On June 16, 2020, the SBA launched a revised PPP mortgage forgiveness software kind and directions, together with a model new “EZ” model and directions. The kinds implement provisions of the current PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 (signed into regulation on June 5, 2020) and deal with criticism that the unique forgiveness software was too cumbersome and doc intensive. For the reader’s comfort, I ready a set of highlighted and annotated variations of the kinds and directions, which makes it simple to comply with what’s new, what modified and what stayed the identical.
The brand new EZ kind applies to any measurement mortgage in certainly one of three classes: (1) self-employed debtors with no staff, (2) debtors who didn’t scale back salaries or wages of staff by greater than 25% and didn’t scale back the quantity or common paid hours of staff (with some exceptions), and (3) debtors who didn’t scale back salaries or wages of staff by greater than 25% and skilled reductions in enterprise exercise on account of COVID-19 associated well being directives. There’s a helpful guidelines for debtors to find out if they will use it, and thereby benefit from its fewer calculations and decrease degree of documentation.
The EZ kind doesn’t require calculations or changes for reductions in FTEs or wage or hourly wage reductions, slightly it substitutes borrower certifications for that objective. There’s additionally a brand new certification in regards to the incapability to function on the identical degree of enterprise exercise as a consequence of COVID-19 compliance necessities. It addresses the previous 8-week (56-day) and the brand new 24-week (168-day) coated interval, caps proprietor compensation at $20,853 and money compensation at $46,154, each for 24-weeks.
The revised “full” kind is a variation on the unique kind launched final month. The vast majority of the adjustments are designed to adapt it to the language to the Flexibility Act and a collection of recent and revised interim last guidelines. It addresses the identical 8-week and 24-week possibility and the identical proprietor and money compensation cap. It lowers the payroll value threshold to 60% (down from 75%) of the whole forgiveness quantity and clarifies that non-payroll prices could also be paid or incurred through the coated interval (or alternate coated interval) and will not exceed 40% (up from 25%).
Apart from the brand new 24-week coated interval, lots of the most important adjustments within the revised kind relate to the Wage/Hourly Wage Discount Secure Harbor and the FTE Discount Secure Harbor. Debtors now have the flexibleness to revive wage and hourly wage reductions (falling beneath a 25% discount) as of the sooner of December 31, 2020 and the date the forgiveness software is submitted. It is a new and favorable clarification to what was beforehand a tough date (June 30, 2020), and may present debtors with extra choices to maximise mortgage forgiveness as they decide one of the best time to measure common annual wage or hourly wages between now and calendar year-end.
The FTE Discount Secure Harbor has been expanded in a number of methods. Debtors had been already protected in opposition to reductions as a consequence of firings for trigger, voluntary resignations and voluntarily requested and obtained reductions in hours. New protections now exist for good-faith, written presents: (1) to rehire people employed on February 5, 2020 if Debtors are unable to rehire equally certified staff for unfilled positions on or earlier than December 31, 2020, and (2) to revive any discount in hours, on the identical wage or wages, through the coated or alternate coated interval and the worker rejected the supply.
Equally, there may be the brand new exemption from the discount in mortgage forgiveness for COVID-19 associated impacts on enterprise exercise. Debtors should be capable to doc, in good-faith, that they had been unable to function (between February 15, 2020, and the tip of the coated interval) on the identical degree of enterprise exercise as earlier than February 15, 2020, as a consequence of compliance with necessities established or steerage issued (between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020), by the HHS Secretary, the CDC Director or OSHA, associated to the upkeep of requirements for sanitation, social distancing, or some other employee or buyer security requirement associated to COVID-19.
At first blush, this exemption (much like the EZ kind model) appears very beneficiant, since it’s arduous to think about a borrower who has not been impacted by necessities or steerage of this nature. The secret’s the interpretation of the presently undefined idea “unable to function on the identical degree of enterprise exercise” and in addition whether or not state, county or municipal necessities and steerage is enough by itself or have to be tied to HHS, CDC or OSHA directives. As we await extra SBA steerage, it seems this may very well be a highly regarded exemption resulting in elevated forgiveness, which is welcome information for debtors.
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