The SBA will begin accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applications on April 8. Entities interested in applying can sign up for updates via a splash page for the new SVOG application portal.
Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA issued an interim final rule incorporating revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program made by the American Rescue Plan Act. The new guidance also rules that entities that receive a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant cannot subsequently receive a PPP loan.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 415-3 Tuesday night to extend the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline by 60 days. The PPP Extension Act of 2021 moves the PPP application deadline from March 31 to May 31 and allots an additional 30 days for processing applications received by May.
In a letter dated March 15, the AICPA asked for IRS guidance on how S corporations and partnerships should treat tax-exempt income from PPP loan forgiveness, especially when it occurs during a different tax period.
The SBA expects to begin accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applications early next month, an agency spokesperson confirmed. The SBA also released an updated pre-application checklist clarifying the requirements for applicants to submit audited financial statements and single audits.
The AICPA’s vice president for Firm Services, Lisa Simpson, CPA, CGMA, told a congressional committee during a hearing that Congress should push back the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program by at least 60 days.
The AICPA sent a letter encouraging congressional leaders to push back the Paycheck Protection Program’s March 31 application deadline at least 60 days.
Rule changes, deadline pressures, and ongoing processing problems with the Paycheck Protection Program are causing high levels of frustration and anxiety among many small businesses. This creates an opportunity for CPAs to provide calm guidance for stressed clients.
The AICPA reiterated its recommendation that the SBA delay the end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period by at least 60 days and also urged the SBA to make retroactive new rules issued this week changing the formula sole proprietors use to calculate their maximum loan amounts.
Paycheck Protection Program rules released by the SBA allow self-employed individuals who file a Form 1040, Schedule C, to calculate their maximum loan amount using gross income instead of net profit.
The American Institute of CPAs, citing ongoing processing problems with the Paycheck Protection Program, called on Congress to extend the program’s application deadline past the current March 31 date. The AICPA is recommending an extension of at least 60 days.
The IRS issued guidance on the employee retention credit in effect for qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020, including how it interacts with Paycheck Protection Program loans.
The $1.9 trillion economic relief bill passed by the House of Representatives includes $25 billion for restaurants as well as additional funding for EIDL advance payments and the PPP. The bill also includes $1,400 stimulus payments to individuals and extends unemployment insurance supplements.
The White House said it will allow only businesses with fewer than 20 employees to apply for PPP loans during a two-week period starting Wednesday. The administration also will change the PPP loan calculation formula to help sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed individuals receive more financial support.
Anti-fraud screenings by the SBA are delaying the processing of Paycheck Protection Program loan applications, sometimes for weeks, AICPA executives said during an online Town Hall.
The US Small Business Administration said that it is updating the Paycheck Protection Program’s processes and application platform to speed up the flow of funds to small businesses.
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The AICPA sent a letter urging the US Small Business Administration to address problems small businesses are encountering when trying to apply for Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans.
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New guidance from the US Small Business Administration does not specify a starting date for the new Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program but does recommend actions potential applicants should be taking now while the SBA builds the application platform for the $15 billion COVID-19 relief initiative.