Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed. This section of the bill, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. For a top-line overview of the program, click here. The Treasury Department has issued updated guidance on this program that I wanted to share with you:

Loan Terms & Conditions

  • Eligible Businesses: All businesses, including non-profits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, with 500 or fewer employees, or no greater than the number of employees set by the SBA as the size standard for certain industries.
  • Application: Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans through existing SBA lenders. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans through existing SBA lenders.
  • Loan Size: Loans can be for up to 2.5 months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year. That amount is subject to a $10 million cap. Payroll costs will be capped at $100,000 annualized for each employee.
  • Loan Forgiveness: Businesses that maintain payroll continuity from February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020 as defined by headcount, are able to request forgiveness on a paycheck protection loan used on payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent on a leasing agreement, utility pay, and for borrowers with tipped employees, additional wages paid to those employees, over an 8-week period. Not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll related expenses.
  • Additional Features:
    • Interest rate of 1%
    • Maturity of 2 years
    • First payment deferred for six months
    • 100% guaranteed by SBA
    • No collateral
    • No personal guarantees
    • No borrower or lender fees payable to SBA

Additional Resources

  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • A sample application for borrowers can be found here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.