By implementing the CARES Act, the Treasury Department is taking unprecedented steps to preserve jobs in industries adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The CARES Act offers meaningful financial support to American businesses and job creators so they can better support employees and be prepared to get back to business as soon as possible.
Employee Retention Credit
Employers of all sizes that face closure orders or suffer economic hardship due to COVID-19 are incentivized to keep employees on the payroll through a 50% credit on up to $10,000 of wages paid or incurred from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Additional Tax Credits
Payroll Tax Deferral
To enhance cash flow so that businesses can better maintain operations and payroll, employers and self-employed individuals can defer payment of the employer share of the Social Security tax they otherwise are responsible for paying to the federal government with respect to their employees. The deferred employment tax can be paid over the next two years—with half of the required amount to be paid by December 31, 2021 and the other half by December 31, 2022.
Treasury has published the resources to assist some eligible businesses in applying for payroll support to enable the continued payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits, and for loans pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
A list of Payroll Support Program participants, with amounts of assistance provided and, where applicable, financial instruments provided to the Federal Government as appropriate compensation for the provision of financial assistance, is available online.
- Guidelines and Application Procedures for Payroll Support to Air Carriers and Contractors (3/30/20)
- FAQ: Payroll Support to Air Carriers and Contractors Under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle B of the CARES Act (4/2/20)
- FAQ Update: Payroll Support to Air Carriers and Contractors (4/3/20)
- FAQ Update: Payroll Support to Air Carriers and Contractors (4/20/20)
- FAQ Update: Payroll Support to Air Carriers and Contractors (7/14/20)
- Form of Payroll Support Program Agreement
Treasury has published resources for making loans to provide liquidity to eligible businesses related to losses incurred as a result of coronavirus.
- Procedures and Minimum Requirements for Loans to Air Carriers and Eligible Businesses and National Security Businesses under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle A of the CARES Act (3/30/20)
- FAQ: Loans to Air Carriers and Eligible Businesses and National Security Businesses (4/10/20)
- FAQ Update: Loans to Air Carriers and Eligible Businesses (7/15/20)
Related Press Releases
- Treasury Announces Payroll Support to Aid Employees of Small Passenger Air Carriers (4/10/20)
- Statement by Secretary Mnuchin on the Payroll Support Program (4/14/20)
- Treasury Finalizes Agreements with Major Airlines, Disburses Initial Payroll Support Program Payments (4/20/20)
- Update on Treasury Implementation of the Payroll Support Program for the Aviation Industry (5/12/2020)
*Please Note: Effective 11:00 a.m., April 3, 2020 only applications completed online will be accepted. For best site performance, it is recommended you use Chrome 80.0+, Firefox 74.0+ or Safari 13.1+. The online application form is compatible with Internet Explorer 10 or newer. If you need technical support to complete your online application, please contact caresITforms@treasury.gov to request assistance.