The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a form of one page that simplifies the application for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans. The form is also updated with new forms that are in line with the most recent stimulus law.
Congress approved the COVID-19 relief package in the month of March that provided $284 billion of funding to small businesses in need of loans. The money was intended to reduce the economic burden of the coronavirus outbreak. It also included a requirement that the SBA to issue simplified forms within the first 24 hours of the bill being signed into law to simplify the application process for forgiveness, along with conditions that aim to increase the number of bank loans by community banks, particularly for minority-owned businesses that were unable to obtain loans last year.
“The Small Business Administration met the requirement to issue the one-page form for loan forgiveness under the PPP within 24 days of the date of enactment the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” wrote Ed Zollars, a partner with Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs, on his Current Federal Tax Developments blog for Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also published the updated forms.”
Forgiveness terms for the initial draw of PPP loans
Loan Forgiveness Programs – First Draw PPP loans given to borrowers who meet the criteria are eligible for total loan forgiveness during the 8- to 24 week period that follows the loan’s disbursement
- This is also true for pay and benefits for employees.
- The proceeds of the loan can be used to pay for payroll costs or other expenses that are eligible.
- A minimum of 60% of the proceeds go to payroll costs
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness Terms
Second Draw PPP loans to qualified borrowers can be eligible for loan repayment when the loan is repaid within an 8– to 24 week time frame.
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are maintained in the same manner in accordance with the First Draw PPP loan
- The loan proceeds can be used to cover expenses for payroll or other eligible expenses.
- At least 60% of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs
- How to apply for loan forgiveness , and the time to apply
A borrower may apply for forgiveness once the loan’s proceeds for which the borrower has applied for forgiveness have been used. Borrowers may apply for forgiveness at any point up to the date of maturity. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 month after the date they will be able to repay the loan will be able to receive the loan payment from their PPP lender.