2021 – 1st Quarter Newsletter

COVID-19, vaccines, and the recently signed stimulus bill will have a significant influence on 2021. Please enjoy our quarterly newsletter addressing these issues and more.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE NEWS

Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

“As part of an end-of-year pandemic relief package, Congress has passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and created a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan. Other changes impact eligibility for initial PPP loans, the loan forgiveness process, and the tax treatment of PPP loans.”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Full Article Here

Getting the Deal Done

Not all acquisition financing is created equal, as the quest for debt capital is influenced by both uncertainty and the flight to quality.

Commercial Property Executive – Full Article Here


Which CRE Sectors Will Struggle and Which Will Thrive in 2021?

Well, it’s been a year. Commercial real estate and mortgage professionals should certainly be happier to see the end of 2020 than their residential counterparts. Industries have been ravaged, economies slowed, and whole sectors of commercial real estate have been rendered redundant by the pandemic. According to the MBA, commercial and multifamily lending has declined 34% year-over-year in 2020. But a vaccine is coming, and rollout is expected through Q1 and Q2 of next year. With the vaccine should come a return to some normalcy, but it may well be that certain changes the pandemic brought on or accelerated within CRE are here to stay.

Mortgage Professional America – Real Article Here

ECONOMIC DATA


BORROWER EDUCATION

The New Stimulus Bill’s Impact on Your Business Taxes

As with all tax issues, we recommend you discuss your tax situation and the new stimulus bill with your accountant or CPA. Below are several aspects of the bill you should be aware of in order to prepare for that conversation.

One of the most important tax provisions is that the bill specifies that expenses paid with forgiven PPP loans are tax-deductible. The original CARES Act excluded PPP loan forgiveness from gross income but did not specifically address whether expenses used to achieve loan forgiveness would be deductible. The IRS issued a notice in April 2020, and expanded on it in November 2020, basically stating that if the PPP loan does not count as taxable income, then expenses paid with PPP funds can be included in expenses for tax purposes. The new bill clarifies that “no deduction shall be denied, no tax attribute shall be reduced, and no basis increase shall be denied, by reason of the exclusion from gross income provided”.

There are several other provisions with tax implications, including:

  • Retroactively providing that employers who receive PPP loans may still qualify for the employee retention credit with respect to wages not paid with forgiven PPP proceeds
  • Extending the employee retention credit through June 30, 2021. It also expands the credit in several ways, including by increasing the credit rate from 50% to 70%, increasing the limit on per employee creditable wages to $10,000 for each quarter, and increasing the number of employees counted when determining the wage base from 100 to 500
  • Extending the time allotted for repayment of employee Social Security taxes deferred under a presidential memorandum through the end of 2021
  • Temporarily allowing a 100% business expense deduction for meals (rather than the current 50%) as long as the expense is for food or beverages provided by a restaurant. This provision is effective for expenses incurred after Dec. 31, 2020 and expires at the end of 2022
  • Extensions, in some cases permanently, of many of the tax breaks that had been scheduled to expire at the end of 2020

There are also many items specific to specific industries. Be sure to ask your tax preparer what items may apply to your business.

Articles With More Information
COVID-19 Relief Bill Addresses Key PPP Issues
Many Tax Provisions Appear in Year-End Coronavirus Relief Bill
A Dive Into The Stimulus Package’s Tax Provisions
New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Passes Congress with PPP Loan Updates and Tax Implications


RECENTLY FUNDED TRANSACTIONS

Here are examples of opportunities we assisted our clients with last quarter:

  • $3,200,000 Condo Construction and Term Out – Manson, WA – 80% LTC
  • $2,560,000 Owner Occupied Medical Office Purchase SBA – Pasco, WA – 90% LTV
  • $1,497,340 7 Property Term and Line of Credit – Richland, WA – 75% LTV

Contact us to learn how we can help you with your commercial property financing.