Brian A. Haskel, Jason L. Sobel, Lori M. Waldron
April 16, 2020
This alert updates, clarifies and supersedes all prior
publications and communications from our firm on the subject matter
discussed below based on updated guidance; and it is likely that there will be
additional guidance in the future from the SBA and other government agencies
that may conflict with prior guidance.
Additional guidance pertaining to the Paycheck
Protection Program (PPP) has been released, certain key points of which are
What is the interest rate? 1.0%.
What is the maturity of the PPP
loan? Two years.
When must the PPP loan be
repaid? The borrowerwill not
have to make any payments for six months following disbursement of the loan, but
interest will continue to accrue during that six-month period.
Can the PPP loan be used for non-payroll
costs? Yes, but at least 75% must be used for payroll
Can the PPP loan be forgiven, either in whole
or in part? Yes, for eligible costs, subject to potential limitations based on
reductions in employee head count and/or salaries. At least 75% of the
forgivable amount must be used to pay for payroll costs. Any amount forgiven is
from federal gross income.
Are the PPP loans “first-come,
Are payments to independent contractors included as a payroll cost for purposes
of calculating the amount of the PPP loan? No.
What federal taxes are excluded from the
calculation of payroll costs? Payroll costs are calculated on a gross basis
and are not reduced by federal taxes withheld from employee paychecks.The employer-side of federal payroll
taxes (social security and Medicare taxes) are not included in the calculation
of payroll costs.
Can the borrower apply using e-signature or e-consents if the business has
multiple owners? Yes, regardless of the number of owners.
What form does the borrower need to file? SBA Form 2483. Additionally,
the borrower must submit payroll documentation sufficient to demonstrate
the qualifying payroll amount.
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