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IRS Will Tax Improperly Forgiven PPP Loans

Authored By: Lewis Wood on 9/28/2022

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance addressing improper forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP loan).

The guidance confirms that, when a taxpayer's loan is forgiven based upon misrepresentations or omissions, the taxpayer is not eligible to exclude the forgiveness from income and must include in income the portion of the loan proceeds that were forgiven based upon misrepresentations or omissions. Taxpayers who inappropriately received forgiveness of their PPP loans are encouraged to take steps to come into compliance by, for example, filing amended returns that include forgiven loan proceed amounts in income.

"This action underscores the Internal Revenue Service's commitment to ensuring that all taxpayers are paying their fair share of taxes," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "We want to make sure that those who are abusing such programs are held accountable, and we will be considering all available treatment and penalty streams to address the abuses."

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