What Is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020?

Congress has continued to legislate for the small business community, specifically targeting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. On June 3, 2020, the Senate approved House Bill 7010 which is commonly referred to as the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. This bill provides some flexibility to small businesses in complying with the terms of the PPP loan. A few key features of this bill are summarized below.

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It’s Finally Here: Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance on May 22, 2020 specifically related to the loan forgiveness piece of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. Although we received a glimpse of this guidance in the most recently released loan forgiveness application there were some new developments that we will clarify below.

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Clarifications on the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

This past weekend the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the loan forgiveness application for borrowers who received funds under a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. We are still anticipating formal guidance to be issued in the next few days from the SBA, but the application form itself provides some answers to questions we have been tackling in recent days.

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An Important Update on Returning PPP Loan Funds

We recently addressed the question, “do I need to consider returning my PPP loan funds?”. The SBA had provided guidance that if any borrower returns their funds by May 14, the borrower will have been deemed to make their PPP loan certification in good faith. However, today on May 13, the SBA has issued additional guidance regarding the good faith certification.

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Here Comes the Math: Download PPP Loan Forgiveness Templates

UPDATED 6/3: It’s now time to start tracking your use of the funds to determine the amount to be forgiven. To aid you in this process, we’ve prepared a few Excel workbooks which you can download by clicking the link below. Each workbook contains instructions, the loan forgiveness calculator, determination of your FTE (full time equivalent), actual tracking of costs template, a certification template and two examples so you can “see the math” in action.

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Payroll Tax Deferral: More Relief for Employers and Self-Employed

We have been providing you many updates during the COVID-19 pandemic, with most centered around the Payroll Protection Plan and loan forgiveness. And rightly so! The prospect of tax-free funds to businesses is an extraordinary benefit. However, there is another provision available to employers and the self-employed that has not received as much attention: the deferral of employment tax deposits and payments.

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I’ve Received My PPP Funds, Now What?

Congratulations on receiving your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds! You and your bank have worked hard to ensure that you have the funds available to maintain payroll and operations for the next eight weeks. But the hard work is far from over. And you’re likely asking, “What do I do now to qualify for loan forgiveness?”

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Additional Guidance on the PPP Loan Application Process

On April 6, 2020, The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of Treasury, issued additional guidance and clarifications on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Below is an overview of these clarifications. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 630-953-4900.

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