Safe harbor for small businesses re first-round PPP loans

April 23, 2021

Treasury and the IRS have issued Revenue Procedure 2021-20 for certain businesses that received first-round Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans but did not deduct any of the original eligible expenses because they relied on guidance issued before the enactment of tax relief legislation in December of 2020.

Under prior guidance, businesses that received PPP loans to cover payroll costs, interest on covered mortgage obligations, covered rent obligation payments and covered utility payments could not deduct corresponding expenses. Businesses may now claim these deductions.

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