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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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PROVIDER RELIEF FUND REPORTING

Provider relief fund reporting

The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal opened for Reporting Period 2 on January 1, 2022, and will remain open through March 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET.  What you need to know:

Providers who were required to report in Reporting Period 1, but did not report:

  • Providers who received one or more payments exceeding $10,000 between April 10, 2020 - June 30, 2020, were required to Report in Reporting Period 1.
  • HRSA states that “You are out of compliance with the PRF Terms and Conditions and must return your Payment Period 1 PRF payment(s) to HRSA.”
  • There are additional instructions on the HRSA site for returning payments and other information regarding “non-compliance”

Upcoming Reporting Requirements:

Period Payment Received Period   Deadline to Use Funds Reporting Time Period
3 January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021 6/30/2022 July 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022
4 July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021 12/31/2022 January 1, 2023, to March 31, 2023

 

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Baumert, Julianne Kipple or Lauren Duren, or call us at 402-496-8800.

 

Last Updated: 1/14/2022

 

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