The U.S. Small Business Administration released a one-page form designed to make it easier for applicants to complete the process of applying for forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, as well as newly updated and revised forms that comply with the latest stimulus legislation.
The COVID-19 aid package Congress approved last month renewed the PPP with $284 billion in funding for small businesses seeking forgiveness loans to help them cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The package also mandated the SBA to issue simplified forms within the first 24 hours of the bill being approved by the lawmaker to streamline the procedure of applying for forgiveness. The legislation also contained conditions that aim to increase the number of loans from community banks, specifically for minority-owned businesses who had trouble getting loans in the past.
“The Small Business Administration met the requirement to issue the one-page form for the forgiveness of PPP loans within 24 hours of the date of enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” wrote Ed Zollars, a partner at Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs on his Current Federal Tax Developments blog for Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also issued more updated forms.”
Forgiveness terms for the initial draw of PPP loans
Student Loan Forgiveness Employment Verification – First Draw PPP loans granted to borrowers who are eligible can be granted 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 ensured
- The loan proceeds are used on payroll costs and other eligible expenses; and
- Minimum 60% of proceeds go to payroll costs
Second Draw PPP Terms of Loan Forgiveness
Second Draw PPP loans given to borrowers who are eligible can be granted full loan forgiveness if during the 8– to 24-week duration following loan payment:
- Employee and compensation levels are maintained in the same way as required for the First Draw PPP loan
- The proceeds of the loan could be used to pay for expenses for payroll or other eligible expenses.
- A minimum of 60% of proceeds are used for the cost of payroll
- How and when to apply for loan forgiveness
A borrower may apply for forgiveness only after the loan’s proceeds for which the borrower has applied for forgiveness have been utilized. The borrower can apply for forgiveness at any point up to the loan’s maturity date. Borrowers who do not request forgiveness within 10 months of the expiration date of the loan will be able to receive the loan payment from their PPP lender.