The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a single-page form aimed at simplifying the application process to forgive Paycheck Protection Program loans, together with updated and revised forms to comply with the most recent stimulus legislation.
The COVID-19 relief package that Congress adopted last month revived the PPP with $284 billion in funding for small businesses seeking forgiven loans to help to deal with the effects of economic collapse of the coronavirus epidemic. The law required that the SBA issue simplified forms within 24 hours of the signing into law. This was done to facilitate the application for forgiveness. Additionally, it included conditions that encourage community banks to lend more particularly to minority-owned businesses that had difficulty getting loans last year.
Ed Zollars, a partner with Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs, stated that the Small Business Administration fulfilled the obligation to issue the one-page PPP form loan forgiveness within 24 days of the date of the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 20,21. This was on the Current Federal Tax Developments blog of Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also issued more updated forms.”
First Draw PPP Conditions for loan forgiveness
Apple Loan Forgiveness – First Draw PPP loans granted to borrowers who meet the criteria are eligible for full loan forgiveness if within the 8 to 24-week covered period following the loan’s disbursement
- This is also true for pay and benefits for employees.
- The loan funds are used on payroll expenses and other expenses that are eligible and
- A minimum of 60% of proceeds are spent on payroll costs
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness Conditions
Second Draw PPP loans for eligible borrowers can be qualified for loan forgiveness when the loan is paid within an 8to 24 week time frame.
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are maintained in the same manner as required for the First Draw PPP loan
- The loan funds are used on payroll costs and other eligible expenses; and
- A minimum of 60% of the funds go to payroll costs
- When and how do I apply for loan forgiveness?
The borrower is eligible for forgiveness after the loan’s proceeds for which the borrower wants forgiveness have been used. Borrowers are able to apply for forgiveness at any time prior to the maturity date of the loan. If they do not file for forgiveness within 10 months of the end of the period covered the PPP loans are not deferred any longer, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.