Yesterday, Congress overwhelmingly passed the latest COVID-19 relief bill. The bill contained both changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP2). It is important to keep in mind that the President has not signed the bill.

Changes to the PPP Include:

  • Expenses paid with PPP funds are now tax deductible – this change applies to both rounds of the PPP.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances no longer reduce the amount of PPP forgiveness.
  • A new simplified forgiveness process for loans less than $150,000.

Second Round of PPP Funding or PPP2

  • Who is eligible?
    • For those that have previously received PPP funding:
      • Must have 300 or fewer employees.
      • Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan on allowable expenses.
      • Can show a 25% gross revenue decline in any quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019.
    • First-time applicants may have 500 or fewer employees and have no revenue requirement.

 

  • What costs are eligible?
    • In addition to the original allowable expenses (payroll, rent, utilities, and interest), the following are allowable uses of loan proceeds:
      • Worker protection and facility modification expenditures, including personal protective equipment, to comply with COVID-19 federal health and safety guidelines.
      • Expenses paid to suppliers that are essential at the time of purchase to the borrower’s current operations.
      • Operating costs such as software and cloud computing services and accounting needs.

 

  • How much funding can be received?
    • Like the first round of PPP funding, the amount received will be 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs.
    • A special provision for hotels and restaurants allows funding to be 3.5 times the average monthly payroll costs.

Other Notable Changes to Federal Loan Programs

  • EIDL advances are no longer taxable, and expenses paid with those funds are tax deductible.
  • SBA loan subsidies on 504 and 7a loans will not be included in taxable income, and the related interest expense will be tax deductible.

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