Federal Relief Options Analysis

Taking Advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program Loan vs.
Employee Retention Credits

Taking Advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program Loan vs. Employee Retention Credits

Not Always a Simple Choice

In an effort to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on individuals and businesses, Congress passed a sweeping economic relief package (the CARES Act) on March 27, 2020.

The various relief provisions all provide significant economic assistance to employers. However, because some of the relief provisions cannot be utilized together with others, it is important that employers who are eligible for multiple relief provisions, model and analyze their various options.

In particular, businesses with the following factors may want to more carefully analyze the economic pros and cons of the different relief options in light of the interconnection between the various provisions:

  • Employers with 100 or fewer employees who meet one of the criteria for eligibility to claim the employee retention credit (partial or complete suspension of business or significant decline in gross receipts)

  • Employers with over 100 employees who (1) meet one of the criteria for eligibility to claim the employee retention credit (partial or complete suspension of business or significant decline in gross receipts) AND (2) are continuing to pay wages to employees who are not providing services due to the COVID-19 circumstances described.

  • Employers who have significant concerns regarding their ability to meet the requirements for PPP loan forgiveness (retaining employees and maintaining salary levels) and otherwise would meet the eligibility requirements for employee retention credit.

Your blum professionals are dedicated to helping you navigate through this time and ensure that you can access the best relief options available to you. Please reach out to your blum engagement team as soon as possible to discuss how we can assist in modeling and analyzing your various options, or contact us here for assistance.

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