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President Trump Signs COVID-19 Stimulus Bill, Unlocking New Relief Spending

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the $900 billion stimulus package enacted by Congress on December 21. His signature ensures that this new relief spending for individuals, families, workers, and businesses will begin to flow. 

The new law includes funding for individual stimulus checks, a restart and expansion of the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (including clarification that business expenses paid with PPP loan funds are tax deductible), other new and expanded SBA loan programs, direct targeted funding to certain industries, unemployment compensation program extensions, payroll and other tax credits, and deductions. The overall legislation was effective upon signature, but individual programs and provisions may have different effective dates.

We previously reported on the substance of the stimulus programs and provisions in the law. Please see our comprehensive Pierce Atwood alerts below.

Business and Tax Relief – including the PPP, other SBA lending, targeted financial aid to certain industries, and payroll and business tax credits and deductions.

Energy Investment Stimulus – including clean energy reforms, research and development, and extension and enhancement of renewable energy tax credits.

Individuals, Families and Workers Relief – including direct stimulus payments and unemployment programs.

Health Care Providers, Patients, COVID-19 Mitigation, and Vaccination – including additional grant money for providers, ending surprise medical billing, and additional support for COVID-19 mitigation.

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