The U.S. Small Business Administration released a one-page form that aims to simplify the application process for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, along with newly updated and revised forms that conform to the requirements of the latest stimulus legislation.
Congress approved the COVID-19 relief plan last month that offered $284 billion in funding for small-scale businesses who needed loans. The funds were used to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic. The law requires that the SBA release simplified forms within 24 hours after the bill’s passage into law. This was to facilitate the application for forgiveness. It also included conditions that encourage banks in the community to lend more particularly to minority-owned businesses who were unable to obtain loans last year.
“The Small Business Administration met the requirement of releasing the one-page form for loan forgiveness under the PPP within 24 hours of the date of enactment of 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 released the updated forms.”
Forgiveness terms for the initial draw of PPP loans
Citibank Ppp Loan Forgiveness – First Draw PPP loans given to borrowers who are eligible can be granted complete loan forgiveness if they do so during the 8- to 24-week period after the disbursement of loan:
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are ensured
- The proceeds of the loan can be used to cover the cost of payroll as well as other expenses that are eligible.
- Minimum 60% of funds go to payroll costs
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness Terms
Second Draw PPP loans to qualified borrowers are eligible for loan forgiveness when the loan is repaid within an 8to 24 week period.
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are maintained in the same way as required for the First Draw PPP loan
- The loan funds can be used to pay expenses for payroll or other expenses that are eligible.
- At least 60% of the profits are spent on payroll costs
- How do I apply for loan forgiveness and when
The borrower is eligible for forgiveness once the loan’s proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. The borrower can request forgiveness at any time prior until the date of maturity of the loan. Borrowers who do not request forgiveness within 10 month of the end date of the loan are eligible to receive loan payments from their PPP lender.