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How Not-For-Profits Can Navigate the Employee Retention Tax Credit
Posted by Nate Smith on Tue, Jun 8, 2021 @ 03:50 PM

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) was enacted as part of the early COVID-19 stimulus measures, and can be claimed through Dec. 31, 2021 by eligible employers who retained employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, the ERTC was expanded through the American Rescue Plan Act to potentially cover more organizations and situations. While not-for-profit organizations are eager to take advantage of the ERTC, there are some logistical hurdles between taking the credit and reaping its benefits.

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Topics: NFP, COVID19, COVID-19, Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, PPP Loan, Employee Retention Credit, Employee Retention Tax Credit, ERTC

Where Things Stand with the Paycheck Protection Program
Posted by Jake McDonald on Mon, Jun 7, 2021 @ 11:33 AM

The window of opportunity to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has closed, but considerations for the program, particularly around its most appealing benefit, remain.

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Topics: tax, NFP, COVID19, COVID-19, CARES Act, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, PPP Loan, SBA, Small Business Administration, PPP Loan Forgiveness

COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations for Not-For-Profit Employers
Posted by Jenna Peabody on Mon, Apr 5, 2021 @ 12:39 PM

As the country continues to implement the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in phases, employers may deliberate whether to encourage voluntary compliance or mandate employee vaccination.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, employees, COVID-19, OSHA, Covid vaccine, legal, vaccination, EEOC, ADA, employers

Not-For-Profits Must Carefully Manage Gross Receipts for Employee Retention Credit Eligibility
Posted by Nate Smith on Thu, Apr 1, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) was originally enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The ERC was extended and expanded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), and then again by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Eligible employers can obtain the ERC with respect to wages and health plan costs paid during periods of disruption brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The most common way to become an eligible employer under the CARES Act, the CAA, and the ARP Act is to satisfy a gross receipts test. Until recently, not-for-profit (NFP) entities faced significant uncertainty about the manner in which gross receipts is defined for purposes of the ERC. Although the CAA provided this clarification, NFP entities now must consider unusual planning decisions in order to maintain ERC eligibility.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, tax credit, Employee Benefits, COVID-19, CARES Act, Employee Retention Credit, Consolidated Appropriations Act, The Act, ERTC, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, CAA

American Rescue Plan's Impact on Not-For-Profits
Posted by Bill Smith on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 @ 02:36 PM

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 passed in March is the second largest COVID-19 stimulus measure to date and brought significant benefits to individuals, organizations, and benefits offerings. Among the individual rebate checks and expansion to tax credits for parents, there are a handful of provisions of particular interest for not-for-profit organizations. A brief recap of the most notable changes follows.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, Employee Benefits, Paid Family and Medical Leave, COVID-19, Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, PPP Loan, Stimulus, Employee Retention Tax Credit, ERTC, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, ARP Act, American Rescue Plan

No PPP Loan for Your Not-For-Profit? Consider Shuttered Venue Operator Grants
Posted by Sean Haggerty on Mon, Mar 1, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Additional relief from COVID-19 disruption came at the end of 2020 that may be beneficial for not-for-profit organizations. While much of the attention has been on the updates to the Paycheck Protection Program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 a second law brought changes that not-for-profit organizations may want to note as well.

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Topics: Grants, COVID-19, PPP, EIDL, SBA, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Consolidated Appropriations Act, PPP2, The Act, gross revenue, SVO, relief, Shuttered Venue Operator

Small Businesses Granted Priority for Remaining PPP2 Funds
Posted by Jake McDonald on Fri, Feb 26, 2021 @ 09:42 AM

On February 22, the White House announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that give exclusive access to certain small businesses.

Year-end legislation provided additional funding and an extension of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for the first quarter of 2021. Effective February 24, the Biden-Harris administration is instituting a 14-day holding period on new PPP applications (sometimes referred to as PPP2 loans) for businesses with 20 or more employees. The goal of the hold is to lessen the PPP competition for small businesses and sole proprietorships that may have had difficulty accessing the federal funds previously.

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Topics: Election, COVID-19, CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, PPP Loan, SBA, PPP Loan Forgiveness, PPP2

Is Your Return to Work Plan in Place? It Should Be
Posted by Jenna Peabody on Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 03:45 PM

While it is unclear how long COVID-19 will continue to affect businesses, it is important to have your return-to-work plan prepared now so that you can safely and successfully resume operations and bring employees back to the workplace.

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Topics: Business owners, employees, COVID-19, remote work, social distancing, guide, safety, mental health, operations, return to work, tips, office layout

Your Questions on PPP2 and PPP Loan Forgiveness Answered
Posted by Jake McDonald on Fri, Jan 29, 2021 @ 04:43 PM

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) while popular, left borrowers and lenders with a great deal of questions. Incremental guidelines from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that is administering the federal funds for COVID-19 relief, the IRS, and most significantly, Congress, have answered some of the most pertinent, but the need for further clarification on provisions remain. Some of the most significant questions involve how loan recipients can have their PPP (or if they access the new funding, PPP2) loans forgiven and what proof of documentation may suffice for those loans to be eligible for forgiveness. Keep in mind that the original rules and guidelines of the PPP are in place unless otherwise revised.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, COVID-19, PPP, SBA, PPP Loan Forgiveness, FTE, Covered Period, PPP2, gross revenue, corporate, eligible expenses, payroll, partial loan forgiveness

Ways Not-For-Profits Can Maximize the Consolidated Appropriations Act Stimulus Relief
Posted by Nate Smith on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 @ 04:53 PM

Provisions in the year-end stimulus bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act) benefit beleaguered not-for-profit organizations in a number of ways. The COVID-19 relief measures clarify important elements for recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, and offer fresh funding for new loans (PPP2) that may be particularly important to not-for-profits. An employer tax credit was also enhanced and employee benefit modifications extended. Read on to learn how your organization can take advantage of the newest stimulus legislation and find some stability in these trying times.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, tax credit, Employee Benefits, Paid Family and Medical Leave, COVID-19, CARES Act, PPP, SBA, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Consolidated Appropriations Act, PPP2, The Act, ERTC

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