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- UPDATE: MASK MANDATE & COVID-19 GUIDELINES -
As of Saturday, May 8, COVID-19 restrictions are now changed to Universal Best Practices. The Universal Best Practices are recommendations that replace all existing “Safer at Home 2.0” business operations guidance in place since March 2020. Please be aware:
- The shift to Best Practices does not relieve you from having to comply with local mask ordinances. Check with your city or town if you are in doubt about the mask requirements in your community.
- Municipalities can still opt to have their own mask mandate. Please check with your municipality to ensure you are compliant with local business guidelines.
- Businesses have the right to create and implement policies that require masks to be worn in their establishments.
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
If I pay employees who are quarantining or self-isolating due to COVID-19, can I still be reimbursed? Yes, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, extended the tax credits, and the availability of advance payments of the tax credits, for paid sick and family leave for wages until September 30, 2021. Employers who voluntarily pay employees for COVID-19 related leave may claim the refundable tax credit which would reimburse the employer for 100% of the employee's payroll expenses during that eligible period, including applicable health coverage paid by the employer. For frequently asked questions regarding this reimbursable tax credit, please click here.
Are there resources to assist with outdoor dining?
Yes, please click here to view the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) NH Outdoor Dining Resource Guide on how to develop outdoor dining solutions for 2021.
What is the Employee Retention Credit?
The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50% of the qualified wages for 2020, and 70% of eligible wages in the first two quarters of 2021. Eligible employers can get immediate access to the credit by reducing employment tax deposits they are otherwise required to make. Also, if the employer's employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, certain employers may get an advance payment from the IRS.
Has the Employee Retention Credit been extended? How do I know if I qualify? Yes, the Employee Retention Credit has been extended through 2021. The IRS has issued guidance on claiming the credit for 2020 and the first two quarters of 2021, which can be found here. Be sure to check with your tax professional about your eligibility for this relief opportunity.
- CONTACT TRACING IN RESTAURANTS -
After May 7, 2021 it is no longer a requirement to conduct contact tracing. Per the Best Practices Guidelines "it is recommended that businesses and organizations maintain attendance / customer lists and seating charts, including having assigned seating in situations where it’s feasible". If your property makes the decision to continue contact tracing, collect one customer in the groups first name and contact phone number per party, the table number or bar seat number, the server or bartender's name, and the date and time they were in the establishment. You should retain this information for 21 days before disposing of it.