PPP, business meals and more – Key takeaways from new stimulus legislation

Last week the president signed into law the next COVID-related economic stimulus package, and many of it’s provisions will be especially helpful, or are even geared specifically towards assisting the restaurant industry. As many states go into a second phase of full or partial lockdowns with restrictions on indoor, or even outdoor dining, these provisions …

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New stimulus law adds to PPP program

On Sunday, December 27, President Trump signed the $900 billion relief package passed by Congress before Christmas into law. The act includes modifications to the current PPP loan provisions contained in the CARES Act and adds another round of PPP funding that we will call PPP2. The bill that was passed was over 5,000 pages …

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Latest on the PPP forgiveness process

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was probably the biggest part of the CARES Act passed in late March. Since its passing, there have been never ending questions and changes from how to apply a loan to how to apply for forgiveness. This has been such an impactful piece of legislation that I will say that …

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New SBA guidance for forgiveness of PPP loans of $50,000 or less

On October 8, 2020, the SBA jointly with Treasury issued an interim final rule providing additional guidance concerning the forgiveness and loan review process for PPP loans of $50,000 or less. The interim final rule should result in a simpler forgiveness and loan review processes for loans of $50,000 or less by exempting the borrower …

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Cost segregation benefits for restaurant owners

During these uncertain times, you most likely are searching for ways to keep your restaurant operating and sustaining cash flow. Relief may have come from the Paycheck Protection Program and you may have focused on delivery and pick-up options to mitigate the recent health mandates. There is hope that sooner than later your restaurant can …

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State offers sales tax relief amid coronavirus

After the federal income tax deadline was extended in late March, many states were quick to follow suit. Thirty-three states and D.C. adopted July 15 as the state income tax deadline, including Arizona and California. Besides the state income tax, some states are also offering delayed sales tax payments and relief. What Is the Relief? …

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CARES Act and qualified improvement property

As most of you know, the CARES Act has been all over the news for the past couple of months, primarily as it relates to government stimulus checks and of course the Paycheck Protection Program, the intricacies of which are still being navigated by borrowers and their tax advisors. One of the more important and …

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PPP loan forgiveness application now available

The SBA released a PPP loan forgiveness application on Friday, May 15th along with instructions on completing the form. The application does provide some clearer guidance on some unanswered questions that people have been struggling with since the program started. There is clarity on how to calculate FTE (full time equivalent) employees, how to calculate …

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Clarification of deductibility of PPP expenses

The Paycheck Protection Program has been a hot topic for the last few weeks, with restaurants and other small businesses everywhere scrambling to get their slice of over $650 billion in SBA loans. Providing these loan proceeds are used for approved purposes such as payroll costs, employee healthcare benefits, rent, utilities and interest on existing …

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