Its getting closer to that time of year. Don’t forget to Renew Your Membership!
Interested in becoming a part of the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians?
Veterinarians interested in joining the GCAV should Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We also encourage you to be our guest at our next GCAV and Continuing Education meeting.The GCAV typically meets on the 4th Tuesday evening of each month; again please see our calendar of events. In light of COVID-19, these meetings may be affected. Stay tuned.
Its getting closer to that time of year. Don’t forget to Renew Your Membership!
Activating your free Basic Account provided to you by your association is a simple
1 | Go to https://www.cebroker.com/sc/account_options.
2 | Choose the account option that works best for you. For your free account,
choose Basic Account.
3 | Enter your license number and answer a few simple questions, as prompted.
Once you have completed these steps you can start tracking and reporting your
You can check your compliance status in your CE Broker account at any time.
Simply log into your CE Broker account and you will be directed to your user
At the top of your user dashboard you will see the words “Complete” or
“Incomplete” indicating whether or not you have completed and reported all of
your renewal requirements for the current renewal cycle.
HOW DO I SELF‐REPORT CE IN MY CE BROKER ACCOUNT?
You can easily report CE from your CE Broker account by following these steps:
PRO TIP: You can also report your CE on the go using the CE Broker mobile apps,
available for iPhone and Android.
Click Resources Below to Prepare you Practice to Return Back to Work:
Gov. Henry McMaster announced via Executive Order on Tuesday afternoon that SC tax filing deadlines are moved to June 1. The South Carolina Department of Revenue then released an Information Letter providing filing and payment relief to those impacted by COVID-19 in South Carolina. The tax relief postpones tax filing and payment deadlines starting on April 1, 2020. Affected individuals and businesses will have until June 1, 2020 to file and pay taxes for returns that are due between April 1 and June 1, 2020. Visit https://dor.sc.gov/ for more.
Use telemedicine to help care for veterinary patients
With intensifying concern around COVID-19, use of telemedicine has become an important way to protect and monitor the health of veterinary patients and veterinary teams. Using telemedicine can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, because it allows veterinary patients to be appropriately triaged with only those veterinary patients that really need to be seen making the trip to the clinic along with their owners. Certain things are required for the use of telemedicine, of course: an already established veterinarian-client-patient relationship and an appropriate patient presentation. AVMA has resources to support your use of telemedicine at avma.org/Telemedicine.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires private employers with fewer than 500 workers and all public employers to provide paid sick leave to employees affected by the coronavirus (exceptions for health care providers, emergency responders and certain small businesses are allowed). Full-time workers get up to 80 hours of sick leave, while part-time workers get sick leave for the average number of hours they work over a two-week period. A worker is only able to take paid leave if he or she is:
While employers initially have to foot the bill for the new sick and family leave benefits, at least some of the costs are paid back through refundable tax credits against the 6.2% Social Security (or Railroad Retirement) payroll tax imposed on employers. The credits are, however, subject to certain restrictions and limitations.
For the new sick leave benefits, the credit is limited to $511 per day for workers taking leave because they are sick or quarantined. The limit is $200 per day for workers taking leave to care for another person or on leave because of an HHS-specified condition. The credit is further reduced by a 10-sick-days-per-worker limit.
For the expanded FMLA benefits, the credit is limited to $200 per day, per employee. The credit also can’t exceed $10,000 in total for any worker.
Employers are also given additional payroll tax credits for group health plan costs for, and the 1.45% Medicare payroll tax on wages paid to, workers on coronavirus sick or family leave.
Self-employed people are not left out in the cold. They receive refundable tax credits against the self-employment tax that are similar to those allowed for employers.
The sick leave credit is based on a self-employed person’s “qualified sick leave equivalent amount.” That amount is equal to (1) up to 10 days during the year that the person can’t work for a reason that would entitle them to coronavirus-related sick leave if he or she were an employee, (2) multiplied by the lesser of:
A self-employment tax credit is also be available for 100% of a person’s “qualified family leave equivalent amount.” That amount is equal to (1) up to 50 days during the year that the person can’t work for a reason that would entitle them to coronavirus-related family leave if he or she were an employee, (2) multiplied by the lesser of:
Coordination with state and local health officials is strongly encouraged for all businesses so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses in each location where their operations reside. Since the intensity of an outbreak may differ according to geographic location, local health officials will be issuing guidance specific to their communities.
Other resources include:
The coronavirus response business toolkit: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a toolkit to help businesses and citizens alike understand how to navigate the coronavirus. There are guidelines on how small business owners can ensure they are keeping their customers and employees safe. The toolkit also includes a business preparedness checklist. This checklist can help you figure out what to prioritize and create a plan of communication for your employees.
Disaster assistance loans from the SBA: The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it would offer disaster assistance loans for up to $2 million for small businesses affected by the coronavirus. These low-interest loans are available to businesses that have sustained “substantial economic injury” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These loans can be used to pay off outstanding debts, payroll and any other bills they are unable to pay. While small businesses that have access to credit are not eligible, those small businesses with no available credit qualify for an interest rate of 3.75%, and nonprofits will have an interest rate of 2.75%.
Disaster Help Desk for small businesses: The U.S. Chamber Foundation has a disaster help desk that acts as an information concierge to assist small businesses with disaster readiness, relief, and long-term recovery. They also have a business resiliency toolbox with resources to help guide companies to address preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions.
IRS Issues Notice 2020-17
The IRS has issued Notice 2020-17 extending the tax payment deadline. This deadline applies to both 2019 balance-due payments and 2020 estimated income tax payments that are due April 15, 2020. This payment deadline is extended until July 15, 2020.
This extension applies only to federal income tax payments (including payments of tax on self-employment income due April 15.
Important: The due date for filing tax returns has not been extended and remains April 15.
Veterinary Continuing Education
SCAV has asked the SC Veterinary Medical Examiners Board to count CE that was canceled because of COVID-19 as in person if it is made available virtually. The March 15 academy online presentations should be edited and ready very soon.