NJCPA Urges New Jersey Legislature to Support Small Business with Non-Taxable PPP Loan Forgiveness 

NJCPA Urges New Jersey Legislature to Support Small Business with Non-Taxable PPP Loan Forgiveness

Statement by Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, CEO and Executive Director, New Jersey Society of CPAs

ROSELAND, N.J. – The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) urges the New Jersey Legislature to vote “yes” on S3234/A5149, which enables small businesses in New Jersey to have their forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans excluded from their state taxable income and allows business expenses from PPP forgiveness to be deducted.

When PPP loans are forgiven and tax free, they truly become viable lifelines for businesses and help communities thrive. However, many small businesses in New Jersey that exist as partnerships or S corporations have their pass-through business income counted as personal income, and their PPP loan forgiveness, therefore, becomes taxable at the state level.

Taxing forgiven loans is a slap in the face to the most vulnerable businesses in New Jersey. Their vulnerability is precisely why they received PPP loans in the first place. Taxing these loans for short-term revenue gains for the state is both counterproductive and unfair.

Small businesses in New Jersey deserve better than that, which is why we are urging members of the Senate and General Assembly to unequivocally vote yes on S3234 and A5149. It would be harmful to the state if New Jersey taxed borrowers’ PPP loan forgiveness when other states do not.

We would like to thank the sponsors of this bipartisan bill: primary sponsors Rep. Troy Singleton (D-7) and Rep. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25), and cosponsors Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Nellie Pou (D-35),  Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) and Rep. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). We are encouraged by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s passage of the bill on Jan. 21 and look forward to a similar action when this bill goes to the Senate on Jan. 28 and eventually to the Assembly.

As an advocate for CPAs and the businesses they serve, the NJCPA works tirelessly to improve the business landscape in New Jersey and promote fair and equitable opportunities for all.

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The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, with more than 14,000 members, represents the interests of the accounting profession and advances the financial well-being of the people of New Jersey. The NJCPA plays a leadership role in supporting the profession by providing members with educational resources, access to shared knowledge and a continuing effort to create and expand professional opportunities.

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