Today’s Federal Register contains the Small Business Administration (SBA) revised interim final rule (IFR) on the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This initiates a 30-day comment period on the guidance, although—as the agency notes—the guidance is effective without advance notice and public comment, due to its time sensitivity and specific authorization by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law in March 2020.
This SBA guidance was issued in response to enactment on June 5 of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, legislation that made enhancements to PPP, the SBA loan program intended help small employers meet payroll and other expenses as they deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
PPP changes in the June legislation included the following.
- Extends from 8 to 24 weeks from a loan’s origination the period in which expenses paid with a PPP loan could be eligible for loan forgiveness (not to extend beyond December 31, 2020)
- Reduces from 75 percent to 60 percent the portion of a loan that must be used for payroll expenses (vs. overhead, etc.) and remain fully eligible for loan forgiveness
- Extends from 2 to 5 years the period for loan repayment for borrowed amounts that are not forgiven (applies to loans made on or after June 5, 2020)
- Allows a borrower who received a PPP loan before enactment of the June 5 legislation to elect that the covered period run for 8 (vs. 24) weeks