The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new guidance intended to expedite the forgiveness process for certain borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The simplified process generally is available for loans of $150,000 or less, which the SBA reports account for 93% of outstanding PPP loans. The guidance comes at a time when many borrowers are nearing a critical deadline regarding their applications for forgiveness.
PPP loans generally are 100% forgivable if the borrower allocates at least 60% of the funds to payroll and eligible nonpayroll costs. Borrowers may apply for forgiveness at any time before their loans’ maturity date. Loans made before June 5, 2020, generally have a two-year maturity; loans made on or after that date have a five-year maturity.
However, if a borrower fails to apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the “covered period,” its PPP loan payments will…
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