OSCPA staff report
Congress on Dec. 21 passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that ensures tax deductibility for business expenses paid with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans, provides fresh PPP funding, makes Sec. 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations eligible for loans for the first time, and offers businesses facing severe revenue reductions the opportunity to apply for a second loan.
The legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, also provides $600 stimulus payments to individuals, adds $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits and provides more than $300 billion in aid for small businesses. A summary of the stimulus bill is available here.
President Trump on Tuesday night implied he might veto the bill and urged Congress to make several changes, including increasing the dollar amount of the direct payments for Americans. Congress could override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber. The measure sailed through the House, 359-53, and the Senate, 92-6.
PPP deductibility was an issue championed by the accounting profession, including OSCPA and the AICPA. The IRS had recently issued guidance that disallowed the deductibility of forgiven PPP loan expenses, creating an unnecessary burden that has been negated by Monday’s legislation. The new deductibility provision applies to loans under both the original PPP and subsequent PPP2 loans.
“Many of our members have been on a full-court press since April 30 for deductibility and to overturn IRS Notice 2020-32,” said OSCPA Tax Policy Director Greg Saul, Esq., CAE. “There is no doubt that had a huge impact on deliberations for this bill. Thank you to everyone who wrote their federal elected officials through our Take Action page – those grassroots efforts really made a difference.”
Another top OSCPA priority was enacted and creates a simplified one-page certification when applying for PPP forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less. In October, Treasury and the SBA had issued an interim final rule (IFR) allowing businesses to apply for forgiveness using a simplified application (Form 3508S), but this only applied for PPP loans of $50,000 or less.
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