The U.S. Small Business Administration released a one-page form aimed at simplifying the process of applying for the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, together with revised and updated forms to comply with the latest stimulus legislation.
Congress approved the COVID-19 relief package last month, which offered $284 billion in funding to small businesses in need of loans. The money was intended to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak. It also included a requirement that the SBA to issue streamlined forms within 24 hours of the legislation being signed into law to simplify the application process for forgiveness. It also included conditions designed to facilitate more bank loans by community banks, especially for minority-owned businesses that struggled to get loans last year.
“The Small Business Administration met the requirement to issue the one-page form for PPP loan forgiveness within 24 hours of the date of enactment the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” wrote Ed Zollars, a partner with Thomas, Zollars & Lynch CPAs, on his Current Federal Tax Developments blog for Kaplan Financial Education. “The agency also issued updated forms.”
Forgiveness terms in the initial draw of PPP loans
Uei College Student Loan Forgiveness – For eligible borrowers, First Draw PPP loans can be eligible for loan forgiveness. This is if the loan disbursement occurs within an 8 to 24-week timeframe.
- The levels of compensation and employee pay are ensured
- The proceeds of the loan can be used to cover the cost of payroll as well as other eligible expenses.
- A minimum of 60% of profits are used to pay for payroll expenses
Second Draw PPP Loan Forgiveness Conditions
Second Draw PPP loans to 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 employee and the compensation levels are maintained in the identical manner.
- The proceeds of the loan could be used to pay for payroll costs or other expenses that are eligible.
- A minimum of 60% of the funds go to the cost of payroll
- How and when to apply for loan forgiveness?
The borrower is eligible for forgiveness only after the loan’s proceeds for which the borrower wants forgiveness have been utilized. Borrowers are able to apply for forgiveness at any time prior until the date of maturity of the loan. If they do not file for forgiveness within 10 months of the last day of the period covered the PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making monthly payments to their PPP lender.