SBA PPP Small Business Loans: Senate Proposes Changes
Guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. federal government & banks continues to evolve, and the initial loan system ran out of money in early April 2020. Still, a second round of PPP funding has arrived. And new SBA steps may ensure that more dollars flow to smaller businesses.
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Blog originally published Sunday, April 5. Updates are ongoing.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020:
- Potential PPP Changes: The HEALS Act, unveiled by Republicans in the U.S. Senate, includes several potential changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Chief among them, according to Silicon Valley Business Journal:
- Automatically forgiving PPP loans under $150,000.
- Simplified forgiveness for loans between $150,000 and $2 million, stating that those borrowers are also not required to submit to the lender certain documentation but must complete the required certification and retain records for three years, and that lenders must review the application and submit it to the agency.
- $190 billion to continue to make original PPP loans and to fund a second PPP loan to eligible businesses.
- Those second PPP loans would be open to small businesses with fewer than 300 employees with at least a 50% reduction in revenue. The maximum size for a second loan would be $2 million, and small businesses would only be able to receive $10 million total across both loans.
- A $25 billion set-aside for small businesses or organizations with 10 or fewer employees and a $10 billion set-aside for loans made by community lenders, which include community financial institutions and those with assets of less than $10 billion.
- Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal, July 28, 2020.
Saturday, July 25, 2020:
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Forms: Lenders can begin submitting applications for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness Aug. 10. The Small Business Administration, which oversees the Covid-19 relief program, announced the update on July 23 in a document outlining procedures for the loan forgiveness process. Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal, July 24, 2020.
Friday, July 24, 2020:
- Alleged PPP Loan Fraud: Mukund Mohan, a former executive at Amazon and Microsoft, was arrested and charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with forging documents to fraudulently acquire more than $5.5 million in coronavirus relief funds. Source: Seattle Times, July 23, 2020.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020:
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Tool: Biz2Credit has launched a PPP loan forgiveness application tool to help businesses simplify the task of seeking PPP forgiveness.
Monday, July 20, 2020:
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on July 17, 2020 that they should consider automatic forgiveness for many loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, the $670 billion government-backed rescue of small businesses. Source: Politico, July 17, 2020.
Monday, July 6, 2020:
- Small businesses now have until August 8 to apply for a PPP loan, according to legislation that President Trump signed into law on July 4. Source: ChannelE2E.
Thursday, July 2, 2020:
- The US House passed an extension of the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program fewer than 24 hours after the program shut its doors, moving one step closer to reopening the cornerstone small business coronavirus relief effort. More than 4.8 million small businesses tapped more than $520 billion in potentially forgivable loans through the program. However, more than $130 billion in allocated funds remained unused at the time of the program’s closure on June 30. Source: CNN, July 1, 2020.
Friday, June 26, 2020:
- The Paycheck Protection Program had more than $100 billion in funding left as of June 20, with only days remaining until the SBA stops taking new applications on June 30. Source: Bloomberg, June 25, 2020.
Monday, June 22, 2020:
- PPP Loans and Owner Salary Limits: The Small Business Administration has officially expanded the amount business owners can pay themselves and their employees and still get full forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program Loans. But there’s a catch involving owner salary limits. Owners — those with self-employment income who file a Schedule C or F form with their taxes — are instead capped at a much lower $20,833 over the 24-week period, which amounts to $868 weekly for that full span. Owners can pay themselves more, but it just won’t count toward forgiveness of the loan. Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal, June 18, 2020.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020:
- New PPP Guidance From SBA: The latest SBA guidance for receiving a PPP loan involves these three links:
- Click here to view the new Interim Final Rules.
- Click here to view the new Borrower Application.
- Click here to view the new Lender Application.
Monday, June 15, 2020:
- PPP Payback Estimation Tools: Paychex has launched a PPP Loan Forgiveness Estimator and Forgiveness Report in its cloud-based HR suite, Paychex Flex. The goal: Simplify the PPP application process for customers and provide them the accurate information needed to satisfy the new forgiveness requirements.
Sunday, June 7, 2020:
President Donald Trump on June 5 signed PPP loan forgiveness changes into law. The changes, summarized by Silicon Valley Business Journal, include these seven updates:
- PPP Spending Timeline: Extend the “covered period” under which small businesses can spend the loan proceeds from eight weeks to 24 weeks, or until December 31, 2020.
- More Staffing Flexibility: Remove the limits on loan forgiveness for small businesses that were unable to rehire employees, hire new employees or return to the same level of business activity as before the virus.
- Qualified Spending on Non-Payroll Items: Expand the 25% cap to use PPP funds on nonpayroll expenses, such as rent, mortgage interest and utilities, to 40% of the total loan. That lowers the 75% requirement for payroll expenses to 60% to get maximum forgiveness.
- Tax Credit Flexibility: Allow small businesses to take a PPP loan and also qualify for a separate, recently enacted tax credit to defer payroll taxes, currently prohibited to prevent “double dipping.”
- Longer Payback Timeline: Extend the loan terms for any unforgiven portions that need to be repaid from two years to five years, at 1% interest.
- Longer Rehire Timeline: Give small businesses more time to rehire employees or obtain forgiveness for the loan if social-distancing guidelines and health-related actions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other agencies prevented the business from operating at the same capacity as it had before March 1.
- Loan Forgiveness Changes: Extend the period for when a business can apply for loan forgiveness, from within six months to within 10 months of the last day of the covered period, before it must start making interest and principal payments. Under the new bill, PPP loan interest and payment of principal and fees will be deferred until the loan is forgiven by the lender.
Thursday, June 4, 2020:
- PPP Loan Forgiveness – Senate Approval: The Senate passed a bill on June 3 to give small businesses more flexibility in how they spend federal loans given as part of a coronavirus aid program, CNBC reports. It now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk, and he’s expected to sign the bill into law.
- The bill includes these changes, CNBC notes: (1) small businesses would have to spend 60% of the loan money on payroll instead of the previous 75%. (2) They could use the funds for six months, a change from two months. (3) The proposal would extend a June 30 deadline to rehire workers. (4) It would also push back the timeline for repaying loans, and allow companies that get loan forgiveness to defer payroll taxes.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020:
- PPP Loan Forgiveness – Senate Perspectives: Key Senate Republicans are throwing their support behind a bipartisan House bill that would give small businesses more time to use Paycheck Protection Program loans and let borrowers spend less of their loan proceeds on payroll, according to MarketWatch. The measure would extend the period for using loans to 24 weeks and let borrowers spend just 60%, rather than 75%, of their loan proceeds on paying workers, the report says.
Friday, May 29, 2020:
- PPP Loan Forgiveness – Pending Legislation: The U.S. House approved legislation on May 28 making it easier for small businesses and other recipients of PPP funding to qualify for forgiveness of the loans, the Journal of Accountancy reports. Here are the details.
Saturday, May 24, 2020:
- Will Your PPP Loan Be Forgiven?: Fifty-four percent of small business owners with a PPP loan expect all of their expenses to be forgiven, NFIB survey results reveal. Also, 27 percent of borrowers expect at least 75% or more of loan expenses to be forgiven.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
- PPP Changes Are Likely: House and Senate lawmakers are preparing new legislation that would make it easier for the government to forgive emergency loans to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports. The upshot: Small businesses that receive PPP loans may receive extended timeframes to spend the money on payroll — that is, if new legislation gets formalized and approved.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form: The SBA released this PPP loan forgiveness calculation form and PPP loan forgiveness application on May 15 to help small businesses ensure their loans are forgiven.
Friday, May 15, 2020
- SEC Investigates Some PPP Loans: The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a sweep of public companies that have received funds from loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, ThinkAdvisor reports.
- New Deadline for Returning PPP Loans: The SBA has issued a new interim final rule night opening the door for lenders to increase existing PPP loans to partnerships and seasonal employers, the Journal of Accountancy reports. In separate guidance, the SBA extended the safe harbor for returning PPP loans from May 14 to May 18.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
- PPP-related Taxes to Keep In Mind: An IRS rule published April 30 ensures small businesses that received PPP funding can’t “double dip,” Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. The rule states that small businesses that use PPP dollars toward their payroll and other covered expenses can’t then deduct those amounts from their taxes, potentially offsetting some of the loan’s benefits and resulting in a bigger tax bill for some, the report says.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance: How can you ensure your business properly uses PPP funds — and avoids interest or financial penalties for misuse of funds? Check out this Top 10 list of PPP loan forgiveness tips from Neil Hare, president of Global Vision Communications.
Thursday, May 7, 2020:
- Deadline for Returning PPP Funds: Did your company take a PPP loan, only to discover that perhaps the business doesn’t need the loan — or doesn’t truly qualify for the money? The SBA “Safe Harbor” deadline for returning PPP funds has been extended to May 14, The Journal of Accountancy notes.
- Neediest SMBs Didn’t Get PPP Loans: That’s according to this New York Federal Reserve study.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
- Wells Fargo Under Investigation: Wells Fargo has received formal and informal inquiries from federal and state agencies regarding its handling of
PPP loans, the Charlotte Observer reports. The probes come after the bank, along with three other major banks, was sued for allegedly shuffling program loans to maximize the bank’s profit, the report notes. The bank denies the allegations.
- PPP Arrests: Prosecutors Allege Fraud: Two New England businessmen have been charged with illegally trying to procure PPP loans totaling $544,000, Milwaukee Journal reports. The defendants claimed to have dozens of employees earning wages at four different entities when, in fact, there were no employees working for any of the businesses, report alleges.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
- More PPP Transparency?: A group of Senate Democrats want the Small Business Administration to disclose more real-time data on who is getting loans from the agency, arguing that more oversight and transparency are necessary after Congress passed far-reaching aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the chairman of the Small Business Committee, objected and effectively blocked the effort. Rubio argued that it could slow down the urgent and important work at the already over-burdened agency. Source: CNN
- Another PPP Lender to Know: Credibly is accepting PPP loan applications here.
Monday, May 4, 2020
- Newly Approved PPP Lender: Biz2Credit, a digital platform and technology company that helps small businesses access capital, is now an approved PPP funding affiliate, the company says.
- PPP Round Two Loan Totals: The SBA and associated lenders have made 2.2 million small business loans worth a combined $175 billion in round two of the PPP program. The average size loan in round two is $79,000. Lump Round One and Round Two together, and the the government has made 3.8 million loans totaling more than $500 billion, CNN reports.
- PPP Loan Investigations: SBA Inspector General Hannibal “Mike” Ware said his office has already initiated dozens of investigations involving complaints of PPP loan fraud, Politico reports.
- PPP Loans Eliminate Tax Breaks: Small business that have PPP loans forgiven will forfeit some tax breaks, according to new rules from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), PYMNTS.com reports.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
- Emphasizing Community Banks: To assist community lenders, the SBA from 4pm EDT until midnight only accepted loans from lending institutions with asset sizes of less than $1 billion. In other words, dollars flowed to community banks — which typically serve small local businesses. And yes, community banks can continue to accept loan applications after this one-day, front-of-line promotion expires.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
- SBA Investigates Large Loans: In order to ensure PPP loans are limited to eligible borrowers, the SBA is now reviewing all loans in excess of $2 million, the organization says. The move comes after several large, publicly held companies received PPP funding. Some of those companies, facing public shaming, have since announced plans to return the money.
Monday, April 27, 2020
- SBA – Second Round PPP Loan Processing: The SBA as of Monday afternoon processed more than 100,000 loan applications from more than 4,000 lenders. The second round of lending began, as expected, at 10:30 a.m. ETD. But many small businesses complained that SBA systems were once again overwhelmed by inbound inquiries.
- SBA System Challenges: The SBA’s computer systems were strained on Monday amid heavy demand for Round Two loans, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza warned twice via Twitter.
Friday, April 24, 2020
- SBA – Second Round of PPP Funding: The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower, the SBA says. President Trump and Congress approved this new, second round of PPP funding in recent days.
- PPP Round One Recap: The PPP supported more than 1.66 million small businesses and protected over 30 million jobs, the SBA says.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
- PPP Loan Funding Round Two – House Vote: A House of Representatives vote today approved a relief package that features $310 billion for the small business loan program, $60 billion for the Small Business Administration disaster relief fund, $75 billion for hospitals, and $25 billion for testing, ABC News reports. Assuming President Trump approves the package, the SBA is expected to share details with lenders in late April or early May.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
- How Best to Secure New PPP Funding: As the federal government prepares to replenish the PPP program, small business owners should go to Square and PayPal right now, and sign up now so that you’re prepared for next round of funding, according to Bloomberg Radio.
- New PPP Funding – Big Companies Still Eligible?: The second round of PPP funding, which faces an expected House vote on April 23, still contains a loophole that allows large companies with fewer than 500 employees per location to receive funding, according to Bloomberg Radio. Republicans and Democrats are blaming each other for the ongoing loophole. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to be asked about the loophole during a midday interview on April 22.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
- PPP Funding – Second Round of Money: The Senate passed a $484 billion coronavirus relief plan, of which $251 billion will replenish the PPP program, CNBC reports. The house of representatives is expected to approve the plan by Thursday, April 23. Once President Trump signs on, the Small Business Administration (SBA) should equip banks with the new PPP loan process by late April or early May. Channel Partners seeking money from the plan should reach out immediately to small business lenders and community banks to see if they intend to support this latest round of lending. Among the tips to note: Regional banks and community banks were often more responsive than big banks during the first round of PPP inquiries, ChannelE2E believes.
Monday, April 20, 2020
- PPP Funding Update: Democratic leaders and the Trump administration are close to a deal to replenish the PPP program, multiple reports say. An official deal could arrive sometime between Monday and Wednesday, Bloomberg Radio reports.
- Shake Shack returned a $10 million PPP loan amid criticism that larger, decentralized companies with more than 500 employees participated in the SBA loan program.
- Lawsuit vs. Wells Fargo: A lawsuit alleges Wells Fargo unfairly shuffled Paycheck Protection Program applications, USA Today reports.
Friday, April 17, 2020:
- More PPP Funding?: The Trump Administration and Congress are still negotiating terms to potentially replenish the PPP program.
Thursday, April 16, 2020:
- Capital One – No PPP So Far: As PPP funds dwindle, Capital One is still not accepting applications, Washington Business Journal reports. As a result, Capital One customers are already starting to defect, the report says.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020:
- SBA PPP – Out of Money?: The PPP program is expected to run out of money later Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports. Negotiations between Congress and the White House resumed Wednesday over replenishing the program. As of Wednesday morning, the Small Business Administration said it had approved about 1.3 million applications, totaling more than $289 billion in loans, the report says.
- Beneficial State Bank is supporting PPP applicants in Oregon, Washington, and California. The bank has been awarded SBA approval for nearly 230 PPP applications worth $76.5 million, with 400 in-process from current and new customers collectively seeking more than of $100 million in loans, the bank says.
- SBA Lending Gateway: In response to the significant operational challenges banks experienced accessing the SBA’s systems to make PPP loans, the SBA launched a new Lender Gateway in partnership with Amazon Web Services to facilitate connection to the E-Tran system. The Lender Gateway has been used to process more than 20,000 loans, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranz tweeted on April 14.
- Wells Fargo PPP: After some early struggles, Wells Fargo seems to be making a newfound commitment to the PPP program. During an April 14 earnings call, CEO Charlie Scharf said the bank and lender has expanded its participation in the PPP program. “We’re quickly ramping up our processing capacity to respond to the significant demand we’ve seen,” he asserted. Through April 10, Wells Fargo has received more than 370,000 indications of PPP interest from customers. The bank “working with industry groups and the US Treasury in preparation to distribute millions of economic impact payments to Americans as quickly as possible,” he added. Still, Wells Fargo’s overall PPP efforts have faced challenges and criticisms — as outlined in the earlier ChannelE2E updates below.
Monday, April 13, 2020
- Square and PPP: Square Capital is the latest FinTech company approved to offer PPP loans. Find details here.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
- Intuit and PPP: Intuit Financing (better known as QuickBooks Capital) is now a non-bank SBA-approved lender for PPP. Find details here.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
- PPP — How to Avoid Misuse of Funds: What if the government investigates how you acquired and used PPP funds? Here’s how to stay in the right side of the law, according to former government prosecutors.
- Additional PPP Funding Stalls: A Trump administration request for quick approval of $250 billion in additional PPP loans stalled on April 9 in the Senate after Republicans and Democrats clashed over what should be included in the latest round of government relief, The New York Times reports.
Friday, April 10, 2020
- Citigroup has started accepting PPP applications, the banking giant confirmed on April 9.
- SBA Official Criticizes Big Banks: An SMBA official from Nevada chastised big banks, accusing them of purposefully slowing down a program to lend to small businesses hurt by the coronavirus, Business Insider reports.
- PayPal now supports PPP loans to merchants that use PayPal’s platforms in the U.S.
Thursday, April 9, 2020:
- Acronis and Lendio: The duo is partnering to help MSPs and channel partners access money more quickly from various sources — including the CARES Act and PPP program. Check the Acronis website for details on April 1, 2020.
- Kabbage is accepting PPP applications. This makes Kabbage the first online-only lender to officially accept PPP applications, CrossingBoard reports.
- Silicon Valley Bank & Startups: The tech-focused bank had processed close to 5,000 applications to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program April 7, The Information reports. But as many as 30 percent of those ran into issues requiring applicants to restart the process, the report said.
- Federal Reserve Vows $2.3 Trillion In New Assistance: The U.S. Federal Reserve unveiled programs on April 9 that will provide $2.3 trillion in loans for small and midsize businesses, U.S. cities and states. The announcement is in addition to the established SBA PPP program, ChannelE2E believes. Stay tuned for more updates on this.
- Idaho Loans: bankcda has secured $17 million in loan funds for over 160 small businesses through the PPP. These funds will preserve over 2,100 local jobs in North Idaho and the surrounding region, the banks ays.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020:
- JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America: They’ve received a combined 625,000 requests for $80 billion in PPP loans, CNBC reports.
- Wells Fargo Gets Green Light: The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it will “temporarily and narrowly modify” the asset cap on Wells Fargo so the bank can lend more under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports.
- PPP – $71 Billion Allocated So Far: Over 71B has been disbursed, according to the federal government.
- Lending to New Customers: Republic Bank, based in Philadelphia, may be the only bank in the region that is taking PPP applications from both customers and non-customers, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
- Update – More PPP Funding: As expected, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has requested Congress to approve $250 billion in more funding for the PPP program. Also, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he will work with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to approve additional funding by voice vote or unanimous consent.
- Community Bank Lending — Topped Out: Heartland Financial USA, a consortium of 11 community banks in 114 locations, is currently processing approximately $1.5 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans. The Heartland consortium received over 7,000 requests for loans under the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program in 72 hours. Heartland stopped accepting new requests for the program on April 6. Heartland serves 83 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020:
- More PPP Funding: If or when the PPP program needs more funding, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he will go back to Congress and seek those dollars, Mnuchin reiterated on FOX news.
- Wells Fargo PPP Limit Pressures Small Businesses: Wells Fargo can only lend $10 billion to small businesses seeking PPP loans, San Jose Business News reports. That’s only a small slice of the PPP program’s $350 billion asset pool. The $10 billion asset cap is in place following Wells Fargo’s fake-accounts scandal under former management. Ironically, the $10 billion cap now threatens to harm thousands of small businesses that are desperate for loans — but may not be able to get the money through Wells Fargo. Amid that pain, the Federal Reserve may ease the asset cap on Wells Fargo, the New York Times reported on April 6.
- PPP Loan System Outage: The SBA’s loan processing platform — known as E-Tran — went down April 6 for as long as four hours, temporarily halting the ability of lenders to process loans for small business owners seeking relief from the impact of the coronavirus, Bloomberg reports.
Monday, April 6, 2020:
- PPP Loan Calculator: Granite Creek Capital Partners and Theron Technology Solutions have launched free web-based tools for small businesses to estimate amounts available and forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
- Bank of America has received applications from 177,000 small businesses for a total of $32.6 billion in financing — or roughly one-tenth of the PPP’s overall lending budget, CNBC reports.
Saturday, April 4, 2020:
- More Banks Support CARES Act, PPP Loans: In a 24-hour period, the SBA reactivated 30,000 licenses for community banks and credit unions of all sizes to get money to small businesses, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranz tweeted.
- Faith-based organizations are eligible for the PPP program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza says.
- Private Equity & Venture Capital Debate: The Treasury Department issued new guidance aimed at expanding access to the emergency small-business lending program, but some in Silicon Valley say it falls short of ensuring Venture Capital- and Private Equity-backed startups will be able to get aid, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Friday, April 3, 2020: Launch Day for SBA PPP Loans
- Bumpy Start: The PPP program launches but many small business owners seeking loans are greeted by confusion. The reason: Many banks are still working to understand program details from the SBA. Still, the federal government and banks assure small businesses that the issues will be ironed out. Roughly $350 billion will eventually flow through SMBs through the program, the SBA says.
- Day One Milestones: During the program’s first day, more than 1,100 lenders made loans to small businesses, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza says.
- Bank of America in Day One of the PPP program worked with more than 85,000 customers that applied for $22.2 billion in loans.
- As of mid-afternoon Friday, among the largest U.S. lenders, only Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase were accepting applications for the program, CNBC reported.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 – One Day Before SBA Launches PPP Loans
- What If PPP Loans Run Out?: Don’t panic. Once the PPP loan pool dries up, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he will go back to Congress and seek more funding for the program.
- PPP Launch Concerns: Major banks — such as JPMorgan Chase — tell The Wall Street Journal and CNBC that they are not adequately prepared to support the PPP program when it launches on April 3. However, the banks — including JPM — say they plan to support the program once they receive more information from the SBA. JPM actually wound up delivering support on Day One (April 3).
- Private Equity and Venture Capital Debate: SEC chairman Jay Clayton on April 2 said he would promote the idea that small businesses backed by private equity should be eligible for CARE Act loans, The Wall Street Journal reported. It’s unclear if Clayton’s efforts will empower such small businesses. Also, the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who rarely agree on anything except for the grandeur of California, both want the so-called “affiliation rules” waived to empower PE-owned small businesses for the loans, Axios says.