House Passes Paycheck Protection Program Extension

Tonight, the U.S. House passed S. 4116 by unanimous consent. The bill extends the deadline for businesses to apply for coronavirus aid through the Paycheck Protection Program until August 8th. This action follows the U.S. Senate which passed the bill last night hours before the program’s authorization to lend funds expired. The program still has …

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PIA Opposes the Business Interruption Relief Act

This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced H.R. 7412, the Business Interruption Relief Act, which would create a voluntary program for insurers in which they could retroactively pay business interruption (BI) claims and be reimbursed by the federal government. PIA National opposed similar legislation introduced in the spring, and we oppose this legislation for many …

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House Eases Some Paycheck Protection Program Rules

The U.S. House today passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, by a vote of 417-1. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), would relax restrictions on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and make it easier for businesses to have them forgiven. The legislation allows businesses that have received PPP loans and …

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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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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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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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PIA Works with House Allies to Oppose Business Interruption Proposals

PIA National has continued to push back against any proposal to retroactively change business interruption (BI) provisions to have them cover coronavirus-related losses. Last week, we worked with a group of Senators on a letter to the administration, highlighting their concerns with that approach. This week, we were pleased to support two letters from U.S. House Members …

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PIA Opposes House Business Interruption Legislation

PIA National today came out strongly against two separate bills introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA); each would empower the federal government to rewrite existing business interruption (BI) insurance provisions drafted with otherwise applicable exclusions. PIA National has communicated with Congressional offices to express our concerns that such proposals purport to …

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