What's In The Covid Relief Bill For Businesses?
December 23, 2020
Information current as of Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Congress reaches deal on COVID-19 relief and FY21 funds
Congress has additional COVID-19 relief and appropriated Fiscal Year 2021 spending levels. This $2.3 trillion package, including $900 billion in coronavirus relief funds and $1.4 trillion to fund the government for FY21, has been negotiated over the past several months, and addresses many key areas:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Reopening of the program upon enactment of the bill through March 31, 2021.
Additional $284 billion in funding.
Maximum loan amount was decreased from $10 million to $2 million.
Added more eligible expenses (operations expenses, supplier costs).
Allows for severely impacted organizations, based on revenue loss and employee count, to apply for a second PPP loan.
Allows for organizations to deduct expenses they paid for with a PPP loan.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
Additional $20 billion in funding.
Ability to reapply if full $10,000 EIDL grant was not awarded.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
Allows for an organization to receive both a PPP loan and an ERTC.
Extends the tax credit through June 30, 2021.
- Increases the value of the credit from 50% to 70%.
Other provisions and funding in the bill include:
Extension of $300 in pandemic unemployment assistance through March 14, 2021, with a phased-out approach after that date.
Up to $600 in direct individual payments per adult and per child.
- Extended timeline to spend money allocated to state and local governments through the CARES Act by one year to December 31, 2021.
- Extension of the eviction moratorium for one month to January 21, 2021.
The bill also includes $7 billion for broadband, $45 billion in transportation related assistance, $82 billion for K-12 and higher education, $25 billion for rental assistance, $69 billion for vaccine distribution and contact tracing, and more.
COVID-19 liability protections and additional aid for state and local governments were not included in the bill.