COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty to Small Businesses across the United States. Many business owners are feeling the financial pressures brought on by mandatory closures, or decreased traffic as a result of shutdowns. Things are changing daily as well, so it can make even the most veteran businessperson’s head spin.
What every Small Business Owner needs to know as they navigate COVID-19:
Make sure your employees know about the resources available to them:
- Federal tax filing and payment deadline postponed until July 15, 2020. Many states have extended their filing deadlines as well.
- Student Loans do not accrue interest, and the lender may put some loans in Forbearance if the borrower cannot pay due to COVID-19.
- The IRS will directly deposit Federal Stimulus checks (amounting to $1200 per individual, $2400 if married, plus an additional $500 per child, with applicable limitations) for those who have provided their banking information.
If you must lay off employees, recognizing the increased Federal Unemployment Benefits could provide you with peace of mind.
- Unemployed workers will receive an extra $600 per week, added to their regular benefits. Authorities have approved this augmentation until July 31, 2020.
- For some employees, the increased Unemployment Benefit Payments may be higher than their regular pay.
The CARES Act – Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
- Loans are available for eligible Small Businesses, without having to provide a personal guarantee or collateral
- Loans are for the amount of 2.5 X your average monthly payroll costs for the last 12 months. This includes:
- Salary, Wage, & Commission
- Payment of cash tips
- Vacation, Sick, Parental, or any other Medical Leave
- Allowance for dismissal or separation
- Payment for group health insurance
- Payments for retirement benefits
- State & Local taxes assessed on the compensation of the employee
- If you maintain your employees throughout the crisis, these loans will be forgiven up to the amount of 8 weeks of expenses in the following categories:
- Total payroll costs as determined above
- Interest on mortgages held by the business
- Rent on a leasing agreement
- Payments on all utilities
- Applications are to be submitted to your bank
Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- Loans up to $2M are available to small business that have been impacted by COVID-19
- These loans have an APR of 3.75% with terms up to 30 years
- These working capital loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that the disaster would not have affected.
- These loans do not intend to replace lost sales, lost profits, or provide assistance for expansion.
- Applicants make applications via the SBA Disaster Assistance Program at disasterloan.sba.gov.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
- This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to business that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties
- This loan advance will not have to be repaid
- The application is brief and can completed online at covid19relief.sba.gov
Delay the Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes
- Employers can defer payments of their share of the social security tax over the following two years.
- First half due 12/31/2021 and second half due 12/31/2022.
- You are not eligible to defer this payment if you are participating in the Payroll Protection Program.
Business Interruption Coverage provided by your insurance carrier
- Many business and commercial property policies include coverage for “Business Interruption:
- You could have an entitlement to an insurance payment for loss of revenue when closure stems from property damage and/or government mandate.
- Authorities frequently review the insurance industry to figure out how to cater to the needs of business owners.
- Premier Claims offers complimentary policy reviews to see if you have coverage.
Written by CFO Melissa Hurrington