September 30, 2020
Puerto Rico's Treasury Department issues guidance on requesting economic assistance under a local Payroll Protection Program
The Puerto Rico Treasury Department (PRTD) issued guidance (Circular Letter (CL) 20-38) on requesting economic assistance through a local Payroll Protection Program (PPP) that is part of the Strategic Plan ordered by Executive Order EO-2020-40, which was signed by the Governor of Puerto Rico.
To qualify for the PPP, the business must:
Eligible businesses should electronically submit a request for assistance under the PPP through the Internal Revenue Unified System (SURI). Businesses should access their accounts on SURI and click on the PPP link under their Alerts section. They should complete all of the required information, including their bank account information, and click submit. The businesses also should certify that the funds they receive will be used under the terms and conditions established in the PPP guides.
CL 20-38 outlines how the PRTD will determine the amount a business will receive under the PPP. The funds received under the PPP will not be treated as income and, therefore, will not be subject to income tax.
The COVID-19-related emergency and government lockdown has economically affected countless businesses operating within Puerto Rico. Eligible employers in Puerto Rico may be able to mitigate the economic damage due to the pandemic.
Employers should evaluate the provisions and requirements under this program in the context of their operations in Puerto Rico to determine how the program might alleviate the economic hardship induced by the current emergency.