Texas businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries that were negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic can still claim a one-time grant of up to $20,000 under the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR). TTIR is a $180 million fund received from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The application window for a new round of grants opened on February 1, 2023, and the new round also reopens the application process for all previous applicants who may now qualify for funding or for additional funding. Funds will be awarded on a first come first serve basis until funds are exhausted or the round ends.
The program is open to businesses or organizations that suffered a negative economic impact due to COVID-19 and are in the NAICS codes listed for the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries (NAICS codes 71, 722, 7211, 7212, 5615, 561920, 312120, 312130, 312140, 532111, 487990, 487210, 487110, 485510, 483212, 483114, 483112, 481211, 481111, 512132, 512131).
Applicants must have been in operation prior to January 20, 2020, must be a privately-owned for profit business or non-profit organization that operates in Texas, and must be open to the public or provide services for in-person events. Applicants must also be otherwise eligible to receive this grant funding and not barred from competing for federal awards.
To claim a grant, applicants must submit their 2019, 2020, and 2021 Texas Sales and Use Tax Return 01-117 or 01-114 or one of the below forms for 2019, 2020, and 2021:
- Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Report (Comptroller of Public Accounts Form 12-100)
- Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (IRS Form 990)
- U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (IRS Form 1040)
- U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return (IRS Form 1120)
- U.S. Return of Partnership Income (IRS Form 1065)
- Texas Franchise Tax Annual Report (Comptroller of Public Accounts Texas Franchise Tax Form(s))
- Texas Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax (Comptroller of Public Accounts Form 67-100)
Applicants submitting an IRS Form 990N must submit a profit and loss statement containing total revenue for the reporting period. The profit and loss statement must be signed and dated by an organization officer substantiating the information. The Form must also be accompanied by the 990N attestation form. Applicants cannot submit a mixture of state and federal tax forms but should choose one type of form (i.e., Comptroller of Public Accounts Form 12-100 or IRS Form 990). A combination of federal forms may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if there has been a change in business type.
Applicants must also submit:
- Their most recent employer’s quarterly federal tax return (IRS Form 941) or a memorandum indicating why the entity is not required to file an IRS Form 941;
- Invoices/payroll records for reimbursement;
- Veterans Administration service or benefits letter; and
- Other documentation as required by for other submitted expenses.
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