How To Pay Off The EIDL Loan

The SBA made it very easy for practice owners to receive an EIDL loan of up to $150k with a fixed 3.75% interest rate over a 30-year term. And a lot of practice owners decided to accept this EIDL loan. As we posted last month at:...

Form 5500 For 401K/Profit Sharing Plans Due 7/31

If your practice had a 401k/Profit Sharing Plan in place during 2019, make sure to file a Form 5500 for your practice retirement plan by July 31st.  There are no taxes due with this form. Instead, the Form 5500 is an informational filing only.  SEPs and SIMPLEs are...

Timing Of Non-Payroll Costs Eligible For PPP Forgiveness Calculation

According to the SBA on Page 4 of the information available at: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP–IFR–Revisions-to-Loan-Forgiveness-Interim-Final-Rule-and-SBA-Loan-Review-Procedures-Interim-Final-Rule.pdf: A nonpayroll cost is eligible for...

COVID-19 HR Links From HR Specialist Laurie LaBrie

Last week Laurie LaBrie presented to members of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs to get us practice owners up to speed with what business owners in Mass need to do to keep their staff safe during these challenging times.  Laurie’s talk included the following very...

New EZ PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

In a move to make it even easier for small business owners to have 100% of their PPP loans forgiven, the SBA issued a simplified version of the PPP Loan forgiveness application as follows: Form 3508EZ:...

Potential PPP Pitfall Eliminated For Self-Employed Individuals

Until the most recent revision to the PPP loan forgiveness rules, there was a potential PPP pitfall for self-employed individuals who have no staff nor pay rent or utilities for office space.  Having 100% of their PPP loan forgiven would have been virtually...

PPP Forgiveness Calculation Now Includes Up To $20,833 For Owner Comp

The revised rule allowing practice owners to include up to $20,833 of their compensation towards the PPP loan forgiveness calculation extends to S-Corp owners too. Previously, owner comp was capped at $15,385, which is a max salary of $100k divided by 52 weeks...

Looking for KN95 Masks?

One of our non-healthcare clients is GreenStreets USA Inc, a distributor of paper and cleaning products to businesses throughout New England, New York and New Jersey, has stocked up on KN95 masks and is now offering this deal to Schwartz& Schwartz clients: KN95...

New PPP Loan Rules Reduce Payroll Cost Requirement to 60%

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) signed into law on June 5, 2020 had some extremely beneficial changes for practice owners. One of the more significant changes reduces the minimum percentage of the PPP loan proceeds required to be spent on...

Q1 and Q2 Estimated Tax Payments Due 7/15/20

The deadline to file and pay your 2019 federal income taxes has been extended to 7/15/20. Same deadline applies for Q1 and Q2 estimates for your 2020 federal taxes as well as for most states.  However, some states including ME, NH, NY and RI appear to have pushed...

Very Favorable Changes Enacted For The PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation

On Friday, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) into law.  Let’s start with the To Do List based on the recently revised PPP rules: PPP TO DO LIST (Updated after new rules enacted on 6/5/20): If you haven’t yet applied for the...

Review Of Recent Changes Made To PPP Loan Rules

Last week brought great news for practice owners who want to best utilize their PPP money. Here are the changes made to the PPP rules by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) enacted into law the end of last week: Extends the 8-week Covered Period to...

How To Defer Your 2020 Social Security Match Into 2021 & 2022

Practice owners with staff, or self-employed individuals without staff, can take advantage of an interest-free loan in the form of a deferral of 2020 matching Social Security taxes into 2021 and 2022. Practice owners are required to withhold Social Security taxes from...

MA is Now Being Inundated with Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Beware.  We’ve now heard from multiple clients that fraudulent unemployment claims were filed under their name and SSN. Scary stuff. Here is the advice we’re giving to those clients: There is a Mass website to report suspected fraudulent claims:...

Let CARR Healthcare Realty Help You Out

Looking for a company to help you with lease negotiating or with the purchase of commercial space? How about a company where the fee for their services is actually paid by your landlord or by the person you purchase the real estate from, and isn’t paid you? We...

Mortgage Interest Rates Are At Record Lows

With home mortgage rates at ALL TIME LOWS, now is a great time to look at refinancing your home mortgage. If you can lock in a fixed-rate mortgage for at least .5% less than your current rate, then it’s the proverbial “no-brainer”. Start by reaching out to the...

MA Dept of Unemployment – Link to Employer Guide

MA DUA has updated their site with information that answers many unemployment questions as it relates to employees refusing to come back to work and how unemployment is related to the PPP loan. Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers...

FTEs Matter

Understanding how the number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) working at your office impacts the PPP loan forgiveness calculation is essential for anyone looking to max out the portion of this SBA loan that will ultimately be forgiven.  According to the SBA rules...

PPP Forgiveness Guidelines Finally Issued

Over the weekend, the SBA finally issued guidelines on how the loan forgiveness calculation will work.  The Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application is available at:...

How To Max Out The Loan Forgiveness

The clock is ticking. Assuming your office has been closed for more than a month, what can you do now to maximize the loan forgiveness? The first step is to determine if you will be able to fully staff up by 6/30/20 to qualify for the Safe-Harbor described above. ...

We Can Help With The PPP Forgiveness Paperwork

Later this year, most likely during June or July, our payroll team and staff accountants will be proactively helping our clients who utilize our firm’s payroll service with the info needed to prepare the loan forgiveness application.  Remember, we need the 6/30/20...

More Info About EIDLS

As we wrote last week, the SBA is now reaching out to small business owners that their Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available.  That article is available at: https://www.schwartzaccountants.com/2020/05/economic-injury-disaster-loans-eidl-are-now-granted/...

Please Put PPP Forfeiture in Perspective

Maximizing the portion of your PPP loan to be forgiven should be one of your goals.  Taking steps to ensure that the full amount of your loan is forgiven might be short-sighted. Too many clients seem singularly focused on doing whatever it takes for the full PPP to be...

Should You Pay Back Your PPP By Thursday 5/14?

Many of our clients got the PPP during the initial phase three or four weeks ago.  Others got their PPP loans much more recently.  Either way, should you consider fully repaying the PPP loan by Thursday, May 14th? One big issue that impacts your decision is whether...

Interesting Insight From One of the Major Dental Lenders

According to one of the local dental lenders: We are soon expecting an update from management and SBA about forgiveness, I shall keep you posted. You can apply as early as June 30th for forgiveness. That’s when the first phase customers 8 weeks end. Rumor is that date...

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are Now Granted

By the end of last week, a few clients reached out to us to let us know that they received the SBA approval for their EIDL loan.  The amount for most loans came in at $150k. We were then asked if they should take advantage of these loans. We are recommending that...

How to Best Utilize Your PPP Loan

Congratulations if you received either your PPP 7(a) loan or notification from your lender that you will receive those funds soon. Now you need to figure out how to make the best use of this forgivable loan. Please remember that the primary purpose of the PPP loan is...

How to Best Time When to Apply for your PPP Loan

Hindsight is 2020. That being said, you don’t have the luxury of hindsight when it comes to figuring out when is the best time to apply for a PPP 7(a) loan for your practice. Let’s assume you meet these three conditions: You have temporarily closed your practice and...

Household Employers – How the Families First Act impacts you

The Families First Act took effect April 1 and does cover household employers. However, the Department of Labor has the discretion to exempt businesses with under 50 employees if the business can demonstrate that the new requirements would jeopardize its viability....

Instructions to completing the EIDL Application

We’ve received numerous calls and emails about completing the EIDL Application with the SBA. Now that I’ve spent some time looking at the forms and limited instructions, I see why. Here are line by line instructions (based on my understanding of how they should be...

Financial Incentives for Practice Owners to Retain Their Staff

The CARES Act passed last Friday included a few excellent incentives for small employers to retain their staff. The “Paycheck Protection Program” SBA 7(a) loan: The loan is equal to 2.5 times your average monthly payroll costs from the 12 months prior to the loan...

Practice Owner “To-Do List” Following the Passing of the CARES Act

Now that the CARES Act has been passed into law, now is the time to finalize your planning for this period of time that your office is temporarily closed and also for when the office reopens later this year. • Submit the paperwork with the SBA to receive the $10k EIDL...

Opportunities for Small Employers

The CARES Act focuses on helping small employers with less than 500 employees keep their doors open and retain their staff. Let’s first take a look at the forgivable loan being offered. Known as SBA 7(a) loans, the rules move the processing of these loans from the...

Penalty-Free Retirement Plan Distributions

Let me start by saying that retirement accounts for working people should be used only as a last resort. That being said, the CARES act includes a provision allowing you to withdraw up to $100k from your IRA or work Retirement Plan penalty-free if you are affected by...

Student Loan Forgiveness

The CARES Act includes a provision suspending payments and waiving the interest on any federal student loans through September 30, 2020. Please go online with your loan servicer to make sure that they are following through on this valuable break from paying these...