COVID-19 is changing the landscape for many schools this fall. But many children and young adults are going back, even if it’s just for online learning, and some parents will be facing tuition bills. If your child has been awarded a scholarship, that’s cause for celebration! But be aware that there may be tax implications.

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Scholarships (and fellowships) are generally tax-free for students at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as those attending college, graduate school or accredited vocational schools. It doesn’t matter if the scholarship makes a direct payment to the individual or reduces tuition.


Continue Reading Your Child’s Scholarship: Is it Tax-free or Taxable?

The Federal Reserve recently announced that not-for-profit organizations now may apply for loans under the $600 billion Main Street Lending Program. Previously open only to for-profit businesses with more than 100 employees, the program offers low-interest loans with relatively relaxed repayment terms.

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If your organization needs funding to keep operating during this difficult period, a Main Street loan may be an option.


Continue Reading Your NFP Can Now Apply to the Main Street Lending Program

The IRS and the U.S. Treasury had disbursed 160.4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIP) as of May 31, 2020, according to a new report. These are the payments being sent to eligible individuals in response to the economic threats caused by COVID-19. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that $269.3 billion of EIPs have already been sent through a combination of electronic transfers to bank accounts, paper checks and prepaid debit cards.

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Eligible individuals receive $1,200 or $2,400 for a married couple filing a joint return. Individuals may also receive up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child. Those with adjusted gross income over a threshold receive a reduced amount.

However, the IRS says some payments were sent erroneously and should be returned.


Continue Reading You Might Need to Return Your EIP

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act amends the Small Business Act and the CARES Act, modifying certain provisions in an attempt to make it easier for businesses to have their PPP loans forgiven. For many companies these are welcome changes. However, there are few things to bring to your attention which could lead to unintended consequences in limited cases.

The one constant in the PPP is that the program will change. We do not expect this recent update to be the final PPP outlook, and we anticipate changes to the forgiveness form, as well as more regulatory interpretations that will impact the Program.


Continue Reading What to Watch Out for in the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Disclaimers:

  • The Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury are regularly releasing updated guidelines and clarifications related to the Paycheck Protection Program. Accordingly, the information provided here is subject to change as updates are released.
  • Further guidelines for the Paycheck Program Protection Loan Forgiveness application process are expected in the upcoming weeks. Borrowers should assess the guidelines and determine how to best apply to their situation. Additional consultation with your lender is encouraged.
  • The AICPA calculator Excel spreadsheet used in this video is current as of May 18, 2020. The AICPA will be updating it frequently, and we recommend using the most recent version.

Jen: Welcome to a special edition of the PKF Texas Entrepreneurs Playbook where we are going to walk you through the key points of the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness application. I’d like to introduce Sam Razmandi, a Director on our Entrepreneurial Advisory Services team.

Sam: I’m happy to be here. Today I’ll be covering:

Before we get started please keep in mind that the information is subject to change and is intended to be a general overview. Let’s go and get started.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses and not-for-profit organizations alike. With Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law, what options do organizations have to receive funds?

The Not-for-Profit team wants to share with you a special information sheet answering questions you may have:

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  • Five ways to get cash now under the

One of the strongest predictors of a not-for-profit’s long-term survival is multiple revenue sources. Many organizations with only one or two found that out that the hard way when they failed during the 2008 recession.

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The same is likely to be true for not-for-profits that do — or don’t — survive the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.


Continue Reading Finding Multiple Revenue Sources During a Crisis

Nearly everyone has heard about potentially receiving an Economic Impact Payment (EIP), which the federal government is sending to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The IRS reports that in the first four weeks of the program, 130 million individuals received payments worth more than $200 billion.

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However, some people are still waiting for a payment. And others received an EIP but it was less than what they were expecting. Here are some answers why this might have happened.


Continue Reading Was Your Economic Impact Payment Lower Than Expected?