The 2020 tax season now looks a lot less bleak for those business owners who used Payroll Protection Program (PPP) money to cover their expenses to keep going during the coronavirus pandemic. On Dec. 21, Congress clarified rules on the program’s tax ramifications, leaving thousands of small-business owners the winners.
The months-long battle between the legislators who wrote the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the IRS appears to be over. (To read about the fight and how it affected business owners, check out IRS Leaves Business Owners Who Took PPP in a Tax Quandary.) Both the House and Senate have voted to approve the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.” Now it awaits President Trump’s signature, and while there is renewed wrangling going on about the bill, the dispute is about the amount of the stimulus payments, not the deductibility of business expenses.