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SBA 7(a) Loan & Forgiveness Program

March 31, 2020

Paycheck Protection Loans

During February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020 SBA loans may be available for eligible businesses and nonprofits with 500 or less employees. The loan amount can be the lessor of:

  • $10,000,000, or
  • 2.5 times the average total monthly payments for payroll costs during the prior year. Payroll costs include salaries, wages, commissions, cash tips, PTO pay, separation pay, group health insurance, retirement benefits. Payroll costs exclude compensation over $100,000, on a prorated basis, and qualified sick and family leave wages covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The loan can be used for:

  • payroll costs,
  • interest on mortgage payments,
  • rent,
  • utilities, and
  • interest on any other debt obligations that were incurred before February 14, 2020.

Personal guarantees and collateral are not required for these loans.

Loan Forgiveness

The borrower will be eligible for loan forgiveness in an amount not to exceed the following costs incurred during the 8-week period beginning on the date of the loan origination:

  • payroll costs,
  • interest on mortgage payments,
  • rent, and
  • utilities.

The amount of loan forgiveness may be reduced:

  • if the average number of monthly full-time equivalent employees during the 8-week period after the loan decreases from a base period in 2019 or 2020.
  • if there is a greater than 25% reduction in compensation to an employee during this 8-week period, or
  • credits are received for emergency sick leave or family and medical leave.

To be eligible for loan forgiveness, a borrower must submit an application to its original lender. The application package should certify that the amount of forgiveness requested was used to retain employees, make interest payments on a mortgage obligation, pay rent, or pay utilities. The application package should also include specific information:

  • supporting the number of full-time equivalents, such as federal and state payroll tax filings, and
  • documentation verifying mortgage, rent and utility payments, such as cancelled checks, payment receipts, and transcripts.

A business should expect a decision from the lender within 60 days of the forgiveness application. The amount of loan forgiven under this Act will not be includible in gross income for federal income tax purposes. Also, any remaining balance of the loan after any forgiveness can have a maximum maturity of 10 years, and an interest rate not to exceed 4%.

These are just a few of many provisions of the law, and further guidance may be issued as to how this law will be implemented.

Click here for a downloadable flyer of the SBA 7(a) Loan & Forgiveness Program information

If you have questions or would like to further discuss, please call Perry Barnett, CPA, at (770) 287-7800 or email