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Urge Congress to Reverse Course on Taxing Small Business Loan Expenses

The AVMA recently sent the following message to all state veterinary associations:

As of July 7, 2020, over 18,500 veterinary practices took Paycheck Protection Loans to support their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the IRS is prohibiting PPP borrowers from claiming federal tax deductions that are normally fully deductible - including some rent and utility payments, and wages and benefits paid to employees - for forgivable expenses paid with PPP funds. If this isn't reversed, veterinary small business owners could face an unanticipated additional tax burden.

The IRS action contradicts congressional intent, which was to allow for the deduction of eligible expenses under the PPP program. Fortunately, there is interest in both political parties in the House and Senate to address this issue with a legislative "fix", but we need your help to get it done.

Please contact your Members of Congress and urge them to pass legislation to allow small businesses to take their eligible tax deductions as Congress intended when creating the PPP. Please personalize the email to let your Members know how this will impact your practice. We need everyone-practice owners, veterinary associates and practice staff -to take action so that veterinary practices can keep what they earn and use those funds to pay for operating expenses during these difficult times.

The AVMA is conducting a survey to better understand veterinarians’ network of relationships with elected officials at both the federal and state level, how interested you are in public policy issues impacting veterinary medicine, and whether you want to take a more active role in advocating for our profession. Participating in this survey will help the NJVMA assess member interest in becoming more involved in the association’s legislative efforts. Click here to access the survey. It should only takes a few minutes.


Advocacy Interest Survey

The AVMA is conducting a survey to better understand veterinarians’ network of relationships with elected officials at both the federal and state level, how interested you are in public policy issues impacting veterinary medicine, and whether you want to take a more active role in advocating for our profession. Participating in this survey will help the NJVMA assess member interest in becoming more involved in the association’s legislative efforts. Click here to access the survey. It should only takes a few minutes.


Oppose Mandatory Prescription Writing for Veterinarians

Some members of Congress want to require veterinarians to provide clients with written prescriptions for their pets, regardless of the clients’ wishes. There is no need for a sweeping federal mandate on this issue. The vast majority of states, including New Jersey, already have a requirement for a veterinarian to provide a prescription when a client requests one, and the AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics state that veterinarians shall provide written or electronic prescriptions when asked. To contact Congress and oppose prescription mandates, please click here.