Since the inception of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there have been many questions around the taxability of loan proceeds. As we approach the end of the year, it is imperative to consider the details of your PPP loan in regard to year-end tax planning.
The subject of payroll has been top-of-mind for business owners this year. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered economic changes that caused considerable fluctuations in the size of many companies’ workforces. Employees have been laid off, furloughed and, in some cases, rehired. There has also been crisis relief for eligible businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the payroll tax credit.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation of $100 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund for MSRF 2.0—a second round of funding for the Main Street Relief Fund (MSRF), a program providing economic support to New Hampshire small businesses suffering from business interruptions as a result of COVID-19.
Although many businesses have had to reduce their workforces because of the COVID-19 pandemic, others are still hiring, or may start bringing on new employees in the weeks or months ahead. A thoughtful onboarding program has become more important than ever in today’s anxious environment of safety concerns and compliance challenges.
With the extended PPP loan application deadline behind us, many borrowers are anxious to start their loan forgiveness application to ensure that their loan funds are forgiven. Currently, borrowers have until 10 months after the end of the loan’s covered period to apply for forgiveness. At that point, if forgiveness forms have not been submitted, any borrowed funds officially become a loan that needs to be repaid.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it has closed its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program after granting the entirety of its $20 billion in emergency funding to nearly 6 million small businesses, including non-profit organizations, sole proprietors, and independent contractors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.