The FASB on June 3, 2020, published a new accounting standard that grants a one-year delay on leases and revenue recognition accounting rules for a subset of companies, many of which lack resources and are pressed by work constraints brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
The board issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) and Leases (Topic 842): Effective Dates for Certain Entities, to defer two standards: ASU. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for privately owned companies and nonprofits that have not yet adopted the standard, and ASU No. 2016-12, Leases (Topic 842) for all private companies, private not-for-profit organizations, and public nonprofits that have not yet adopted the rules. The standards are two of the most substantial accounting changes to hit the U.S. marketplace in decades.
Under the deferral, private companies and not-for-profit organizations that qualify can choose to apply Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2020.
For leases rules, private companies and private not-for-profit organizations can apply the standard to fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, and to interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022. Public not-for-profit organizations that have not yet issued (or made available to issue) financial statements reflecting the adoption of the leases guidance can apply the standard to fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
The date delays are optional. Earlier adoption is allowed.
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WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
“The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact. With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible. To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance
- The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
- These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
- To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
- In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
- SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
- The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.
For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.
Washington—Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers who:
- Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
- Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
- Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%
The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.
Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.
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Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C. Offices will close at Noon local time on Fridays starting May 22nd and continuing through the Labor Day holiday.
“Our employees work hard year-round, and especially this year’s busy season has been particularly challenging as we help our clients navigate the changing business landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic,” said Scott Olinger, CEO. “We offer this alternative schedule in acknowledgment of the team’s commitment to serving our clients.”
Regular Friday office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will resume on Friday, September 11th.
On Friday, May 15th, the SBA released the application form and instructions that borrowers should use to apply for forgiveness on their PPP funds they received. Highlights of the form include:
- When the 8 week period begins to count expenses disbursed from the funds to credit towards forgiveness.
- What payroll expenses count towards the eligible expenses.
- How to calculate the full time equivalent (FTE) of employees.
- Inputs for Business mortgage utility payments.
- Inputs for Business rents or lease payments.
- Inputs for Business utility payments.
The form also includes instructions for what documentation will need to be submitted with the application form, in order to support the expenses shown.
It is expected that there will be additional clarification from the SBA as this process continues. HSC will update our clients and friends as this information becomes available. In the meantime, please be sure to contact us with any questions or visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for additional resources.
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As the conversation in the United States turns towards re-starting our economy, businesses want to know how they can responsibly reopen their business and protect the health and safety of their employees. At a minimum, businesses need to consider federal and state health guidelines and requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19, including but not limited to:
- How do reintroduce employees back into the workforce in phases?
- What new employee leave policies/procedures do we need to have in place?
- How will we monitor employee health proactively?
- What new cleaning/sanitizing practices do we need to adopt?
- Exactly what will social distancing look like?
- What PPE do we need to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19?
- Do I need a written plan?
The above questions are just a start. As the re-entry begins, you will want to give employees confidence they are protected, and get businesses back to being productive and profitable.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a new interim final rule 5/13/2020 which allows lenders to increase existing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to partnerships and seasonal employers. An excerpt from the applicable section is provided below and the full interim final rule may be accessed here:
The ability to increase loans applies to partnerships who submitted their loans prior to April 14th because the guidance issued that date stated that the self-employment income of general active partners was now to be reported as a payroll cost, up to $100,000 annualized, on a PPP loan application filed by, or on behalf of, the partnership. This means that applications from partnerships made prior to April 14th were likely granted loans in amounts less than they would qualify for under the new guidance. Similarly, an interim final rule dated April 28th established an alternative criterion for calculating the maximum loan amount for PPP loans issued to seasonal employers.
The interim final rule issued 5/13/2020 allows all PPP lenders to increase existing PPP loans to partnerships or seasonal employers to include appropriate amounts to cover partner compensation in accordance with the April 14th interim final rule as outlined below.
Question: If a partnership received a PPP loan that did not include any compensation for its partners, can the loan amount be increased to include partner compensation?
Answer: Yes. If a partnership received a PPP loan that only included amounts necessary for payroll costs of the partnership’s employees and other eligible operating expenses, but did not include any amount for partner compensation, the lender may electronically submit a request through SBA’s E-Tran Servicing site to increase the PPP loan amount to include appropriate partner compensation, even if the loan has been fully disbursed, provided that the lender’s first SBA Form 1502 report to SBA on the PPP loan has not been submitted.
After the initial SBA Form 1502 report on the PPP loan has been submitted to SBA, or after the date the first SBA Form 1502 was required to be submitted to SBA, the loan cannot be increased. In no event can the increased loan amount exceed the maximum loan amount allowed under the PPP Program, which is $10 million for an individual borrower or $20 million for a corporate group. Additionally, the borrower must provide the lender with required documentation to support the calculation of the increase.
The interim final rule posted on April 14, 2020, describes how partnerships, rather than individual partners are eligible for a PPP loan. The interim final rule further explained that the self-employment income of general active partners could be reported as a payroll cost, up to $100,000 annualized, on a PPP loan application filed by or on behalf of the partnership. Guidance describing how to calculate partnership PPP loan amounts and defining the self-employment income of partners was posted on April 24, 2020.
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UPDATE to Memo regarding FAQ46
The SBA released new guidance today on the topic of FAQ31 with FAQ46 (captured below in full). The guidance comes just one day before the 5/14/2020 deadline for PPP borrowers to return loan proceeds in full if they are concerned over the FAQ31 attestation language expansion.
This guidance has been anxiously awaited by all borrowers, but particularly by those with loans in excess of $2 million which will be subject to mandatory audits previously announced by the Treasury Secretary. In addition, many borrowers are well underway with expending their loan proceeds on approved uses including staffing decisions based on the receipt of the PPP loan.
Loan Amounts under $2 million
This new guidance has some very positive outcomes for most borrowers. Primarily, if the loan amount is less than $2 million (when taking into account affiliation rules of related companies that may have received separate loans), the borrower(s) is/are automatically granted Safe Harbor in regards to the expanded attestation question in FAQ31. In other words, borrowers no longer need take into account access to other sources of liquidity or consider the detrimental impacts to the business of using this liquidity. This will provide a sigh of relief for most small businesses that received these loans.
Loan Amounts over $2 million
It has been noted that over 25,000 borrowers nationwide received loans over the $2 million threshold. These borrowers may still seek Safe Harbor if they return the loan by tomorrow (5/14/2020), but for most that elect to keep the loan, they will still be subject to a mandatory audit. The SBA noted that if borrowers choose not to seek Safe Harbor they may still have a case for keeping the loan proceeds.
It is unclear if this SBA audit is to occur within the 60 days after the borrower provides the necessary support to request loan forgiveness (as is provided for within the Cares Act) or some period much longer. Assuming it is within 60 days, the first test will be to determine if the borrower is eligible for any forgiveness at all, under the expanded attestation in FAQ31 and now FAQ46. If the SBA deems that the borrower fails this test, then this new guidance below indicates that the SBA will not “pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies” so long as the loan is paid back upon receiving notice from the SBA of this determination. In addition, the Bank is still entitled to its SBA guarantee of the loan.
If it is determined that the borrower is not eligible for forgiveness, this determination would occur after the covered period is over. For borrowers who took large loans to maintain or rebuild payrolls and who may have already spent all or most of the loan proceeds on approved expenses, the question is: how much time is there to pay the loan back? It is unclear at this time if it is due immediately upon SBA request or face “administrative enforcement” or whether the borrower would have the full 2 years to pay back the loan.
Even with this additional guidance, questions remain: Is the SBA trying to force borrowers with access to cash and available lines of credit larger than the PPP loans to use those funds to pay back the loans? Will the decision be a simple math equation in the audit or will the company-specific circumstances be the determining factor in deciding forgiveness? It is very unclear how the auditors will make this determination, but documentation of how the borrower meets the expanded attestation is as important as ever for these larger borrowers. Equally important may be the need to maintain access to liquidity in an amount of the PPP loan that was already spent. For those borrowers that do not have enough liquidity to pay back the PPP loans that they spent as intended, will they automatically pass this attestation test and be offered forgiveness? That remains to be seen.
Here is the FAQ46 from the guidance today, 5/13/2020
46. Question: How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?
Answer: When submitting a PPP application, all borrowers must certify in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has determined that the following safe harbor will apply to SBA’s review of PPP loans with respect to this issue: Any borrower that, together with its affiliates (20), received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.
SBA has determined that this safe harbor is appropriate because borrowers with loans below this threshold are generally less likely to have had access to adequate sources of liquidity in the current economic environment than borrowers that obtained larger loans. This safe harbor will also promote economic certainty as PPP borrowers with more limited resources endeavor to retain and rehire employees. In addition, given the large volume of PPP loans, this approach will enable SBA to conserve its finite audit resources and focus its reviews on larger loans, where the compliance effort may yield higher returns.
Importantly, borrowers with loans greater than $2 million that do not satisfy this safe harbor may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances in light of the language of the certification and SBA guidance. SBA has previously stated that all PPP loans in excess of $2 million, and other PPP loans as appropriate, will be subject to review by SBA for compliance with program requirements set forth in the PPP Interim Final Rules and in the Borrower Application Form.
If SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness. If the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from SBA, SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies based on its determination with respect to the certification concerning necessity of the loan request. SBA’s determination concerning the certification regarding the necessity of the loan request will not affect SBA’s loan guarantee.
(20) For purposes of this safe harbor, a borrower must include its affiliates to the extent required under the interim final rule on affiliates, 85 FR 20817 (April 15, 2020).
(21) Question 46 published May 13, 2020.
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