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  • Madeline O. McElhanon

    PPP Application Deadline Extended

    April 2, 2021
    The PPP Extension Act, signed by President Joe Biden on Tuesday, extends the deadline for PPP applications to May 31, 2021. The Act also provides that the SBA will have until June 30, 2021 to process applications. While applicants now have an additional two months to apply for a first or second draw PPP loan, the Act does not provide any additional funding for the current round of PPP. As of March 28, 2021 the SBA has disbursed around $734 billion of the $806 billion appropriated by Congress to the program.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    Relief Comes for Funeral Related Expenses

    April 1, 2021
    Beginning today, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral/cremation expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
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  • Robert Smith & Katie Campbell

    Tourism Industry to Benefit From Extended PPP

    March 8, 2021
    The extended Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is of particular interest to those in the tourism industry because it addresses specific issues businesses like hotels, restaurants and bars are facing and have faced during the pandemic. Below is a summary of two recent articles that explain the loan program in more detail.
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  • Taylor S. Stockemer

    Taylor A. Stockemer

    Corporate Transparency Act to Affect Business Reporting in the Future

    February 10, 2021
    In December 2020, as part of the larger National Defense Authorization Act, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA)) was enacted with intentions of increasing transparency into companies to combat money laundering and criminal behavior. The CTA requires that certain companies (each a “reporting company”) disclose their ultimate beneficial ownership and control. If not exempt, all new entities and all existing entities will need to comply with these new regulations. Though the CTA is not effective immediately, the Treasury Department expects within one year to issue the regulations detailing how the act will be implemented.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    New Proposed Rule Would Give Non-Exclusive Safe Harbor from Broker Registration

    January 20, 2021
    On October 7, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a rule proposal to provide a safe harbor exemption permitting an individual acting as an unregistered broker or dealer, or “finder,” to engage in capital-raising activities on behalf of smaller private companies without registering as a broker-dealer. The SEC’s proposal (Release No. 34-90112; File No. S7-13-20) aims to address concerns that have been raised by small businesses when attempting to identify “finders” to engage potential investors while raising capital. In today’s capital markets, the SEC has not previously recognized a “finders” exemption or exception, nor has the SEC provided general guidance on “finders”, other than interpretive positions taken by the SEC staff in no-action letters, prompting some to observers to refer to the use of finders as the “gray market.”
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  • Coronavirus Update

    PPP Extended and Expanded to Provide Additional Funding to Borrowers

    January 8, 2021
    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended and expanded to provide more funding for first-time borrowers and to allow some existing borrowers the opportunity to receive additional help. The Economic Aid Act, which become law late last year, allocates $284 billion in additional funds to the program and authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to guarantee loans through March 31, 2021. On January 6, 2021, the SBA provided guidance in the form of Interim Final Rules (First Draw IFR) (Second Draw (IFR) to address eligibility and applications to the expanded program.
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  • Lindsey Emerson Raines

    Lindsey Emerson

    Key Bankruptcy Amendments in New COVID-19 Relief Package

    January 4, 2021
    Congress’s most recent COVID-19 relief bill was signed into law on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, as the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 (CAA). Title X of the CAA provides additional bankruptcy relief for individual and corporate debtors, as well as creditors impacted by COVID-19. Most changes are temporary as noted below.
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