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Message from Managing Director Mark Thomson
Over the past two weeks, I have watched the many peaceful protests across the City of Chicago, our local communities and across the nation. People of all backgrounds are speaking out against the continuing injustice against people of color, specifically Black people.
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020
On the evening of June 3, 2020, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. President Trump is expected to sign it into law soon. As its name implies, the Act provides PPP loan recipients with significantly more flexibility to use the funds and receive forgiveness.
Paycheck Protection Program: Loan Forgiveness Application Released
SBA Form 3508, Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application, was released on Friday, May 15, 2020. The form provides some answers for borrowers on qualifying expenses and documentation requirements.
Refund of Educational Costs Originally Paid from a 529 Plan is a Taxable Distribution
One of the many unfortunate outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic was the closure of educational institutions across the nation. Consequently, many students (or their parents) have received or will receive partial refunds of money that was previously paid to the schools for their last semester’s tuition, room and board.
SBA Issues New Guidance on “Need” for PPP Loan
On the morning of May 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) clarified how it will review a borrower’s good faith certification concerning the necessity of their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan request.
Small Business Administration Grants Extension for Borrowers to Return PPP Loans Without Penalty
On the evening of May 5, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, extended the date from May 7 to May 14, 2020 for borrowers to return PPP loans without penalty. This refers to loans for which borrowers may not have an economic need under the new guidance.
Deduction for Expenses Related to Forgiven PPP Loans Non-Deductible
The details behind the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) continue to evolve and many aspects of the program remain uncertain. The CARES Act was clear that the amount of loan forgiveness will not be included in gross income for federal income tax purposes.
Borrowers Can Return PPP Loans by May 7, 2020 Without Penalty
Recently, there have been a number of high-profile cases of public companies and large venture-backed private companies that have given back loans received under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Several large restaurant groups, including Potbelly Corp., Shake Shack and the parent company of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, have recently returned loan funds.
Paycheck Protection Program: Additional Money, Loan Forgiveness and Other Guidance
The Senate has approved the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act which provides an additional $310 billion of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program loan program along with $60 billion for additional disaster relief loans and grants. The House is expected to approve the Act and the President is expected to sign into law today.
Paycheck Protection Program: Rules for Self-Employed Persons Issued
On April 14, 2020, the Treasury Department issued its third formal Interim Final Rule related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).