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Loans, tax relief possible in wake of Hurricane Irene

ďIím from the government and Iím here to help you,Ē may actually be true for dealers, marina operators and marine manufacturers hit hard when Hurricane Irene ripped up the East Coast. Marine businesses are among those that are eligible for some tax relief from the IRS and low-interest loans from the Small Business Association.

The first requirement for either is that the business is located in a declared federal disaster area. So far, such declarations have been made for an extensive list of counties in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania (also Puerto Rico). The IRS says it expects to add more counties as damage assessments continue. (Updated list of counties at: www.IRS.gov.)

TAX RELIEF: Primarily, IRS is extending certain deadlines for filing and payments. Specifically, the tax filing and payment deadline for businesses (and individuals) in the disaster areas that got extensions until today (Sept. 15) of the March 15 deadline to file 2010 returns will now have until Oct. 31 to file. Sole proprietors and partnerships that got an extension of this year’s April 18 filing deadline also now have until Oct. 31. Their returns had been due Oct. 17 so the extension isnít much but still helpful. The Sept. 15 due date for quarterly estimated tax payments is also extended to Oct 31.

DISASTER LOANS: Businesses are eligible for two types of disaster loans — a Physical Disaster Loan †that provides funds to replace or repair business property, and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan to pay fixed operating expenses. These loans are for businesses of all sizes that donít have insurance or for losses exceeding insurance limits. Here are more specifics:

The PDLs are limited to a maximum of $2 million. Interestingly, however, if the repairs also include installations that will protect the property from future damages, you may be able to borrow more. The interest rate for a PDL wonít exceed 4 percent if you canít get credit elsewhere. If you can get credit, the SBA caps the rate at no more than 8 percent. The term can be up to 30 years, determined by your ability to repay.

The EIDLs do not replace lost sales or profits, but they are available to pay fixed operating expenses such as salaries, rent or mortgage interest and lease payments on equipment, for example. Notably, you can qualify for an EIDL even if you didn’t have any physical damage. Remember, however, you must still be located in the disaster area. The EIDLís are also limited to $2 million and the rate canít exceed 4 percent. However, if you qualify for both a PDL and an EIDL, your aggregate limit is $2 million.

Reviewing: You can get a PDL and an EIDL even if you can’t get credit elsewhere. As always, there is a caveat: the SBA will be the one to determine whether or not you’re able to get credit. That may have you initially thinking ďhassle and delay.Ē But, keep in mind disaster loans, by their nature, are considered by many to be significantly easier to navigate than other standard SBA loans. If you need help, donít blow off this possibility without further investigation. More info at: www.SBA.gov.

Comments

3 comments on “Loans, tax relief possible in wake of Hurricane Irene

  1. rickster

    The disaster was not caused by the government, if you cannot afford to purchase adequate insurance then maybe you should sell out and get a job elsewhere.

  2. Bill

    This blog is CONSISTENTLY complaining about government intervention in our businesses. And yet, when there’s help available from the government to meet our OWN need, it’s proclaimed as assistance for “those in need”. You can’t have it both ways people. Like rickster said, either get your own insurance, or get out of the business.

  3. DAVE BOSO

    We had “Ivan” come up the Ohio Valley in ’04 5′ of water in my building, FEMA guy came in I almost bit till I saw the paper work, then I threw him out. As a side the Red Cross guy came in while we were cleaning out, I asked do you have any donuts or coffee? he said” I have sugar and can’t eat donuts”I said by golly these guys don’t have sugar, (duh)…… One more , the flood insurance ajuster came to the door, I greeted him at the door he said how high was the water outside, I pointed to a watermark on the wall. then he asked how high was the water inside??????? I threw him out as well.
    TRUE STORIES.

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