On May 15, 2020, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application (“Application”), which included long-awaited instructions for borrowers of PPP loans who intend to seek forgiveness. The application and directions can be found HERE. A week later on May 22, the SBA issued additional comments on the loan forgiveness process for both entrepreneurs and banks, which gave more clarity but left a number of questions still unanswered. Now Congress is weighing in with potentially sweeping changes.
On Thursday, May 29, the House of Representatives passed HR 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. It passed by a noteworthy 417 to 1, which is a positive indicator of bi-partisan support that we expect will carry over to the Senate, although there are at least two competing bills in the Senate and it is anyone’s guess what the final terms will be once the law passes.
New Legislation Highlights (NOT YET PASSED INTO LAW)
HR 7010 (HERE), if passed as is, would make multiple changes to the PPP Loan program. The changes include a big one: extending the 8-week Covered Period to 24 weeks (or December 31, 2020, if earlier). Additional highlights include:
Once we know the final legislation, we expect there will be follow on regulations and interpretations which will likely also be updated thereafter. Meanwhile, many of you are well into your 8 weeks and are inevitably left wondering how to proceed.
How do you proceed to use your PPP funds during this cloud of uncertainty?
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