HEADLINE: On March 31, 2020, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued guidance for businesses, to implement the refundable employment tax credits for qualified sick and family leave wages provided for by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, commonly known as Phase 2), and for employee retention wages under the CARES Act (commonly known
Update: On Wednesday, March 18, the Senate voted (90-8) to approve the Families First Coronavirus Response Act without amendment, and the President signed it into law. Congress and the administration are now referring to the Act as “Phase 2” of its response to the coronavirus emergency. “Phase 1” included $8.3 billion of appropriations toward vaccine development and prevention efforts. Today, the Treasury released its framework for “Phase 3.” The current proposal for Phase 3 would deal with, among other things, direct payments to individual taxpayers, the creation of a small business interruption loan program, and appropriations toward the airline industry and other distressed sectors. Treasury’s Phase 3 framework can be found here. The Senate is expected to begin negotiations on Phase 3 immediately. Ropes & Gray will track these developments and provide additional alerts as information becomes available.
On Friday night, March 13, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Original Bill”) to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impact of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security. On Monday evening, March 16, the House passed by unanimous consent a revised version of the bill (the “Revised Bill”).