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PPP Safe Harbor Extended For All Applications But Still No Guidance On “Necessity” Certification.

On May 8, 2020, the Treasury Department issued its Ninth Interim Final Rule (Ninth IFR) related to the Paycheck Protection Program. The Ninth IFR revises the language in Part III. 5. of the Fourth Interim Final Rule1 issued April 25, 2020 providing a “Limited Safe Harbor with Respect to Certification Concerning Need for PPP Loan Request.”

Significantly, this revision to the Fourth Interim Final…

Certifier Beware: Certifications & Liability Under the False Claims Act

Mark Twain once observed that while history does not repeat itself, “it rhymes.” The federal government’s response to COVID-19 is likely to follow a familiar pattern: (a) the federal government will continue to provide massive amounts of financial aid in an effort to stave off the worst economic effects of the crisis; (b) some of those funds will be allocated to entities that the public perceives…

Safe Harbor Extended; Questions Still Unanswered

On May 5th, the Department of the Treasury updated the Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions to add questions 43 and 44.

In answer to question 43, the Treasury extends the “safe harbor” for repayment of PPP loans from May 7, 2020 to May 14, 2020. The “safe harbor” provides that the SBA will deem a borrower to have made in good faith the certification “current economic uncertainty…

Eighth SBA Interim Final Rule Addresses PPP Eligibility Questions on Non-discrimination and Student Workers

On May 5, 2020, the Treasury Department issued its eighth interim final rule (IFR) related to the Paycheck Protection Program, “Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Nondiscrimination and Additional Eligibility Criteria.” The IFR answers two questions related to eligibility; non-discrimination and student workers.

Non-discrimination

Recipients of PPP loans are…

SBA Update To FAQs Begins To Address Forgiveness Questions

The Treasury issued an update to the Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions on Sunday, May 3, 2020. The update added Question 40: “Will a borrower’s PPP loan forgiveness amount …be reduced if the borrower laid off an employee, offered to rehire the same employee, but the employee declined the offer?”  The answer is no.

Treasury promised that a forthcoming interim final rule will…

One Big Question Answered – Unfortunately with a No.

The IRS released Notice 2020-32 addressing expenses paid with PPP loan proceeds which are subsequently forgiven. The CARES Act exempts the forgiveness of the PPP loan proceeds from federal taxable income. There had been some question as to whether the expenses paid which gave rise to the forgiveness would be allowable as deductions for federal income tax purposes. The question arose from IRC…

Updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Department of Treasury updated its Paycheck Protection Program Loans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to add questions 38 and 39.

Question 38 addresses eligibility. It provides an interpretation of the “in operation on February 15, 2020” requirement for eligibility for participation in the PPP. Under certain circumstances, the acquirer of a business or substantially all of the assets of…

SBA Interim Rule on Corporate Group Limits and Qualification of Non-Bank Lenders

The Treasury Department today issued interim final rule (IFR) “Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Requirements-Corporate Groups and Non-Bank and Non-Insured Depository Institution Lenders.”

The IFR limits the total amount of loans available to a group of businesses majority owned, directly or indirectly, by a common parent to $20,000,000.

The IFR also defines the…

Additional PPP Disbursement Guidance

Last night the United States Department of the Treasury issued a new Interim Final Rule “Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Requirements-Disbursements.”

The rule provides:

  • that borrowers may not structure their draws on a PPP loan to delay the start of the eight-week covered period, and
  • a reporting process for banks to collect their loan processing fees.

A link to…

New Guidance On Calculating PPP Loans

The Treasury Department issued a new guidance for borrowers on Friday, “Paycheck Protection Program How to Calculate Maximum Loan Amounts-by Business Type.”  Notable in each example the guidance notes that “PPP loan forgiveness amounts will depend, in part, on the total amount spent during the eight-week period following the first disbursement of the PPP loan.)

The new guidance can be downloaded …

SBA FAQ Updated on Sunday

The SBA Payment Protection Loan Programs FAQs has been updated to add Question 36 that deals with borrower eligibility. In calculating the 500 employee threshold, part-time employees are counted in addition to full-time employees. Part-time employees are not counted on a FTE basis.

Read the updated FAQs here.

 

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