PPP Safe Harbor Extended to May 14, 2020

PPP Safe Harbor Extended to May 14, 2020

Porte Brown Alert:

A key aspect of the CARES Act relief package is the now-well-known Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). As many are aware, the PPP loan application requires, among other things, that applicants certify that the “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

As we previously noted in our prior alerts on April 29 and May 4, the SBA specifically provided that any borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to the issuance of FAQ 31 on April 23 will be deemed to have made the necessity certification in good faith if the loan is repaid in full by May 7, 2020. On May 5, the SBA issued new FAQ 43, extending the deadline for this safe harbor until May 14, 2020 (which will also be housed in a new interim final rule to be released). The FAQ also states that the SBA intends to provide additional guidance on how it will review the necessity certification prior to May 14, 2020. Accordingly, borrowers considering repaying the loan should strongly consider doing so by May 14, 2020.

Whether it is the requirements of the PPP or another topic, we would be pleased to speak with you. We also invite you to leverage our COVID-19 Resource Center. As always, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you and wish you the best during this challenging time.

Note: All information contained herein is effective as of the date of this letter. Guidance is changing quickly and may have been altered since the date of this letter.

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