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Disaster Relief for Business Owners

The world finds itself in an unprecedented time filled with anxiety, stress, and concern. We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe.

Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we work together during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation surrounding COVID‑19 rapidly evolves, we want to assure you that Philip L. Liberatore, CPA is committed to providing you with seamless and uninterrupted service, as we continue to maintain our operations and protect our employees and communities.

Federal, State and some local governments have been responding to the evolving need for relief in this time, here are some important things that you should know:

IRS filing deadline: The Treasury Department has extended the April 15 deadline to file returns and to pay taxes to July 15.

California deadlines: The Franchise Tax Board has extended both the filing and payment deadline to July 15 for those impacted by COVID-19.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

If you need cash to offset lost revenue and help keep your business afloat, the programs below can help. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) coronavirus resource page provides a list of relief programs, as well as offering guidance to small business owners during this crisis.

The SBA is administering a lending program for small businesses. The SBA is providing low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus in presidential and SBA-declared disaster areas. The disaster assistance is made in the form of low-interest loans to businesses

These loans carry an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Loan repayment terms vary by applicant, up to a maximum of 30 years.

How to Apply

  • Apply online and select “Economic Injury” as the reason you’re seeking assistance.
  • You’ll need to supply required supporting documentation that could include the business’s most recent tax returns, a personal financial statement and a schedule of liabilities that lists all your current debts.
  • Call the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 for help with your application.

Apply here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
Businesses and microenterprises in Los Angeles that are responsible for providing low-income jobs can get an emergency microloan of $5,000 to $20,000. Loans with repayment terms of six months to one year carry an interest rate of 0% and five-year loans have interest rates of 3% to 5%.

Who’s eligible: To get a loan, you must meet requirements including having “reasonable and responsible” individual credit history, committing to use the loan for working capital only and ensuring your business is located within the City of Los Angeles. If you own 20% or more of the business, you must guarantee the loan.

How to apply: 

Apply online and provide supporting documentation including business and personal tax returns, three months of bank statements and business and personal financial statements.

Apply here: https://ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program
Los Angeles has also instituted a moratorium on evictions of businesses impacted by the coronavirus through March 31.

The city has also released a coronavirus resilience kit as a guide in dealing with the crisis, see it here: Coronavirus resilience kit

Mandates for Employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
President Trump on Wednesday signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the initial coronavirus relief bill. The new law requires small employers — those with fewer than 500 employees — to provide limited paid-leave benefits to employees who are affected by the coronavirus emergency. Small employers are given new tax credits and federal payroll-tax relief to pay for the new mandatory benefits.

To read the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, go to: www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201.

We have a task force and leadership team who are working tirelessly to ensure that we are prepared for any contingency in serving you during these challenging times.

We want to encourage you to stay informed of things that you can do to keep yourself and your family safe using reliable sources. For your convenience, we have provided the links below, as well as the attached CDC informational sheet.

CDC COVID-19 Information page
WHO COVID-19 Information page

Philip L. Liberatore, CPA remains committed to providing you with seamless and uninterrupted service, feel free to reach out to us and we pray that you and your family are healthy and safe.

Philip L. Liberatore, CPA
(562) 404-7996 | (714) 522-3337
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