Here at alliantgroup our mission has always been to help strengthen U.S. businesses however we can. During this crisis, we want to be a resource for you and your company to provide clarity on the rapidly changing economic landscape, policies coming from Capitol Hill as well as guidance from the Internal Revenue Service.

We’ve created this resource to provide you with the latest information and guidance to help your business and offer you a channel to ask our experts about what is concerning you most. We are working harder than ever to provide small-medium sized businesses with the unique resources they need to succeed. Let us know how we can help you today.

Latest Update

New Guidance on the Loan Forgiveness Program
The SBA has recently shared new guidance on one of the most compelling aspects of the PPP Loan Program: loan forgiveness. The new guidance provides clarity on eligible payroll costs, reporting requirements and other key aspects of loan forgiveness calculations. However, the newly released loan forgiveness application is leaving many businesses with more questions than answers. Join our team of alliantgroup Washington insiders, including former IRS commissioners, as they dig into these updates and provide guidance on how to proceed in this special presentation that is an absolute must-attend if your business or client’s business received a PPP loan. About the Presenters: Dean Zerbe is alliantgroup’s National Managing Director based in the firm’s Washington, D.C ... Read More
Featured Updates
Dhaval Jadav Joins Space Center Houston Board of Directors
We are thrilled to see alliantgroup CEO and co-founder, Dhaval Jadav, join the Board of Directors of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, a nonprofit ... Read More
Opinion: Biden Needs To Focus On Agriculture Next – Here’s How
By Heidi Heitkamp, Former U.S. Senator, Attorney General, and Tax Commissioner for North Dakota; alliantgroup Director of Agriculture March 30, 2021 Published in agri-pulse.comWhile much of the ... Read More
New Tax Incentives for Commercial and Industrial Automation Integrators
By Tracy Lustyan, Managing Director March 29, 2021 Published in Automation.com The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, but the question is, will the United States be ... Read More
Complexity & Unanswered Questions of the Employee Retention Credit
By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee March 12, 2021 Published in taxnotes.com The revamp ... Read More
Reshoring Manufacturing A Priority
by Neil Shah, Managing Director March 23, 2021 Published in thefabricator.comDo you remember when most product labels said “Made in the USA”? For many decades the U.S. dominated ... Read More
Made In America: Effect of the U.S. Tax Code on Domestic Manufacturing
By Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee March 29, 2021Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Crapo, and ... Read More
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Resources

U.S. Treasury Department Releases PPP Loan Program FAQs

Senate Finance The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury,
intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions
concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section
1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). This
document will be updated on a regular basis….

How the Agriculture Industry Can Benefit from the CARES Act

JohannsAs with many other national emergencies, the American farmer has continued to work day in and day out to provide the world with the food we need to thrive. Congress recently passed several phases of relief so that businesses, including agriculture companies can receive some much needed support during these trying times.

Learn more here: CARES Act for Agriculture

How the Agriculture Industry Can Benefit from the CARES Act

How the Agriculture Industry Can Benefit from the CARES Act

By Mike Johanns

There’s no denying that our country is facing troubling times.

And as with many other national emergencies, the American farmer has continued to work day in and day out to provide the world with the food we need to thrive.

That responsibility is a heavy burden for farms across the U.S., which like any other business in the country is hurting.

Congress recently passed several phases of relief so that individuals and businesses alike can receive some much needed support during these trying times.

The CARES Act, for instance, was the premier piece of legislation that Congress passed in terms of coronavirus aid. The historic bill offered $2.2 trillion in assistance, including $349 billion in loan commitments as part of the Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP).

That $349 billion was exhausted within the first two weeks of the program, however Congress just allocated an additional $320 billion for the program that is now available for companies across the country.

To be clear, this includes agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers, who should strongly consider applying for the program as a way to see their way through this pandemic.

These loans (which will have an interest rate of no more than 4 percent) are for companies that have 500 employers or less, and are limited to either $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll, whichever is less.

What those in the agriculture industry also need to know is that cooperatives are also eligible to receive PPP loans as long as other PPP eligibility requirements are met.

These loans can be used to cover payroll along with other business expenses, and can be a tool for those in the agriculture industry to use to push back against this unrelenting pandemic.

The American farmer has always been integral to the success of our country and its economy. During these unprecedented times it’s crucial that all options are considered in order to see things through to the other side.

For more information on the PPP visit the Small Business Administration’s website here.

The CARES Act: What it Means for U.S. Businesses Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Treasury Congress recently passed the CARES Act, which was immediately signed into law on March 27.
The economic stimulus bill consists of a historic $2 trillion meant to help taxpayers, including individuals and businesses alike, weather the storm wrought by COVID-19.

Learn more here: CARES Act for Businesses

CARES Act: New Tax Deadlines

Treasury As part of the federal government’s efforts to resolve the liquidity crisis small and medium sized businesses are facing, federal tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended.

Learn more here: New Tax Deadlines

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance- CARES Act: Unemployment Insurance FAQ

Senate Finance Who is eligible for unemployment insurance? The Unemployment Compensation program (UC, usually referred to as Unemployment Insurance, or UI) makes insurance payments to workers who become involuntarily unemployed for economic reasons and meet state-established eligibility rules. The program generally does not provide insurance payments to the self-employed, those who are unable to work, or those who do not have a recent earnings history… finance.senate.gov

U.S. Treasury- Press Release- Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, Treasury and SBA Begin Unprecedented Effort to Distribute Funds

IRS Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need. home.treasury.gov

CARES Act: Employee Retention Credit FAQ

FUNDS AND TAX RELIEF FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The Federal Government is asking businesses to take advantage of all funding and relief options available. alliantgroup specializes in delivering the most powerful federal incentives to business owners and we’ve delivered $10 billion in incentives.

Now, with the passage of several Covid Stimulus Bills, there are even more funding options available and we want to help you combine and maximize everything your business is entitled to. Below you can read about some of the larger solutions that we provide.

Fill out a contact form and we’ll reach out to you to discuss what options make the most sense for your business or use the calculator below to receive an estimate of how much money we can find for your company.

Employee Retention Credit

The Employee Retention Credit may be the single largest source of relief funds that businesses can take advantage of. The most recent stimulus package significantly amplified how valuable the credit is and now more businesses than ever can claim it. The credit can completely eliminate your payroll tax and generate a cash refund.

Our experts have dissected the latest stimulus bill and we are not only confident that we have the most comprehensive understanding of the credit and that many business owners are not taking advantage of it due to poor information. If your business was changed or impacted by Covid and you kept employees on payroll you may qualify.

Let us evaluate your company to see how much you qualify for. If we can’t find value for you, there will be no cost for your assessment.

If you have any questions or would like to contact our education team please fill out the form below.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

This WOTC program was developed to motivate employers to hire individuals from vulnerable demographic groups in efforts to break down the barriers they usually face to secure employment. Groups consist of veterans, summer youth employees, food stamp recipients, ex-felons and others. As part of the updated stimulus bill, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit was extended through 2025 alongside the PATH Act.

Eligible employers can earn up to one billion dollars under this credit. This credit allows employers to extend work opportunities to more U.S. citizens and invest in their growth to deliver long-term value to the business and its workforce. This program further promotes diversity in the workplace and provides beneficiaries the means to become independent, productive taxpayers.

Section 41

Section 41 is one of the biggest credit programs available to 50+ industries. Businesses in industries from agriculture to software and tech and everything in between, can claim thousands to millions of dollars in funds that can go straight back into the business or the pockets of the owners.

To qualify, businesses need to be employing technical employees that are:

  • Developing or designing new products or processes
  • Enhancing existing products or processes
  • Developing or improves upon existing prototypes and software
  • Creating custom products for clients