SBA Releases Loan Forgiveness Application for PPP Loans $50k or Less
October 9, 2020
On October 8, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Interim Final Rule on Additional Revisions to Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Procedures Interim Final Rules (October 8 IFR). You can read Aprio’s summary of the October 8 IFR here. Concurrently, the SBA issued an alternative loan forgiveness application, SBA Form 3508S.
Who can use Form 3508S
Form 3508S is for PPP borrowers applying for loan forgiveness on PPP loans with a total loan amount of $50,000 or less, except for those borrowers that together with their affiliates received loans totaling $2 million or greater. There are approximately 3.57 million outstanding PPP loans of $50,000 or less, totaling approximately $62 billion of the $525 billion in PPP loans.
What you need to know about Form 3508S
The most notable difference on Form 3508S as compared to its counterparts, Form 3508 or Form 3508EZ, is that there are no calculations. Alternatively, a borrower of a PPP loan who qualifies and uses Form 3508S (or lender’s equivalent form) to apply for loan forgiveness will be required to make seven certifications pertaining to their compliance with the rules and regulations.
The lack of required calculations is appealing to qualified applicants utilizing Form 3508S, however, there are still documentation requirements associated with the application to substantiate that eligible payroll and non-payroll costs were paid or incurred in the amount equal to or greater than the amount of forgiveness being requested.
Let Aprio help
Aprio has established a dedicated PPP loan forgiveness team that is continuously monitoring new guidance from the SBA, as well as the Treasury, Congress and the IRS, to ensure we have the latest information when advising our clients.
If you would like to discuss how to interpret these new requirements, accurately complete your forgiveness application and maximize PPP loan forgiveness contact Aprio’s dedicated PPP loan forgiveness team for a consultation.
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About the Author
Justin Elanjian, CPA, is the Partner-in-Charge of Aprio’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Services. As a national PPP expert, prominent speaker and strategic business advisor, Justin helps both lenders and borrowers navigate the complexities of the PPP. He also helps his clients realize benefits from other stimulus package programs, such as the ERC, and is committed to strengthening his clients’ balance sheets and helping them achieve what’s next. Justin also leads a team of more than 50 professionals who share his passion for helping businesses maximize the federal COVID relief programs.