Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act for Nonprofit Organizations

Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act for Nonprofit Organizations

 

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SHOVEL-READY CAPITAL RECOVERY & INVESTMENT ACT FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

SHOVEL-READY CAPITAL RECOVERY AND INVESTMENT ACT FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

The Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act (LB566) is currently pending approval from the Nebraska Legislature. This bill, if passed, intends to provide grants to qualified nonprofit organizations to assist with capital projects that were delayed due to COVID-19 and that will deliver a positive economic impact in the State of Nebraska.

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS QUALIFY?

To qualify, a nonprofit must be exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3), and be related to arts, culture, humanities, or athletics.

HOW CAN I USE THE GRANT?

Grants can be applied to the costs of land, engineering, architectural planning, contract services, construction, materials, and equipment required to build, expand, or develop new or existing facilities.

HOW MUCH IS THE GRANT?

The amount of any grant approved under this section shall be equal to the amount of funds to be supplied by the qualified nonprofit organization from private sources, subject to the following limitations:

  • Capital projects with an estimated cost of less than $5 million, the grant will not exceed $1 million.
  • Capital projects with an estimated cost of $5-25 million, the grant will not exceed $5 million.
  • Capital projects with an estimated cost of $25-50 million, the grant will not exceed $10 million.
  • Capital projects with an estimated cost of over $50 million, the grant will not exceed $15 million.

HOW DO I RECEIVE THE GRANT?

Each qualified nonprofit organization that receives a grant under LB566 shall secure the private funds through a written pledge or payment by December 31, 2021, and must begin construction on the capital project by June 30, 2022. Any organization that fails to meet the requirements must repay the grant funds received.

HOW IS THE GRANT FUNDED?

As of this writing, the draft form of the bill intends to appropriate $25 million of general funds and $75 million of federal funds allocated to the State of Nebraska from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

If LB566 passes into law, qualified nonprofit organizations may apply for the grant starting July 1, 2021, through July 15, 2021. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.

If you have any questions, please contact your Lutz Representative. You can also find more information on the bill here.

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

 

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RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND (RRF)

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

The American Rescue Act, passed on March 10, 2021, includes $28.6 billion in direct aid for the restaurant industry to be distributed by the US Small Business Association (SBA). Eligible businesses can receive a tax-free federal grant equal to its Pandemic Related Revenue Loss. These grants do not need to be repaid.

 

1. Who is eligible?

Any restaurant or similar business[1] who owned or operated 20 or fewer establishments (together with any affiliates[2]) as of March 13, 2020. Publicly-traded companies are ineligible, as are any applicants with a pending application for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (Section 324 of the Economic Aid Act).

 

2. How is the Pandemic Related Revenue Loss (grant) amount determined?

The amount of grant to be received by the restaurant is calculated by subtracting its 2020 gross receipts from its 2019 gross receipts, less any Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) first and second draw loan amounts. The grant is capped at $10 million per business and limited to $5 million per physical location.

If the restaurant was not in business for the entirety of 2019, the difference in 2019 and 2020 gross receipts is calculated based on the average monthly gross receipts during 2019 times 12, less any PPP loan amounts:

There are additional pandemic-related revenue loss calculations for instances in which the restaurant was not in business until 2020.

 

3. What expenses can a business spend the Restaurant Revitalization Funds on?

Funds can be spent on payroll, principal, or interest on any mortgage obligation (not including prepayments), rent, utilities, maintenance including construction to accommodate outdoor seating, supplies including protective equipment and cleaning materials, food and beverage expenses, covered supplier costs, operational expenses, paid sick leave, and any other expenses that the SBA determines to be essential to maintaining operations.

 

4. How long does the business have to spend the funds?

A business can use the funds during the covered period, defined for the RRF as the period between February 15, 2020, through December 31, 2021. The SBA has the ability to extend this date range for up to two years. If all grant funds are not spent by the business, or the business permanently closes before the end of the covered period, the business must return any unused funds to the Treasury.

 

5. What is the tax treatment for the business receiving the RRF grants?

The grants will not be taxable income, and the business will keep the federal tax deductions for the relevant expenses used with grant monies.

 

6. How will the grant funds be distributed?

For the first 21-days of grant distribution, the SBA shall prioritize awarding eligible entities with small business concerns owned and controlled by women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns. After this period, funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

7. What are the next steps?

As of the date of this posting, we do not know when the SBA will begin disbursing funds or how the rollout of fund disbursements will work. The US Chamber of Commerce recommends restaurant owners that want to apply for RRF grants immediately register with the government using the System of Award Management (SAM). To register for the SAM, restaurant owners need to do the following:

We understand that interested parties will need to be registered on the SAM system prior to receiving the RRF grant. The other thing interested restaurant owners can do at this point is to begin preparing the relevant paperwork demonstrating the gross receipts in 2020 and 2019 and PPP1 and PPP2 loan amounts (if received). Please contact us or your Lutz Representative with questions.

 

[1] Includes any restaurant, food stand, food truck, food cart, caterer, saloon, inn, tavern, bar, lounge, brewpub, tasting room, taproom, licensed facility, or premise of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products, or other similar place of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink.

[2] Affiliation measured by greater than or equal to 50% of equity or right to profit distributions or contractual authority to control the relevant businesses.

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New Stimulus Package Signed Into Law

New Stimulus Package Signed Into Law

 

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NEW STIMULUS PACKAGE SIGNED INTO LAW

NEW STIMULUS PACKAGE SIGNED INTO LAW

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act last week, which is the third major piece of legislation targeting the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains several tax provisions that impact businesses and individuals.

 

Business updates

FFCRA credits extended

Paid sick and family leave credits are now extended through September 30, 2021. The program continues to be voluntary in 2021, however, the 80-hour limitation on paid sick leave hours resets on April 1, 2021. For purposes of the family leave credit, eligible wages increased to $12,000 from $10,000.

 

Employee retention credit (ERC) extended

The ERC is now extended through December 31, 2021. This credit can be substantial for employers who qualify. In 2021, a business may qualify if it either (1) demonstrates at least a 20% decline in a 2021 calendar quarter gross receipts compared to the same calendar quarter in 2019; or (2) experiences a business shutdown mandated by a government authority.

Recovery startup businesses, those that began after February 15, 2020 and had less than $1 million in gross receipts, could be eligible for an expanded credit of up to $50,000 per quarter for the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

 

Restaurant Revitalization Grants

The Small Business Administration has a new program specific to restaurants which aims to offset a “pandemic-related revenue loss” in 2020. Guidance is needed from the SBA to detail how this program operates.

 

Individual updates

Unemployment benefits tax-free

For taxpayers with less than $150,000 in 2020 adjusted gross income (AGI), the first $10,200 of 2020 unemployment benefits are tax-free.

 

Stimulus checks

A new round of stimulus checks provides up to $1,400 per individual, including college students and qualifying relatives. Phase-outs are modified: $75,000 to $80,000 for single filers; $112,500 to $120,000 for head of household; and $150,000 to $160,000 for married filing jointly.

The IRS will issue checks based on 2019 filings unless the 2020 return has already been filed.

 

Child Tax Credit expanded

The 2021 credit is increased to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for six years or younger), subject to phase-out limitations. An advance on the credit will be available with IRS guidance coming.

Please contact us if you have questions and continue to follow our updates as further guidance is released.

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1.26.2021 | Second Round COVID-19 Stimulus Package | Recording

1.26.2021 | Second Round COVID-19 Stimulus Package | Recording

 

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SECOND ROUND COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE

1.26.2021 | Second Round COVID-19 Stimulus Package | Recording

Included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 signed into law in late 2020 is $900 billion of COVID-19 related relief provisions for individual taxpayers and small businesses. In this presentation, the Lutz PPP Team cover various topics to help business owners understand the relief options available.

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Five Ways Coronavirus Impacts Your 2020 Personal Taxes

Five Ways Coronavirus Impacts Your 2020 Personal Taxes

 

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FIVE WAYS CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS YOUR 2020 PERSONAL TAXES

five ways coronavirus impacts your 2020 personal taxes

daniel sweeney, tax manager

 

Congress passed a variety of tax-relief measures throughout 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Even income taxes did not escape the impact of COVID-19. Here are five ways that the Coronavirus will affect your 2020 taxes.

 

1. Net Operating Losses for 2020. 

If 2020 was not the year for your business, there is a silver lining. 2020 is the last year to take advantage of preferential rules for net operating losses. The “normal” rules would force taxpayers to take their business’s net operating loss to a future year and potentially subject the loss carryforward to an 80% of taxable income limitation. As of right now, 2021 will reimpose the normal rules. For 2020, the net operating loss can be carried back 5-years with no 80% of taxable income limitation. The carryback of the loss would hopefully result in a tax refund when carried back to a year that had taxable income.

The $250,000 (single) or $500,000 (married) limitation on excess business losses has also been removed.  Like the changes to net operating losses, the “normal” limitations are set to reapply for the 2021 tax year.  If business in 2020 was not great, there is the possibility for some relief that would not normally be available.

 

2. Estimated Tax Payments and IRS backlog

In a normal year, estimated tax payments would have been due April 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and January 15th (of the following year). IRS Notice 2020-23 postponed the due date for 2020 estimated tax payments for the first quarter and the second quarter of 2020 until July 15th, 2020. The IRS has not been great about keeping track of payments they received in 2020. Taxpayers may receive more notices than usual about their 2020 estimated tax payments, even if the payments were made on time.

 

3. Charitable Deduction for Non-Itemizers

After 2017’s tax reform (the beloved Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), the vast majority of taxpayers no longer itemize their deductions. Itemized deductions include the deduction for contributions made to a qualifying charity. As such, most taxpayers no longer receive a tax benefit for their charitable contributions. The story slightly changes for 2020.

Now taxpayers can take a charitable deduction for up to $300 (single) or $600 (married) even if they do not itemize their deductions. The contributions must be cash/check, and a receipt still needs to be received. While not a huge tax-break, it is an additional deduction available for 2020 and 2021.

 

4. No Required Minimum Distributions from your IRA.

For those over age 70½ or are the beneficiaries of an inherited IRA, the requisite to make your required minimum distribution for 2020 was waived. If required minimum distributions were made out from the account, you had until August 31st, 2020, to put the distribution back into the account.

However, even if the funds were placed back into the account, taxes may still have been withheld. The portion related to the taxes withheld would normally not be placed back into the account. Fortunately, those withheld taxes can still be claimed on your 2020 tax return.

For 2021, required minimum distributions are set to resume. It is worth following up on what happened to your required minimum distribution, even if it was placed back into your account.

 

5. Stimulus Payments (Economic Impact Payments)

Throughout the summer of 2020, the Treasury Department made direct payments of up to $1,200 per taxpayer and $500 qualifying child. The Treasury made additional $600 payments at the end of December 2020 and beginning of January 2021. Unfortunately, College students claimed as a dependent lost out. A qualifying child needs to be under age 17 for the parent to receive a payment.

These payments were really structured as an advance payment of a tax credit calculated on your 2020 tax return. The tax credit will be calculated based on your 2020 income. However, the payment you received was likely based off your 2019 or 2018 income.

The good news is that if the stimulus payment you received is higher than the tax credit on your 2020 tax return, you do not have to pay anything back. The better news is that if the calculated tax credit on your tax return is higher than your stimulus payment, then you will get an additional tax credit on your 2020 tax return.

The stimulus payment was partially reduced for taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) over $75,000 (single) or $150,000 (married) for 2018 or 2019. If 2020’s AGI is lower, you may receive an additional tax credit if you did not receive the full stimulus payment amounts.

 

No Change –The Due Date

At the moment, the IRS is not planning to change any of the due dates for the 2020 tax filing season. For 2019 tax returns, the due date was pushed back to July 15th. For 2020 tax returns, the due date is still April 15, 2021, for personal income tax returns, along with an April 15th deadline for first quarter estimated tax payments. The IRS is still multiple months behind on processing 2019 tax returns but has said that they expect to be ready to go for 2020 returns. We will keep up-to-date and inform you if there are any changes. If you have any questions, please contact us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

402.463.8988

dsweeney@lutz.us

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DANIEL SWEENEY + TAX MANAGER

Daniel Sweeney is a Tax Manager at Lutz that focuses on a number of areas including tax preparation and planning for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. His experience also includes international tax and tax research.

AREAS OF FOCUS
AFFILIATIONS AND CREDENTIALS
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
  • Hastings Young Professionals, Member
  • Nebraska State Bar
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • BA in Political Science, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • JD, University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Law, Lincoln, NE
  • LLM Tax, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Hastings College Adjunct Professor of Federal Income Tax

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Paycheck Protection Program Updates

Paycheck Protection Program Updates

 

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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM UPDATES

paycheck protection program updates

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) passed at the end of December 2020 contained language reopening the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans and creating the PPP for Second Draw Loans. The below listing presents a summary of the major points of each program.

PPP First Draw (PPP1):

  • Opened back up for first-time borrowers
  • Flexible covered period allowed (time period between 8 and 24 weeks)
  • One page forgiveness application for PPP loans <$150K (has not been released)
  • Payroll expanded to include company paid disability, vision and dental
  • EIDL Advance/Grant not deducted from forgiveness amount
  • Additional eligible uses of loan proceeds include worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations

PPP Second Draw (PPP2):

General Information

  • Available until March 31, 2021
  • 5-year forgivable loan @ 1%
  • Flexible covered period allowed (time period between 8 and 24 weeks)

Eligibility Criteria

  • PPP1 funds must be spent by PPP2 disbursement date
  • For NAICS #72 businesses (such as hotels and restaurants) with multiple locations, the borrower must have less than 300 employees per physical location
    • affiliation rules still apply, but it appears that the alternative size standards and net income/book value test no longer apply)
    • For businesses with multiple locations, not more than 300 employees per physical location
  • Borrower must show a 25% “gross receipts” reduction in any 2020 calendar quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2019
    • Borrower can also compare full year 2020 vs. 2019 for 25% “gross receipts” reduction
    • Comparison periods will differ for borrowers who were not in operation for entire 2019 year
    • “Gross receipts” include all revenue in whatever form received or accrued (in accordance with the entity’s accounting method) from whatever source, including from the sales of products or services, interest, dividends, rents, royalties, fees, or commissions, reduced by returns and allowances
      • PPP1 forgiveness amount and EIDL is excluded from the “gross receipts” reduction test
      • No guidance has been released on Provider Relief Funds being includable as “gross receipts” during 2020
    • Method of accounting (cash or accrual) for “gross receipts” reduction test should follow method used on tax returns

Loan Amount

  • Maximum loan amount of $2 million
  • Loan amount equal to 2019 or 2020 average monthly payroll x 2.5 (or x 3.5 for NAICS code 72 such as restaurants and hotels)
  • Schedule F: Loan based on 2.5x average monthly gross income (max of $100K gross income)
    • If a borrower has employees: sum of (i) the difference between gross income and employee payroll costs of the borrower in 2019 or 2020, that is not more than $100,000 divided by 12, and (ii) the average total monthly payroll costs for the employees incurred or paid during the same year elected by the borrower x 2.5 (max loan amount of $2 million)
  • Schedule C: Based on 2.5x average monthly net self-employment income (not to exceed $100K)
  • Loan to a single corporate group cannot exceed $4 million
    • Majority owned, directly or indirectly, by a common parent

 PPP2 Documentation

  • No additional documentation to substantiate payroll costs will be required if:
    • Used calendar year 2019 payroll figures to determine PPP1 and PPP2 loans amounts, and
    • The lender is the same
  • For loans over $150,000, submit documentation on “gross receipts” decline such as:
    • Relevant tax forms, including annual tax forms, or if relevant tax forms are not available, quarterly financial statements or bank statements
  • For loans of $150,000 or less, documentation is not required to be submitted with the loan application but must be submitted on or before the date the borrower applies for loan forgiveness. However, we assume most lenders will require “gross receipts” documentation when applying for PP2 since the “gross receipts” comparison will need to be completed to determine eligibility

If you have any questions on your eligibility for PPP1, PPP2, or the forgiveness of either program, please reach out to:

Michael Greteman

mgreteman@lutz.us

(402) 514-0015

Justin Korth

jkorth@lutz.us

(402) 514-0007

Mark Otte

motte@lutz.us

(402) 827-2032

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