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How does a PPP loan affect my taxes?

SOLVEDby TurboTax502Updated February 11, 2022

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which consisted of government-backed loans to help small businesses and other eligible applicants continue covering payroll costs and certain operating expenses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These loans were available to:

  • Small businesses with less than 500 employees
  • Sole proprietorships
  • Independent contractors
  • Eligible self-employed individuals

Under certain criteria, and if you use the funds as directed by the SBA, the loan may be completely or partially forgiven. You can learn about PPP loan forgiveness at this SBA webpage.

Here’s what it means for your taxes:

Any money you receive from the loan forgiveness is not part of your gross income and therefore isn’t taxable. Additionally, the payroll and other expenses that PPP loan forgiveness covers are deductible.

Note: Employers that receive a PPP loan can’t also claim Employee Retention Credits.

Any money you receive from the loan forgiveness is not part of your gross income and therefore isn’t taxable.

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