Triumvir Financial will be taking extra measures to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as the economic impact that it has had and will have on our team and our clients.
Effective Monday, March 23rd,
We will be operating remotely to provide a safer environment for our staff.
We will be available as usual by phone and email and will respond to your businesses needs as usual.
In addition, I will personally be available by cell - 813-997-9756 for extended times for your convenience from 7am - 9pm cst 7 days per week.
I will also be working diligently with our tax specialists and associates to provide updates and planning for you to find ease when receiving the financial relief provided by the State and Federal governments. These will be more complicated then presented as they will require specific documentation to receive the benefits.
Financial relief programs for COVID 19 (Coronavirus)
Although most of the government’s energy has been focused on medical, they are beginning to take action towards economic relief programs for small business owners.
So far, Congress has only completed special coverages for the people who have contracted the COVID-19 virus. As part of the response, the House passed H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Here are some of the highlights in the bill: I have attached a copy of the 110 pg bill for those of you who ‘geek-out’ on that sort of thing.
I have italicized the areas of specific importance for small business owners although some of the other information may be relative to you, a family member or associate.
- Funding for nutrition assistance programs. Specifically, funds are designated for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Also, there is a provision to allow state plans to provide food assistance to households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-price meals if not for their schools being closed due to the COVID-19 emergency.
- Funding for the Senior Nutrition Program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Provides approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors, including those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.
- Reimbursement for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and services provided to those without health insurance.
- Funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Funds will cover the costs of COVID-19 diagnostic testing for veterans receiving care through Medical Services or through Medical Community Care.
- Job-protected leave. Government employees and employees of employers with fewer than 500 employees* who have been on the job for at least 30 days will have the right to take job-protected leave. The leave can be used for quarantine due to exposure to or symptoms of coronavirus; to care for an at-risk family member quarantined due to exposure to or symptoms of coronavirus; and to care for a child of an employee if the child’s school or child care has been closed or is unavailable due to coronavirus. *The 500 employee language is intended to be more inclusive than the existing protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but does leave out some employees; you can read more about the controversy from Vox and the New York Times.
SEE THIS LINK to the DOL for Specifics: Most companies with less then 25 employees are exempt as the financial burden of the act will be greater than what the company could handle financially.
- Emergency transfers for Unemployment Compensation administration. The bill provides $1 billion for emergency grants to states for activities related to processing and paying unemployment insurance benefits.
- Health plan testing coverage. The bill requires private health plans to provide coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including the cost of a provider, urgent care center, and emergency room visits. Also, Medicare Part B and Advantage, TRICARE, Medicaid, and CHIP must cover expenses for provider visits during which a COVID-19 test is administered or ordered.
- Tax credits for paid sick and paid family and medical leave. The bill provides for a refundable tax credit equal to 100% of qualified paid sick or family leave wages paid by an employer for each calendar quarter. The tax credit is allowed against the employer portion of Social Security taxes. The credit applies to amounts paid to employees who are sick or quarantined; a lesser credit applies to amounts paid to employees caring for a family member or for a child whose school or place of care has been closed. Caps and limits apply.
- Tax credits for leave apply to self-employed individuals, too. Self-employed individuals qualify for the refundable credits, too, including those who must self-isolate, obtain a diagnosis, or comply with a self-isolation recommendation for coronavirus. Again, those self-employed individuals caring for a family member or for a child whose school or place of care has been closed due to coronavirus, are allowed a lesser refundable tax credit. As with employees, caps and limits apply.
And here’s what’s not in the bill: More bills expected to be released as they focus their energy on containment first and economy next.
- No extension of the tax filing deadline in 2020. As of today, the deadline for filing your individual federal income tax returns remains April 15, 2020. If you need more time to file your federal income tax returns, consider filing for an extension.
- No payroll tax cuts. President Trump called for payroll tax relief to last through the election, but neither party in Congress seems inclined to agree. Why? Primarily because it’s expensive: estimates suggest the cost could reach $90 billion per month.
Things to check into for planning! Please feel free to share this section with employees and others that might benefit from it.
Bank Provisions – (This information is advice to seek more information, not to be mis-understood as guidance!)
Mortgages and Credit Card banks are all working to issue relief including reducing or eliminating interest and/or penalties for late payments as well as rolling over payments to the back end of a loan without penalty or it having any effect on your credit scores. YOU MUST CHECK WITH YOUR BANK OR CREDIT PROVIDER TO SEE HOW THEY ARE HANDLING THE PROCESS AS THEY ARE ALL INDEPENDENT AND WILL HAVE THEIR OWN POLICIES.
Restaurant Best Practices for driving business during COVID-19
During times like these, our goal as Entrepreneurs is to STAY OPEN and provide great quality food and service, as always to our valued guests!
IRS – Corona Virus IRS provisions: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
Below are a list of links to sites to keep up with the TRUE real time updates to information including the CDC, IRS and other actual government agencies that will provide accurate information.
CDC – Business related measures: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
IRS – Corona Virus IRS provisions: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus