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PPP Second Draw – What Businesses and Lenders Need to Know About the New Round of Funding

Many have been waiting for the federal government to pass additional COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation. Those who have a had a particular interest in Congress’s activities include small businesses and lenders who received or lent Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loans under the CARES Act. Now, more than four months after the last application under the original PPP was accepted, the federal government has passed a bi-partisan COVID-19 stimulus package that contains an extension and modification of the original PPP, which is called the “second draw” program. This note provides a brief overview of the terms of the “second draw” program and a comparison of second draw loans to original PPP loans. 

The IRS Chief Counsel’s Informal Guidance Clarifies Some Issues Left Open after Notice 2020-65 Regarding the “Payroll Tax Holiday”

IRS Office of Chief Counsel monthly payroll industry call on September 3, 2020

In addition to Notice 2020-65 and Instructions to Form 941 which we outlined in our recent blog, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel for employee benefits, exempt organizations and employment tax provided informal but insightful guidance on its monthly IRS payroll industry call held on September 3, 2020. The informal guidance was directed in part toward clearing up confusion that remained even after the IRS’s issuance of Notice 2020-65 over whether, or to what extent, employers could simply ignore the “payroll tax holiday” created by the President’s August 8, 2020, Executive Order.

IRS Guidance - President's Memorandum Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations for Four Months

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Treasury Department to defer the employee's portion of Social Security taxes due to the COVID-19 pandemic for wages paid from September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 (see our blog). The deferral applies only for wages less than $4,000 for any bi-weekly period, or the equivalent any other pay period.

President's Memorandum to the Secretary of Treasury Defers Payroll Tax Obligations for Four Months

On August 8, President Donald J. Trump, signed the memorandum (the President’s Memorandum) directing the Secretary of Treasury to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the 6.2 percent payroll tax during the period of September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 for wages less than $4,000 during any bi-weekly pay period (i.e., $104,000 annually) on a pre-tax basis. The Department of the Treasury is expected to provide additional guidance later in August.