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Biden Administration Takes Steps to Promote Equitable Access to SBA Relief

Posted February 22, 2021 in Mitchell F. Green, Robert M. Kramer, Articles, Asset Protection, Corporate and Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate, News
On Monday, February 22, President Biden announced the following changes to SBA's coronavirus relief programs to ensure equity: Specifically, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 am ET, SBA will establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This will give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications, while also ensuring that larger PPP-eligible businesses will still have plenty of time to apply for and receive support before the program expires on March 31, 2021. SBA also announced four additional changes to open the PPP to more underserved small businesses than ever before. While these changes are being implemented, SBA will work with community partners to improve the emergency relief “digital front door” and conduct extensive stakeholder outreach. And, SBA will strengthen its relationships with lender partners to advance equity goals, deliver funding efficiently, and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. SBA will:

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HOW TO SET UP YOUR ESTATE PLAN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Posted February 10, 2021 in Mitchell F. Green, Robert M. Kramer, Asset Protection, Corporate and Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate, News

The coronavirus global pandemic has made people confront their mortality and spurred many to think about an estate plan. If you are one of them, you may be wondering, what documents you need and how to have them prepared and executed while maintaining the safety of social distancing.

 

The estate planning documents you need during a pandemic or other crisis:

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Additional Expense Categories Eligible For PPP Forgiveness

Posted January 25, 2021 in Mitchell F. Green, Robert M. Kramer, Asset Protection, Corporate and Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate, News
The Economic Aid Act (“Act”), enacted last month, as part of the stimulus legislation, which, among other things, provided for a second round of PPP loans, expands the list of expenses eligible for PPP forgiveness to now include the following: Covered operations expenditures defined as “a payment for any business software or cloud computing service that facilitates business operations, product or service delivery, the processing, payment, or tracking of payroll expenses, human resources, sales and billing functions, or accounting or tracking of supplies, inventory, records and expenses.” Covered property damage cost defined as “a cost related to property damage and vandalism or looting due to public disturbances that occurred during 2020 that was not covered by insurance or other compensation.” Covered supplier cost defined as “an expenditure made by an entity to a supplier of goods for the supply of goods that (1) are essential to the operations of the entity at the time at which the expenditure is made; and (2) is made pursuant to a contract, order, or purchase order in effect at any time before the covered period with respect to the applicable covered loan, or with respect to perishable goods in effect before or at any time during the covered period with respect to the applicable covered loan.”      

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Paycheck Protection Program resumed January 11, 2021

Posted January 18, 2021 in Mitchell F. Green, Robert M. Kramer, Asset Protection, Corporate and Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate, News
The SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. SBA began accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans on January 13, 2021. To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA will initially only accept Second Draw PPP Loan applications from participating community financial institutions (CFIs), which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. Paycheck Protection Program lending will reopen to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. At least $25 billion is being set aside for Second Draw PPP Loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low or moderate income neighborhoods. Loan details The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general loan terms as their First Draw PPP Loan. 

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New IFRs For Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans

Posted January 10, 2021 in Mitchell F. Green, Robert M. Kramer, Articles, Asset Protection, Corporate and Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate, News

On January 6, 2021, the SBA issued interim final rules (“IFRs”) regarding the implementation of section 311 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act). The Economic Aid Act authorizes the SBA to guarantee loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The Economic Aid Act adds a second temporary program to SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program titled, “Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans.” The SBA may guarantee loans under the PPP Second Draw Program under generally the same terms and conditions available under to borrowers through March 31, 2021 (“Second Draw PPP Loans”) that previously received a PPP loan (“First Draw PPP Loans”) and have used or will use the full amount of the initial PPP loan for authorized purposes on or before the expected date of disbursement of the Second Draw PPP Loan. The key differences between First Draw PPP Loans and Second Draw PPP Loans are described in the IFR, which explains the loan terms, eligibility requirements, and application process for Second Draw PPP Loans. The last day to apply for and receive a PPP loan is March 31, 2021.

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