The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a one-page application form aimed at simplifying the application process for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, along with newly updated and revised forms to comply with the most recent stimulus legislation.
Congress approved the COVID-19 relief package last month, which offered $284 billion in funding to small businesses in need of loans. This money was used to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The package also mandated the SBA to issue simplified forms within 24 hours of the legislation being signed into law to simplify the application process for forgiveness. The legislation also contained conditions designed to facilitate more loans from community banks, particularly for minority-owned businesses who were unable to obtain loans in the past.
“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 updated forms.”
First Draw PPP Conditions for loan forgiveness
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Married Filing Separately – For eligible borrowers First Draw PPP loans are suitable to be forgiven. This happens when the loan payment is made within an 8 to 24-week period.
- Pay and worker levels are kept at a constant level.
- The proceeds of the loan can be used to cover expenses for payroll or other expenses that are eligible.
- A minimum of 60% of profits are used to pay for payroll expenses
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness Conditions
Second Draw PPP loans to qualified customers are qualified for loan forgiveness when the loan is repaid within an 8– to 24 week period.
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are kept in the same way as required for the First Draw PPP loan
- The proceeds of the loan could be used to cover the cost of payroll as well as other expenses that are eligible.
- Minimum 60% of profits go towards the cost of payroll
- How do I apply for loan forgiveness , and when to apply
The borrower is eligible for forgiveness only after all loan proceeds to which the borrower has applied for forgiveness have been used. The borrower can request forgiveness at any time prior to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the date they will be able to repay the loan are eligible to receive loan payments from their PPP lender.