May 18, 2020
Late on Friday, the SBA released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. Along with the Application came instructions and answers to some questions related to the calculation. Although some questions still remain and we expect additional guidance from the SBA, below are important highlights to consider when conducting the calculations.
- Changes were made to make it easier for businesses to reach the 75% payroll requirement. The covered period can include the first payroll period paid (but not incurred) and the last payroll period incurred (but not paid) if the costs are paid on the next scheduled payroll. For example, companies on a bi-weekly payroll schedule, 5 payrolls will be included for the covered period, instead of 4.
- Payroll will need to be calculated on an employee-by-employee basis for the FTE calculation and the wage reduction.
- Non-payroll costs such as mortgage interest, rent, and utilities will include amounts paid, including those in arrears. If rent is incurred during the 8 weeks and paid timely on the next scheduled due date which is after the 8 weeks, then it is included. Note: You cannot pre-pay rent if not incurred.
- Documentation, including payroll filings, cancelled checks, payment receipts, and statements will need to be submitted along with the attached application.
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