AICPA Issues Guidance: Accounting for Forgivable PPP Loans

John (Rusty) Davis, CPA

A nongovernmental entity may account for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan as a financial liability in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 470, Debt, or under other models, if certain conditions are met, according to new guidance for borrowers issued by the AICPA – Borrower Accounting for a Forgivable Loan Received Under the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program. Key accounting treatment for borrowers:

  • Would initially record the cash inflow from the PPP loan as a financial liability and would accrue interest in accordance with the interest method under ASC Subtopic 835-30.
  • Would not impute additional interest at a market rate.
  • Would continue to record the proceeds from the loan as a liability until either (1) the loan is partly or wholly forgiven and the debtor has been legally released or (2) the debtor pays off the loan.
  • Would reduce the liability by the amount forgiven and record a gain on extinguishment once the loan is partly or wholly forgiven and legal release is received.