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Updated Guidance on Available Payroll Credits – New Form 941 – 2nd Quarter 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS announced a payroll tax credit as well as other relief over the past few months.  With the 2020 second quarter payroll tax return due dates approaching, below are highlights of these potential benefits and tax reporting changes that you should be aware of. Employee Retention Credit – Qualifications…

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PPP Alert – Senate Agrees to Extend PPP Loan Program to August 8th

The Senate passed a bill to extend the filing deadline for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans late on June 30th, just hours before the Small Business Administration (SBA) was set to stop accepting applications.  However, unless and until the House of Representatives approves the language, the SBA will stop accepting PPP applications.  The PPP provides…

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The Main Street Lending Program: An Alternative to the PPP

The lender portal for the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) has opened as the alternative to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Unlike the PPP, the Main Street Lending Program’s loans are not forgivable, although they are at low interest rates. The program is being offered through the Federal Reserve rather than the SBA…

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Contact Us for PPP Loan Forgiveness Processing Assistance

Mercadien is ready to assist you in facilitating the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness processing. The SBA stated that Lenders are expected to perform a good-faith review, in a reasonable time, of the borrower’s calculations and supporting documents concerning amounts eligible for loan forgiveness.  If the lender identifies errors in the borrower’s…

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PPP Loan Alert – SBA & Treasury Issue Guidance on PPP Flexibility & Updated Applications

On June 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department issued an interim final rule to address changes made by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA).  Streamlined PPP loan application forms for borrowers and lenders for loans made on or after June 5, 2020 were also updated and published. The interim final…

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Changes to PPP – What Should You Know?

On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA).  The PPPFA provides flexibility to borrowers attempting to maximize the benefits provided by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under the CARES Act. For existing PPP loans, the PPPFA provides the following: Extends the period for PPP…

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SBA Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness & Borrower/Lender Responsibilities

On May 22, 2020, new interim final rules were released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) providing guidance to borrowers and lenders regarding the SBA’s review process under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including the loan forgiveness calculation and eligibility. Highlights from the May 22, 2020 interim final rules are as follows: The SBA review…

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Important Business Considerations for the New Normal

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the issuance of stay at home orders and business shutdowns eight weeks ago, there have been many Federal and State moratoriums, executive orders and updates to governmental guidelines to lessen the impacts of the pandemic. Businesses grappling with decisions made, or to be made, will need to…

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Mercadien’s Ken Kamen Appears on Reuters Business News

Ken Kamen, president of Mercadien Asset Management, is a regular featured commentator on the Reuters Business and Personal Finance program hosted by Fred Katayama. On May 15, 2020, Ken was asked by Fred to share his thoughts on the current investment landscape. Ken tells Reuters’ Fred Katayama that although value stocks have long underperformed growth…

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New PPP Guidance from the SBA Regarding Good Faith Need Certification

On May 13, the SBA released new guidance regarding the required good faith certification of need by PPP loan applicants, providing safe harbor to all recipients of less than $2 million in loan proceeds.  This guidance also speaks to ramifications for borrowers with loans of more than $2 million that are determined to have lacked…

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