According to retirement professionals and researchers, the pandemic will affect Social Security benefits for those born in 1960, due to the complicated formula the Social Security Administration uses to calculate benefits.
Join Stephen J. Rodis, CPA and Mark R. Dreher, CPA in an ASCPA live online webcast on June 20, 2020, about current PPP tax issues and status of forgiveness portion of the PPP loan program, including financial reporting options.
President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 modifying certain provisions related to PPP loan forgiveness. One important modification allows recipients of loan forgiveness to defer payroll taxes.
COVID-19 may have created tax complications for companies with employees working from home in another state. To prevent tax surprises for you and your employees, understanding how to classify wages will avoid penalties and amending tax filings.
Arizona Governor Ducey announced retail, including retailers in indoor shopping malls, pools, gyms, fitness providers, spas, massage therapists, and personal services may open on May 13, 2020, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation.
The Trump Administration extended the deadline for companies to repay PPP loans from May 7, 2020 to May 14, 2020. The decision comes after many groups and organizations requested the administration provide additional time for companies to determine if they would return the funds.
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released a poll showing that Americans across the political spectrum believe that employers must have protections from COVID-related lawsuits. The poll shows more than 6-in-10 Americans say Congress should extend liability protections to employers.
According to HHS, a portion of the $100 billion Provider Relief Fund will be used to reimburse healthcare providers, at Medicare rates, for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured. As a condition, providers are obligated to abstain from “balance billing” any patient for COVID-related treatment.
Many Arizona small businesses received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to maintain payroll levels from loss of revenue. The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an Interim Final Rule addressing eligibility issues and requirements for certain pledges. The CARES Act requires the SBA to issue additional guidance on rules for loan forgiveness by April 27, 2020.
Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending commercial tenant evictions, including lock out, notice to vacate, or any other attempt to inhibit the operations of a business associated with inability to pay rent caused by COVID-19. The Executive Order expires on May 31, 2020.
According to Eric Stevenson, President, Nationwide Retirement Plans, advisors to retirement plans will play a critical role, stating “This is the time they have to be more visible than they have ever been,” said Stevenson. “They have to be in constant communication with plan sponsors, even if from a distance.”
On March 30, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Arizona’s version of a stay-at-home executive order. Unique to Arizona, the Governor’s order includes a strong focus on mental health and encourages Arizonans to participate in outdoor activities in accordance with social distancing measures.
Governor Ducey declared most Arizona counties, including Maricopa, a disaster area. This means business owners can apply for low-interest loans online through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Application Portal.