What Qualifies for PPP Loan Forgiveness?

If you’re a small business owner who took out a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you may be wondering if your loan can be forgiven. Here’s what you need to know.

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PPP Loan Basics

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

What is a PPP Loan?

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

The PPP loan is forgiveness-based meaning that, if used correctly, the entire loan could possibly be forgiven. However, forgiveness is not guaranteed and is based on adherence to specific guidelines set by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The most important factor in determining loan forgiveness is how many employees you maintain on your payroll and how much their salaries are.

To qualify for the PPP loan, your business must:
-Be small business as defined by the SBA
-Have fewer than 500 employees (or fewer than 300 in some cases)
-Show that it has suffered economic hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic
-Use the loan specifically for payroll expenses, rent/mortgage payments, and utility bills

How do I apply for a PPP Loan?

In order to apply for a PPP Loan, you will need to fill out and submit the PPP Loan Application Form. This form can be found on the SBA website.

1. First, you will need to select your business type.
2. Next, you will need to enter your business name and EIN.
3. After that, you will need to enter your contact information.
4. Once you have completed all of the required information, you will need to sign and date the form.
5. Finally, you will need to submit the form to the lender that you have chosen.

What are the eligibility requirements for a PPP Loan?

To be eligible for a PPP Loan, you must:

-Be a small business, nonprofit organization, veterans organization, or Tribal business with 500 or fewer employees; or
-Be an individual who operates as a sole proprietor, independent contractor, or eligible self-employed individual; or
-Be certain specialty food concerns and newspaper publishers with more than one physical location and 500 or fewer employees per location

In addition, your business must:

-Have been operational on or before February 15, 2020
-Have paid salaries and payroll taxes
-Have experienced reductions in business activity due to health mandates related to COVID-19

PPP Loan Forgiveness

There are a number of different expenses that can qualify for PPP loan forgiveness . These include payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities. To qualify for forgiveness, you must use at least 60% of your loan for payroll costs. You will also need to submit documentation to your lender showing how you used the loan.

What qualifies for PPP Loan forgiveness?

The Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application has been released by the SBA. You can find the application and instructions on the SBA’s website.

To review, PPP loans may be forgiven if:
-The loan proceeds are used for eligible payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations incurred before February 15, 2020, rent payments under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020, and utility payments.
-At least 60% of the loan forgiveness amount is for eligible payroll costs.
-The covered period for loan forgiveness begins on the date that you receive your PPP loan and ends either (i) 24 weeks after that date or (ii) December 31, 2020, at your option.

If you have any questions about completing the application or what qualifies for PPP loan forgiveness, please consult your lender or accountant.

How do I apply for PPP Loan forgiveness?

If you’re a borrower, you (or your loan servicer) must submit a Loan Forgiveness Application to the lender that is servicing your loan.

The form includes:
-Borrower’s certification that the current number of full-time equivalent employees meets or exceeds the number of employees in the Borrower Application Form (or the alternative payroll covered period),
-Documentation verifying the eligible pay rates and the eligible compensation levels, as well as documentation verifying eligible job offers and positions that were not filled,
-Documentation supporting other required certifications, and
-Any other required information.

What are the deadlines for PPP Loan forgiveness?

The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application deadline is fast approaching. Borrowers have until December 31, 2020 to apply for forgiveness of their PPP Loans.

In order to qualify for loan forgiveness, borrowers must have used the loan proceeds for eligible expenses and must submit documentation verifying these expenses to their lender. Eligible expenses include payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utility payments.

Borrowers should keep in mind that they may only receive partial loan forgiveness if they do not use all of the loan proceeds for eligible expenses. Borrowers who have not yet applied for loan forgiveness should act quickly in order to ensure they do not miss the deadline.

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