced a simpler, more streamlined application (Form 3508S) for the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.

Employers Have Questions and Concerns About Deferring Employees’ Social Security Taxes

The IRS has provided guidance to employers regarding the recent presidential action to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of certain payroll tax obligations.

Updates on Funding for Businesses Suffering as a Result of the Coronavirus Outbreak: Main Street Lending and Paycheck Protection Programs

The Main Street Lending Program has been launched and the Paycheck Protection Program has a new, streamlined loan forgiveness application. This article contains a summary on both programs.