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Legislative relief for COVID-19

Updated: Financial reporting considerations of the combined provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act and other relief.

Scott Muir

Scott Muir

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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Valerie Boissou

Valerie Boissou

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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Meredith Canady

Meredith Canady

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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Regina Croucher

Regina Croucher

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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Mahesh Narayanasami

Mahesh Narayanasami

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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Mark Northan

Mark Northan

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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Angie Storm

Angie Storm

Partner, Dept. of Professional Practice, KPMG US

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On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Since then, three additional COVID-19 relief bills have been enacted into law, with the latest (the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021) in March 2021.

Applicability

  • All companies that report under US GAAP

Relevant dates

  • CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020
  • Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed into law on June 5, 2020
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law on December 27, 2020
  • American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021

Key impacts

  • The CARES Act and subsequent COVID-19 related relief include many provisions that could significantly affect the financial reporting of companies applying US GAAP.
  • The changes in law are, in general, recognized events for annual and interim reporting periods ending on or after their respective enactment dates, and a nonrecognized subsequent event for annual and interim reporting periods ending before that date.
  • KPMG addresses the primary accounting and reporting impacts of the relief provisions.

Report contents

  • Background
  • Applicability
  • Key impacts
  • Income taxes
  • Employee retention credit and payroll taxes
  • Paycheck protection program
  • Government grants and payments for goods and services
  • Debt and equity instruments issued
  • Deferral of credit impairment guidance, and suspension of troubled debt restructuring guidance
  • Mortgage relief
  • Lease eviction moratoriums
  • Subsequent events and going concern

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