Pennsylvania Opens Up $655 Million In Grants for Child Care Providers

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is distributing $655 million in American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization Grants to child care providers in the commonwealth.

Licensed child care providers can apply for grants to cover almost any expense needed to continue operations and fight the impacts of COVID-19. Directors, owners, administrators and/or designated fiscal staff members can access the application for their program under the Keystone STARS/Grants tab in their organization’s profile.

The funding is available for child care providers with a good standing license that has been open since March 11, 2021, or will reopen by the end of September.

The total grant amount is based on

  1. Current enrollment
  2. Infant/toddler care
  3. Keystone STAR designation
  4. Reduced Child Care Works (CCW) enrollments
  5. The geographic location of a provider.
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In Case You Missed It: Brinker Simpson Single Audit Update Webinar 10/5

As a result of funding received through the various government programs, there will be at least 10,000 first-time single audits. With that said, each program funded through the CARES Act, Secure Act, CRRSA Act, and ARPA has unique guidance and compliance requirements.

In a webinar on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, Brinker Simpson’s Audit Manager James Trubenbach-Byrne, CPA, walked us through the major COVID-19 funded programs and guidance on the reporting and compliance requirements. James also offered an in-depth review of each compliance attribute. Linda Scafiro, CPA, a partner at the Firm, joined James to answer questions and help address various concerns.… Read More

IRS: New contracts awarded to private collection agencies; taxpayers may be contacted by one of three groups

The Internal Revenue Service has awarded new contracts to three private-sector collection agencies for the collection of overdue tax debts. The new contracts begin Thursday following September 22nd’s expiration of the old contracts.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, taxpayers with unpaid tax bills may be contacted by one of the following three agencies:

CBE Group, Inc.
PO Box 2217
Waterloo, IA 50704
800-910-5837

Coast Professional, Inc.
PO Box 526
Albion, NY 14411
888-928-0510

ConServe
PO Box 307
Fairport, NY 14450
844-853-4875

Notification by IRS and the private collection agencies
The IRS will always notify a taxpayer before transferring their account to a private collection agency (PCA).… Read More

Tax Relief Now Available to Ida Victims in Pennsylvania; Oct. 15 Deadline, Other Dates Extended to Jan. 3

Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of Pennsylvania now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. The IRS has also provided relief to Ida victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York.

The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual or public assistance. Currently, this includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York counties, but taxpayers in Ida-impacted localities in other parts of Pennsylvania, subsequently designated by FEMA, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief.… Read More

UPCOMING WEBINAR – Single Audit Update 10/5

As a result of funding received through the various government programs, there will be at least 10,000 first-time single audits. With that said, each program funded through the CARES Act, Secure Act, CRRSA Act, and ARPA has unique guidance and compliance requirements.

Join us for a webinar at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Brinker Simpson’s Audit Manager James Trubenbach-Byrne, CPA, will review the major COVID-19 funded programs and current guidance on the reporting and compliance requirements. For those subject to a compliance audit, we will review in depth each compliance attribute.

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The single audit and compliance requirements will apply to all types of organizations, including not-for-profit entities, for-profit entities, and governmental organizations.… Read More

Improvements Announced for COVID EIDL Program

The National Restaurant Association has taken an “all of the above” approach to federal recovery efforts. From the Paycheck Protection Program, the Employee Retention Tax Credit, to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund – they are focused on providing relief through every possible measure.

The National Restaurant Association has been actively engaged with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to improve the COVID Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to make it more usable for restaurants. Last week, the SBA unveiled a new expansion of the program – increasing the loan limit and improving the range of uses, all while retaining the same very low federal interest rate.… Read More

HHS Announces the Availability of $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare patients, and an additional $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 for a broad range of providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic.

Consistent with the requirements included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, PRF Phase 4 payments will be based on providers’ lost revenues and expenditures between July 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.… Read More

In Case You Missed It: Brinker Simpson Provider Relief Fund Webinar 8/25

If your healthcare organization received funding from the Provider Relief Fund, there are new reporting requirements and deadlines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget that you must follow.

In a webinar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Brinker Simpson’s Audit Manager James Trubenbach-Byrne, CPA, walked us through the nuances of the reporting portal, Single Audit implications, information toolkit, reporting workbook, and much more. Linda Scafiro, CPA, a partner at the Firm, joined James to answer questions and help address various concerns.

  • A recording of the presentation and Q&A can be viewed HERE.
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Upcoming Webinar: Navigating Provider Relief Fund Reporting

If your healthcare organization received funding from the Provider Relief Fund, there are new reporting requirements and deadlines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget that you must follow.

Join us for a webinar at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Brinker Simpson’s Audit Manager James Trubenbach-Byrne, CPA, will walk us through the nuances of the reporting portal, Single Audit implications, information toolkitreporting workbook, and much more. Click here for Provider Relief Fund General Information and an FAQ from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.… Read More

SBA Announces Opening of Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.

“The SBA’s new streamlined application portal will simplify forgiveness for millions of our smallest businesses — including many sole proprietors — who used funds from our Paycheck Protection Program loans to survive the pandemic,” said Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. “The vast majority of businesses waiting for forgiveness have loans under $150,000. These entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses and are challenged by an overly complicated forgiveness process.… Read More

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