State Rep. Phil King: Here's Your Small Business Owner's CoronaVirus Recovery Guide & Links to Assistance or Help

Guidance for Small Business Owners & informative links on the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Security (CARES) Act

By State Rep. Phil King

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) —
 Many of you that own a small business have reached out looking for guidance, and many of us are trying to work through the Small Business Administration's new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application process. Here are a number of links and resources that I hope you'll find helpful.  I have also had multiple calls with the Texas Workforce Commission about processing Unemployment Benefits. I know many of you have called our office and are having trouble getting through on their phones and website. They are seeing an unprecedented amount of traffic, and are working very hard to increase their capacity and streamline the process. Below I have pulled together a number of links to various resources that have been shared with our office from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that I hope you'll find helpful.  Following the social media accounts for Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) are also another great way to stay up to date: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Please note TWC has seen an enormous increase of traffic on their website and call center.  They are rapidly increasing capacity and technology to streamline and handle the volume.

I am also including a summary of the Federal CARES Act.  If there is something specific that is not addressed below, please don't hesitate to reach out and we will try to help.

Summary of Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Security (CARES) Act
(Note: This information was provided by the House Republican Whip Coalitions Coordinator)
  • Provides Grants & Loans to Small Businesses to meet Payroll & Pay Rent.
  • Sends direct checks to individual Americans of up to $1,200.
  • Allows Regulatory Relief so banks can grant Loan Forbearance for otherwise healthy businesses struggling while business has been shut down.
  • Provides Treasury & Fed Abilities to provide several trillion in assistance to distressed industries, including airlines, through Guaranteed Loans while also including accountability protections.
  • Rushes resources to Hospitals, Doctors and other Front Line Providers. 
  • Expands the use of Telehealth mMedicine to surge capacity and diagnose or treat patients in safe and timely environment.
  • Temporarily expands Unemployment Insurance to provide a life line for those who have lost their jobs.
  • Provides Tax Policy Incentives, such as fixing key technical corrections from the Tax Cut & Jobs Act, including QIP and NOL.
  • Provides liability protection for providers who volunteer (Good Samaritan).
  • Allows HSA to be used to purchase Over the Counter Medicines.
  • Extends expiring health extenders to November. 
For a more detailed summary, please click here.  
State Representative Phil King represents Parker and Wise counties in the Texas House of Representatives.