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What Is the Paycheck Protection Program?
The Paycheck Protection Program provides federally-guaranteed loans to eligible small businesses. Loans can be up to $10 million and may be partially forgivable. These loans are intended to help small businesses retain employees throughout and after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Is Your Small Business Eligible for PPP Round B?
The program is open to both first-time borrowers and borrowers looking for a second loan. Please note that the requirements for first-time borrowers and second time borrowers are different. Continue reading below for a non-exhaustive list of eligibility requirements and other helpful information. Please be advised that qualifying as an eligible business does not guarantee a PPP loan will be offered.
The Federal Government recently allocated additional funding to reopen the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). While applications may not be submitted until the Program rules are finalized by the SBA, there are steps you can take to prepare. Get a head start now by completing a preliminary application at the link below.
Once you complete the preliminary application, you will begin to receive notifications with program updates and useful information to help ensure that your application can be completed and submitted to the SBA.
Please note the information on this page as well as the required information in the preliminary application are subject to change pursuant to guidance published by the SBA. In addition, approval during a previous round of the Paycheck Protection Program does not guarantee approval during the next round of the Program. Eligibility and availability are determined on a case-by-case basis by our sponsor bank and subject to guidance published by the US Small Business Administration.
How Can You Use Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan?
Payroll costs and employee commissions or similar compensations
Insurance premiums and group healthcare benefits during paid sick, family, or medical leave
Mortgage interest payments (but not prepayment or payment of mortgage principal)
Commercial space rent and utilities
Interest on any other debt obligations incurred before the covered period
How is the 25% reduction in revenues calculated?
Business owners will compare gross receipts of the business before expenses are subtracted. They will compare those for any quarter in 2020 to the same quarter in 2019 to determine if revenues decreased by at least 25%.
What if you weren’t in business all of 2019?
1. Your business must have been in operation by Feb. 15, 2020 to be eligible.
2. If you were not in business during the first or second quarter of 2019 but you were in business in the third and fourth quarter of 2019, then you may compare any quarter in 2020 with the third or fourth quarter of 2019 to determine whether gross receipts were reduced by at least 25%.
3. If you were not in business during the first, second or third quarter of 2019, but you were in business in the fourth quarter of 2019, then you may compare any quarter in 2020 with the fourth quarter of 2019 to determine whether gross receipts were reduced by at least 25%.
4. A business that wasn’t in business in 2019 but was in business before February 15, 2020 will compare gross receipts from the second, third or fourth quarter of 2020 to that first quarter of 2020 to determine whether gross receipts were reduced by at least 25%.
In addition, there is a simplified calculation that allows the business to compare annual revenue losses. If you were in business for all four quarters of 2019 you will be eligible to compare your annual receipts from 2019 to 2020 to demonstrate the 25 percent revenue reduction, and you will provide annual tax return forms as documentation.
The legislation or subsequent guidance do not define “quarter” and some business owners that operated on a fiscal basis have asked about using non-calendar quarters. This is not addressed in the current guidance.
According to the legislation, for loans of up to $150,000 you can simply certify your revenue loss when you apply, but on or before you apply for forgiveness you will have to produce documentation of that revenue loss. We won’t know exactly what the SBA will consider acceptable until it provides guidance.
Nonprofits and veteran’s organizations, the term gross receipts has the same definition as gross receipts under section 6033 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
What are gross receipts?
The guidance from the SBA defines gross receipts as follows:
“All revenue in whatever form received or accrued (in accordance with the entity’s accounting method) from whatever source, including from the sales of products or services, interest, dividends, rents, royalties, fees, or commissions, reduced by returns and allowances. Generally, receipts are considered “total income” (or in the case of a sole proprietorship, independent contractor, or self-employed individual “gross income”) plus “cost of goods sold,” and excludes net capital gains or losses as these terms are defined and reported on IRS tax return forms.
Gross receipts do not include the following: taxes collected for and remitted to a taxing authority if included in gross or total income (such as sales or other taxes collected from customers and excluding taxes levied on the concern or its employees); proceeds from transactions between a concern and its domestic or foreign affiliates; and amounts collected for another by a travel agent, real estate agent, advertising agent, conference management service provider, freight forwarder or customs broker. All other items, such as subcontractor costs, reimbursements for purchases a contractor makes at a customer’s request, investment income, and employee-based costs such as payroll taxes, may not be excluded from gross receipts.”
The amount of any forgiven first draw PPP Loan is not included in a borrower’s gross receipts.
Also note that for nonprofits and veteran’s organizations, the term gross receipts has the same definition as gross receipts under section 6033 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
How much can I get with a second draw PPP loan?
The maximum loan amount for second draw loans is $2 million. In all the examples below, the loan amount caps out at $2 million. Businesses that are part of a single corporate group can’t receive more than $4,000,000 of Second Draw PPP Loans total. An eligible entity may receive only one second draw loan.
As before, a business may qualify for up to 2.5 times average monthly payroll costs. (To get the average gross monthly payroll cost you’ll total each month’s payroll costs and divide by 12.)
You can arrive at this figure either by one of two methods— your choice (except businesses with a NAICS code beginning in 72 – see below):
Multiply average gross monthly payroll cost for the 1-year period before the date the loan is made by 2.5 or
Multiply average gross monthly payroll cost for 2019 or 2020 (borrower’s choice) by 2.5.
New businesses (that were not in business for the 1-year period preceding February 15, 2020) will use a slightly different formula to arrive at the average monthly payroll costs. They will divide the payroll costs paid or incurred by the date they apply by the number of months in which those costs were incurred and multiply the result by 2.5 (or 3.5 for businesses with NAICS code starting with 72). Again, new businesses must have been in business by February 15, 2020 in order to be eligible.
Seasonal businesses may apply based on the average monthly payroll costs for any 12-week period between February 15, 2019 and February 15, 2020. (See the definition of a seasonal business below.)
Businesses with a NAICS code beginning in 72 (generally hospitality businesses) may receive up to 3.5 times average monthly payroll cost using their choice of these two methods:
Multiply average gross monthly payroll cost for the 1-year period before the loan is made by 3.5 or
Multiply average gross monthly payroll cost for 2019 or 2020 (borrower’s choice) by 3.5.
Note that all of these methods allow the business to use payroll costs incurred or paid during the applicable time period. (You may incur a payroll cost but not actually pay it until the pay period.)
There is also a separate calculation for farmers and ranchers.
What is a seasonal employer?
A seasonal employer is defined as one that:
“Does not operate for more than 7 months in any calendar year; or
During the preceding calendar year, had gross receipts for any 6 months of that year that were not more than 33.33 percent of the gross receipts of the employer for the other 6 months of that year’’.
Who is the Paycheck Protection Program for?Paycheck Protection Program loans are available to a wide range of individuals and entities that are experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences. The purpose of the loan program is to help businesses keep their employees and meet their existing payment obligations through these uncertain times. Accordingly, anyone seeking a Paycheck Protection loan will need to certify that the uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support the ongoing operations of the eligible recipient.
Does my entity qualify for a Paycheck Protection loan?To qualify an entity must: - Be a business, nonprofit, veterans organization, or tribal business; this includes sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals - Have been in operation on February 15, 2020 - Have employees for whom the business paid salaries and payroll taxes (this includes full-time and part-time employees, and those employed on any other basis, such as independent contractors, as reported on a Form 1099–MISC) - Employ fewer than 500 employees (with certain exceptions) Any entity that has received an economic injury disaster loan may still seek a Paycheck Protection loan if the economic injury disaster loan funds were not for the purpose of paying payroll. Entities that received an economic injury disaster loan for the purpose of payroll will not be able to receive a Paycheck Protection loan for the same purpose.
What are the exceptions for entities with more than 500 employees?Certain entities with more than 500 employees may still qualify for the loan if they meet either of the following criteria: - Has fewer than the SBA small business threshold for number of employees in the industry they operate in (see table here) - Operates in food services or hospitality industry (NAICS industry code beginning with “72”), has multiple physical locations, and employs fewer than 500 employees at each physical location
My business is ineligible for SBA funding due to the affiliation rules. Are those rules waived for this program?With a few exceptions, the typical SBA affiliate rules remain in force for the Paycheck Protection Program. Those exceptions include: - Operates in food services or hospitality industry (NAICS industry code beginning with “72”) and employs fewer than 500 employees - Any business operating as a franchise that is assigned a franchise identifier code by the Administration - Any business that receives financial assistance from a company licensed under section 301 of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 681)
Are nonprofits eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program?Yes, both public and private nonprofits are eligible. However, nonprofit entities will not be eligible for this loan if those entities are eligible for payment for items or services furnished under a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) or under a waiver of such plan, other than a nonprofit entity for which the primary service provided by the nonprofit entity is substance abuse treatment and counseling.
Do the loan proceeds need to be used for specific purposes?Yes. There are several uses of funds allowed under this program, and anyone seeking funds under this program will need to certify that funds will be used for an allowable purpose. Those purposes include: - Payroll costs - Payments of interest on any mortgage obligations - Payments of interest on any other debt obligations - Rent - Utilities - Must be in force prior to February 15, 2020 to be allowable. Funds used for allowable purposes will be eligible for forgiveness once proper documentation of the expenses has been provided to the lender. For allowed debt payments, only the interest portion of payments will be eligible for forgiveness.
How much do I qualify for? How is the loan amount determined?The loan amount will be equal to 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs during the 1-year period prior to the loan application date of the person or entity applying. The loan is capped at $10 million. To find out how much your business could qualify for please enter your details and complete our free COVID-19 Stimulus Calculator.
What is and is not considered payroll costs for the purpose of this loan?The definition of “payroll costs” for the Paycheck Protection Program includes the following expenses: - Salary, wage, commission, or similar compensation - Payment of cash tip or equivalent - Payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave - Allowance for dismissal or separation - Payment required for the provisions of group health care benefits, including insurance premiums - Payment of any retirement benefit - Payment of State or local tax assessed on the compensation of employees The sum of payments of any compensation to a sole proprietor or independent contractor that is a wage, commission, income, net earnings from self-employment, or similar compensation and that is in an amount that is not more than $100,000 in 1 year, as prorated for the covered period Payroll costs, however, do not include the following expenses: - The compensation of an individual employee in excess of an annual salary of $100,000, as prorated for the covered period - Taxes imposed or withheld under chapters 21, 22, or 24 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 during the covered period - Any compensation of an employee whose principal place of residence is outside of the United States - Qualified sick leave wages for which a credit is allowed under section 7001 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116–127) - Qualified family leave wages for which a credit is allowed under section 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116–127)
Is the loan forgivable? How do I seek forgiveness for the loan?Yes, up to 100% of the loan principal amount may be forgiven. Borrowers may seek forgiveness for the loan after loan proceeds have been spent on one of the allowable purposes (see "Do the loan proceeds need to be used for specific purposes?"). Only the principal portions of the loan spent on an allowed purpose during the 8 weeks after loan origination will be forgiven, and any remaining balance of the loan must be repaid according to the loan terms. However, the amount of loan proceeds eligible for forgiveness will decrease if the average number of people employed by the business per month decreases after accepting the loan or if the salary or wages to an employee are reduced by more than 25%, even if the proceeds were used for an allowable purpose. Loan forgiveness will be subject to verification of proper documentation, as determined by the SBA standards.
How is average employees calculated for purposes of loan forgiveness?The sum total of expenses eligible for forgiveness will be multiplied by one of the the following ratios to determine the final amount of loan forgiveness: Average number of full-time equivalent employees per month for the 8-week period beginning on the date of origination of the loan Divided By Average number of full-time equivalent employees per month from 2/15/2019 to 6/30/2019 OR Average number of full-time equivalent employees per month for the 8-week period beginning on the date of origination of the loan Divided By Average number of full-time equivalent employees per month from 1/1/2020 to 2/29/2020 The average number of full-time equivalent employees is determined by calculating the average number of full-time equivalent employees for each pay period falling within a month. Seasonal employers (as determined by SBA guidelines) will be required to use the second calculation, but all other employers may use whichever calculation they choose. This calculation can only decrease, not increase, the amount of loan forgiveness.
If I accept this loan can I still take out an additional loan?Yes. With one exception, borrowers who accept this payroll loan may still seek additional funding as needed. The usual SBA requirement that the borrower be ineligible to obtain credit elsewhere is waived for this loan program. The one exception pertains to economic injury disaster loans for the same purpose. Anyone seeking funds under the payroll loan program must certify that the entity applying has not already received an economic injury disaster loan for the same purpose (i.e. for payroll). If an economic injury disaster loan was used for payroll that loan could still be refinanced under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Is the loan secured or unsecured? Does it require a personal guarantee?This loan is unsecured, which means no collateral is required. No personal guarantee from the applicant or anyone else associated with the entity is required for this loan. Loan funds applied to an allowable expense are non-recourse.
What are the general terms of this loan (e.g. interest rate, term length)?"Interest rates under this loan program are capped at 4%. Term length may not be longer than 10 years from the date that the borrower seeks loan forgiveness.
What if I cannot afford to make payments immediately? Are loan payments deferred?All loans made under this program will automatically have payments deferred for at least 6 months.
Is there a deadline to receive Paycheck Protection funds?Yes, the program deadline is June 30, 2020.
How can I apply for a Paycheck Protection loan?The program is still under development at the SBA, which has until April 26th to formalize the program and make it available to the public. Once the program is active, Ivy Lender's technology will be powering SBA-approved financial institutions to extend loans under the CARES Act. In the meantime, begin collecting documentation you will need to show payroll amounts over the past 12 months. This will make the process go more quickly and get you your funds sooner.
IMPORTANT NOTE: SBA program details are subject to change. Eligibility rules and amount are both subject to change. Ivy Lender is a financial technology company, not affiliated with the SBA, Dept. of the Treasury, or any government agency.
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