Chris Cruger

April 24, 2020

Congress passes another $484 billion stimulus package

$370 billion to replenish SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Congress moved quickly to pass legislation that appropriates an additional $484 million to continue to finance the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), along with several other initiatives aimed to mitigate the economic hardships caused by Covid-19. Following the Senate’s approval Tuesday, the House passed the bill last night and President Trump is expected to sign it into law today. The new legislation provides an additional $310 billion in new funding for the PPP and $60 billion for the EIDL.  It also allocates $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers, and $25 billion for the development and expansion of coronavirus testing, The $310 billion for the PPP includes $30 billion reserved for community-based lenders, small […]
April 2, 2020

Important Updates to the Paycheck Protection Program

On Friday, March 26th the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), one of the key stimulus provisions of  the COVID-19 economic recovery initiative was signed into law.  The SBA has further clarified details of the program. PPP is still a key program that we believe will work well for your funeral homes and cemeteries. We recommend you contact your current banking relationship immediately. Links have been provided at the bottom of this document for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program Application Form as well as the Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet: Borrowers. Application Timeline Starting Friday, April 3rd – small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply Starting Friday April 10th – independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply The loan application process will remain open until June 3oth, but it will be on a first-come-first-served basis Where Should I Apply You can apply […]
March 25, 2020

Keeping Workers Paid and Employment Act

In the interest of sharing information from the pending Third Stimulus Bill – Coronavirus Aid, Relief , and Economic Security (“CARES” Act), we wanted to share some of the relevant developments that will affect the Funeral and Cemetery industry. Part of this plan includes the Keeping Workers Paid and Employment Act; this act will likely relevant to us all in the Funeral and Cemetery Industry. The plan would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to quickly snap-back after the crisis. This proposal would be retroactive to March 1, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Small […]
March 25, 2020

Federal Stimulus Legislation Update

While we don’t know the particulars of the stimulus package being voted on today, here is a brief summary of the information the Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent to colleagues early Wednesday. Here’s what’s in the $2 trillion package: •      Direct payments of $1,200 to most individuals making up to $75,000, or $2,400 for couples making up to $150,000. The amount decreases for individuals with incomes above $75,000, and payments cut off for those above $99,000. •      Expanded unemployment benefits that boost the maximum benefit by $600 per week and provides laid-off workers their full pay for four months •      $367 billion in loans for small businesses •      $150 billion for state and local governments •      $130 billion for hospitals •      $500 billion in loans for larger industries, including airlines •      Creation of an oversight board and inspector general to […]
March 25, 2020

An Important Update on Federal Tax Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) issued official guidance on March 18, 2020, that some income tax payments can be delayed for 90 days until July 15, 2020, with some limitations, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, taxpayers still need to file either their income tax return or extension request with the IRS for the 2019 tax year by April 15, 2020. The guidance clarifies Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s earlier announcement on March 17, 2020, that businesses and individuals would be able to delay some tax payments, which led to confusion about the April 15 tax return filing date. If you have questions about this or other aspects to the recent efforts to curb the economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, please feel free to contact me directly. These things are developing rapidly and we’ll endeavor to keep […]
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