The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27 provides $349 billion in funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) in an effort to provide assistance and relief to America’s small businesses struggling under the weight of COVID-19. The Act included a paycheck protection provision for small businesses by providing additional funding to the SBA for specific areas of need and expanding the SBA’s 7(a) loan program.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) signed on March 18, 2020, made unprecedented expansions to paid sick and family (childcare) leave provisions in light of the challenges for the American workforce due to COVID-19. The expansions to paid sick and family leave cover employers with up to 500 employees, and tax credits are available for up to 100% of qualifying wages paid.
Small businesses are now eligible for up to $2 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) after President Trump called for an additional $50 billion in funding to the SBA’s lending program from Congress in response to COVID-19.
There will come a day when every entrepreneur or small business owner realizes they can’t do it all, or they simply don’t want to. Being boss, HR manager, product designer, inventory manager, accountant, and the sales and marketing department can begin to weigh on you no matter how dedicated or organized you are. The good news is, help is out there.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction for tax years 2018-2025. Essentially, certain elements (but not all) of a business owner’s income are getting a tax break.
The IRS has released recommended mileage reimbursement rates for 2019. Each year the IRS performs a study on vehicle costs to determine whether to adjust the rates. Rates not only changed this year, but some adjustments resulted from the new tax reform.
Tax planning in 2019 continues to be a moving target due to the TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) enacted in December 2017. Although there is still uncertainty as we await clarification by the government and IRS, enough of the law is currently in practice to allow substantial tax planning to occur.