Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness
On Friday, May 15th, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.
They can be found by clicking here.
We encourage all small businesses, SBA Resource Partners, lenders, economic development professionals, non-profits, and the wider community that helps small businesses to thoroughly read the application and instructions to familiarize yourself with them, BEFORE taking action to apply for PPP forgiveness with your lender.
The SBA Orange County / Inland Empire District Office is doing the exact same thing and requesting additional insight/guidance from SBA HQ.
At the appropriate time in the very near future, we will resume our daily calls with the public to provide the latest, most accurate information regarding PPP and other SBA emergency resources. Please continue to look out for information on the scheduling of those calls. We thank each and every one of you for your patience and understanding on the calls and THANK YOU for everything you do to power our Nation's economy!
Below is text from last week's news release that accompanied the release of the PPP forgiveness application and guidelines:
The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.
The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
- Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
- Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
- Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
- Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
- Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined
The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.