The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a 1-page form that makes it easier to apply for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans. The form is also updated with new forms to comply with the most recent stimulus legislation.
The COVID-19 aid package Congress passed last month revived the PPP with $284 billion of funds for small businesses that want forgiveness loans to help them deal with the financial fallout of the coronavirus epidemic. The legislation required that the SBA issue simplified forms within 24 hours after the bill’s passage into law. This was done to make it easier to apply for forgiveness. It also included conditions that encourage community banks to lend more, especially to minority-owned businesses who were unable to obtain loans in the past.
Ed Zollars, a partner with Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs and wrote that the Small Business Administration fulfilled the requirement to publish the one-page form for PPP loan forgiveness within 24 hours 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 released the updated forms.”
Forgiveness terms for the initial draw of PPP loans
New Student Loan Forgiveness Program – First Draw PPP loans granted to borrowers who meet the criteria are eligible for complete loan forgiveness if they do so within the 8 to 24-week covered period following the loan’s disbursement
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are maintained
- The loan funds are used on payroll expenses as well as other expenses eligible for reimbursement; and
- A minimum of 60% of the proceeds go to expenses for payroll
Second Draw PPP Conditions for loan forgiveness
Second Draw PPP loans for eligible borrowers can be qualified for loan forgiveness when the loan is repaid within an 8to 24 week time frame.
- The First Draw PPP loan requires that the compensation and employee levels are maintained in the exact same way.
- The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs as well as other eligible expenses and
- Minimum 60% of profits go towards payroll costs
- How do I apply for loan forgiveness and when to apply
After all loan funds have been utilized, a borrower can apply for forgiveness. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up until the date of maturity of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 month after the date they will be able to repay the loan are able to receive loan payments from their PPP lender.