It’s a good time to reflect on the CPA profession’s role in making this historic business relief program a success and to consider what comes next, especially in four key areas.
Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA has informed lenders that it is no longer accepting new applications from most lenders for the Paycheck Protection Program because the $292 billion program’s general fund is nearly exhausted.
The IRS issued guidance on a safe harbor permitting qualifying taxpayers who have PPP loans, who did not deduct expenses related to those loans paid or incurred in 2020 on their 2020 returns, to deduct the expenses on their returns for the immediately subsequent tax year, instead of on an amended return or administrative adjustment request for the 2020 tax year.
For-profit entities are permitted to use the not-for-profit conditional contribution accounting model to account for Paycheck Protection Program loans. The accounting requires reasoned judgment, careful evaluation of barriers and thorough documentation.
Hear advice for not-for-profits related to tax and PPP applications, along with why one pioneering CPA’s own role model was her sister.
What deadlines have been extended related to the PPP and tax filing? What deadlines haven’t? What grant program is about to open? Learn more in this podcast.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline formally changed from March 31 to May 31 when President Joe Biden signed the extension into law.
Businesses and the CPAs who serve them have many questions about the administration and implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program. See if you can answer some of the questions most often asked of the AICPA’s PPP experts.
A special crossover episode of the podcast delves into ethical concerns related to assisting clients with PPP loan and forgiveness applications.
The SBA will begin accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applications on April 8. Entities interested in applying can sign up for updates via a splash page for the new SVOG application portal.
The SBA issued an interim final rule incorporating revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program made by the American Rescue Plan Act. The new guidance also rules that entities that receive a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant cannot subsequently receive a PPP loan.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 415-3 Tuesday night to extend the Paycheck Protection Program application deadline by 60 days. The PPP Extension Act of 2021 moves the PPP application deadline from March 31 to May 31 and allots an additional 30 days for processing applications received by May.
In a letter dated March 15, the AICPA asked for IRS guidance on how S corporations and partnerships should treat tax-exempt income from PPP loan forgiveness, especially when it occurs during a different tax period.
The SBA expects to begin accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applications early next month, an agency spokesperson confirmed. The SBA also released an updated pre-application checklist clarifying the requirements for applicants to submit audited financial statements and single audits.
The AICPA’s vice president for Firm Services, Lisa Simpson, CPA, CGMA, told a congressional committee during a hearing that Congress should push back the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program by at least 60 days.
The AICPA sent a letter encouraging congressional leaders to push back the Paycheck Protection Program’s March 31 application deadline at least 60 days.
Rule changes, deadline pressures, and ongoing processing problems with the Paycheck Protection Program are causing high levels of frustration and anxiety among many small businesses. This creates an opportunity for CPAs to provide calm guidance for stressed clients.
The AICPA reiterated its recommendation that the SBA delay the end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period by at least 60 days and also urged the SBA to make retroactive new rules issued this week changing the formula sole proprietors use to calculate their maximum loan amounts.
Paycheck Protection Program rules released by the SBA allow self-employed individuals who file a Form 1040, Schedule C, to calculate their maximum loan amount using gross income instead of net profit.
The American Institute of CPAs, citing ongoing processing problems with the Paycheck Protection Program, called on Congress to extend the program’s application deadline past the current March 31 date. The AICPA is recommending an extension of at least 60 days.