CURRENT ISSUES

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act became law and includes several key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Some of these changes include:

Borrowers now need to only spend at least 60% of their loan on payroll expenses in order to receive full forgiveness, with 40% or less eligible to be spent on rent, utilities, and/or mortgage interest. Previously, businesses needed to spend at least 75% of their loan on payroll to receive full loan forgiveness.

I. The covered period for forgiveness of the loan has been extended from eight weeks to 24 weeks, or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. (Borrowers can also choose to use the eight-week period if they received a loan prior to the bill’s passage.)

II. Borrowers will have 10 months from the end of their covered period to apply for loan forgiveness.

III. Borrowers that tried to rehire employees during the safe harbor period but were unable to do so before December 31, 2020, will not be penalized, if they meet two “good faith” certifications.

IV. PPP loan maturity has been extended from two years to five years for loan amounts not forgiven; however, this change does not apply to existing borrowers: Their loan maturity will still only last two years, rather than being extended to five. (However, existing borrowers and lenders may work together to agree on an extended maturation of the loan.)

V. Borrowers who applied for PPP forgiveness can now also delay the payment of the employer’s share of payroll taxes, as allowed in Section 2302 of the CARES Act.

VI. Under the previous law, businesses had to spend at least 75% of the loan on payroll in order to receive forgiveness. If they spent less than that, their forgiveness could be reduced in relation to how much they spent. With the PPP Flexibility Act, that threshold has been lowered to 60%, but the Treasury may interpret the act to say that if a business spends anything less than 60% on payroll, they will receive no forgiveness at all. This potential “forgiveness cliff” was reportedly unintentional.

VII. For business owners that already applied for and received PPP loans before this bill passed, they will be able to take advantage of most of the changes detailed above.

VIII. If you have not applied for a PPP Loan – Apply Now – before June 30, 2020.

BIG QUESTION – Are employees who made over $100,000 in any pay period in 2019 still capped at $15,385 (eight weeks of cash payroll) or are they now capped at $46,155 (24 weeks of cash payroll)? But remember that that exclusion does not apply to non-cash benefits (e.g., retirement plan contributions, healthcare benefits, insurance premiums, and state and local taxes).

We hope that this information helps you.

As always, please call us to discuss these or any other issues.
Freed & Shepherd, P.C.


 

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WASHINGTON – 3/22/2020 — Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. 

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Please Note
the Setting Every Community Up
for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019
(the “SECURE Act”) is
Effective January 1, 2020

  • Clients should review their planning in light of the SECURE Act. What follows are highlights of the provisions most likely to affect our clients
  • The Secure Act takes effect on January 1, 2020.
  • IRA owners may contribute to traditional IRAs after age 70 ½.
  • The age for required minimum distributions increases from 70 ½ to 72, effective for distributions required to be made after December 31, 2019, and with respect to individuals who attain age 70 ½ after that date.
    • Since the change is from 70 ½ to 72, someone born in the first half of the year will have two additional years before having to begin taking distributions, while someone born in the second half of the year will only have one additional year before having to take distributions.
    • A person who reached or will reach age 70 ½ by December 31, 2019, will remain subject to the old rules.
      An employee who is not a 5% owner (with attribution) may defer benefits until retirement; and no distributions are required from a Roth IRA.
  • Qualified plan and IRA benefits generally have to be distributed within 10 years of the employee or IRA owner’s death. reached his or her required beginning date.
    • There are exceptions for designated beneficiaries who are the employee’s or IRA owner’s spouse or minor child, a disabled or chronically ill person, or a person not more than 10 years younger than the employee or IRA owner (an “eligible designated beneficiary” or “EDB”).
    • An EDB may take distributions over his or her life expectancy.
      • Upon the death of an EDB, the remaining balance must be distributed within 10 years.
      • A minor child ceases to be an EDB upon reaching majority. Any remaining balance must be distributed within 10 years from when the minor reaches majority.
      • A trust for the benefit of one or more disabled or chronically ill EDBs will qualify for the exception to the 10-year rule, provided no one who isn’t a disabled or chronically ill EDB may become a current beneficiary until after the death of all of the disabled or chronically ill EDBs. This allows IRA owners to leave IRA benefits to special needs or other trusts for disabled or chronically ill EDBs without losing the stretch.

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