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What We Know About PPP Loan Forgiveness

Since closing on August 8, 2020, the SBA has approved over 5.2 million applications amounting in over $525 billion in PPP loans. This loan was created to help small businesses keep their workers on payroll and may be forgiven if businesses meet all employee retention criteria and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

To be eligible for loan forgiveness, businesses must use the funds during the 8- or 24-week period after disbursement for:

  • Eligible payroll costs

  • Payments on business mortgage interest payments

  • Rent

  • Utilities

Once you have used all the loan proceeds, you may apply for forgiveness up to the maturity date of the loan. You must apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period or else payments will no longer be deferred and you must start making loan payments to your PPP lender.

How to Apply for Forgiveness

To apply for forgiveness, you will need to speak with you PPP lender since each lender has different requirements. They will provide you with the form you need to fill out and let you know what supporting documentation you will need.


Loans of $50,000 or Less

For those who got a loan of $50,000 or less, the SBA and Treasury Department released a simpler loan forgiveness application, which began on October 2, 2020. Learn More.

Guidance Clarifying the Deductibility of Expenses

The U.S. treasury Department and IRS have released guidance on how the PPP loan will affect your taxes. The two main highlights

  • Businesses are NOT taxed on the proceeds or the forgiven amount of a PPP loan

  • Expenses that are expected to be reimbursed by forgiveness CANNOT be deducted

However, there has been a negative response to this new guidance and lawmakers are “working to include language in year-end legislation clarifying that taxpayers qualify for expense deductions even if their loans are forgiven” (AccountingToday). We will update this post as we learn more information.

If a loan is expected to be forgiven, but isn’t, then you can deduct expenses. It’s important to file for forgiveness as soon as possible though so you will know what to expect come tax season. Learn More.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PPP Loan Forgiveness, check out this link. If you have additional questions, please contact your PPP loan lender.

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Bellingham, WA 98225

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