Have questions about the August 8th, 2020 Presidential Order allowing deferral of certain payroll taxes?
Read this article in the Journal of Accountancy
It explains that withholding and payment of the employee portion of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) from wages paid September 1st through December 31st, 2020 can be deferred until the 1st four months of 2021. There are certain limitations and exclusions to this derferral, so please read the article carefully.
SUMMARY OF PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2020 (H.R. 7010)
(Passed by the House on 5/28/20 and Senate on 6/3/20)
Key Provisions: Effective As If Included In the CARES Act Except for Minimum Maturity of 5 Years –
- Extend 8-Week Period to 24-Weeks or until 12/31/20, whichever is earlier.
- Increase 25% limitation on Non-Payroll expenses qualifying for PPP Loan Forgiveness to 40%.
- Expand Safe-Harbors – Have until December 31 rather than June 30 to rehire employees and/or increase salary or wages to avoid reduction of costs because of a reduction in employee’s pay or reduction in FTEs.
- Require minimum loan maturity of 5-years, effective for loans made on or after date of enactment. However, lenders and borrowers can agree to extend maturity for earlier loans to 5 years (only provision not retroactive.)
- Allow employers to defer 6.2% OASDI taxes even if receive PPP Loan Forgiveness.
- Allow PPP Loans to be made through December 31, 2020 rather than June 30, 2020.
- Payments of interest and principal delayed generally until payment of Forgiveness amount to lender by SBA, or if borrower fails to file Form 3508 within 10 months from the end of the 24-week period, payments must begin within 10 months from the end of the 24-week period.
- Forgiveness determined without regard to proportional reduction in FTEs where borrower documents – 1) Unable to rehire individuals who were employees on 2/15/20 or similarly qualified employees on or before 12/31/20; or 2) Unable to return to same level of business activity as before 2/15/20 because of requirements of HHS, CDC, OSHA, from 3/1/20 thru 12/31/20 because of sanitation standards, social distancing, or other COVID-19 related worker or customer safety requirement.
End of year planning for 1099s
- Remember that a 1099-Misc will need to be issued to any individual where you paid them $600 or more for services throughout the 2020 tax year. Click here to download a W-9 form to request their tax ID and address.