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SBA to Open its Own PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal

By |2021-07-29T19:09:32+00:00July 29th, 2021|COVID-19|

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, SBA announced a new initiative to encourage borrowers with PPP loans of less than $150,000 to apply for loan forgiveness sooner rather than later. SBA notified banks (which were responsible for issuing PPP loans) that SBA is setting up its own online portal so that borrowers can apply for loan forgiveness directly with SBA. The SBA portal will likely be more streamlined and require less documentation than the banks’ loan forgiveness process. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Femrite at jfemrite@scholznonprofitlaw.com.

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EMPLOYERS UPDATE: Bonuses and Other Incentives for Vaccinated Employees

By |2021-07-29T19:10:06+00:00June 2nd, 2021|COVID-19|

Employers can mandate employees get the COVID-19 vaccine subject to reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, medical conditions, or a sincerely held religious belief. But many employers instead want to offer bonuses and other incentives to vaccinated employees. The EEOC has confirmed that employers may offer vaccination incentives to employees as long as the incentives are “not so substantial as to be coercive.” Employers may offer these incentives to employees to provide documentation or other confirmation of vaccination from a third party, such as a pharmacy or health department. Request only proof of vaccination; be clear you do not [...]

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What You Need to Know About Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants

By |2021-04-29T22:53:57+00:00April 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Registrations begin on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 8 a.m. CDT and the application portal is scheduled to open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 11am CDT. For the first 21 days, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Apply ASAP! Here’s the link to register with the SBA. If you prefer to listen, check out this webinar for a step by step guide. Follow along as Jeff completes the application (available here.). Below is an overview but many questions are answered here [...]

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Tax credits for providing paid leave to employees who take time off related to COVID-19 vaccinations

By |2021-04-23T19:46:52+00:00April 23rd, 2021|COVID-19, Employment|

FOR EMPLOYEES Getting the vaccine does NOT mean you have to take hours off work to travel to, wait for, receive and recover from the COVID-19 vaccine. Ask your employer about paid time off for receiving and recovering from the COVID-19 vaccine. Even if you already receive paid time off through employment, Employers with less than 500 employees can provide paid sick leave to their employees at NO COST to the organization. The paid leave for employees is up to $511 per day (based on employee's standard wage) for up to 10 days from now through September 30, 2021. To [...]

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SBA Announcements: PPP Funding & SVOG Program

By |2021-04-07T00:26:35+00:00April 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Current PPP Funding May Not Make It To May 31, 2021 SBA has indicated funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) will likely dry up in late April … more than a month before the program’s scheduled expiration on May 31, 2021. Borrowers interested in securing a First Draw PPP Loan or a Second Draw PPP Loan should move quickly, before funds are exhausted. Contact your bank or credit union now or let us know if you need guidance. What you need to get started: If a sole business owner, you will need your filed Form 1040, Sch C [...]

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SBA Announcement: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program starts April 8

By |2021-03-22T22:29:03+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program (SVOG) is expected to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The portal for SVOG application will open on Thursday, April 8, 2021. While the SVOG program has not yet opened for applications, SBA has prepared a Checklist to help grant applicants gather required information. Make sure to prepare grant applications carefully.

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Updates on New Federal COVID-relief Programs

By |2021-03-16T00:37:29+00:00March 16th, 2021|COVID-19|

Summary of Updates from American Rescue Plan Act The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act), signed on March 11, 2021, provides $1.9 trillion in various forms of support to address the pandemic crisis. We will send updates on various aspects of the Act in the coming weeks. While we don’t have many details yet, we do know the ARP Act provides some additional assistance to small businesses and nonprofits. Here are a few items of interest: $7.25 billion in additional PPP funding. The deadline to apply for PPP is still March 31, 2021. We’re watching to see if it gets [...]

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Learn How to Get Funds for Your Small Business from the Government—before it expires on March 31st!

By |2021-03-12T23:46:41+00:00March 12th, 2021|COVID-19|

How do you get some $$ for your small business from the government? Federal government is offering “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP) loans to small businesses and self-employed persons. PPP starts out as a loan but turns into a grant if you spend it on wages and other allowable business expenses Anyone with employees or self-employed can apply Can use ITIN to apply but must legally reside in the US Loan amount depends on size of payroll or gross revenue if self-employed How do you get a PPP? Contact your bank or credit union to apply. If they’re not offering [...]

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Changes to PPP Loan Rules Increase Accessibility

By |2021-02-24T15:56:02+00:00February 23rd, 2021|COVID-19, Employment|

Thursday (2/25) Webinar: Changes coming to PPP Loan Rules to expand access Small business owners and sole proprietors: join Scholz Nonprofit Law this Thursday, February 25th, at 6pm for a webinar explaining how to apply for the PPP and recent changes to the rules that should make it easier to qualify. Register here. An overview of these changes is below. Important Changes to PPP Rules In an effort to focus lender’s attention on small borrowers, starting this Wednesday, February 24th, the SBA will impose a 14 day freeze on loans to borrowers with more than 20 employees. This is [...]

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Employee Retention Tax Credit for TY2021

By |2021-02-24T17:35:58+00:00February 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Seminar Follow Up For those who were not able to attend, here is the recording for our Thursday, February 18, webinar on the Employee Retention Credit, Post Consolidation Appropriations Act for TY2021. This is the link to the IRS Form 7200 for claiming the ERC for TY2020. The slides from Sarah's presentation are on our website along with Two Sample ERC Qualified Wages Worksheets. Questions from yesterday's seminar are addressed in our updated Q&A. Please contact Sarah if you would like further assistance, review or if you would like to use Sarah's ERC excel worksheet. Reminders: We've added resources [...]

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