Is your Small Business Affected by the Outbreak? Here are tips from US Chamber of Commerce regarding the new CARES act.

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With most Americans running some sort of small business, working for a side business, or their own family side hustle, we believe the following document from the US Chamber of Commerce is very important information for independent businesses affected by the covid-19 virus.  Stay safe friends.  Visit https://sba.gov for updates.

Prepared by the U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS

Small Business Guide and Checklist

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep
workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program,
the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Here are the questions you may be asking—and what you need to know.

Am I ELIGIBLE?

You are eligible if you are:
• A small business with fewer than 500 employees
• A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard
• A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees
• An individual who operates as a sole proprietor
• An individual who operates as an independent contractor
• An individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any
trade or business
• A Tribal business concern that meets the SBA size standard
• A 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization that meets the SBA size standard
In addition, some special rules may make you eligible:
• If you are in the accommodation and food services sector (NAICS 72),
the 500-employee rule is applied on a per physical location basis
• If you are operating as a franchise or receive financial assistance
from an approved Small Business Investment Company the normal
affiliation rules do not apply

REMEMBER: The 500-employee threshold includes all employees: full-time, part-time, and any other status. In evaluating eligibility, lenders are directed to consider whether the borrower was in operation before February 15, 2020 and had employees for whom they paid salaries and payroll taxes or paid independent contractors.

Lenders will also ask you for a good faith certification that:

1. The uncertainty of current economic conditions makes the loan
request necessary to support ongoing operations

2. The borrower will use the loan proceeds to retain workers and
maintain payroll or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments

3. Borrower does not have an application pending for a loan
duplicative of the purpose and amounts applied for here

4. From Feb. 15, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020, the borrower has not
received a loan duplicative of the purpose and amounts applied
for here (Note: There is an opportunity to fold emergency loans
made between Jan. 31, 2020 and the date this loan program
becomes available into a new loan)

If you are an independent contractor, sole proprietor, or self-employed
individual, lenders will also be looking for certain documents
(final requirements will be announced by the government) such as
payroll tax filings, Forms 1099-MISC, and income and expenses from
the sole proprietorship
.
What lenders will NOT LOOK FOR

• That the borrower sought and was
unable to obtain credit elsewhere.

• A personal guarantee is not
required for the loan.

• No collateral is required for the loan.

How do I calculate my average monthly PAYROLL COSTS?

NON SEASONAL EMPLOYERS:
Maximum loan = 2.5 x Average total monthly payroll costs incurred during the year prior to the loan date For businesses not operational in 2019: 2.5 x Average total monthly payroll costs incurred for January and February 2020

SEASONAL EMPLOYERS:
Maximum loan = 2.5 x Average total monthly payments for payroll costs for the 12-week period beginning February 15, 2019 or March 1, 2019 (decided by the loan recipient) and ending June 30, 2019 sum of INCLUDED payroll costs and sum of EXCLUDED payroll costs

PAYROLL COSTS

EXCLUDED Payroll Cost:

1. Compensation of an individual employee in excess of an annual salary
of $100,000, as prorated for the period February 15, to June 30, 2020
2. Payroll taxes, railroad retirement taxes, and income taxes
3. Any compensation of an employee whose principal place of
residence is outside of the United States
4. Qualified sick leave wages for which a credit is allowed under section
7001 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116–
5 127); or qualified family leave wages for which a credit is allowed
under section 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

INCLUDED Payroll Cost:

1. For Employers: The sum of payments of any compensation with
respect to employees that is a:
• salary, wage, commission, or similar compensation;
• payment of cash tip or equivalent;
• payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave
• allowance for dismissal or separation
• payment required for the provisions of group health care benefits,
including insurance premiums
• payment of any retirement benefit
• payment of state or local tax assessed on the compensation
of the employee

2. For Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors, and Self-Employed
Individuals: The sum of payments of any compensation to or
income of a sole proprietor or independent contractor that is a
wage, commission, income, net earnings from self-employment, or
similar compensation and that is in an amount that is not more than

$100,000 in one year, as pro-rated for the covered period.

How much can I BORROW?

Loans can be up to 2.5 x the borrower’s average monthly payroll costs, not to exceed $10 million.

Borrowers are eligible to have their loans forgiven.  How Much? A borrower is eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the amount the borrower spent on the following items during the 8-week period beginning on the date of the origination of the loan:

• Payroll costs (using the same definition of payroll costs used to determine loan eligibility) • Interest on the mortgage obligation incurred in the ordinary course of business 

• Rent on a leasing agreement

• Payments on utilities (electricity, gas, water, transportation,
telephone, or internet)

• For borrowers with tipped employees, additional wages
paid to those employees


The loan forgiveness cannot exceed the principal.


How could the forgiveness be reduced?

The amount of loan forgiveness calculated above is reduced if there
is a reduction in the number of employees or a reduction of greater
than 25% in wages paid to employees.

Specifically:
Reduction based on reduction of number of employees
Reduction based on reduction in salaries

What if I bring back employees or restore wages?
Reductions in employment or wages that occur during the period beginning on February 15, 2020, and ending 30 days after enactment of the CARES Act, (as compared to February 15, 2020) shall not reduce the amount of loan forgiveness IF by June 30, 2020 the borrower eliminates the reduction in employees or reduction in wages.

Average Number of Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTEs) Per Month for the 8-Weeks Beginning on Loan Origination

Option 1: Average number of FTEs per month from February 15, 2019 to June 30, 2019

Option 2: Average number of FTEs per month from January 1, 2020 to February 29, 2020

For Seasonal Employers:
Average number of FTEs per month from
February 15, 2019 to June 30, 2019

PAYROLL COST
For any employee who did not earn during any pay period in 2019 wages at an annualized rate more than $100,000, the amount of any reduction in wages that is greater than 25% compared to their most recent full quarter. Prepared by the U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  -

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