When Can You Apply for PPP Loan Forgiveness?

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When Can You Apply for PPP Loan Forgiveness?

As many PPP loan recipients are nearing the end of their 24-week Covered Period, we have observed an increased level of uncertainty and concern about when and how to apply for loan forgiveness.  Banks of all sizes have been hesitant to begin accepting loan forgiveness applications.  While many are rolling out invitations to apply in phases, others are not accepting applications at all.

We know this uncertainty has been stressful, but the latest announcement from the SBA should ease your mind. On June 22, 2020, the SBA released the Interim Final Rule on Revisions to Loan Forgiveness Interim Final Rule and SBA Loan Review Procedures Interim Final Rule, which provides the opportunity for borrowers to apply for loan forgiveness any time on or before their loan maturity date.

Key dates

Below is a summary of the important dates to keep in mind when preparing to apply for loan forgiveness

PPP Loan Forgiveness Milestones

Loans Originated BEFORE JUNE 5 Loans Originated AFTER JUNE 5

Covered Period*

The 24-week (168 day) period beginning on the date the PPP loan proceeds were disbursed. Borrowers can elect to choose the 8-week (56 day) period beginning on the date the PPP loan proceeds were disbursed. The 24-week (168 day) period beginning on the date the PPP loan proceeds were disbursed.

Applying for
Forgiveness

A Borrower can apply for forgiveness at any time on or before the loan maturity date. A Borrower can apply for forgiveness at any time on or before the loan maturity date.

Determination on Forgiveness

The Lender must issue a decision to the SBA on a loan forgiveness application not later than 60 days after receipt of a complete loan forgiveness application from the Borrower. The SBA then has 90 days to make their decision and notify the Lender. The Lender must issue a decision to the SBA on a loan forgiveness application not later than 60 days after receipt of a complete loan forgiveness application from the Borrower. The SBA then has 90 days to make their decision and notify the Lender.
 

Repayment of Unforgiven Portion

Repayment of principal and interest begins on the earlier of 10 months after the last day of the Covered Period or when the SBA remits the loan forgiveness funds to the Lender. Repayment of principal and interest begins on the earlier of 10 months after the last day of the Covered Period or when the SBA remits the loan forgiveness funds to the Lender.

Loan Maturity

2 years. The Borrower and Lender may mutually agree to extend to 5 years 5 years

* Borrowers with a bi-weekly (or more frequent) pay cycle may elect to use the Alternative Payroll Covered Period which begins on the first day of the first pay Period after the date of the PPP loan disbursement. The Alternative Payroll Covered Period applies to payroll costs only.

As you can see, even though your financial institution may not be accepting loan forgiveness applications, you have time to adequately gather the required documentation and prepare for submitting your application in a completed manner.

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 accurately complete your forgiveness application to maximize PPP loan forgiveness, contact Aprio’s dedicated PPP loan forgiveness team for a consultation.

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