Embrace the power of forgiveness.
If receiving your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan was a relief, imagine how you’d feel to find out your loan was forgiven. We want that experience for you—so we’re helping you prepare for your forgiveness application.
New Paycheck Protection Program Loans
We’re now accepting applications from eligible clients for First Draw and Second Draw PPP Loans through our online portal. Enroll in our application alerts for access to the application.
Second Draw PPP Loans are designed to provide additional relief for small businesses that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Act, you’re eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if you’ve had a 25% revenue reduction in any quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019 and you, together with your affiliates (where applicable) are a:
Given the new changes to PPP forgiveness provided in the Economic Aid Act of 2020, if you have not started a forgiveness application, you may want to wait until early March when new Small Business Administration (SBA) forms will be available in the PPP Client Portal.
The new SBA guidance removes the requirement for supporting documentation for loans of $150,000 or less by using a revised Form 3508S. It also includes an expanded set of covered operations expenditures for PPP loans in any amount including covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs, and covered worker protection expenditures as eligible for forgiveness.
These changes might allow you to receive more in forgiveness but also require you submitting a new forgiveness application later. If you decide to withdraw or place your current application on hold to apply on the new form and under the new guidelines, please send us a message through the PPP Client Portal message center and we’ll inform you once we’re ready to take the new applications.
The Economic Aid Act of 2020 provided an easier path to forgiveness for borrowers with PPP Loans of $150,000 or less and expanded the covered expenses eligible for forgiveness for PPP loans of any amount.
For PPP Loans of $150,000 or less, borrowers are now eligible for forgiveness if they sign and submit a certification to the lender. The SBA’s new certification form only requires borrowers to:
Borrowers with PPP Loans of $150,000 or less won’t be required to submit any application or documentation beyond the certification. However, they will be required to retain employment records related to the certification for 4 years and all other documents related to the certification for 3 years.
The Economic Aid Act also changed the definition of the Covered Period for forgiveness. Under the new definition, borrowers can choose a Covered Period that is any date that occurs during the period:
Finally, the Economic Aid Act added new categories of eligible expenses, including certain operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures.
PPP Loans made on or after June 5, 2020 have a minimum 5-year maturity. The PPP Flexibility Act (effective June 5, 2020) didn’t extend the 2-year maturity date on loans made prior to June 5, 2020, so loans made prior to that date continue to have a 2-year maturity.
You can submit a loan forgiveness application any time before the maturity date of your PPP Loan. Borrowers who fail to apply for forgiveness within 10 months of the last day of the forgiveness Covered Period will have to make payments of principal, interest, and fees on covered loans.
Keep in mind that despite the repayment terms stated in your promissory note:
The expiration date in the upper right corner of application forms is not your forgiveness deadline. It relates to the SBA’s compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act and reflects the temporary expiration date for approved use of the forms. This date will be extended. Once approved, the same forms will be posted with the new expiration date.
On June 16, 2020, the SBA released Form 3508EZ, simplifying the forgiveness application process for certain borrowers.
You can submit Form 3508EZ if you:
You can find more information on the Form 3508EZ at the SBA’s website as well as the CARES Act section of the Treasury’s website.
The minimum payroll cost amount is 60% of the forgivable amount, meaning up to 40% of the forgiven amount can be non-payroll costs like certain rent and utilities.
You may apply for forgiveness at any time. However, given the new changes to PPP forgiveness provided in the Economic Aid Act of 2020, if you have not started a forgiveness application, you may want to consider waiting until early March when new Small Business Administration (SBA) forms will be available in the PPP Client Portal.
No. We’re only accepting applications through the PPP Client Portal. Paper applications won't be accepted.
Make your application process easier by preparing required documentation before you begin.
If your PPP Loan is $150,000 or more, you'll need to submit documentation to show how you spent the proceeds of your PPP Loan, such as:
Additional documentation requirements may vary based on your application.
Documents needed for Form 3508 can be found on page six of the revised SBA Form 3508 instructions.
Documents needed for Form 3508EZ can be found on page four of the SBA Form 3508EZ instructions.
Borrowers can choose a Covered Period that is any date that occurs during the period:
While you have up to 24 weeks to allocate your funds, you can use them in less time if needed.
In general, you’ll be required to submit payroll, FTE employee headcount, and non-payroll documentation with your application. If your loan amount is $150,000 or less, you won’t be required to submit any documents beyond the required forgiveness certification, though you will have to keep documents supporting your forgiveness certification. Below is a summary of documentation requirements from the SBA, if your loan amount is greater than $150,000.
If you don’t provide accurate and complete supporting documentation, the loan won’t be eligible for forgiveness.
You must keep all documentation for 6 years after the date the loan is forgiven or repaid in full, and permit authorized representatives of SBA, including representatives of its Office of Inspector General, to access those files upon request. However, for loans of $150,000 and under, the latest guidance on the Economic Aid Act of 2020 states that borrowers must maintain employment records for 4 years and other records for 3 years.
Please consult your tax, legal, or accounting advisors with questions or for professional advice.
Certain payroll and non-payroll costs are eligible for forgiveness with appropriate documentation. The Act now includes certain covered operations expenditures, covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs, and covered worker protection expenditures as eligible for forgiveness.
At least 60% of your PPP Loan must be used for payroll costs, including salary, wages, commissions, tips, employee benefits, compensation to owners, and state and local taxes on compensation paid or incurred during your Covered Period.
Non-payroll costs paid or incurred during the Covered Period can’t exceed 40% of the loan forgiveness request. Non-payroll costs incurred during the Covered Period must be paid on or before the next regular billing date, even if the billing date is after the Covered Period. The following non-payroll costs are eligible for forgiveness:
Covered Period and Alternate Covered Period are both defined in the SBA Borrower PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.
According to SBA guidance, if you use PPP funds for unauthorized purposes you’ll have to repay those amounts. If you, one of your shareholders, members, or partners knowingly use PPP funds for unauthorized purposes, the SBA may take recourse, which could include charges for fraud. Please consult tax, legal, or accounting advisors for professional advice.
Yes. This program rewards borrowers that hire back workers who may have been laid off. Loan forgiveness is based in part on your ability to maintain or rehire employees, and to maintain salary levels.
If an employee's total compensation doesn’t exceed $100,000 on an annualized basis, the employee's hazard pay and bonuses are eligible for loan forgiveness because they constitute a supplement to salary or wages, and are compensation. As a reminder for the self-employed and partners, if you choose the 8-week Covered Period, it can’t exceed 8 weeks of the 2019 comparison. If you choose the 24-week Covered Period, it can’t exceed 2.5 months of the 2019 comparison.
8-week Covered Period - The pay can't exceed the lesser of 8 weeks of the 2019 compensation for any owner-employee or self-employed individual/general partner or $15,385 per individual.
24-week Covered Period - The pay can't exceed the lesser of 2.5 months of the 2019 compensation for any owner-employee or self-employed individual/general partner or $20,833 per individual.
No. The only interest payments that can be forgiven are on a business mortgage obligation on real or personal property that was incurred before February 15, 2020. A loan secured by movable personal property is a chattel mortgage, as opposed to a conventional mortgage. Personal property typically includes furniture, fixtures, tools, vehicles, and machinery, and equipment.
Payroll costs incurred during the borrower's last pay period of the Covered Period or Alternate Covered Period are eligible for forgiveness if paid on or before the next regular payroll date. Otherwise, payroll costs must be paid during the Covered Period to be eligible for forgiveness. Payroll costs are considered paid on the day that paychecks are distributed, or the borrower originates an ACH credit transaction.
There are several factors that determine your PPP Loan forgiveness amount.
Payroll and eligible non-payroll expenses make up the gross amount of your forgiveness. The number of FTE employees and wage/salary decreases cause reductions to forgiveness given the FTE safe harbor exemption rules.
Your PPP loan may be forgiven if you use the proceeds for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, and other eligible covered expenses during the Covered Period after the loan is funded. To receive a full forgiveness, you must spend at least 60% of loan amount on payroll expenses, with a cap of $100,000 annual equivalent per employee.
If you’re using Form 3508S to apply for forgiveness, you won’t have any reductions in the loan forgiveness amount based on reductions in employees, or employee salary, or wages that would otherwise apply.
If you’re using Form 3508 or Form 3508EZ to apply for forgiveness, a reduction in an employee's salary or wages over 25% will generally result in a reduction in your loan forgiveness amount unless an exception applies.
No. Your loan forgiveness amount won’t be reduced if you make a good faith, written offer of rehire, and document the employee’s rejection of that offer. If a return to work offer at the same salary/wages/hour was rejected by an employee, you must maintain records documenting the written offer and its rejection, and inform the applicable state unemployment insurance office of the rejected offer of reemployment within 30 days of the rejection. The SBA will be posting state unemployment offices on the SBA website.
Employees and employers should know that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for unemployment compensation.
No. Under the Flexibility Act, payments are deferred until the SBA has made a final decision on your forgiveness application and sent that amount to Truist.
If you don’t apply for forgiveness within 10 months of the last day of the Covered Period, however, you’ll have to start making payments of principal, interest, and fees. The terms of your promissory note will be updated to reflect the deferred payment terms under the Flexibility Act and Truist will be providing further information on this process in the near future.
Outstanding loan amounts bear interest at a fixed rate of 1.00%. For PPP loans made prior to June 5, 2020, the term of the loan is 2 years. For PPP loans made on or after June 5, 2020, the term of the loan is 5 years. However, all payments are deferred for a period until the SBA remits the lenders the applicable forgiveness amount. At the end of the deferral period, any accrued interest that hasn’t been forgiven will be due. Monthly payments of principal plus interest will begin after the deferral period.
If you don't apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of your Covered Period, the PPP Loan is no longer deferred and you'll have to begin paying principal and interest.
Outstanding loan amounts bear interest at a fixed rate of 1.00%. For PPP Loans made prior to June 5, 2020, the term of the loan is 2 years. For PPP Loans made on or after June 5, 2020, the term of the loan is 5 years. However, all payments are deferred for a period until the SBA remits the lenders the applicable forgiveness amount. At the end of the deferral period, any accrued interest that hasn’t been forgiven will be due. Monthly payments of principal plus interest will begin after the deferral period.
We’re committed to processing your application as quickly as possible.
However, the forgiveness decision takes time. Once your application is submitted, we have 60 days to review and process your application and submit it to the SBA. The SBA then has an additional 90 days to remit the appropriate forgiveness amount to Truist, unless the SBA determines that the forgiveness application needs further review. Notwithstanding the terms of the promissory note you signed, payments will be deferred until either the date the SBA has made a final decision on your forgiveness application and sent that amount to Truist, or the date that is 10 months after the last day of the Covered Period if you don’t apply for forgiveness.