PIA Comments on Paycheck Protection Program Rule

On May 15, PIA National submitted a response to the interim final rule promulgated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding its implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created by H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 116-136). In the CARES Act, Congress authorized …

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House Passes $3 Trillion Coronavirus Package

On the evening of May 15, the U.S. House voted 208-199 to pass a $3 trillion legislative package. H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, would provide states and local governments with nearly $1 trillion that could be used to replace drastic revenue shortfalls. H.R. 6800 also includes several amendments to the Paycheck …

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House Releases Proposed Coronavirus Relief: Part 5

House Democrats have released a $3 trillion legislative package, which would be Congress’ fifth coronavirus response package. The 1,815-page bill, which was introduced yesterday as H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, would provide states and local governments with nearly $1 trillion that could be used to replace drastic revenue shortfalls. House leadership …

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Treasury Dept. Disapproves of Retroactive BI

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has responded to letters, which PIA National strongly supported, from several House members and Senators urging the administration to oppose retroactive business interruption (BI) proposals. The letter from Treasury to policymakers noted that it shares concerns that retroactive BI proposals would undermine the contractual nature of existing insurance obligations …

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IRS Says Small Business Loans Are Taxable Income

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-32, which announced that business expenses that are normally tax deductible but are expected to be forgiven as part of loans provided in accordance with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, …

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PIA Urges Funding for Flood Mapping Program

PIA National is actively engaged on numerous COVID-19-related legislative initiatives; at the same time, we continue to advocate on many other issues important to PIA members. As such, last week, we were pleased to sign on to a coalition letter urging congressional appropriators to provide strong funding for the Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program …

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House Passes Bill to Add Funds to CARES Act Programs

Tonight, the U.S. House passed H.R. 266 by a vote of 388-5. The legislation provides $321 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which ran out of funds last week. Also included in the $484 billion dollar package is $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion to broaden virus testing. The U.S. Senate passed …

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