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 relief package that Congress adopted last month revived the PPP with $284 billion in funds for small businesses that want forgiven loans to help deal with the financial fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation required that the SBA provide simplified forms within the first 24 hours after the bill’s passage into law. This is to facilitate the application for forgiveness. Additionally, it included conditions that would encourage community banks to make more loans specifically to minority-owned companies who were unable to obtain loans last year.
Ed Zollars, a partner with Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs wrote that the Small Business Administration fulfilled the requirement to issue the one-page form for PPP loan forgiveness within 24 days from the date of enactment in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 20,21. This was on the Current Federal Tax Developments blog of Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also issued new forms that were updated.”
First Draw PPP Loan forgiveness terms
Public Loan Forgiveness Form Cut Off My Name – 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 period that follows the loan’s disbursement
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are maintained
- The loan proceeds are used on payroll and other expenses that are eligible and
- At least 60% of the proceeds are used to pay for payroll expenses
Second Draw PPP Loan forgiveness terms
Second Draw PPP loans granted to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8to 24 week covered period following loan payment:
- The First Draw PPP loan requires that the employee and compensation levels be maintained in the identical manner.
- The proceeds of the loan can be used to cover expenses for payroll or other eligible expenses.
- At least 60% of proceeds are spent on payroll costs
- What is the best time to apply for loan forgiveness?
A borrower may apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower has applied for forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If they do not file for forgiveness within 10 years of the last day of the time period that was covered and the loan is not renewed, PPP loan payments can not deferred any longer, and the borrower will be required to make monthly payments to their PPP lender.