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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision ​EIDL is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments.of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in declared zones. 

Paycheck Protection Program

Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program closed on August 8, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • All loan terms will be the same for everyone.

  • Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.

  • Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.

  • Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months.

  • The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:

    •  The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made;

    • Employee and compensation levels are maintained.

Employee Retention Credit

This credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll by providing a refundable tax credit of 50% of up to $10,000 (per employee) in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations. There are only two exceptions: State and local governments and their instrumentalities and small businesses who take small business loans.

Qualifying employers must fall into one of two categories:

  1. The employer's business is fully or partially suspended by government order due to COVID-19 during the calendar quarter.

  2. The employer's gross receipts are below 50% of the comparable quarter in 2019. Once the employer's gross receipts go above 80% of a comparable quarter in 2019, they no longer qualify after the end of that quarter.

Payment Deferrals

Deferral of Payment of Employer Portion of 2020 Social Security Tax

The CARES Act permits any employer to defer payment of the employer portion of Social Security taxes regardless of whether the employer is affected by COVID-19. More info


Federal Taxes

 A variety of tax-filing and payment deadlines falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020, are postponed until July 15, 2020. This means that federal tax payments can be deferred to July 15 without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.


Sales tax relief

The Texas Comptroller is urging businesses to file and pay sales taxes on time but is offering short-term payment agreements to businesses struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes collected prior to April 1, 2020, because of COVID-19. In most instances, it will also provide waivers of penalties and interest. More info


Franchise tax relief

The filing and payment deadline for franchise tax is automatically extended to July 15, 2020. Additional details.

Local Business Impact Assessment Survey

GBCOC is seeking your input about the impacts you're seeing due to the Coronavirus (and recent decisions which deeply impact our community), how we might adjust our program of work to best serve you, and other ideas you have that will allow us to best support our members during this time. We hope that through collective action, we can ease the burden and make