New Developments – October 2020
FAQs on PPP Loan Forgiveness Updated October 13, 2020: The PPP loan forgiveness application forms (3508, 3508EZ, and 3508S) display an expiration date of 10/31/2020 in the upper-right corner, but this does not mean October 31, 2020 is the deadline for borrowers to apply for forgiveness. Borrowers may submit a loan forgiveness application any time before the maturity date of the loan, which is either two or five years from loan origination. However, if a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period, loan payments are no longer deferred and the borrower must begin making payments on the loan. Note—these loan terms apply even if the original note signed by the borrower contain different terms that were applicable when the note was signed.
The SBA issued a new PPP Forgiveness Application Form 3508S and 3508S Instructions for those small businesses that secured a PPP loan of $50,000 or less. The most significant benefit of the new form is that employee reductions and salary reductions are no longer penalized. Additionally, the new form does not require submitting mathematical calculations on how the funds were spent, but it still requires the borrower to submit to the lender evidence (bank statements, invoices, etc) that the funds were properly spent. Interestingly, the SBA also reduced the lender’s responsibility to “verify” the evidence submitted.
- Because the maximum PPP loan amount is $50,000, this new loan forgiveness application will be most beneficial to self-employed, gig workers and businesses with just a few employees. 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.
- There is still a possibility that the SBA/Congress may authorize a streamline forgiveness process for loans over $50K and under $150K.
- SBA just recently began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness amounts to lenders last week on October 2, 2020.
- New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S
- New PPP Loan Forgiveness INSTRUCTIONS for Form 3508S
- New IFR for Loan Forgiveness of Small Loans
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ASL Business Valuation Services
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By Nick Sabbatini, CPA, Audit Manager
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While businesses are carefully watching their cash flow, The CARES Act contains several provisions to provide cash for immediate operating needs:
On April 3, 2020, the IRS has released Form 7200 to claim advance payment of tax credits discussed below.
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