The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has opened to new applicants beginning May 3, 2021. The RRF offers tax-free grants that do not need to be repaid to restaurants and similar businesses to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Created by the American Rescue Plan Act, the RRF provides grants of up to $10 million per business and $5 million per location.
On April 29, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 80 (AB80), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Previously, California law allowed businesses to exclude forgiven PPP loan funds from their taxable income, but did not allow businesses to deduct expenses paid using forgiven PPP loan funds on their income taxes. AB80 now permits many California taxpayers to claim a tax deduction for expenses paid using PPP loan proceeds.