2 Red States Are Taxing Student Debt Relief — But Didn’t Tax PPP Forgiveness

Officials in two states with Republican-dominated legislatures announced this week that they’re planning to tax relief that borrowers get from President Joe Biden’s student debt cancellation plan — even though the same states didn’t tax the billions of dollars of loan forgiveness given to corporations and business owners under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

North Carolina and Missisippi’s Departments of Revenue say they’ll considerDebt forgiveness is taxable income potentially saddlingBorrowers with hundreds of dollars more tax liability will be unable to access the program’s sharp relief. North Carolina officials say that the taxes will come because the legislature hasn’t moved to exempt the relief.

According to the Tax FoundationThe relief will likely be taxed in Arkansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Officials in the three States told InsiderTheir decisions on the exemption are currently under executive or legislative review.

Though the forgiveness will be exempted from federal taxes, at least 13 states in total aren’t required to uphold the federal exemption, though Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia have movedTo exempt the relief.

The long-term savings for borrowers on tax relief will likely still outweigh any tax bills. However, taxing the forgiveness would significantly reduce the financial benefit that the plan is intended to provide for borrowers. It is a significant factor in determining the success of your business.The lowest income.

The Tax Foundation estimates that borrowers who are receiving up to $10,000 in forgiveness — 90 percent of whom live in households with incomes of $75,000 or less — could be saddled with up to $490 in state taxes in Arkansas and $985 in Minnesota if those states decided not to exempt the relief, depending on the borrower’s income.

Ironic, given that the loan forgiveness will be paid in full by taxes, is the fact that borrowers would be liable for taxes North CarolinaMississippi as well as in eachAccording to the Tax Foundation, the Relief Fund is likely to be taxed by the following states. Forgiveness from PPP loans was exempted form state taxes.

PPP loans were passed by Congress in order to help buoy businesses during COVID shutdowns — but it’s unclearWhether these loans helped keep businesses afloat is another question. a thirdOf the $800 billion that the government distributed, only $800 million went to employees. The vast majority of PPP loans went to employees. have been forgiven, and a large chunk of the money went straight into business owners’ pockets.

The White House, which is a further irony, also has this to do pointed out last monthMany of the people who are against student loan relief have had PPP loans forgiven, amounting to tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), for instance, had over $183,000PPP loans forgiven

Progressives point out that when it comes tax and financial laws, it is often easier for conservative legislators on both sides to funnel endless money to businesses while rejecting relief proposals for middle- or lower-income Americans who are most in need of it.

“The average amount of debt forgiveness to businesses receiving PPP loans: $95,700,” wrote Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) in August. “If we could afford to cancel hundreds of billions in PPP loans to business owners in their time of need, please do not tell me we can’t afford to cancel all student debt for 45 million Americans.”

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