CARES Act 2.0 Update on Hot Topics – Need Certifications, Forgiveness, Audits, Tax Deductions, Seasonal Business Loan Applications and Nonprofit Hospital Loan Eligibility

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (CARES Act 2.0) was signed into law on April 24, 2020, providing additional funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans program. Subsequent guidance issued since the passage of CARES Act 2.0, as well as heightened public scrutiny of the PPP loan program, has resulted in further restrictions regarding the types of businesses that are eligible for PPP loans and further scrutiny regarding need for the loans. This has prompted reconsideration on the part of applicants regarding whether to return PPP loan proceeds. In addition, guidance continues to be issued to clarify need certifications, forgiveness and other PPP-related matters.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, which provides an update on the newest guidance, please visit the firm website.

New COVID-19 Relief Opportunities for the Agricultural Industry

With the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (CARES Act 2.0), agricultural businesses and farmers previously excluded from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program are now eligible for EIDL grants and loans. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) offers aid to farms and certain livestock producers through direct payments and bulk purchases.

To read the full text of this Alert, which provides a brief overview of these new aid programs for the agricultural industry, please visit the firm website.

CARES Act 2.0 Shores Up COVID-19 Economic Relief Programs

On April 23, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (CARES Act 2.0), which, among other provisions, replenishes the funding for the Payment Protection Program (PPP) established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery Act (CARES Act). The United States Senate previously passed CARES Act 2.0, and the bill is expected to be signed into law by the president shortly.

In addition, the Treasury Department released further guidance on the eligibility of companies for access to other funding sources with respect to PPP loans and clarified the need for borrowers to review the certifications in the PPP loan application.

To read the full text of this Alert, which summarizes certain key aspects of CARES Act 2.0 and related guidance, please visit the firm website.