What’s in The New Coronavirus Bill For You and Your Small Business?

Finally, Congress has reached an agreement on a package to help the economy, workers, individuals, and yes, your small business.

Here are the highlights:

  • Direct, one-time payments of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
  • Your staff, who you may have had to furlough or temporarily lay off, “would get whatever amount a state usually provides for unemployment, plus a $600 per week add-on.” (Yahoo)
  • The great news for the self-employed, gig workers, and freelancers is that they will, for the first time ever, be able to collect unemployment.
  • There will be an “employee retention” tax credit that’s estimated to provide $50 billion to companies who keep their staff on payroll and cover 50% of their paychecks. Under the agreement, a small business that is able to retain employees and do so will be eligible for the tax credit.
  • Companies would also be able to defer payment of the 6.2% Social Security payroll tax.

Steve Strauss

Steve Strauss is the senior small business columnist at USA TODAY, the Editor-in-Chief here at Small Business Connection, a speaker and spokesperson. He can be reached at

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