The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a single-page form designed to make it easier for applicants to complete the application process for the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, together with revised and updated forms to meet the requirements of the latest stimulus legislation.
Congress approved the COVID-19 relief package in the month of March and provided $284 billion of funding to small businesses in need of loans. This money was used to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It included a requirement for the SBA to issue simplified forms within 24 hours of the bill being adopted to make the procedure of applying for forgiveness. It also included conditions meant to encourage more loans from community banks, especially for minority-owned businesses who were unable to obtain loans in the past.
Ed Zollars, a partner with Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs wrote that the Small Business Administration fulfilled the obligation to issue the one-page form for PPP loan forgiveness within the first 24 hours from the date of enactment under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 20,21. The article was posted on the Current Federal Tax Developments blog of Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also released new forms that were updated.”
Forgiveness terms for the initial draw of PPP loans
Student Loan Forgiveness For First Time Home Buyers – First Draw PPP loans made 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
- This is also true for pay and benefits for employees.
- The loan proceeds are spent on payroll expenses and other expenses that are eligible and
- At least 60% of profits are used to pay for payroll expenses
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness The terms
Second Draw PPP loans given to borrowers who are eligible can be granted total loan forgiveness if they do so during the 8to 24-week duration following loan payment:
- The First Draw PPP loan requires that the employee and the compensation levels are maintained in the exactly the same manner.
- The loan proceeds are used on payroll as well as other eligible expenses and
- A minimum of 60% of proceeds are used to pay for payroll expenses
- What is the best time to apply for loan forgiveness?
A borrower may apply for forgiveness after all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can request forgiveness at any point up to the loan’s maturity date. Borrowers who don’t request forgiveness within 10 month after the date they will be able to repay the loan are eligible to receive loan payments from their PPP lender.