IRS Issues Guidance on Deductibility of Expenses Covered by PPP Loan
AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that on Thursday, April 30th, the IRS issued Notice 2020-32 providing tax compliance clarity related to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds.
Under Notice 2020-32 the IRS concludes that no deduction is allowed for an expense that results in forgiveness under section 1106(b) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In other words, the proceeds of the CARES Act are not taxable, and the company utilizing them may not deduct expenses paid out of forgiven loan proceeds. This result is based on the IRS’ reading of Code Section 265, a longstanding rule that bars a deduction for expenses attributable to nontaxable income.
AAFCPAs advises taxpayers to consider this guidance while evaluating the PPP Loan. Considering that the CARES Act limited the ability to take both a PPP Loan and certain payroll tax benefits and credits, for some taxpayers that missed out on the PPP the difference might not be as great as first considered. Each taxpayer should talk to their AAFCPAs Tax Partner to discuss how this provision effects tax liability.