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November 20, 2020

IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Expenses Paid with PPP Loans

As thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations prepare and submit their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applications, they may not be aware of recent IRS guidance regarding the tax treatment of expenses paid with PPP loans. PPP borrowers with pending forgiveness applications (filed or unfiled) should understand the recent guidance and factor nondeductible expenses…

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October 12, 2020

Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

In an effort to support small businesses and nonprofits significantly impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury announced a simple Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less. Read the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000…

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September 8, 2020

Should You Take Advantage of the Payroll Tax Deferral?

While Congress and the Administration continue debating the next round of economic relief in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump issued a memorandum in early August directing the Treasury Secretary to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of employees’ payroll taxes. In lieu of another stimulus check, employees have the option to defer…

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July 10, 2020

Single Audit Reporting Deadline Rescinded and Other Updates from OMB

By Tricia Katebini, CPA, MBA, Audit Senior Manager In a previous industry alert, OMB Offers Relief for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19, GRF reported that OMB was granting flexibility related to the use of Federal funding for the allowability of salaries and other project activities, along with extensions of Single Audit…

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July 9, 2020

SBA Releases Revised Loan Forgiveness Application for the PPP

Reflecting changes made to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with enactment of The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 earlier this month, SBA has released a revised loan forgiveness application and instructions. This follows the issuance of a new interim final rule for guidance on calculating employee and owner compensation…

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June 9, 2020

Accounting Standards Update 2020-05 Delays ASC Topic 606 (Revenue From Contracts With Customers) and Topic 842 (Leases) Effective Date for Certain Entities

As noted in a previous GRF industry alert, on April 8, 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), added a project to its technical agenda to propose delaying the effective dates of its standards on revenue recognition and lease accounting for certain entities due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The particular Accounting Standards…

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June 5, 2020

President Trump Signs Bill Making Significant Changes to the PPP

Today, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill that makes significant changes to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established as part of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 provides important fixes sought after by business groups and extends the timeframe for PPP loan…

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June 3, 2020

COVID-19 Enterprise Resiliency

How is your organization coping with the pandemic? Many have found themselves in a precarious situation when it comes to crisis response and the effects of COVID-19. As an officer, director or board member, your leadership during this time may become a career-defining moment. You need reliable tools to assess your organization’s resiliency and help…

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May 21, 2020

FASB Votes to Delay ASC Topic 606 (Revenue from Contracts with Customers) Effective Date for Private Nonprofits

On April 8, 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) added a project to its technical agenda to propose delaying the effective dates of its standards on revenue recognition and lease accounting for certain entities due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The particular Accounting Standards Codifications (ASCs) in the proposal for delays were…

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May 19, 2020

SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released an application form Friday for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness along with instructions for borrowers to complete the form. The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions expand on FAQs and interim final rules issued by the SBA over the past few weeks in conjunction with the Coronavirus…

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