Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:24

Florida Retail Federation Webinars

COVID-19 Webinar Series – Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
Florida Retail Federation hosted CPA’s from CRI to provide information regarding parameters surrounding forgiveness of the PPP loan. View this important update discussing allowable expenses, needed documentation and other important procedures to follow to ensure you will have your PPP loan forgiven. In addition, a robust Q&A was moderated with important audience questions from small businesses around Florida. Click here for PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.

COVID-19 Webinar – Accepting Payments in a COVID-19 World
Florida Retail Federation’s Crystal Laake, CPP discusses how to adapt to accepting credit cards in the post COVID-19 world. Join her as she highlights the various technology to use including ApplePay, NFC and other forms of contactless card acceptance to allow for less frequent touches in your stores. In addition, Crystal points out Visa and MasterCard guidelines that allow for no-signature payments and chargeback liability faces when accepting cards in person and on-line.

COVID-19 Webinar Series - CARES Act - Tax Benefits and Improved Cash Flow
CPAs from CRI explain the tax provisions and assistance available from new Federal legislation to help small businesses survive and improve cashflow during the Coronavirus pandemic. Discover what tax benefits are available to you as a result of this legislation and how you can improve cashflow to help survive while the economy begins to open.

COVID-19 Webinar Series – Employment Law and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Attorneys from RumbergerKirk discuss the implications of the FFCRA to small businesses with less than 500 employees. Find out what businesses must comply and what benefits must be provided under this emergency act passed by congress in March 2020.

COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Loans Webinar
Florida Retail Federation’s Jon Stolp and Crystal Laake hosted a webinar with presenters Michael Myhre, CEO Florida’s Small Business Development Network (SBDC) and Victoria Guerrero, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the South Florida District. The webinar gave an overview of the various State and Federal loan programs available through the SBA and discussed the free loan counseling assistance that can be provided by staff from the SBDC. The following link is a recording from the webinar that was held April 7, 2020 and has an extensive Qamp;A with questions posed by small businesses in attendance. CLICK HERE to view a recording of the webinar. You can access the a PDF of the webinar slide deck here.

FRF COVID-19 General Resource Webinar, April 1, 2020
We are providing the slide deck for the General Resources Webinar conducted on 4/1/2020. If you have any questions about it, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IRS Recources

IRS helps taxpayers and businesses who are affected by the Coronavirus: The IRS has established a special section on IRS.gov focused on steps to help individuals, businesses and other taxpayers affected by the Coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Share information of Economic Impact Payments with your clients and employees: As part of a larger effort to help taxpayers dealing with COVID-19, the IRS has created special informational graphics about the upcoming economic impact payments that can be shared with your employees and clients or posted on your websites. These include details about who qualifies for the $1,200 payments starting in a few weeks. The first two graphics are attached to this email. Additional graphics will be available at IRS.gov/coronavirus.

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Informational e-Posters

  • e-Poster #1: General information on Economic Impact Payments
  • e-Poster #2: Economic Impact Payments – If you still need to file your return
Multilingual Social Media Graphics

IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments: The IRS is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for an increase of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Watch for scammers who may:

  • Emphasize the words “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Ask the taxpayer to sign over their economic impact payment check to them.
  • Ask by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information saying that the information is needed to receive or speed up their economic impact payment.

See the complete April 2, 2020 IRS news release for more information.

Follow IRS on social media, sign up for e-news subscriptions for urgent updates on COVID-19, scams and economic impact payment information

The IRS reminds taxpayers, businesses, tax professionals and others to follow the agency's official social media accounts and email subscription lists to get urgent information on COVID-19 and economic impact payments.

The IRS uses several social media tools including:

Social Media Posts for your use: See the attached word file for additional tweets on Economic Impact Payments, Payment Scams and Charity Scams.

Please use the hashtag: #COVIDreliefIRS

Below are multilingual tweets to use with the attached images.

English
Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know www.irs.gov/coronavirus #COVIDreliefIRS

Spanish
Pagos de alivio por el impacto económico: lo que debe saber www.irs.gov/es/coronavirus #COVIDreliefIRS

Man (Chinese)
經濟影響付款:您需要瞭解的內容 www.irs.gov/coronavirus #COVIDreliefIRS

KO - Korean
경제 충격 지원 지불금 : 알아야 할 사항 www.irs.gov/coronavirus #COVIDreliefIRS

RU - Russian
Платежи в связи с экономическими последствиями : что Вам необходимо знать  www.irs.gov/coronavirus #COVIDreliefIRS

Viet - Vietnamese
Khon thanh toán tác đng kinh tế : Nhng gì quý v cn biết. www.irs.gov/coronavirus #COVIDreliefIRS

Operations Information

Family First Coronavirus Response Act Required Posting
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Re-Entry Procedures
Individuals and businesses seeking to provide essential commodities and services to impacted areas or areas under a curfew should be allowed re-entry by possessing and presenting to local officials:

  • A valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport;
  • Proof of employment, such as employer credentials, business card or a letter on employer letterhead; and
  • A demonstrated need to enter the area, such as a work order, inventory list or employer authorization. Local officials know their communities and are well-suited to facilitate a safe and timely reentry process.

Reemployment Assistance
Governor DeSantis has reminded Floridians that if their employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, these Floridians may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Click here for more information.

Interim Guidance for Business & Employers
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. READ MORE

The Coronavirus Threat: How to Keep Your Workplace Safe
COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, is impacting people and businesses around the world. Take steps to keep your comany and workers safe.

Coronavirus: Best Practices for a Work From Home Policy
Working remotely has become commonplace in today’s work environment. With the ease of plugging in and connecting from just about anywhere, employees have the flexibility and convenience of working from their home, a coffee shop, the library, and so on. Whether you have a regular work from home schedule or are able to work remotely during bad weather or illness, it is vital that your workers are set up for success.

CRI Featured Events and Webinars

COVID-19 Quick Hits: Stabilize Cash and Navigate Tough Business Decisions During Hard Times
March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT - This Quick Hit for businesses will address actions and considerations to take to stabilize your business with a focus on cash and cash flow through unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Quick Hits: Overview of Division C – Economic Stabilization Act
March 31 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am CDT - The CARES Act aims to provide economic stimulus amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. This session will cover Division C of the Act: Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the United States Economy.

COVID-19 Quick Hits: Plan, Protect, Adapt, and Overcome to Stabilize your Government Entity
March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT - This Quick Hit for government entities will focus on identifying and addressing methods to Plan, Protect, and Adapt for the preservation of government finances and resources. A general discussion of broad ideas to consider to overcome disruptions of financial and economic matters.

COVID-19 Quick Hits: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT - The US Small Business Administration is receiving loan applications from qualifying businesses to provide needed working capital for those impacted by COVID-19. Many businesses can qualify for these low interest, extended term loans. We will discuss the specifics of the loans and the application process to provide helpful information to businesses in need. Time is of the essence for these applications.

COVID-19 Quick Hits: Healthcare Updates
April 1 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am CDT - This webinar will cover highlights of the federal proposed (or enacted) legislation, its impact on healthcare providers, and what providers (of nearly all types) may want to consider during the COVID-19 crisis and how CRI can help.

Financial Information

SNAP Emergency Allotments for March and April Confirmed
The USDA’s Food Nutrition Services (FNS) has approved Florida’s request of an additional $157 million in Emergency Allotments (EA) to SNAP recipients for the months of March and April. This approval will temporarily increase SNAP recipients’ benefit amount to the maximum monthly allotment levels for these months.

Under the increased amount, a family of three receiving $449 per month will now receive $509 per month.

The EAs will be distributed as follows:

  • For the month of March:
    • Issuance for all households will be on Saturday, April 4th.
  • For the month of April:
    • Issuance for households that normally receive benefits April 1-7, will receive EA on Wednesday, April 8th;
    • Households that receive their monthly issuance April 8-28 will receive EA on their regular issuance day throughout the month.

State and Federal Disaster Loan Assistance
We urge you to contact our partners at the Florida SBDC for help navigating and applying for assistance. The application process can be complex, and SBDC's expert staff provides these services confidentially at no cost. Find information on the following programs:

  • Paycheck Protection Loan Guarantee and Forgiveness program
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

Damage Assessment Survey
Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by DEO, will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The survey can be taken online at www.floridadisaster.biz.

Price Gouging Hotline
Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for all consumers in the state.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Florida very closely and following the Governor’s state of emergency declaration, our price gouging laws are now in effect. I have a rapid response team ready to immediately respond to allegations of price gouging and our Consumer Protection Division continues to look for scams by fraudsters who would use this situation to rip-off Floridians.
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