(updated June 11, 2020)
On June 5th, the President signed a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reform bill that will provide small businesses more flexibility in how they spend the federal loans they received.
The legislation – titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act – makes several changes to the PPP, whose intention was to help small businesses keep employees on payroll after the pandemic forced them to close.
Initially, Congress put $350 billion into the small business loan program, but the money ran out quickly. So, lawmakers added an additional $310 billion into the program. About $130 billion remains from the second round that Congress approved.
Timing is urgent because the eight-week spending period began expiring last Friday for the first loan recipients after the Small Business Administration program opened April 3.
The legislation provides small businesses:
- More time to use emergency loans under the program by extending the eight-week period in which they must use the money to qualify for loan forgiveness to 24 weeks or until the end of the year, whichever comes first.
- More flexibility by changing the 75/25 rule, which requires fund recipients to use 75% for payroll costs and to limit other costs to no more than 25% for loan forgiveness eligibility. The new ratio would be at least 60% on payroll and no more than 40% on other costs. An important caveat is that the 60% is now all or nothing – if you don’t hit 60%, you get zero forgiveness.
- An extension on the June 30th deadline to rehire workers to December 31st.
- An extension on the timeline for repaying loans to five years instead of two, if the amount provided does not convert into a grant.
- To defer payroll taxes if granted loan forgiveness.
The President signed the bill into law on June 5, 2020.
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