December 22, 2020 9:09am
GLI priorities in the new COVID relief package
Congress has passed a $900 billion COVID relief bill that includes much-needed support for businesses and individuals throughout the country. Passage of relief legislation by Congress has been a top priority for GLI for several months. Thanks to the advocacy of hundreds of GLI members, the new bill includes several top GLI priorities.
Here’s what’s in the bill.
- $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- 501(c)(6) organizations are now eligible for PPP
- Businesses that acquired PPP funds after the CARES Act may reapply for additional funds, though restrictions apply
- A simpler forgiveness application is established for PPP loans of up to $150,000
- Businesses may now deduct expenses paid for with forgiven PPP loans
- $20 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- $15 billion for venues, movie theaters, and cultural institutions
- $600 economic impact checks for individuals making up to $75,000 and $1,200 for couples making $150,000
- $300 per week unemployment benefit expansion through March 14, 2021
- Extension and expansion of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program
- $25 billion for emergency eviction prevention assistance
- $45 billion for transportation funding
- $82 billion for colleges and schools
- $7 billion for broadband expansion
- Several tax provisions of the CARES Act were extended, including the Employee Retention Tax Credit and above-the-line charitable contribution deductions.
- In addition businesses may now claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit if the acquired PPP funding (previously prohibited)
- Business meals are now 100 percent deductible
- Pell grant expansion (including new eligibility for incarcerated individuals)
GLI will continue updating this article.