Coronavirus Update and Resources

Amid the rapid progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the disruptions it has caused individuals and employers, Blalock Walters is here for you as the coronavirus and its aftermath unfold.

As clients are seeking advice on preparing and navigating their families, businesses and employees through coronavirus-related implications, our practice groups are providing ongoing updates and analysis for you. We will continue to produce highly responsive updates and resources and exemplary service to our clients during this time, and we will continue to be accessible for the needs of our clients in this challenging environment.

This page contains insights and resources from Blalock Walters attorneys that will help navigate you through COVID-19 and its legal aspects. This page will be updated regularly with additional resources as the situation develops.


Employee-Related Revisions to CARES Act

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which became law on December 27, 2020, made changes to the employee retention tax credits available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act). Most notably: Extended federal unemployment...

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Prompt Assistance for Business Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The IRS has announced that guidance will be released next week providing that eligible employers who pay employees under the new requirements for paid sick time or child care leave under the new Law will be entitled to retain payroll taxes due to the IRS in an amount equal to the amount of the qualifying paid sick time and child care leave that they paid, rather than deposit those amounts with the IRS.

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Executive Order Defers Social Security Taxes

Pursuant to President Trump’s Memorandum issued on August 8, 2020 and IRS Notice 2020-65 implemented on August 28, 2020, withholding and payment of the employee’s portion of Social Security taxes for the time period beginning on September 1, 2020 through December 31,...

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Paycheck Protection Program Updates

Recent Guidance for Small Businesses Applying for PPP Loan As Congress prepares to add an additional $320 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, which was created under the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the...

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Coronavirus Tax Relief

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has recently issued a series of Notices which grants automatic relief to taxpayers. Due to COVID-19, the traditional April 15 deadline for filing and paying federal taxes has now been extended to July 15, 2020.

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COVID-19 and the Use of Zoom for Litigation

How much has the coronavirus pandemic impacted proceedings in and out of court? Much has changed since the novel coronavirus first began making headlines in 2019, and the legal field is certainly no exception. Given the difficulty of social distancing in the...

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Telehealth HIPAA Compliance

COVID Changes Way Health Care Providers Administer Services The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces certain rules and regulations regarding protected health information as provided under the Health Insurance...

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Restrictions on Vacation Rentals During COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis put restrictions on vacation rentals by Executive Order 20-87.   The Order prohibits vacation rentals from making any new reservations or bookings during the period ending April 10, 2020.  It also prohibits vacation rentals...

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