As Congress continues to discuss and develop additional COVID-19 relief measures, there is a possibility that such a package could include a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Businesses interested in securing PPP funding should start preparing now to apply when the time comes.
Read on for a summary of the Continuing the Paycheck Protection Program Act proposed by the GOP, which would include Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans, currently proposed with a pool of $257.7 billion. Note that details are subject to change as the measures continue through revision and approvals; we will provide updates as they become available.
To be eligible for PPP loans in this round, small businesses would need to:
- Meet the applicable SBA revenue size standard
- Have no more than 300 employees (down from 500 in the first round)
- Demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross revenues between comparison quarters in 2019 and 2020.
See our previous article for more eligibility details and nuances.
The proposal includes set-asides for:
- First-time PPP borrowers with 10 or fewer employees
- Second-time PPP borrowers with 10 or fewer employees
- First-time PPP borrowers who have been made newly eligible
- Second-time returning PPP borrowers
- Loans made by community lenders
MAXIMUM LOAN SIZE
Businesses could apply for the lesser of:
- Maximum loan size of $2 million (down from $10 million in the first round)
- 2.5 times the average total monthly payroll costs, plus up to $50,000 for covered worker protection expenditures incurred or paid by the recipient during the period beginning March 1, 2020, and ending on the date the relief package is enacted
- $40 billion is included in the proposal to cover those amounts spent on covered worker protection expenditures, a provision intended “to help ‘front-line’ sectors like restaurants and personal services.”
- Businesses would still need to meet the 60/40 cost allocation for payroll and nonpayroll costs to receive full forgiveness.
- Forgivable expenses would be expanded – from payroll costs, mortgage, or qualified interest, rent, and utilities – to also include certain covered supplier costs, worker protection expenditures, and operations expenditures.
- As in the first round, borrowers in this round would be allowed to select a loan forgiveness covered period between eight and 24 weeks during which to spend loan proceeds on forgivable costs.
- SBA issued a simplified forgiveness application in October for borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less. The new proposal simplifies the forgiveness application process for loans up to $150,000. (However, it also strengthens SBA’s ability to audit and review forgiven loans, with $50 million appropriated for that purpose.)
- Borrowers that also received SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advances would no longer need to subtract such advances from their PPP forgiveness.
- See our previous guide to PPP forgiveness for more information.
According to the proposal, this PPP act would also…
- “[Provide] Farm Credit System Institutions with greater certainty and equity in PPP lending participation.”
- Define “seasonal employer”
- Establish “a procedure in the bankruptcy process if the Administrator determines certain companies in Chapter 11 are eligible for PPP loans.”
- Establish a $15 billion grant program to support “shuttered live venues and theaters that have experienced significant revenue losses.”
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Assistance
- SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Solutions for Lenders
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