Paycheck Protection Program

New PPP changes attempt to ease smallest businesses' access

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.

PPP processing delays continue

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.

SBA announces PPP process changes

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.

AICPA raises PPP concerns with SBA

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.

PPP advice for firms: Preach patience to clients

Accounting firms are juggling competing client demands thanks to tax season coinciding with the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program. How can firms keep from dropping the ball? It starts with taking the time to do the job right.

SBA issues FAQs for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

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.

PPP loan forgiveness and taxes: Part 2

Eileen Sherr, CPA, CGMA, MT, discusses what the CAA resolved regarding deductibility of business expenses paid by loan proceeds from the PPP, along with other AICPA advocacy priorities — and what remains unresolved. Plus, we look ahead to possible developments during 2021 in tax legislation and pandemic relief.

Employee retention credit changes leave practitioners with questions

The IRS issued guidance on two aspects of the employee retention credit — how to claim the credit when filing the fourth quarter Form 941 when the taxpayer knows its loan under the PPP will not be forgiven and how the newly extended and amended employee retention credit will apply.

SBA announces steps to improve PPP review process

The SBA said that it is taking steps to improve the agency’s first-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan review process so that small businesses seeking a second-draw loan have as much time as possible to access those funds.

6 tips for CPAs on newest round of PPP funding

A new round of Paycheck Protection Program funding is available for businesses affected by the pandemic. Here’s what CPAs and business leaders need to know to get the funding they need.

Taxpayers need clarity on coordination of ERC and PPP loans

The AICPA asked the IRS and Treasury to clarify that the filing of a Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application is not an election by the taxpayer to forgo the employee retention credit for wages reported on the application exceeding the amount of wages necessary for loan forgiveness.

PPP calculations guidance released

The SBA and Treasury issued guidance addressing how Paycheck Protection Program borrowers should calculate revenue reduction and maximum loan amounts for second-draw PPP loans — and what documentation should be provided to support those calculations.

The latest advice on PPP loans

The second version of the Paycheck Protection Program is not the same as the first. Two AICPA executives discuss what CPAs need to know.

Guidance issued for PPP first-draw loan increases, reapplications

New procedural guidance from the SBA outlines the processes Paycheck Protection Program borrowers and their lenders must follow to reapply for a first-draw PPP loan or request an increase to a loan approved by Aug. 8, 2020, which is when the first iteration of PPP stopped accepting applications.

PPP application dates announced

Lenders with $1 billion or less in assets can start making Paycheck Protection Program loans on Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury announced. The application window will open for all lenders Jan. 19.

AICPA encourages firms to aggressively advance PPP applications

The AICPA said Wednesday that it expects SBA and Treasury to open the Paycheck Protection Program’s application window to all lenders by Friday. The AICPA is also encouraging firms to advance the application process for small business clients seeking relief.

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