Wow, does it ever feel good to have turned the page on 2020.
2021 holds great promise for our business clients.
With the potential of easing lockdowns in our future (assuming that the vaccine and other developments will enable a further re-opening of society), and with the extensions of the PPP and other very nice provisions in the CAA, here at Serrano Bookkeeping, we are chomping at the bit to help our SMB clients grow in 2021.
Now … I’d like to take today’s Note to go over some of the SMB provisions of the clunkily-named “Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021”, also known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act” or CAA for short (the CAA is the entire bill … the clunky name is for the part that directly applies to this conversation).
I shared some of this last week, but I know that the holidays might have gotten them lost in the shuffle.
Plus, there’s more to say…
Provisions of the Second Coronavirus Relief Bill That Affect San Diego Small Businesses
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” -Robert Schuller
I had missed this last one before, but this is a very nice bonus: the bill repeals the CARES Act provision that requires borrowers to deduct their EIDL Advance from their PPP loan forgiveness amount.
If you have already applied for forgiveness under previous provisions, you will want to contact your lender to find out how you can take advantage of these new provisions. Be patient, though … they will certainly be slammed.
The new law provides $25 billion to restart and extend the EIDL Advance Grant for small businesses in low-income communities, AND it creates a process for existing EIDL Advance grantees that received less than $10,000 to reapply for the difference between what they received and the maximum EIDL Advance Grant of $10,000.
Employee Retention Credit For The Win
Beginning on January 1, 2021 (and through June 30, 2021), the new relief bill:
- Increases the payroll tax credit rate from 50 percent to 70 percent of qualified wages. Very nice.
- Also it expands eligibility for the credit by reducing the required year-over-year gross receipts decline from 50% to 20% and provides a safe harbor allowing employers to use prior quarter gross receipts to determine eligibility. This might not seem significant, but believe me, for the right business, this is VERY good news.
- Increases the limit on per-employee creditable wages from $10,000 for the year to $10,000 for each quarter. Much more generous.
- Increases the 100-employee delineation for determining the relevant qualified wage base to employers with 500 or fewer employees.
Here’s the best part: employers who receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans may still qualify for the ERTC with respect to wages that are not paid for with forgiven PPP proceeds. Previously, you had to choose one program or the other … now, as long as you qualify for both (see above for those newly-expanded qualifications), you can use both.
- Go take some clients out for meals! Because there’s now 100% deduction for business meal food and beverage expenses (provided by a restaurant) that are paid or incurred in 2021 and 2022. Last year, this was only 50% … now it’s full.
- Contractors who were temporarily unable to work due to facility closures and other restrictions will be able to receive reimbursement for paid leave from federal agencies. This is great news.
It remains to be seen what inflation will result from all of these measures … or exactly how all of this will be paid for by Uncle Sam, but that’s not my lane.
My lane is helping you and your business THRIVE in 2021. We’re here for you…
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