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AICPA Coalition Recommends Using Gross Payroll Approach

Over the past couple of days we have received several questions regarding the payroll cost calculation, including questions as to reducing payroll costs for Federal taxes and FICA. The questions were being driven by the U.S. Department of Treasury Interim Final Rule published on April 2, 2020.

On April 4, 2020, the AICPA-led small business funding coalition clarified that gross payroll should be used for the calculation of the average monthly payroll cost under the Paycheck Protection Program. According to the press release, gross payroll should not be reduced for federal withholding and employee FICA.

The full press release from the AICPA can be found here.  The U.S. Department of Treasury Interim Final Rule can be found here.

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Brett Bauer

Brett joined McKonly & Asbury in 2011 and is currently a Principal with the firm. As a member of the firm’s Audit & Assurance Segment, he serves clients in the manufacturing and distribution industry. At McKonly & Asbury, Bret… Read more

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