The National Restaurant Association says new form 4506-T will most likely be required for any Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant applications.
Use Form 4506-T to request tax return information. Taxpayers using a tax year beginning in one calendar year and ending in the following year (fiscal tax year) must file Form 4506-T to request a return transcript.
There is a new transcript format that better protects taxpayer data. This new format partially masks personally identifiable information. Financial data will remain fully visible to allow for tax preparation, tax representation or income verification. Because the full SSN is masked, the IRS has created an entry for a Customer File Number. A 10-digit Customer File Number is selected by the requester and entered on a new Line 5b of Form 4506-T and 4506T-EZ. Learn more at About the New Tax Transcript and Customer File Number.
We all want to get to the place where our restaurants can be fully reopened, serving our customers and communities again. And the fastest way we can bring back Louisiana safely is having enough of our residents vaccinated. The Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging LRA members to use their social media platforms to encourage their customers to get vaccinated. Promoting this message can help all of us get back to where we want to be; enjoying Louisiana’s great food inside the thousands of Louisiana’s great restaurants.
Here’s how we can help be a part of this. The Louisiana Department of Health’s #BringBackLA and #SleevesUpLA campaigns are both designed to highlight the importance of getting your shot, so that you can tag your photos and stories on social media.
Other things that LRA members can do to underline the importance of the vaccine are promoting the vaccine provider locations and community vaccine events calendar from the LDH website,
and here: https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/calendar/category/40
Best of all, there’s now a hotline to call on 1-855-453-0774 where folks can find a vaccine location and schedule an appointment.
- Brent Ambacher, State Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Office of Behavioral Health
Despite the recent gains, eating and drinking places are still 1.8 million jobs below their pre-pandemic employment level. Restaurants continued to restore some of the jobs lost during the pandemic in March, but the road to recovery remains long. Eating and drinking places* added a net 175,800 jobs in March on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). March represented the third consecutive monthly employment increase, and lifted restaurant staffing levels to their highest point during the pandemic. Despite the recent positive trend, eating and drinking place employment remains 1.8 million jobs – or 15% – below pre-pandemic levels. Although staffing levels rebounded from pandemic lows in each of the major restaurant segments, overall employment remains well below pre-coronavirus readings across the board.
The full service segment suffered the most job losses during the initial months of the pandemic – and still has the longest path to recovery. As of February 2021, full service restaurant staffing levels were over 1.1 million jobs (or 20%) below pre-coronavirus readings in February 2020.
Job losses in the limited-service segments were somewhat less severe during the initial months of the pandemic, as these operations were more likely to retain staff to support their existing off-premises business. As of February 2021, the quick service and fast casual segments were down 248,000 jobs (or 6%) from pre-pandemic levels. Staffing at snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars – including coffee, donut and ice cream shops – remain 79,000 jobs (or 10%) below February 2020 levels.
In percentage terms, employment in the cafeterias/grill buffets/buffets segment is still 62% below pre-pandemic levels – by far the largest deficit among the major restaurant categories. Staffing levels in the catering and mobile foodservice segment (-44%), foodservice contractor segment (-39%) and bars and taverns segment (-33%) are also significantly below pre-coronavirus readings.
*Eating and drinking places are the primary component of the total restaurant and foodservice industry, which prior to the coronavirus outbreak employed 12 million out of the total restaurant and foodservice workforce of 15.6 million.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association, under the guidance of LRA President and CEO Stan Harris, is urging New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell to align with the state’s COVID guidelines, allowing the industry to begin rebuilding from lost opportunity the pandemic has delivered, through no fault of its own.
Governor John Bel Edwards has followed the science and the data removing the State’s previous percentage of occupancy restriction and its prior limit on cut-off time for alcohol service. His order retained the mask mandate and six foot social distancing requirements.
“Our hospitality industry was asked to close, operate to-go, delivery or curbside, return to limited capacity and adapt to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact to our hospital capacity,” explained Harris. “We’ve been working recently to encourage our industry team members to embrace the available COVID vaccines to further limit spread of this virus.”
New Orleans has generated the some of the best outcomes statewide related to positivity, new cases (less than 20 per day average) and COVID-related hospitalizations. We enjoy these outcomes due to the support of the restaurants, bars and hotels through their food and beverage outlets.
“It is now time to allow these businesses to enjoy the same approach to COVID mitigation our other 63 parishes in the State are allowed to follow,” said Harris.
President Biden released his America Jobs Plan (summary attached) aimed at building our nation’s infrastructure. While the $2.25 trillion legislation will cover a variety of initiatives, the National Restaurant Association is particularly interested in the following provisions. The Administration also plans a second major package next month focused on social measures, including expanding health care and paid-leave access and extending the child tax credit.
While the Association supports the Administration’s efforts to improve our nation’s infrastructure, we are concerned about current tax provisions and provisions encouraging passage of the PRO Act, which would negatively affect restaurant companies. As this proposal moves forward, we will keep you updated on provisions that could affect our industry and our work with Congress and the Administration. Please let us know your thoughts on the proposal as well after you have a chance to review and digest.
Small Business and Workforce Development
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) confirmed that applicants for the Restaurant Revitalization Grant (RRG) program will not need to register for a DUNS number or on SAM.gov. This is a change from early March, when it was expected that applications would require this process as they currently do under the Shuttered Venues Operators (SVO) grant program. The shift by SBA recognized the significant demand for the RRG program – up to hundreds of thousands of applicants are expected – and the voice of SRAs/Association who asked SBA to streamlined & simplify the application process to avoid administrative complexity. We thank you for sharing your member feedback with us and are optimistic this demonstrates the SBA is creating a user-friendly, efficient application process.
We will continue to share application updates as they develop and additional key details.
Governor Edwards announced that he will remove the COVID-related capacity restrictions for restaurants and bars. However, removing the percentage restriction will not eliminate the required 6 ft. social distancing. The 11 p.m. restriction on alcohol sales is also removed. Local ABO service times will now be in effect.
The mask mandate remains in place until further notice.
Events or group gatherings will increase to 500 people from 250, or 50 percent capacity with 6 ft. social distancing. There is no limit on individuals for outdoor events, however social distancing must remain in place.
Bars can operate with no capacity limitations, and service over the bar is allowed. However, guests seating is limited to tables only, and no standing room without 6 ft. social distancing. All bar patrons must be 21 years or older.
Finally, we encourage our LRA Members to promote vaccinations for their team members. If you need to find a location near you, please click here.
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Operators found clever ways to survive last year, and their actions confirm 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry trend data.
Famous Dave’s cleared entries for social distancing, partitioned POS counters and placed hand sanitizing stations throughout. The 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report (the Report) identifies the data on COVID-19’s impact on restaurants, the operational and menu trends that have helped struggling restaurants survive the year, and the intentions of operators and consumers going forward.
Looking at operations across the country, the Association pulled together a roundup of some of the best efforts and clever innovations independents and multiunit operators put in motion to keep serving customers.
Get more information on these data points and other findings in our 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry report
When waits got long for to-go orders at the beginning of the pandemic, Fazoli’s moved cashiers outside to take orders on tablets in advance of the order screen.