SBA releases Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application

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WASHINGTON (WDTN) – On Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration released the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application.

SBA will soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications and 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 Paycheck Protection Program was created as part of the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses in order to keep American workers on the payroll during the pandemic.

The information released Friday will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the end of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Click here to view the application and instructions.

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