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Small Businesses: ACT NOW! New Funds are Available

Act fast to get your slice of additional SBA funds

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An additional $484 billion in COVID-19 small business assistance is now available, including $310 billion in new money for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program.

Get your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application in now

If your business has not already done so, you need to get your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application in the hands of your banker NOW! The newly-available funds are expected to be claimed within a matter of days.

The program, created by the CARES Act, is an SBA low interest loan designed to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can apply for a loan equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll costs. If 75% of the loan is used to pay salary and wage expenses, a portion of the loan may be eligible to be forgiven. Even better, your first loan payment is deferred for six months and initial interest rates were one percent .

Original funds in the program went quickly. Thankfully, we are being told a portion of the new funds are being reserved for regional and smaller banks so the help can get to main street businesses like yours.

Take action: Contact your bank immediately. They will direct you to the information required to apply for this program. Stay on them! Once the bank approves your application, it will be submitted by them to the SBA. The SBA will then confirm and approve the submission. Then all you can do is wait.

More money for EIDL grants

The new law also provides an additional $10 billion for funding emergency loan grants. The Small Business Administration is providing a quick, $10,000 grant with no repayment required, through their Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The original program was shut down after all the available funds were given out.

Take action: For the $10,000 grant you must visit the SBA. Here is a link to the application site:

SBA EIDL grant site

Check the site immediately and every day to know when they will start taking new applications. Be prepared with your company information and bank account information. Once approved, and if you are lucky enough to receive a grant, your bank account will receive the funds directly.

These new funds will not last long, so you will need to move quickly if you wish to help your business during the pandemic.

Coronavirus and Taxes Update.

First of all, we hope that everyone is safe, healthy, and their families and friends are doing the same.  We extend our gratitude to the healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, techs, clerks, laboratories, etc that have put their own health aside to make sure America is safe.  As a husband of a nurse, I understand first hand the sacrifice that these individuals make not just during times like these, but every day they go to work.  These are the true heroes during this time of crisis, and my family and all of America owes a debt of gratitude to all of those civic servants.

We have had a number of updates in a short period of time.  We would like to provide a bullet point list of important updates, how to find more information out about those updates and what we are looking for next from the federal and state governments.

  • The Tax deadline was moved to July 15, 2020.  This is great news. Previously the administration had pushed back the tax payment deadline but the filing deadline remained on April 15, 2020.  The pushing back of the tax deadline allows for tax prepares and their staff to work from home, take care of the family when needed, and take the necessary time to respond to clients needs that extend beyond filing a return (such as:  understanding the various bills being passed, and lending options for small business).  For our firm, last week we sent home or support staff and asked them to work from home.  Brad and I remain in the office, but that could change this afternoon pending St. Louis County’s decision on non-essential businesses.  If the county mandates a shelter in place we will continue to work from home and be available via phone or email.
  • State Tax deadline – Three days ago the state of MO followed the Federal government request and pushed back on the payment deadline.  At this time the filing deadline remains April 15, but we feel in a matter of hours or days the state will announce that the filing deadline is pushed back to July 15, 2020.
  • Sick Leave and Family Leave are available through employer payments for those employees out sick.  If you are an employee with questions related to this matter please speak with your HR department or a business owner.  If questions remain after that we are here to answer your questions.  If you are a business owner and require guidance on how this impacts your business we ask that you call our office.  We do plan very shortly to have a webinar that covers these updates in detail for all our business owners, but we are waiting for clarity on some details in the legislation before holding that.  Please call our office or email if you have additional questions.
  • SBA Loans – as of Friday 2:30 pm CST, small business loans are available through the SBA.  There will be loan requirements, document requests, etc that are needed during the application process.  We are available and willing to help provide these documents.  Please understand that we are currently getting multiple requests for documents and are responding to each.  We will respond to all document requests within 48 hours.
  • Next Steps from the Federal Government  – As of March 21, 2020, the Senate and House are locked in the chamber, working on another stimulus bill.  We have heard that this specific bill is meant to address industry and small businesses.  The bill will have help for travel, hotel, airline, restaurant, and entertainment industry.  We expect the bill will address small business owners who are experiencing a lack of revenue or been closed due to government-mandated COVID-19 response.  We have heard rumors of payroll loans for 6 to 8 weeks, and repayment terms extending years or allowing total forgiveness.  All of this is speculation, but what it does mean, or what we hope it means is that by Monday or Tuesday of next week real relief would be on paper for small business owners.

Please be on the lookout for our next update which will be coming tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive, and stay in.

Thank you,

Jeremy Klaven, CPA

#1 First Missouri Center, Suite 214

St. Louis, MO 63141

cell: (314) 583-6515

office: (314)720-8686

fax: (314) 754-9967