U.S. Chamber Letter on the Small Business Expense Protection Act

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 9:00am

Dear Senators Cornyn, Carper, Grassley, Wyden, and Rubio:

            The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports S. 3612, the Small Business Expense Protection Act, which would allow the customary deduction of business expenses for small business recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

The Small Business Expense Protection Act would restore the ability of small businesses that have received PPP loans to deduct business expenses even if the expenses were paid out of PPP proceeds, freeing up much-needed capital on Main Street.  

            To support all small businesses, the Chamber supported the creation of the PPP in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  For the same reason, we supported emergency supplemental funding to restore PPP funding after the program’s initial funding was exhausted. The most recent MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Impact Poll shows that 70% of small businesses with 20 or more employees view PPP loans as critical to keeping their businesses open.

            When Congress created PPP, it wisely treated the amount of PPP loan forgiveness as non-taxable, bolstering liquidity for small businesses struggling to survive the pandemic.  Unfortunately, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance disallows otherwise deductible business expenses for small business taxpayers who receive a PPP loan that is subsequently forgiven. 

            We support passage of this legislation.

Sincerely,           

Neil L. Bradley