Congress continues to throw new things our way. The House passed the “American Rescue Plan” and there are stimulus-ish things to pay attention to.

One provision of note for business owners: The federal minimum wage hike was included in this bill, but my sources tell me that this is very unlikely to remain in the final bill that makes its way to the President’s desk. I will keep you posted. Your tax pro can help you work through whatever implications need to be considered.

I want to take a moment to give you the scoop on what’s happening and available with the expanded PPP program, who is eligible (who isn’t), etc.

2021 PPP Considerations
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill

Recently, the Biden administration announced an expansion of the PPP for businesses program to better include certain smaller and minority-owned businesses.

But there are considerations to keep in mind about this.

Before I get into the new things around what was announced last week, here are the basics

Firstly, if you have NOT applied for the PPP in 2020, I suggest that you do so now. For many businesses, these are essentially “grants” from the government (because of how these loans are forgiven). If you have a philosophical problem with doing this, that’s fine. But otherwise … this is one of those “use it or lose it” programs that come around once in a generation.

If you received the first round of PPP, you still might be eligible to apply again (“Second Draw” PPP). Your business is eligible for this second draw if you:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or have used the full amount only for authorized uses
  • Have no more than 300 employees; and
  • You can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020

That final provision is a nice one because it means that your tax pro can take a look at a variety of circumstances that might make you eligible.

Forgiveness terms for both “first draw” and “second draw” are essentially the same:

  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained
  • The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses; and
  • At least 60 percent of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs

And there is a “streamlined” process for loans under $150 K.

Lastly, and this is the big news: There is a special window for smaller and minority-owned  businesses to apply before big firms — a window that ends Tuesday, March 9th.

This is important because in 2020 (and especially in the first round of funding) many businesses missed out on receiving these loans because the program funds were depleted quickly. That was less of an issue in the second round of funding, but who knows what will happen with this “Second Draw”.

That’s why I suggest you contact your bank or lender to apply ASAP.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your business through these blog posts.

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Janet Behm