• Alissa Rutkowski

The Small Business Expense Protection Act: Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor S.3612

Contact your Senators today and ask that they become a co-sponsor to S.3612, the Small Business Expense Protection Act, to ensure that small businesses and non-profit associations are receiving the relief they need, without an unexpected tax bill.



On May 5, 2020, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced S.3612, the Small Business Expense Protection Act, which would clarify the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes.

The intent of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was created in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was to maximize small businesses’ ability to maintain liquidity, retain their employees, and recover from the pandemic as soon as possible. Last Thursday, the IRS issued a notice that said small businesses cannot deduct these business expenses. This notice is contrary to congressional intent.


Language advocates from every sector of the Language Enterprise can work together to support this bill. PPP loans benefit everyone from the associations that we belong to, companies that we buy classroom materials from, as well as translation and interpreting professionals.

For more information, you can read Senator Cornyn’s official press release and the American Translators Association (ATA) statement of support.

STEP 1: Find out who your Senators are here. STEP 2: Prepare your talking points or email message. Below is a sample phone or email script ● Hello, my name is __________________. I live in ____________________ (provide City and Zip Code, this information is collected to ensure that you are a constituent of the district). ● I am calling/writing to you today to urge my Senator to support senate bill S.3612, the Small Business Expense Protection Act. ● The Small Business Expense Protection Act works to clarify the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes. ● This will ensure that small businesses and non-profit associations are receiving the relief they need, without an unexpected tax bill. ● This bill will update the language of subsection (i) of section 1106 of the CARES Act to read as “no deduction shall be denied or reduced, no tax attribute shall be reduced, and no basis increase shall be denied, by reason of the exclusion from gross income provided by paragraph.” ● As a language advocate, I believe that language companies and nonprofit associations are cornerstones of our communities and our economy. ● Thank you for your time and commitment to supporting the Language Enterprise through relief for small businesses and non-profit associations. ● In closing, I urge you to support S.3612, the Small Business Expense Protection Act, as a co-sponsor, and to vote for its swift passage through Congress. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]