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IRS Expanding Options For Resolving Tax Debt

This new IRS effort is called the Taxpayer Relief Initiative, and it aims to help those financially affected by COVID-19.

Taxpayers who owe taxes always had options to get help through payment plans and other tools from the IRS, and now they are expanding those tools. The revised COVID-related collection procedures will be helpful to taxpayers, especially those who have a record of filing their returns and paying their taxes on time. Here are the highlights of the Taxpayer Relief Initiative:

Small Business Relief Grant: Look For Email For Next Step To Approval

If you have submitted your application for the Ohio Small Business Relief Grant, please be aware that there is another step to approval. 

Be sure to check your email (and your junk/spam folder) for an email from with the Subject Line: Small Business Relief Grant Application Preliminarily Approved. 

The email reads as follows:


Summary of Pandemic Relief Programs for Ohio Small Businesses

Here is a summary of the current Covid-19 relief programs and grants available for Ohio Small Businesses.


County Grants Available through Valley Partners:

These grants are at the county level and are not the same as the state grant. See below for more details on the state grant.

Trumbull County Small Business Relief Fund Now Taking Applications


CARES 4 Trumbull, the grant program to assist small businesses in Trumbull County, is now available to county businesses. 

Each grant up to $10,000 will be awarded on a reimbursement basis for funds expensed on eligible items incurred from March 01, 2020 through December 11, 2020. 

Ohio Restaurants and Bars Can Apply for New Assistance Program


The state of Ohio has created a $37.5 million fund to help bars and restaurants that have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, called the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund.

New Grant Program Announced To Help Ohio Small Businesses


If your business has been affected by the pandemic, be sure to apply!  If your business qualifies, you can apply for this new grant program even if you also applied for/received the Mahoning County Small Business Relief Grant. This is a different grant.

The application process opens November 2 at

Grants will provide $10,000 to small businesses in Ohio with no more than 25 employees.

Second Dividend Checks Issued to Ohio Employers


A second round of dividend checks from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will be mailed toOhio employers beginning this week through the end of October.  The dividends equal 100 percent of the premium employers paid in policy year 2019.

The money is being given back to employers in response to Governor DeWine's request in August that the Ohio BWC Board of Directors approve a second dividend to provide financial support for public and private employers impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

You May Qualify For Small Business Relief Grants: Mahoning & Columbiana Counties



A Small Business Relief Grant with a maximum of $10,000 is available to qualifying small businesses in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties.

Eligible business include for profit, not for profit, and sole proprietor businesses that meet the following general criteria:

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. 

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