The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance today 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.
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. For details visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1187.
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Information
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact your banker for assistance.
Need technical support? Contact Cyrene Wilke via email or call (920) 686-5679 or Karl Spaay via email or call (920) 686-5676 - OR click here to schedule an online appointment for PPP forgiveness application technical support.
The SBA recently introduced a new 3508-S (Simplified) application for PPP loan forgiveness. This form is now available in the online PPP forgiveness portal. Upon registration and login to the PPP loan forgiveness system, from the Get Started page you will be prompted to “Pick Your Path”. Select the 'Streamlined 3508 S Process' to complete the application.
Yes, as long as (1) the amount of loan forgiveness requested for rent or lease payments to a related party is no more than the amount of mortgage interest owed on the property during the Covered Period that is attributable to the space being rented by the business, and (2) the lease and the mortgage were entered into prior to February 15, 2020. Any ownership in common between the business and the property owner is a related party for these purposes. The borrower must provide its lender with mortgage interest documentation to substantiate these payments. While rent or lease payments to a related party may be eligible for forgiveness, mortgage interest payments to a related party are not eligible for forgiveness. PPP loans are intended to help businesses cover certain nonpayroll obligations that are owed to third parties, not payments to a business’s owner that occur because of how the business is structured. This will maintain equitable treatment between a business owner that holds property in a separate entity and one that holds the property in the same entity as its business operations.
ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar Reference Materials
- ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Update Webinar Video (June 25, 2020)
- ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Update Webinar PowerPoint Presentation (June 25, 2020)
- ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Webinar Participant Q & A (June 25, 2020)
- An Important Update on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act - Debt Forgiveness Application Process Update
The resources listed below were accurate prior to June 4, when the PPP flexibility act was passed by Congress and should be used for informational purposes only. The act changed a good portion of the original PPP loan forgiveness guidelines, please use the buttons at the top of this page to access the most current information and to apply for forgiveness.
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program General FAQ's (Updated October 7, 2020)
- ICBA.org Article: New Legislation Looks to Address PPP Restrictions (June 5, 2020)
- Forbes.com Article: Congress Agrees On Favorable Changes To PPP Loans - What Does It Mean For Borrowers? (June 4, 2020)
- Investors Community Bank PPP Loan Forgiveness Checklist (June 3, 2020)
- Interim Final Rule on PPP Loan Forgiveness (May 22, 2020)
- ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar Q & A Responses (May 21, 2020)
- ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar PowerPoint Presentation (May 21, 2020)
- ICB PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar Video (May 21, 2020)
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Sample Application
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Sample Application Form EZ
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form EZ Instructions
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