PPP Alert: New Shot for Your Tax-Free Cash
Ernie Neve, CPA
January 26, 2021
Did you miss out on the first two opportunities to receive your tax-free Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) cash?
Many did miss out. Why?
One reason: the word “loan.”
Who wants a loan? No one. Well, almost no one.
But who wants a cash gift, tax-free?
If you do, read on for the details. But first, you should know that the big picture works like this:
You obtain your PPP tax-free monies from a lender (it’s called a “loan,” but watch that word disappear as you read this letter).
You spend all the PPP money on yourself if you are self-employed or operate as a partnership; on payroll (including pay to you, if that applies); and on other covered expenses such as rent, interest, utilities, operations, property damage, suppliers, and worker protection.
You apply for loan forgiveness and achieve 100 percent loan forgiveness, which is easy-peasy when you spend 60 percent or more of the money on payroll (and yourself if you are self-employed or a partner in a partnership).
You deduct the expenses that you paid with the PPP loan monies that were forgiven.
New Money on the Table
The new COVID-19 stimulus act sets aside $35 billion for first-time PPP applicants, with $15 billion of that made in loans for first-time applicants with 10 employees or fewer or made in amounts less than $250,000 to businesses in low-income areas.
The new deadline of March 31, 2021, replaces the expired deadline of August 8, 2020.
The monies available in this new round of PPP funding are on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t procrastinate. Get your application for your first-time PPP monies in place now.