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COVID-19 Updates2021-10-01T01:14:21-05:00

Minnesota Conforms & IRS Backlogs MKS Summer Update 2021

The weeks that bookend Independence Day are often quieter times in the CPA world, but not this year. Minnesota announced conformity to federal tax treatment on various pandemic programs, and the IRS reported historic call volume and a current backlog of 35 million tax filings waiting to be processed. We [...]

July 12th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Get Familiar With Employee Retention Credits (ERC)

The Employee Retention Credit is not new. Until December 27, 2020, any business with a PPP loan was ineligible for the refundable payroll tax credits under the ERC. Two federal stimulus bills later, the ERC may now be the hottest ticket in town. Federal legislation not only allows for interplay [...]

March 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Paid Leave Credits Under FFCRA – Don’t Forget About Them

Absences related to COVID-19 were increasingly prevalent during the latter half of 2020 and the first few months of 2021. We’ve previously written about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave mandates and related payroll tax credits under the purview of the Department of Labor (DOL), whose FAQs [...]

March 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Primer

Included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on December 27, 2020, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (“SVOG”) provides targeted relief to eligible entities that were in operation as of February 29, 2020. The recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) changes some of the provisions of [...]

March 14th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants Primer

Back in October of 2020, the House introduced a $120B fund to provide relief for food and beverage businesses. This had little chance of passing amongst the other small business relief programs already available. Alas, the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) used the framework from this proposal to [...]

March 14th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – More Time, Tax Free?

Throughout 2020, tens of millions drew on state run unemployment programs due to the effects of the pandemic on the economy. Typically, unemployment benefits are taxable to the recipient – yet mass confusion regarding tax withholdings on these benefits was bound to create surprise tax liabilities come tax filing season. [...]

March 14th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

2021 Stimulus Checks – Who, How & When

The provision of the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) receiving the most attention is an additional round of stimulus payments. Direct payments of up to $1,400 for each eligible individual have started to arrive into bank accounts this weekend per the IRS, merely days after the President signed the ARPA [...]

March 14th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Finally! Federal Coronavirus Relief Act Passed

Updated as of December 23, 2020 5,593 pages of legislative text was wheeled into the Capitol chambers Monday afternoon, December 21st, containing $900B of economic assistance for the American people.  In less than 12 hours, both the House and Senate voted “yes” on the second largest recovery legislation package in [...]

December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

December Legislation – Minnesota COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package

On Monday, December 14th, the Minnesota Legislature passed the COVID-19 Economic Assistance Package, aimed at providing aid towards struggling small businesses and those still in need of state unemployment assistance.  Governor Walz signed the bill into law on Wednesday, December 16th.  With a cost of roughly $240M, the package includes [...]

December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Emergency Paid Family & Sick Leave – Pay It Out, Take The Credits

While CARES Act stimulus programs grabbed all the attention throughout the spring and summer, the recent rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide has our firm revisiting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Note that the FFCRA relief is available to employers even if they previously received PPP loan funding under [...]

November 19th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Forgiveness Now or Later? MKS Fall Update

The past six months need no explanation; the on-going global health and financial hardships have led to heavy hearts and tired minds. Through our dedicated consulting team efforts (including dialogues with professional partners, local government officials and the Small Business Administration), we wanted to share our firm’s current stance on [...]

September 25th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

$10,000 Awards – Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants

Starting today, Tuesday, June 23rd, The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) began accepting applications for $10,000 grants to Minnesota owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the pandemic. The Program was approved by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Walz [...]

June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

PPP Loans – A Clear Path To Full Forgiveness

On Wednesday, June 17th, the Treasury Department released two Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications (along with instructions) that superseded the initial 11-page application released May 15th. The original form was complex, quickly obsolete after release of additional Program guidance a week later, and drew the ire of legislators, borrowers, [...]

June 18th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

PPP Flexibility Act – Key Provisions

On Friday, June 5th, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law, bringing much needed relief to borrowers that have struggled with the popular small business loans meant to keep employees on payroll and off unemployment. Key Provisions Extension of the covered loan period from 8 weeks [...]

June 18th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

PPP Forgiveness – More Pieces to the Puzzle

Another week down and another Friday evening (10:30 p.m. on May 23rd) release of additional guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program. Two documents, the “Interim Final Rule on Loan Forgiveness” and “Interim Final Rule on SBA Loan Review Procedures and Related Borrower and Lender Responsibilities” were released. The new guidance [...]

May 26th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application – Highlights & Interpretations

On Friday evening May 15th, the SBA published a proposed final PPP forgiveness application, totaling 11 pages. It faced heavy criticism over the weekend – nevertheless, it’s the first official forgiveness document available for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The application provides some clarity with substantial instructions and supporting schedules, however, [...]

May 19th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

CARES Act – What Business Owners Need To Know

On Friday March 27th, Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” dubbed the CARES Act. The roughly $2.2 trillion stimulus package provides widespread emergency assistance to individuals, families, small businesses and corporations affected by the current pandemic. For business owners, the bill provides emergency benefits to help [...]

March 28th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

CARES Act – What Individuals And Families Need To Know

On Friday March 27th, Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” dubbed the CARES Act. The $2.2 trillion stimulus package provides widespread emergency assistance to individuals, families, small businesses and corporations affected by the current pandemic. For individuals and families, the most important provisions of the legislation [...]

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Minnesota DEED – Small Business Emergency Loans

On Monday March 23, Governor Tim Walz issued an emergency executive order to provide immediate relief to small businesses through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) that have been directly and adversely affected by the peacetime emergency orders a week ago.  This forced restaurants, bars, fitness centers, [...]

March 26th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Minnesota Sales Tax Payment Extension

In line with the state’s continued response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest. Identified businesses with a monthly Sales and Use Tax payment [...]

March 24th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Congress has passed, and President Trump has signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18th, 2020. Among other things, the Act requires certain employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave benefits to employees affected by the coronavirus outbreak.   There will be exceptions in certain situations [...]

March 24th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|

2019 Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Delayed

THE  FEDERAL AND MINNESOTA INCOME TAX DEADLINE TO FILE AND PAY HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL JULY 15TH, 2020. Some things you should know: Federal 1st Quarter 2020 estimates are not due until 07/15/2020. Minnesota 1st Quarter 2020 estimates are still due on 04/15/2020. If we have already filed your 2019 [...]

March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Resources|Tags: , , , , |