CARES Act - signed into law

On Friday, March 27, President Donald Trump signed  the “Coronavirus and Economic Security Act” (also known as the CARES Act) into law, after a voice-vote approval earlier that day by the U.S. House of Representatives and an unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday of last week.  The CARES Act, estimated at $2.2T is the largest economic stimulus ever approved in the history of the country.  The stimulus bill delivers extraordinary spending to confront the country’s disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including cash payments to individual citizens, enhancements and expansions to unemployment benefits, a broad lending program for small businesses and targeted relief for hard-hit industries.


These are some fo the Highlights:

Federal Loans and Grants for businesses with less than 500 employees

  • Available for employers that maintained their staff between February 15 and June 30, 2020
  • Loan amount is 250% of average monthly payroll during that time frame, up to $10MM


Cash Assistance:

  • Individuals earning less than $75,000 per year will receive $1,200 plus $500 per child
  • Amount is prorated for individuals whose adjusted gross income in their most recent tax filing is over $75,000 and up to $99,000
  • Individuals whose adjusted gross income is over $99,000 are excluded


Unemployment Benefits:

  • Individuals entitled to received unemployment benefits would get an extra $600 per week for up to four months in addition to their state unemployment benefits, in an effort to make up for 100% of lost wages. 
  • It also expands the maximum time limit from 26 weeks to 39 weeks.


Loan to select industries ($500 billion):

  • $58 billion in loans and grants for airlines
  • Reprieve on their three major excise taxes (ticket price, fuel and cargo tax)
  • $17 billion in loans and loan guarantees for businesses critical to maintaining national security
  • $454 billion for loan and loan guarantees for eligible businesses, states and municipalities


Financial aid to Hospitals ($100 billion)

  • Healthcare providers would receive grants for revenue lost by delaying elective surgeries and other procedures to focus on combatting the outbreak
  • 20% increase in Medicare payments for treating patients with COVID-19


In addition, the CARES Act includes a host of other benefits and relief programs designed to help our schools, the agriculture, distilleries, Food stamps and child nutrition programs, the postal service and the cruise industry, to name a few.
 



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