COVID-19 CARES Act and Notice 2020-18: Tax Effects on Private Equity Firms and Portfolio Companies

As the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague the United States, on March 27, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the previously approved U.S. Senate version of the much anticipated Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), providing a needed $2 trillion in relief to the U.S. economy that is teetering on the border of a recession. The CARES Act is the largest of its kind in U.S. history and will provide $500 billion to distressed companies, $350 billion in small business loans and $250 billion in direct payments to individuals and families.

This Alert serves as a brief overview of a few of the important provisions of the CARES Act and IRS Notice 2020-18 that will have a significant impact on private equity funds and their portfolio companies moving forward.

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