PPP Deadline Extended

PPP Deadline Extended

Congress has approved the PPP Extension Act of 2021, which pushes back the Paycheck Protection Program – PPP – loan application deadline by an additional two months, from March 31 deadline to May 31. This means those businesses most affected by the pandemic are allowed to apply for a loan beyond this month.

In addition to having more time to complete the application for a first-draw or second-draw loan, this also gives the Small Business Administration more time – now until June 30 – to process loans, a move advocates say was needed to tackle the existing backlog of applications. To this point, it is noteworthy that 60 additional days were needed to clear the backlog of pending PPP applications halted by SBA coding errors.

The extension garnered support from banking and other groups involved in the PPP loan process. The 60-day extension provides necessary additional time for both applicants and lenders to review and submit the applications. Moreover, pushing back the PPP application deadline is also helpful to those businesses that are still in the process of applying, giving them a better chance of securing a loan.

Since its inception in March 2020, more than 7.8 million PPP loans have been approved totaling nearly $704 billion in aid. As of March 17, there is about $103 billion left in unclaimed PPP funds. As we all know, the first round of PPP draws had neither specific guidelines nor strict vetting in place, allowing bigger banks and bigger companies to grab most of the initial funds, the program has allotted more money and continued to adapt the rules and guidance in an effort to make funds more available to both the smallest businesses and underrepresented groups.


You’ve Got PPP Funding, So, Now What?

You’ve Got PPP Funding, So, Now What?

Right now, the thing on every business owner’s mind is the new round of Payroll Protection Program – PPP – funding. And many of you out there may have already received those funds. If you do, it’s definitely time to start asking yourself some important questions, including: How do I maximize its use? How do I make sure it gets forgiven? How is this going to affect the forecasting and budgeting of my cashflow moving forward?

With these questions in mind, consider the following:

  • Focus on what’s forgivable: As we know, the PPP is designed for those critical expenditures including salaries, wages, vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave, and health benefits; Rent or mortgage interest if the mortgage was signed before February 15, 2020; Approved Utilities, such as gas, electric, water, telephone and internet; Software and equipment; Property damage and Safety and compliance expenditures related to COVID-19.
  • Document it all… and keep everything: This is best business practices, anyway, but with PPP, it’s important to maintain a document of everything funds were used for, e.g., have documentation to show the number of employees you have and how you have not laid anyone off since February 15th. If you did lay or furlough employees after receiving the loan, you have until December 31st to hire them back, in order to get full forgiveness. Make sure you understand every expense that you can allocate to the PPP and again, that at least 60% of the PPP loan is used for payroll.
  • Forecast through the end of the year: Part of how you make sure you get forgiveness for the PPP loan is by being able to certify that your business needed the money due to the economic pressure from the COVID-19 crisis. It’s necessary that you maintain projected Profit and Loss Statement and a projected Cash Flow Statement in aid of getting a grasp on how the PPP loan helps your cash flow; how to spend the PPP money correctly, as well as whether or not the business needs more than just PPP to survive this crisis.
  • Line up additional funding: Forecasting needs to be an opportunity to play with your numbers and see what is possible. As stated above more than just PPP may likely be necessary to keep your business going. Using “what if” scenarios will also help you understand the different options you have and the reality of what it will take to keep your business alive – and that may entail cutting staff, calling vendors, making deals and otherwise scrambling to seek out additional aid or loans, as needed and appropriate, including exploring the availability of local aid for small businesses, as well as whether the Emergency Injury Disaster Loans are right for your business.

Now more than ever, it’s so important to seek information and guidance from professionals in this area. Not only is the PPP deadline March 31, but it’s also tax season.  Isn’t it time you had someone on your side, working for you?

We’re here to help. Contact Dunham Tax Professionals today.

Payroll Protection Program and Your Tax Returns

Payroll Protection Program and Your Tax Returns

It’s tax season again, and we’ve been talking a lot about the new round of Payroll Protection Program – PPP – funding available to those business most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dunham Tax Professionals keeps this blog in an effort to inform you – in as timely a manner as possible – the things you need to know about the new round of funding and by now, we know that new SBA and IRS guidelines indicate that PPP funding is to be used for the following business expenses:

  • Payroll expenses
  • Mortgage interest on business location
  • Rent on business location
  • Utilities payments, including transportation, electricity, gas, telephone and internet services
  • Operational expenses, e.g., HR, software, cloud computing, or accounting needs.
  • Property damage costs.
  • Supplier costs
  • Worker protection expenditures, such as masking and distancing compliance protocols; safety guards and plexiglass

Previously, anything you spent your PPP loan on was not going to be tax deductible, but now, however, these expenses are tax deductible. Simply put, your PPP loan will not affect your tax filing process.

And while this is obviously great news, it is noteworthy that currently, there is not any change in the guidance for state and local tax treatment of PPP funds. Therefore, be sure to check with your own State and local tax authorities for additional information.

That’s where we come in: Dunham Tax Professionals always point out the importance of consulting with people who will help you through tax uncertainties – every step of the way. And now more than ever, we’re here for you.

Make an appointment today.

PPP Loan Forgiveness

PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Economic Aid Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020, brought new relief in the form of additional PPP funding.  It also served to streamline the forgiveness application process for loans of $150,000 or less.  In January, the SBA made that promise a reality.

There is a new version of the form 3508S which requires borrowers to provide the following information:

  • Basic information about the business, e.g., name, address, NAICS code, EIN, phone, and such.
  • Information about the original PPP loan, e.g., SBA loan number, loan amount, loan disbursement date
  • Number of employees at the time of loan application and forgiveness application/
  • Covered period
  • Amount of loan spend on payroll costs
  • Requested loan forgiveness amount

The application requires certification that the borrower complied with all requirements set forth in the PPP rules. Borrowers using this application for a second draw PPP loan will also need to certify the accuracy of the calculation and documentation related to the revenue reduction.

The Economic Aid Act amended language in new relief package now allows PPP borrowers to also claim employee retention tax credits – ERTC.  Some borrowers may have payroll costs the qualify for the ERTC during their covered period.

It is certainly more than advisable to consult with a professional to see if you can also qualify to claim this. Dunham Tax Professionals is here and ready to help. Make an appointment today.

PPP Qualified Expenses

PPP Qualified Expenses

PPP loans can only be used for certain expenses. If you use your loan for anything other than these expenses, you will not qualify for full loan forgiveness. So how exactly can you use your funds? What are the PPP spending requirements?

PPP eligible expenses include:

  • Payroll Costs including
    • Salaries, Wages, Tips & Commissions: Capped at $100,000/annually per employee
    • State & Local Taxes on Compensation
    • Employee Benefits: Includes costs associated with retirement plans, group health insurance, separation or dismissal, vacation time, sick and medical leave, and parental and family leave

If you’re a sole proprietor or independent contractor, self-employment wages, salaries, and commissions not exceeding $100,000 annually qualify as payroll costs.

Note: These costs will need to be proven by submitting payroll documentation. For small businesses, acceptable documentation includes: Tax Forms: Form 941 quarterly tax filings and Form 944 annual tax filings; Payroll Registers, which ideally should be from the last 12 months, and Business Bank Statements: Should be from the last 12 months

If you’re an independent contractor or sole proprietor, documentation proving payroll costs include: Tax Forms: 1040 Schedule C and 1099s; Income and expense reports

Other documentation may be acceptable — ask your chosen lender for additional details about how they’re handling PPP allowable expenses

  • Mortgage Interest: PPP loan can be used to pay mortgage interest. Mortgage interest obligations must have been incurred before February 15, 2020, to be a qualified expense.

Make sure to have documentation showing the mortgage interest that was paid. Acceptable documentation includes receipts, bank statements, account statements, and canceled checks.

  • Rent: If you rent your commercial space, you can use a portion of your funds to cover rent over the next two months. To be considered a qualified expense, a lease agreement for the property must have been in effect before February 15, 2020.

Again, you need to keep all documentation proving your funds were spent toward this qualified expense. So, don’t forget to hang onto your account statements, receipts, bank statements, and canceled checks.

  • Utilities: A portion of your loan can be to cover your utilities – which the SBA defines utilities as electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone or internet access, for which service began before February 15, 2020.

You’ll want to have documentation proving that these utilities were paid by keeping account statements, bank statements, canceled checks, and receipts.

One last thing to note is that you must use at least 60% of your loan to cover payroll costs to be forgiven. The remaining 40% can be used to pay mortgage interest, utilities, and rent.

The new round of PPP loans expands the list of qualified expenditures on which you can use the 40% of your loan that isn’t dedicated to payroll. These qualified expansions include:

  • Software: Since the onset of the pandemic and its mandated shutdowns, more and more of us are working from home – and many businesses that have had to start taking and processing orders online that had previously been done in person. This paradigm shift has several associated costs such as cameras, software and the like.
  • Property Damage: Yes, that’s right, property damage – stemming from periods of civil unrest – can be a portion of your expenditures. These of course, need to be proven and accounted for.
  • Necessary Supplier Costs: this is another major addendum from Round One payments to the current Round Two: the new relief recognizes the importance of restocking critical supplies to keep your business running. Keep records of these expenditures – although your business should already be doing so.
  • COVID-related Protective Measures: If your business is fortunate enough to have stayed open during these times, e.g., grocery stores, food service, gas stations or civil services, it has likely had to implement some changes to stay compliant with mask orders and social distancing guidelines; these may also include putting up shield guards and plexiglass barriers – and now they are included in potential PPP forgiveness.

Dunham Tax Professionals continues to stress the importance and value of consulting a professional for expert guidance and additional information. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment. We’re here to help.

Payroll Protection Program: What Happens in the Long Run?

Payroll Protection Program: What Happens in the Long Run?

So, you’ve submitted your SBA Paycheck Protection Program – PPP – application and you might have even received your loan proceeds, but that does not mean there is nothing left to be done: It is critical for you to closely manage and account for your PPP loan proceeds, not just for cash flow purposes but for accounting purposes in order to apply for your PPP loan forgiveness. The amount of documentation you will ultimately need for the forgiveness component of this loan will be substantial, so get your process in place now to shorten the turnaround of this.

For accounting purposes, it may be a good practice to set up this separate bank account and a PPP note payable in your general ledger: The idea here is to record the proceeds deposited into the bank account with an offset to PPP note payable.

Keep in mind that this is a 2-year loan and it will be considered both a short-term and a long-term debt. As such, once you receive your loan amortization schedule, you should consider breaking out the amounts due between current and long term in your financial statements.

Remember to document the date of receipt on the PPP funds. This is important because this is your start of the eight-week period. Any eligible expenses paid within the eight-week period will factor into the forgiveness calculation.

Pay for all eligible expenses out of this bank account. For any items paid, keep support for these disbursements. You will need the support for the forgiveness submittal.

  • Payroll costs
  • Business Rent or Mortgages
  • Utilities owed for the business – E Electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone, or internet access.
  • Interest Payments

It is noteworthy that your non-payroll items (rent, utilities, and interest) can be no more than 25% of the total forgivable portion of your loan. Be sure to track your eligible expenses as you could be in for a surprise if you use your PPP loan proceeds primarily for non-payroll items.

If you opt to not open a separate bank account for their PPP money, that is fine, but the same processes of documentation are recommended and isolating ultimate loan funds will be a bit more complicated.

Lastly, consider how to account for the forgiveness of this PPP loan on your books. For tax purposes, loan forgiveness is not taxable. For book purposes, loan forgiveness will ultimately be income (either through a reduction in operating expenses or more likely being recorded as other income). Keep in mind that loan forgiveness like this will most likely be considered an extraordinary item in your profit and loss for the year and will influence employee compensation that is driven by net income. Each company will need to evaluate the impact of loan forgiveness on a case-by-case basis.

As always, Dunham Tax Professionals wants to point out that our blogs serve to give you an idea of some of the basics, and that if you have more in-depth questions or concerns, it’s always best to consult with a professional. Give us a call and or set up an appointment today. We’re here to help.

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