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COVID19, help

 

A Little Help for Small Business

in the time of COVID19

 

The Coronavirus, or covid 19, is a respiratory illness spreading from person to person. This illness has a high mortality rate, and is easily transmitted, causing many local and state governments to shut down areas of concentrated population.

For most business owners, dealing with a pandemic like this, is new territory. And you need to prepare your business, communicate with your customers and support your employees.

If your business financials feel volatile, you’re not alone...

Keep Yourself Safe

 

Now more than ever, it’s important to remain calm and follow the guidelines from the CDC, NIH and WHO.

Provide Resources and Support to Your Employees

Keep employees informed with documentation and advisories from the U.S. Department of Labor, SHRM, OSHA, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Keep Your Customers Informed

 

Share updates about your business on your website, via social media, or even through a phone call or personal email.

You need to prepare your business, communicate with customers, and support your employees during the coronavirus outbreak.

We've been receiving a number of questions, and wanted to share some resources that can help your business prepare and respond to COVID-19.

 

Coronavirus: Planning and Preparing

Coronavirus: Planning for Families and Caregivers

Workplace Tips for Employees

 

We hope that you and your loved ones are well.

Susan Tinel

April 15 Taxes Inc.

 

 

What you can do right now!

COVID19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. This illness has a high mortality rate, and is easily transmitted, causing many local and state governments to shut down areas that have concentrated population

What you need to know:

  • Social Security Payments - "Don't be fooled" (03-18-2020)

    “I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled."

    For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/.

     

    To protect you and help stop the spread of this coronavirus, we cannot accept visitors in our offices at this time. There are several other ways you can get help. Many services are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov. If you have a critical need that you cannot address online, we can help you over the phone.

    Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer

    press.office@ssa.gov

  • Capital Access  - Business Loan

    Incidents can strain a small business's financial capacity to make payroll, maintain inventory and respond to market fluctuations (both sudden drops and surges in demand). Businesses should prepare by exploring and testing their capital access options so they have what they need when they need it.

    See SBA’s capital access resources.

  • IRS announces 90-day payment extension (03-17-20)

    At a press conference held today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced the following extensions for federal income tax payments:

    • Individuals and businesses with an April 15 filing deadline will be given an additional 90 days to pay taxes;

    • Individuals will be able to defer up to $1 million of tax liability; and

    • Corporations get an extension for up to $10 million.

    Mnuchin was not specific about late-filing penalties for either the March 15 or April 15 deadlines, but it appears interest and penalties will be waived automatically. He stated, "All you have to do is file your taxes. You will automatically not get charged interest and penalties."

    We will provide additional information when formal guidance is issued by the IRS.

    In light of this information from the IRS, the FTB is looking at their extension to June 15, and we will let you know if the due date for California is extended to 90 days as well.

    Update:

    Notice 2020-18; Federal income tax filing and payment relief on account of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. The Treasury Department and IRS are providing relief to all taxpayers who have Federal income tax returns and Federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020. The April 15, 2020 deadline is postponed to July 15, 2020. Associated interest, additions to tax, and penalties for late filing or late payment will be suspended until July 15, 2020.

    Notice 2020-18 will be in IRB 2020-15, dated April 6, 2020.

     

     

  • Optima want to help you (03-26-20)2

    Regarding COVID-19, we have added some helpful Business Accounting and HR Q&As at optima-news which should offer some insight that isn’t mainstream.

    Payroll Tax Credits for Employers

    A refundable tax credit equal to 100% of qualified family leave wages paid by an employer will be credited against the employer’s portion of social security taxes and can be claimed quarterly. If the credit exceeds the employer’s social security tax liability, the excess credit is refundable to the employer. https://www.sandiego.gov/economic-development/resources/relief

    Charitable Deduction increase?

    A potential amendment would increase the proposed $300 cap on charitable deductions included in the current Senate package of bills to roughly $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for married couples. It would be available for all of 2020 and would have no giving floor or minimum donation amount, encouraging individual donations of any size.

    Need Money? Optima can help you apply for SBA loans or assist you with other financing options: on March 11, the President directed the SBA to provide low-interest loans to small businesses (3.75%) and asked Congress to increase SBA funding by $50 billion. This may be separate from the current Disaster Loan Assistance program. (Congress has already allocated $8.3 billion to assist small businesses as part of an emergency spending package passed on March 4.)

    Resources for you and your kids:

    Virtual field trips

    NASA’s image library is free

    Free learning on Linkedin!

    Great Curriculum ideas for your kids:

     

    Links we are using currently to track COVID-19:

    LATimes

    CA Department of Public Health

    San Diego County

    Covid19 Tracker

    SD Regional Chamber of Commerce

    San Diego County Information

    Gov. Newsom Order N-33.20

    CDC

    WHO

     

     

  • Private Relief Programs

    Private corporations around the country are also finding ways to support small businesses, either through funding or free use of their services.

     

    Facebook has launched a small business grants program offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses.

    UberEats is waiving delivery fees for all orders from independently-owned restaurants to keep them in business as many cities begin to mandate closure of storefronts.

    Amazon created a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to local small businesses that will be impacted by fewer customers due to COVID-19. The fund is intended to support small businesses with fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue located near Amazon’s Seattle office weather the outbreak.

    Google has rolled out free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite customers until July 1 so businesses can stay connected with their teams and vendors.

    Intuit also has a funding program. See link: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/smallbusinesshelp/?cid=DR_em_46556_001_Text1_US_QBOA

     

     

  • San Diego: Relief Package For Local Businesses  (03-18-2020)

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a $4 million economic relief package Wednesday for struggling local businesses affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The city will work with local financial institutions to establish a relief fund, which will support zero-interest micro-loans for affected businesses, Faulconer said during an afternoon news conference at City Hall.

    Faulconer said the relief fund would be kickstarted by money from the city's business revolving loan fund, and that he expected the fund to grow from the initial $4 million.

    Additional steps the city will take to assist small businesses include a program to delay payments of business tax certificates and associated fees for 120 days; suspension of water billing fees and late payment penalties to prevent commercial account shutoffs; and an extension of all building permits for 180 days.

    Faulconer said additional details on how businesses can apply for the loans will be released in the coming days.

    "The goal of the San Diego economic relief package is simple: help businesses stay afloat so they can keep paying their employees," he said.

    The announcement came one day after the San Diego City Council voted to support a temporary moratorium on evictions for San Diego residents and businesses. Any resident or business missing rent payments due to a loss of income or medical bills resulting from novel coronavirus will be granted a stay until at least May.

     

  • SBA Provide Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID19 (03-12-2020)

    Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
    • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
    • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
    • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

    For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Read complete article Here >

     

  • Effective Date for Employment Tax Credits Under the Families First Response Act  (04-13-2020)

    Notice 2020-21 provides that employment tax credits for paid qualified sick leave wages and paid qualified family leave wages required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“the Act”) will apply to such wages and compensation paid for periods beginning on April 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020, and that days beginning on April 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020 will be taken into account for credits for paid qualified sick leave equivalents and paid qualified family leave equivalents for certain self-employed individuals provided by the Act.

    Notice 2020-21 will be in IRB:  2020-16, dated April 13, 2020.

     

     

     

     

 

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