On April 30, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance on the deductibility of certain otherwise deductible expenses when a business receives a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.
The IRS’ answer? No.
In Notice 2020-32, the IRS clarifies that no deduction can be taken for an expense if the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a PPP loan and the income associated with the forgiveness is excluded from gross income under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
It’s clear from Notice 2020-32 that the IRS stance is that a business would receive a double benefit by exempting from income the discharge of debt and also taking a deduction for the wage expense.
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