SBA Unveils New PPP Forgiveness Applications & Guidance

Jan 21, 2021

On Tuesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury released new PPP loan forgiveness guidance along with new forgiveness applications.

These applications include:

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S – this new one-page application is for borrowers who received a PPP loan of $150,000 or less. While no supporting documentation is required to be submitted with the application, borrowers are advised to maintain payroll, nonpayroll, and other documents that could be requested during an SBA loan review or audit.
  • Form 3508EZ – this streamlined application is for borrowers that meet certain safe harbors
  • Form 3508 – the full application is for those who don’t qualify for using either of the previous two forms
  • Form 3508D – this two-page document is to be submitted by certain individuals who are required to disclose a controlling interest in an entity applying for a PPP loan

Borrowers using Forms 3508 and 3508EZ must submit payroll and nonpayroll documentation when applying for loan forgiveness. The instructions included with these forms provide lists of the required documents.

In addition to the new forms, an interim final rule (IFR) was released which simplified previous loan forgiveness rules and integrated changes made by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (P.L. 116-260) which provided an additional $248 billion of funding to the PPP and allowed for a second-draw.

The SBA also noted it had approved roughly 60,000 PPP loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders for over $5 billion from the program’s re-opening through Jan. 17.

As always, we encourage you to connect with your William Vaughan Company advisor with questions on how this may impact your individual circumstances, or check out our COVID-19 Resource Center for additional insights.

Categories: COVID-19

SBA Releases New Forms In Preparation for Paycheck Protection Program Re-Opening

Jan 11, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen today initially for community financial institutions (CFIs) that serve minority- and women-owned businesses to make loans. Specifically, CFIs can begin making loans to first-time PPP borrowers today and second-time PPP borrowers on Wednesday.

The SBA and Treasury said the PPP would open to all lenders a few days after the opening for CFIs, but they did not specify a date. Borrower loan application forms were also released:

Form 2483 is updated from previous iterations starting with the original PPP program. Form 2483-SD is a new form for qualified PPP borrowers to seek a second draw of a forgivable loan as they try to navigate economic seas churning in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, the SBA released additional guidance outlining top-line summaries of the first-draw and second-draw PPP loans and a pair of procedural notices.

For more information regarding the PPP and second-draw loans under the Consolidated Appropriates Act, 2021, check out our latest webinar here or review our PPP Application Guide here. As always, connect with your William Vaughan Company advisor for questions or concerns.

Categories: COVID-19

SBA Issues Loan Necessity Questionnaire

Nov 03, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued new loan necessity questionnaires which all businesses with PPP loans greater than $2 million will be required to complete. These questionnaires are intended to help the SBA determine whether the Borrower’s certification of economic uncertainty made the loan request necessary to support ongoing operations was appropriate. SBA has developed two distinct versions of the loan necessity questionnaire: one for for-profit borrowers, and one for non-profit borrowers.

To refresh, during the initial PPP Loan application, borrowers had to certify that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” However, at no point did the SBA provide any material guidance as to what this certification meant, leaving many borrowers anxious. The limited guidance during the loan application phase only stated borrowers must take into account their current business activity and their ability to access other sources of liquidity.

Please note, at this time these forms are not available on the SBA or Treasury website. It is anticipated these questionnaires will come directly from the lender and/or servicer. Lenders who have submitted loan forgiveness on behalf of impacted borrowers will receive a request from the SBA for completion of the form. While the instructions indicate the receipt of the questionnaire does not necessarily mean the SBA is challenging the good-faith certification, impacted borrowers are required to submit the completed forms within 10 business days of receipt from the lender.

Given the short turn-around time, we recommend that all borrowers with aggregated PPP loans of $2 million or more familiarize themselves with these forms now, and begin to gather related documentation

We encourage impacted PPP borrowers to reach out to their WVC advisor for assistance with the completion of the form, as detailed financial information is required.

Categories: COVID-19

PPP Application Deadline Extended to August 8

Jul 06, 2020

On Saturday, July 4, President Trump signed legislation extending the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) enacted in the weeks following the economic shutdown as a result of COVID-19.

The original deadline to apply was Tuesday, June 30, but with more than $130 billion still available in the fund, both houses of Congress approved the extension unanimously earlier in the week. With the President’s signature Saturday, businesses will now have until August 8 to apply for the assistance.

The PPP provides loans to small businesses to be used for certain payroll and non-payroll costs they may otherwise have difficulty funding due to the coronavirus pandemic. Such loans may be forgiven in part or in whole.

You can apply for your PPP loan through any of the 1,800 participating SBA approved 7(a) lenders or through any participating federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution. For more information on the federally funded program, visit the SBA website or connect with your William Vaughan Company advisor for additional guidance and recommendations based on your specific situation.

Categories: COVID-19, Other Resources

SBA Data Exposure Highlights the Need for Cybersecurity Programs

Apr 23, 2020

On April 21, 2020, news sources* revealed the Small Business Administration (SBA) notified 8,000 applicants of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program of a data exposure on the application website. The exposure, which occurred briefly on March 25, may have permitted applicants to view Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of other applicants. Current reports reveal the disclosure included names, Social Security numbers, tax identification numbers, addresses, dates of birth, emails, phone numbers, marital and citizenship statuses, household sizes, incomes, financial and insurance information.

If you learn you have been impacted by the data exposure, the Federal Trade Commission has provided specific guidance with checklists on their website for Identity Theft. The actions described in their checklists are based on the type of data loss. Please refer to this website on how to protect yourself.

It is unfortunate to have a data exposure during an already stressful time, but it further demonstrates the continued need for cybersecurity programs. WVC Technologies is here to assist you in making sure your company is operating securely whether it be updating your remote working policies, implementing a security practice, or preparing a business continuity plan.

*CNBC was the first to report on the data exposure from the SBA. For a full report, please see this article.

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