On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.
A PPP loan borrower must request forgiveness of PPP loan proceeds by filing one of the appropriate Paycheck Program Loan Forgiveness Application, form 3508, 3508EZ or 3508S. The application has four components:
- The PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form
- PPP Schedule A
- The PPP Schedule A Worksheet
- PPP Borrower Demographic Form.
SBA Form 3508S PPP Forgiveness Application/Instructions $150,000.00 or less. Revised 1/19/2021
SBA Form 3508EZ PPP Forgiveness Application/Instructions Revised 1/19/2021
SBA Form 3508 PPP Forgiveness Application/Instructions Revised 1/19/2021
Community National Bank PPP Forgiveness Checklist
Important Notes and Steps
New Legislation on PPP Restrictions
On June 5, President Donald Trump signed legislation to address restrictions on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
While further guidance and clarification from the SBA and Treasury is likely, here is a summary of the provisions that appear in the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.
Specifically, the law:
Extends the covered period during which the loan may be used for forgivable expenses from eight weeks following disbursement of the loan to 24 weeks from loan disbursement or Dec. 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Borrowers who received loans before June 5 may elect to continue using the
eight-week covered period.
Lowers the amount that must be spent on payroll costs from 75 percent to 60 percent. SBA and Treasury issued a statement that the new 60 percent threshold is not a cliff, meaning that if a borrower uses less than 60 percent of the loan amount for payroll costs during the forgiveness covered period,
the borrower will continue to be eligible for partial loan forgiveness, subject to at least 60 percent of the loan forgiveness amount having been used for payroll costs.
Extends the period in which employers may rehire or eliminate a reduction in employment, salary, or wages that would otherwise reduce the forgivable amount of a PPP loan to Dec. 31, 2020. However, the forgivable amount will be determined without regard to a reduction in the number of employees
(compared to Feb. 15, 2020) if the recipient is (1) unable to rehire former employees and is unable to hire similarly qualified employees by Dec. 31, or (2) unable by Dec. 31 to return to the same level of business activity that existed before Feb. 15, 2020, due to compliance with federal requirements or
guidance related to COVID-19.
Replaces the six-month deferral of payments due under PPP loans with deferral until the date SBA pays the lender the amount of loan forgiveness. If a borrower fails to apply for loan forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period for forgiveness, the borrower must begin to make
payments of principal, interest, and fees on its PPP loan.
Establishes a minimum maturity of five years for new PPP loans as opposed to the current two-year maturity date. The five-year maturity takes effect on the date of enactment and will apply to any PPP loan made on or after June 5. Lenders and borrowers, however, may mutually agree to modify the
maturity terms of prior-disbursed PPP loans.
Eliminates a provision that makes PPP loan recipients who have PPP debt forgiven ineligible to defer payroll tax payments.
This law will likely be subject to additional guidance by SBA and Treasury. Small-business borrowers should have a firm understanding of the provisions above and any related guidance to ensure they meet the criteria for loan forgiveness.
If you received your PPP loan from Community National Bank, please submit your completed Loan Forgiveness Application and supporting documentation as soon as possible after your elected coverage period. We want to ensure enough time for our Lenders to review, follow up with you and promptly hit SBA forgiveness deadlines. Your Lender will not be verifying your calculation of loan forgiveness; however they would be happy to assist you in understanding SBA's requirements and will be ensuring that the application is complete and submitted properly. Please use our PPP Forgiveness Checklist to confirm that you have all of the necessary documents included with your application.