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SEC Says PPP Loans MAY Require Disclosure to Clients

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May 01, 2020

SEC Says PPP Loans MAY Require Disclosure to Clients

Yesterday the SEC announced  staff guidance relating to reporting obligations for investment advisory firms that receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

The directive from SEC staff explains that “If the circumstances leading [an advisory firm] to seek a PPP loan…constitute material facts relating to your advisory relationship with clients,” then they should be disclosed. The SEC provided two examples of such material facts:

  • If a PPP or other loan is being taken to pay the salaries of employees who are primarily responsible for performing advisory functions for clients, and
  • If a firm is experiencing conditions that are reasonably likely to impair its ability to meet contractual commitments to clients, it may need to be disclosed in response to Item 18 (Financial Information) of Part 2A of Form ADV (brochure), or as part of Part 2A, Appendix 1 of Form ADV (wrap fee program brochure).

This guidance from the SEC appears inconsistent with guidance issued by FINRA several weeks ago, when it announced that PPP loans did not need to be reported as a ‘compromise with a creditor’ in response to Question 14K on Form U4.

AALU/GAMA continues analyze this guidance and will keep members updated. Stay tuned to the COVID-19 action center and our emails for future updates.

Updated PPP Guidance – Expense Deductibility After PPP Loan Forgiveness

On Thursday night, the IRS issued clarifying guidance around the ability for small businesses to claim deductions for the wages and expenses paid using a PPP loan if that loan subsequently was forgiven.

Citing section 265 of the tax code, the IRS contends that businesses who met the qualifications and whose loans were forgiven and therefore not included in their gross income for tax purposes (a key feature of the loan program) could not also deduct those same expenses from their taxes, as is customary. As the statue is written, the IRS believes that would lead to a double tax benefit and therefore is impermissible.

Both Chairman of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees have indicated they may possible seek a legislative adjustment to make the expenses deductible, leaving open the possibility of future legislation.

To Read More – WSJ Report 

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