Today [March 27], President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the $2 trillion stimulus package that is the third phase of the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Importantly for APCA members, the bill authorizes emergency loans to distressed businesses.

With respect to small businesses, the CARES Act

* Establishes, and provides funding for, forgivable bridge loans; and 

* Provides additional funding for grants and technical assistance.

The Act also provides funding for $1,200 tax rebates to individuals, with additional $500 payments per qualifying child. The rebate begins phasing out when incomes exceed $75,000 (or $150,000 for joint filers).

The CARES Act, through the Paycheck Protection Program, allocates almost $350 billion to support emergency loans to qualifying businesses.

Below is guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program from the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. You can learn more on the Small Business Administration website:

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

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