PPP Forgiveness Simplification

A new simplified forgiveness application was provided today by the U.S. Treasury and the SBA. To use the new simplified form to apply for forgiveness, borrower’s loans must be $50,000 or less. Under the Interim Final Rule (IFR), qualifying PPP borrowers are exempted from any reductions in forgiveness based on:

  • Reductions in full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees; and
  • Reductions in employee salary or wages.

The new form can be found here, and instructions here.

What To Expect If Your PPP Loan Is Audited

The SBA is expected to audit PPP loans, covering everything from eligibility to the forgiveness calculations.
This article provides background on what to expect if your PPP loan is selected for review.

SBA Provides Further Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

The SBA recently updated their FAQ pages to clarify certain PPP forgiveness matters. A Journal of Accountancy article describes the updates and provides links to the SBA pages here.

IRS Provides Update on Operations

The IRS recently provided a public update regarding the status of their operations in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The page describes expected processing times, issuance of payments, recent tax notices, and alternatives to reaching them by phone for various matters.
The page can be read here.

The Journal of Accountancy provides comments on the update here.

Considering Applying For Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness?

The AICPA has published a great article providing five key reasons to delay applying for PPP loan forgiveness and why delaying may be advantageous.

The Journal of Accountancy also recently published this article that explains deadlines and items still requiring clarification before many businesses will be prepared to apply for forgiveness.

Additional SBA Guidance Regarding PPPFA Provisions Issued

The SBA has released further guidance on the application of the recently passed Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) via a new Interim Final Rule.

This Rule explains the application of the extended 24-week Covered Period to loan forgiveness based on payroll, changes to owner compensation limits, as well as other changes made by the PPPFA.
A Journal of Accountancy article detailing the changes can found here.