New Guidance on Tax Treatment of PPP Loan Expenses

November 20, 2020

IRS Releases New Guidance on Tax Treatment of PPP Loan Expenses 
November 18, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance clarifying the tax treatment of expenses where a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan has not been forgiven by the end of the year the loan was received.

  • Today’s guidance provides taxpayers with greater clarity and flexibility…These provisions ensure that all small businesses receiving PPP loans are treated fairly, and we continue to encourage borrowers to file for loan forgiveness as quickly as possible.” – Secretary Steven Mnuchin
  • Since businesses are not taxed on the proceeds of a forgiven PPP loan, the expenses are not deductible. This results in neither a tax benefit nor tax harm since the taxpayer has not paid anything out of pocket.
  • If a business reasonably believes that a PPP loan will be forgiven in the future, expenses related to the loan are not deductible, whether the business has filed for forgiveness or not. Therefore, we encourage businesses to file for forgiveness as soon as possible.
  • In the case where a PPP loan was expected to be forgiven, and it is not, businesses will be able to deduct those expenses.

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