The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a single-page form that aims to simplify the application process for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, together with revised and updated forms to comply with the latest stimulus legislation.
The COVID-19 relief package that Congress passed last month revived the PPP with $284 billion in funding for small businesses seeking forgiveness loans to help them deal with the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation required that the SBA provide simplified forms within 24 hours of the signing into law. This was done to simplify the process of applying for forgiveness. It also included conditions that encourage community banks to lend more, especially to minority-owned businesses that had difficulty getting loans last year.
“The Small Business Administration met the requirements to release the one-page form for the forgiveness of PPP loans within 24 days of the date of enactment the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” wrote Ed Zollars who is a partner of Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs, on his Current Federal Tax Developments blog for Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also published new forms.”
First Draw PPP Loan forgiveness terms
Army Reserve Student Loan Forgiveness – For those who qualify First Draw PPP loans can be qualified for loan forgiveness. This applies if the loan disbursement occurs within an 8– to 24 week period.
- Employee and compensation levels are ensured
- The loan proceeds can be used to pay for payroll costs or other eligible expenses.
- A minimum of 60% of the profits are used for the cost of payroll
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness The terms
Second Draw PPP loans given to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8to 24 week covered period following the loan’s disbursement
- The First Draw PPP loan requires that the compensation and employee levels be maintained in an exactly the same manner.
- The loan funds are used on payroll and other eligible expenses; and
- A minimum of 60% of proceeds are used to pay for payroll expenses
- What is the best time to apply for loan forgiveness?
Once all of the loan funds have been utilized the borrower is eligible to be forgiven. The borrower can request forgiveness at any time prior until the date of maturity of the loan. If the borrower does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the end of the period covered, then PPP loans are not deferred any longer, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.