March 25, 2021

Shuttered Venue Opportunity Grants Offer COVID-19 Relief for Entertainment Venues

Updated 4/26/2021

As part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act signed into law in December 2020, the Shuttered Venue Opportunity Grant (SVOG) was created to offer COVID-19 relief to entertainment venues. The American Rescue Plan allocated an additional $1.25 billion to the program, bringing the total funding available to $16 billion.

Who is eligible for a SVOG?

According to the SBA, the following organizations may apply for a SVOG as long as they were in operation as of February 29, 2020:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Museum operators
  • Motion picture theatre operators
  • Talent representatives

How much can I apply for?

Eligible organizations can apply for a grant equal to 45% of gross revenue, up to $10 million. $2 billion of SVOG funding is allocated for eligible organizations with up to 50 full-time employees.

What can SVOG funds be used for?

According to the SBA, SVOG funds may be used for:

  • Payroll costs
  • Rent payments
  • Utility payments
  • Scheduled mortgage payments (not including prepayment of principal)
  • Scheduled debt payments (not including prepayment of principal on any indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business prior to February 15, 2020)
  • Worker protection expenditures
  • Payments to independent contractors (not to exceed $100,000 in annual compensation per contractor)
  • Other ordinary and necessary business expenses, including maintenance costs
  • Administrative costs (including fees and licensing)
  • State and local taxes and fees
  • Operating leases in effect as of February 15, 2020
  • Insurance payments
  • Advertising, production transportation, and capital expenditures related to producing a theatrical or live performing arts production. (May not be primary use of funds)

Organizations with SVOG funding should maintain good recordkeeping including receipts for three years following the receipt of the grant and four years of employment records.

Can I apply for a SVOG if I have a PPP loan?

Organizations that received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on or after December 27, 2020 can also apply for a SVOG, but the SVOG amount will be reduced by the amount of the PPP loan. Those who received a PPP loan before December 27, 2020 can apply for a SVOG without deducting the PPP loan amount.

How can I apply for a SVOG?

Applications can now be submitted through the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application portal. Please note that the portal is moving slowly due to high volume.

Our advisors are closely following COVID-19 relief efforts and will continue to publish insights to keep you informed. Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for more resources. To discuss your situation and recovery options, contact an Anders advisor below.

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November 3, 2020

Blues Captain Leaves for Sin City: How State Income Taxes Played a Role in Alex Pietrangelo’s Departure

On January 3, 2019, no one could have predicted that the then St. Louis Blues captain, Alex Pietrangelo, would be hoisting the Stanley Cup at the end of the 2019 season. In early January 2019, the Blues were in last place in the NHL, but the team turned their season around with the help of the song “Gloria”. A little over a year later, Blues fans could not imagine Alex Pietrangelo wearing anything but a Blue Note as he headed towards unrestricted free agency. But in October 2020, the former Blues captain inked a seven-year, $61.6 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.

NHL Salary Cap Takes a Hit

It is presumed that one of the major sticking points in the Blues negotiation with Pietrangelo was the amount of signing bonuses included in any potential contract. The ongoing pandemic has limited the cash flow of many businesses throughout the world, and the NHL is not immune to that reality. Before the pandemic hit, the NHL salary cap was anticipated to increase substantially for the upcoming season, but the league decided to keep the salary cap flat for the foreseeable future. The flat salary cap put the Blues in a bind when it came to fitting Pietrangelo in under the salary cap for the upcoming season, which further complicated negotiations. In his deal with Vegas, he will receive $35 million of signing bonuses throughout the life of the seven-year contract, which likely has major tax benefits for the former Blue.

State Income Tax Comes into Play

Nevada is one of nine states that does not have any state income tax. Athletes’ are generally subject to a “jock tax” in states and cities in which they work.  The athletes’ salaries are commonly apportioned to various states and cities using the “duty days” method. This jock tax is levied by states and cities on athletes who play or practice while in town. Assuming Pietrangelo becomes a Nevada resident rather than remaining a Missouri resident, the structure of his contract provides major tax benefits. This means that half of Pietrangelo’s games will be allocated to Nevada, a no income tax state. In addition, signing bonuses are exempt from the Duty Day calculation provided certain criteria are met. Instead, signing bonuses are allocated to an athlete’s resident state. In this case, all of the $35 million in signing bonuses will be allocated to Nevada and not be subject to state income taxes. If he had remained a Missouri resident and signed a similar contact with the Blues, Pietrangelo’s signing bonus would result in Missouri state income taxes of roughly $1.9 million.

For professional athletes, tax compliance and planning can be an issue when it comes to filing in the proper tax authorities. The Anders Sports, Arts and Entertainment Group has the knowledge to help athletes with tax compliance and planning. Contact an Anders advisor below to learn more.

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June 30, 2020

MLS and MLS4TheLou Push Forward Amongst Pandemic

The outbreak of COVID-19 has been an unprecedented, worldwide event that has affected every aspect of our lives, including sports. Like everyone else, Major League Soccer was not immune from the outbreak. The league barely kicked off their 25th season before sports came screeching to a halt across the globe.

MLS is Back

It has been a little over three months since MLS suspended operations, but the league is ready to get back on the field in Florida. From July 8th to August 11th, the “MLS is Back” tournament will be played in Orlando with all 26 clubs participating. The tournament will feature a World Cup format with a group stage followed by knockout rounds. After the tournament is completed, the league is hopeful it will be able to play out the rest of the season and crown an MLS Cup champion before the end of the year.

Tax Benefits of Playing in Florida

From a tax perspective, players will be playing in a no income tax state during the tournament. This could provide players with large state income tax savings compared to their normal home states that they are accustomed to. For example, MLS star Carlos Vela, plays for LAFC and pays one of the highest state income tax rates in the country for the club’s home games in California. Although players had to take reduced salaries in the updated Collective Bargaining Agreement to get MLS back on to the field, playing in Florida offers some mitigation of financial loss by not paying any state income tax for the games played there.

Updates on MLS4TheLou

On the St. Louis home front, the MLS4TheLou ownership group continues to push forward to be ready for the club’s inaugural season in 2022. The ownership group continues to progress on their 22,500-seat state-of-the-art soccer specific stadium in Downtown West, as part of their vision for the first soccer district of its kind in the US. The district will also feature a training facility and team headquarters across Market Street. Since stadium construction is still in an early phase, construction has continued because social distancing practices can still be safely maintained.

The ownership group was expected to announce the team’s name, crest, and identity in the Spring, but the potential announcement has been pushed back indefinitely due to the ongoing pandemic. The branding unveil is still expected to occur before the end of 2020. The group has other priorities to take care of including appointing front office executives and building out the roster for kickoff in a few years.

The Anders Sports, Arts & Entertainment Group will continue to monitor the ongoing developments for both the return of MLS and the MLS4TheLou ownership group’s continuous expansion team progress.

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