CARES Act – Benefits for Small Business Owners: Loans and Payroll Taxes

CARES Act – Benefits for Small Business Owners: Loans and Payroll Taxes

April 5, 2020

We wanted to share some of the reliable resources and information we’ve found most useful as we’ve researched the CARES Act for our clients.

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was passed 3/27/2020. It is a $2.2 stimulus package t- You are likely getting multiple notices about it from multiple sources. Please work with your accountant and/or lender for information that is current and applicable to your particular situation.

For an overview please read this New  York Times article, “FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Corona Virus Plan

In addition, we recommend The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the US Senate Committee on Small Business Entrepreneurship

Paycheck Protection Program Loans

The Small Business Administration has detailed information about their Paycheck Protection Program – you can apply for amounts equal to 2½ months of average payroll.

The funds can be used for payroll, benefits, mortgage, rent, and utilities. Interest rates are capped at 4%, and the loans can be partially or fully forgiven if the business maintains certain employment levels.

While the loan program was expected to be live on Friday, April 3, we know that most banks are still putting the program in place. Most should be ready for your application business on Monday April 6. This specific program appears to be a first come, first served until the funds run out; don’t wait! Start today.

Reach out to your existing bank relationship first, many, if not all banks will process existing clients before accepting new applications.

Payroll Taxes

Businesses can generally defer payment of employment taxes in 2020, with half due by the end of 2021 and the other half by the end of 2022. Some companies severely affected by the coronavirus may be eligible for a credit to reduce those taxes. Please consult your financial advisor for details.

SBA Overview of Assistance: Provided by the Small Business Administration, this COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses guide is comprehensive and current (as of today!) and an excellent resource to help see the big picture of Small Business assistance programs.

Bottom line:

  • Connect with your accountant and your bank.
  • Prepare your financials documentation, especially payroll documents.
  • Don’t delay – act as soon as possible.
  • But be patient – every one is learning and finding their way with this very new legislation.

There are sure to be revisions and new programs. Stay informed and stay healthy.

And we cannot emphasize this enough, if you would like to reach out to any of us to discuss these programs, we are happy to talk with you, share what we know and help you plan.

Greg Caruso (GCaruso@HarvestBusiness.com609-664-7955

Ed Davis (EDavis@HarvestBusiness.com301-325-7687

Richard Stopa (RStopa@HarvestBusiness.com703.307.1187


Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our accurate business valuations and our consistent ability to deliver a high price as part of a smooth exit transaction.
Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

 

How are You Doing? Competitive Business Benchmarking

How are You Doing? Competitive Business Benchmarking

Previously, we discussed business benchmarking using internal measurements, tracking and analyzing 5-7 key indicators of your business’ growth and success.

Now, let’s focus on the second benchmarking measure – comparing yourself against your peers based on industry data.

The second form of benchmarking is to compare your business to industry data.

Industry data is available from many sources. The most available data is financial data from several companies that collect and sell the data to banks, accountants, and other advisors. Also, many industry trade associations collect and track much more detailed information. While not perfect, this data can provide a meaningful comparison for analysis on how you are doing. Often this data is sorted and available based on performance. For instance, companies can be sorted in the 25th, 50th, or 75th percentile of financial performance.

Since only half of all companies with revenues of $10 million to $50 million will sell, you want to compare yourself to companies in the 75th percentile or better. These are the companies that are performing well and are creating real value.

Your results will not mirror the industry data, but the data will be useful for comparison purposes.

For example, a drywall contractor may see that their cost of goods sold is 73% while the industry norm for companies in the 75th percentile is 70%. Yet overhead for the drywall contractor is 20% producing a 7% profit. The industry norm at the 75th percentile is 25% overhead and a 5% profit. In this case, profit is above industry norm.

Perhaps this contractor spends a little more on direct labor, but because they have better people they are able to perform with less oversight. If this is true, there is no reason to make a change based on the data. If not, perhaps the direct costs can be brought down. Perhaps better purchasing could reduce costs. Perhaps labor can be applied more efficiently. In all cases, do not use this data and analysis as a reason to rest on your laurels but as a process in order to find ways to improve.

Internal Benchmarking along with Competitive Benchmarking will help you adjust course to be as profitable as possible and identify areas for growth.

 


 

Clients choose Harvest Business Advisors for our sage advice on profitably growing their business, accurate business valuations, and when the time is right, a consistent ability to deliver a high price as part of a smooth exit transaction.
Harvest Business Advisors provides business brokerage, business valuation, and business succession planning services. We have extensive experience in the information technology and professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and contracting fields. We maintain offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. Connect with us at info@harvestbusiness.com or 877-838-4966 to discuss selling your business, ordering a business valuation or buying a business.

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