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FAQs: Paycheck Protection Program

When can I apply for a PPP loan?

Small businesses and sole proprietorships started applying for loans on Friday, April 3. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. Loans will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

What documents will I need when applying for a PPP loan?

Small businesses will need to provide documentation (including payroll documentation), verifying the number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll as well as the dollar amounts of payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities for the eight-week period following this loan will be provided to the lender, per the SBA.

When applying for loan forgiveness, borrowers will need to provide documentation of expenses like payroll, mortgage interest, rent, or utilities in their application.

How much can I borrow through a PPP loan?

Small businesses can borrow up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll from the previous year through the Paycheck Protection Program but payroll is capped at $100,000 per employee, and the loans are capped at $10 million per business.

Can I go to any bank to apply to the Paycheck Protection Program?

Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender at more than 1,800 banks that already offer Small Business Administration loans, but the program is also expanding to other traditional banks, credit unions, and Farm Credit system institutions.

You will need to check with your local community or commercial bank, credit union, or ask your bank for the loan officer who deals with SBA 7(a) loans and the PPP program.

According to the administration, businesses can go to any existing SBA lenders, as well as any FDIC-insured institutions, credit unions, or financial-technology lenders that have signed up for the program.

Michael Breckheimer with Windsor Advantage recommends that businesses work with banks that they already have a relationship with.

What can I use a PPP loan for?

Small businesses can use the loan for payroll costs and benefits, including vacation, parental, family, medical and sick leave, health and retirement benefits, and state and local taxes.

The SBA’s guidelines state: payroll costs, including benefits; interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before Feb. 15, 2020; rent, under lease agreements in force before Feb. 15, 2020; and utilities, for which service began before Feb. 15, 2020.

How much will I have to pay back?

According to the SBA, the Paycheck Protection Program loan will be “fully forgiven” if the money is used as outlined.

For employers who keep or quickly rehire their employees and maintain salary levels, the loan will be forgiven. However, “forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.”

Decisions on the forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program loan will be made within 60 days of forgiveness submission.

The SBA notes the loan has a maturity of two years and a fixed interest rate of 1% (changed from 0.5% on Thursday). Loan payments will be deferred for six months.

What if I’ve already laid off some of my staff? Will my loan be forgiven?

In order to get full loan forgiveness, companies need to maintain pre-crisis levels of full-time employees. Companies are able to lay off staff while they have the SBA loan, but forgiveness of the loan will be reduced (meaning they’ll have to repay a certain amount) in the event they have reduced full-time staff or salaries.

According to the SBA, small businesses have “until June 30, 2020, to restore your full-time employment and salary levels for any changes made between Feb. 15, 2020, and April 26, 2020” for forgiveness of the loan.

Will they check my credit?

Based on the available guidelines so far, there is currently no prescriptive guidance on credit requirements. However, the CARES Act was designed so those types of considerations weren’t going to be necessary.