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IRS Issues Guidance on Implementing Payroll Tax Deferral

On Aug. 28, the IRS issued Notice 2020-65 to provide guidance on how to implement the Executive Memorandum on payroll tax deferral. This memorandum instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the tax imposed on the employee portion of the Social Security tax of 6.2%.

The employer is responsible to collect and remit any deferred taxes. 

Keep in mind that this is a deferral and nothing in the memorandum explicitly forgives this amount nor can it without an act of Congress. 

National Restaurant Association Proposes Changes to PPP Loans

The restaurant industry has suffered significantly with sales and job losses since the COVID-19 outbreak began. To show the economic impact to the industry, the National Restaurant Association prepared an infographic to report the results of a survey they conducted in April of more than 6,500 restaurant operators nationwide. 

What Employers Need To Know About The Social Security Tax Deferral

 

As you are probably aware, on Saturday President Trump issued an executive order, with an effective date of September 1, to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the 6.2 percent Social Security tax (employee portion). The deferral applies to compensation paid between September 1 and December 31, 2020 to any employee whose pretax wages or compensation during any biweekly pay period generally is less than $4,000. The tax payments are deferred without any penalties, interest, additional amount, or addition to the tax. Unless there is a law changing the situation, the deferred taxes will be due at the beginning of 2021.

The US Deptarment of Treasury has not released implementation instructions on this yet, but everyone needs to be cautious employing this without fully understanding the ramifications.

Significant Changes Made to the PPP by Act H.R. 7010

 

The House and Senate both passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, H.R. 7010, and it is expected to be signed into law by the President today.

The Act makes significant changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, making loan forgiveness much easier for many businesses struggling with meeting the original requirements and timelines. By granting greater spending and rehiring flexibility, more time to use the funds, more time to re-hire employees, and a decrease in the mandatory minimum funds to be spent on payroll costs, more borrowers will be able to meet the loan requirements and achieve complete loan forgiveness.

With 15-yr Refi Rates at 2.95%, It May Be Time To Talk To Your Lender

 

Although you've no doubt been very busy implementing all the new safety procedures, re-figuring your financial projections, cutting expenses, and taking good care of your employees, it's a good idea at this time to also take stock of your personal expenses.

If you didn't refinance your home mortgage when the rates reached historic lows, you may want to take a look at what you might gain now by refinancing.

Today's average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 3.67%. At this rate, you’ll pay $458.59 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. 

Employers May Defer Payment of Certain Payroll Taxes

 

 

The CARES Act allows employers to defer the deposit and payment of the employer's share of Social Security taxes and self-employed individuals to defer payment of certain self-employment taxes.

PPP Loan Forgiveness: What Borrowers Can Do Now

 

Now that small businesses and organizations are starting to receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, attention has turned to the next and most vital phase: loan forgiveness. If borrowed funds are spent as intended on payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utilities in the eight weeks after receipt, those expenditures are potentially eligible for complete, tax-free forgiveness.

$320 Billion Additional Funding for PPP Signed By President Today!

 

 

Today the President signed a $484 Billion bill that provides $320 Billion in new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program.  It also includes $75 billion for hospitals, $25 billion for coronavirus testing and $60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

The SBA expects to start taking applications for the second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program on Monday, according to SBA Region 5 Director Rob Scott.

Stimulus Payments: What You Need To Know

 

Today IRS Unveiled New Tool For Taxpayers To Find Out When Their Check Will Arrive

The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information.

With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend and throughout this week, this new tool will help address key common questions. Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with.

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