Edition #17
April 20, 2020
HSC COVID-19 Fast Response Team
We are here to help!

In these uncertain times with multimedia channels reporting conflicting and sometimes incorrect information, our firm is working to add clarity to this situation by providing new and verified information as it becomes available to us. We have also set up a Coronavirus Resource Center on our website for ongoing information. 

In addition, we have created the HSC COVID-19 Fast Response Team to serve our clients in addressing the difficult decisions they are being faced with on a daily basis. This dedicated multi-disciplinary team consists of our tax, payroll, HR, capital markets and accounting professionals. 

If you have questions or would like to speak with this team please contact your HSC team member or Kyle Wininger, CPA, CICA, CVA, CFE at kwininger@hsccpa.com
NEW FAQs on COVID-19 related Sick Leave and Family Leave

The Internal Revenue Service posted new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses enacted by The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "FFCRA"). FAQ's include the following and more:
  1. When can employers start claiming the credits?
  2. How do employers claim the credits?
  3. What documentation must be retained?
  4. Are similar tax credits available to self-employed individuals?
This is very helpful information for those companies who are beginning to have sick and family leave cases that fall within the FFRCA.

Please contact Matt Folz, CPA at mfolz@hsccpa.com for more information.
Ten Things We Need To Know About Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
Excerpted from Forbes article by Tony Nitti
What we do know....On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act, a $2.3 trillion relief package designed to help individuals and businesses weather the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The headliner of the CARES Act was the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a new loan package designed to put $350 billion into the hands of small businesses for use in paying employee wages and other critical expenses over the coming weeks and months. As of the morning of April 15 th, nearly $250 billion in cash had made its way to over one million small businesses, and Congress had already begun negotiations on a second round of PPP funding.

Now, let's dive into everything we DON'T know about forgiveness. 
Ten things, to be exact. 

Please contact Scott Touro, MBA at stouro@hsccpa.com for more information.
Paycheck Protection Program - Act II
If you have applied for or received a Paycheck Protection Program Loan, you will soon be faced with the second act. . . maintaining compliance and maximizing forgiveness.  If you missed our special webcast presented by our COVID-19 Fast Response Team members to learn about how the forgiveness calculations work, what still needs to be explained in the regulations, and how to maintain compliance with your PPP Loan, you can watch at the link below.

Please contact Scott Touro, MBA at stouro@hsccpa.com for more information.
Accelerating COVID-19 Losses Into 2019 To Improve Cash Flow

For companies experiencing financial loss due to the COVID-19 economic crisis, finding ways to quickly increase cash flow is a top priority. One opportunity to be considered is whether COVID-19 losses incurred in the current year can be moved into 2019 to offset income or to create a net operating loss eligible for the revived carryback provisions.
Under section 165(i), companies experiencing financial loss due to natural disasters may accelerate those losses to the fiscal year immediately preceding the crisis event.
The following are examples of potential losses, if directly attributable to COVID-19, that could be eligible under this provision:  
  • Inventory scrapped due to spoilage during government shutdown;
  • Worthless securities (but not bad debts);
  • Closure costs of store and facility locations;
  • Complete abandonment of leasehold improvements;
  • Permanent retirement of fixed assets;
  • Abandonment of pending business deals for costs otherwise capitalized;
  • Termination payments to cancel contracts, leases or licenses;
  • Prepaid events, travel, conference space, hotel rooms, etc. when taxpayer is not provided a refund or credit;
  • Prepaid raw materials or other items to fulfill a contract and the contract has been cancelled;
  • Mark-to-market securities; or
  • Losses from the sale or exchange of property.
For more information, see the article from RSM, or contact John Rittichier, CPA at jrittichier@hsccpa.com or Mike Vogel, CPA at mvogel@hsccpa.com .
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