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COVID-19 Updates: Baltimore County

May 15, 2020 Baltimore County recently unveiled a $10 mm program for small businesses to get up to $15k each in grants for covid-19. Eligibility requirements and link to apply are below. I don’t have any other information than what is below and/or on the website, but if you or clients/orgs have questions, between me…

COVID-19 Updates: State of Maryland

June 10, 2020 At yesterday’s press conference, Governor Hogan announced the next phase of the State’s re-opening plan, which includes the following (subject to further restriction by local government):   Subject to limitations (such as 50% capacity), restaurants will be able to re-open to in-door dining effective Friday, June 12 at 5 pm.  Outdoor pools…

COVID-19 Updates: Anne Arundel County

April 14, 2020 Anne Arundel County has joined Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in requiring workers and shoppers to wear a face mask in retail stores that remain open as essential businesses beginning Wednesday.  In addition, the new order requires the following: Limit customer capacity to 50% of normal capacity Maintain 6 feet between customers…

IRS Highlights New Policies to Aid Those with Existing Tax Debts

Changes Include Beneficial Payment Plan Options, Less Financial Disclosure for Many with Balances Due, and Ability to Delay Collection Actions This has been a difficult year for many American taxpayers.  In recognition of the job losses, business closures, and other uncertainties caused by COVID-19 and the related shutdowns, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has taken…

SBA Gathering Info on “Economic Uncertainty”: What Form 3509 May Mean for Borrowers in the Paycheck Protection Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) recently released additional details relevant to those participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  In particular, on October 26, 2020, the SBA posted a notice seeking comment regarding drafts or revisions of various forms to be used by the agency in reviewing both loan and forgiveness applications from the…

COVID-19, Economic Uncertainty, and Local Real Estate Issues Present Beneficial Opportunities for Out-of-Cycle Appeals of Real Property Tax Assessments in Maryland

In Maryland, all real property is assessed to reflect updated market values on a triennial basis.  The location of the property determines the year in which specific real property is re-assessed.  An appeal of a proposed triennial re-assessment must be filed with the Supervisor of Assessments within 45 days of the applicable assessment notice; however,…

COVID-19 Updates: Baltimore City

July 23, 2020 On July 23, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued guidance concerning the prohibition on indoor consumption of alcoholic beverages and food at Restaurants and Bars, which is effective at 5:00 pm on July 24, 2020, in light of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Executive Order issued…

Impending Conflicts Created by the Paycheck Protection Program

Clowns Congress to the Left, Jokers the SBA to the Right, Here Business Owners and Banks Are, Stuck in the Middle of Impending Conflicts Created by the Paycheck Protection Program In March 2020, Congressional leaders “got the feeling that something ain’t right.”  Mass hysteria was building and government-imposed quarantines were all but guaranteed.  Health officials…

Co-Tenancy Clauses in a COVD-19/Post-COVID-19 World: Preparing for the “New Normal”

Co-Tenancy clauses have historically been included mainly in leases for mall and shopping center tenants (i.e., retail centers with big-box tenants, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods).  While the landscape for retail shopping center leasing has changed significantly in the years following the economic downturn of 2008, the onset of COVID-19 brings new challenges and considerations…

Office Leasing in a COVID-19/Post-COVID-19 World: Preparing for the “New Normal”

Unlike economic challenges of the past, COVID-19 has immediately and vastly altered the commercial real estate industry on a global scale, and in ways the industry has not previously encountered with the purely economic downturns.  One of the most apparent changes is evident when handling commercial office leasing; read on to better understand what the…