Knowledge and Insights: Newsletters

Are You Eligible for Additional Relief from the COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program?

The state of Pennsylvania has $50 million set aside for a reimbursement-based grant available through Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant has an extremely short application window – JULY 16 – JULY 31, 2020. Unlike the Paycheck Protection Program grants, the funds from this grant are not…

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CARES Act Funding for Home & Community-Based Service (HCBS) Providers – What You Should Know

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (the Fund) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to make payments for specified uses to state and certain local governments.  State governments that receive funding have flexibility when determining how to use the funds.…

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Update to Our PPP Loan Forgiveness Implementation Guide

The PPP Loan Program Evolution Continues As suspected back in May when Mercadien published its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Implementation Guide, many rules have evolved and changed for both borrowers and lenders.  It has been several weeks since we published the original version of this guide.  Over these last several weeks, we have…

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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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The CARES Act – Retirement Provisions & Future Planning

Breaking News!!  The IRS announced that anyone who already took a required minimum distribution for 2020 from IRA accounts now has the opportunity to roll those funds back into a retirement account.  The normal 60-day rollover period for RMDs already taken this year has been extended to August 31, 2020 to give taxpayers more time…

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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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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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Government Accounting Standards Board Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Similar to the private sector, state and local governments have not been immune to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Statewide stay at home orders have limited staffing to essential employees and alternate work schedules, causing many governmental entities to struggle with managing public services while also dealing with the many financial uncertainties the…

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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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