Source: CO- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce. By: Sean Ludwig, Contributor Published 12-28-2020
What is it?
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) — which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of a larger government appropriations bill — provides more assistance to individuals and businesses harmed by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The CRRSAA provides direct payments to individuals, revises key aspects of the CARES Act to provide more flexibility to businesses and offers enhanced federal unemployment benefits.
What does it mean for small businesses?
Among many provisions, the CRRSAA includes:
- Reopening and revisions for the Paycheck Protection Program: The PPP has been reopened so more businesses can apply for the first time, and some companies can apply for a “second-draw” PPP loan. On top of this, the bill expands what types of expenses can be paid for with PPP funds and makes forgiveness easier to obtain for businesses that took out loans worth less than $150,000. Applications for new and second-draw PPP loans are open until March 31, 2021, or until funds are exhausted.
- Changes to business taxes: The CRRSAA makes PPP loans non-taxable and ensures that the majority of business expenses paid for with PPP loans are also not taxable. The legislation also makes businesses eligible to receive both PPP loans and the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), whereas they were not eligible under the original CARES Act.
- Reopening of the EIDL grant program: The bill allocates more money for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant program that had been expanded in the CARES Act. This will allow some businesses to receive up to $10,000 in EIDL grants.
- New grant program for live venues: The bill allocates $15 billion in grants for small venues like independent movie theaters and concert halls that have been financially harmed by the pandemic, with grants maxing out at $10 million. Grants must be used on expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities and personal protective equipment.
- Enhanced federal unemployment benefits: The bill extends the amount of time people can collect federal unemployment benefits (pandemic unemployment assistance), and it restarts a supplemental federal benefit on top of state benefits. The extra benefit totals $300 per week and lasts through March 14, 2021.
- Payments for individuals: Those who make less than $75,000 a year will receive direct payments of $600 per individual ($1,200 per joint return for couples making less than $150,000 annually) plus $600 per child.
Where can I learn more?
- Read the U.S. Chamber’s December 2020 Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans.
- Watch this December 2020 Small Business Update, with insights from U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley.