Covid-19: The Largest Stimulus Bill Proposed by Congress

This $2 trillion package from Congress is set to be used to “issue direct checks for American families, bailouts for the airline industry and a $350 billion loan program for struggling small businesses. The other $4 trillion, will allow the Federal Reserve to make huge emergency bailouts to whatever entity it chooses — a measure that was used to prop-up Wall Street firms from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.”

Proposed Stimulus Bill Terms

While the final terms of the bill are incomplete, the legislation is expected to provide for a one-time direct deposit worth $1,200 to many Americans, with $500 available to children, with the payments capped above certain income levels. Under the plan as it is being negotiated, individuals who earn $75,000 in adjusted gross income or less would get direct payments of $1,200 each, with married couples earning up to $150,000 receiving $2,400 and an additional $500 per each child. The payment will scale down by income, phasing out entirely at $99,000 for singles and $198,000 for couples without children.

Negotiated Stimulus Bill Plan

These payments will be in addition to a broad expansion in unemployment benefits, which would be extended to non-traditional employees, including gig workers and freelancers. The agreement is also set to increase current unemployment assistance by $600 a week for four months. Negotiators also discussed providing four months of unemployment benefits, extending to self-employed workers.

The Senate is also poised to approve $350 billion in loans to small businesses in an effort to keep Americans on payrolls as economic activity across the country comes to a standstill. Also, the bill would ensure the Small Business Administration could serve as a guarantor for loans of up to $10 billion for small businesses to ensure they can maintain their payrolls and pay off their debts.

A major challenge in the negotiations was roughly $500 billion in corporate aid, much of which will go toward backstopping Federal Reserve loans. The Treasury Secretary will have the authority to directly lend a slice of those funds. The agreement will create a new inspector general and oversight board to monitor the aid. The legislation included a ban on stock buybacks for any company receiving a government loan from the stimulus package. The ban lasts the term of the government assistance plus one year.

Boeing has been seeking at least $60 billion in public and private aid for itself, its suppliers and the broader aerospace industry. There was intense partisan debate over the $500 billion proposal to provide loans to distressed companies, with $50 billion in loans for passenger air carriers. These distressed companies will have strings attached to the aid they receive. In addition, the bill would provide a major amount of funding for hard-hit hospitals of $130 billion as well as $150 billion for state and local governments that are cash-strapped due to their response to combat coronavirus.

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Maria D. Stromple, CPA, MST

Maria is a partner at Wilke & Associates servicing closely-held businesses in manufacturing, real estate, transportation/logistics, and technology industries as well as high net worth individuals and executives in delivering effective tax strategies.