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Ready…Set…Go: Beat the Clock on the Second Round of PPP Funding

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Caitlin Carragee

Small businesses can breathe a (small) sigh of relief this afternoon with news out of Washington, D.C. that an additional round of funding has been allocated for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

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Update 3/30/21: On Tuesday, March 30, President Biden signed into law a 2 month extension for the current round of Paycheck Protection Program funding. In order to receive funds through the program, eligible businesses will need to apply by May 31st.

Update, 1/14/21: The Paycheck Protection Program began a phased reopening for loan applications on January 11; the program will be open to all participating lenders and eligible borrowers, including both first and second draw applicants, on January 19. First draw applicants can access the loan application here. There is a separate application form for eligible businesses seeking a second draw loan. Need to find an SBA-approved lender? We can help.

Update 12/22/20: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes funding for another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans among other stimulus measures, was approved by Congress. The Act now goes to the president for his signature. We continue to actively update our existing PPP resources on this site as additional guidance is released.

Update 12/21/20: With a $900 billion financial aid bill expected to be voted on by Congress that includes new Paycheck Protection Program funding, U.S. small businesses such as restaurants and live venues hurt during the COVID-19 pandemic are one step closer to gaining access to relief. If the bill passes, the next step would be a presidential signature.

Update, 8/7/20: As of August 8, the SBA will no longer be accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans. Learn about other small business financing options.

Update 8/5/2020: On August 4th, the U.S. Small Business Association published new Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness FAQs. Our teams are working to review this new guidance and we will continue to keep you updated on how this may impact the loan forgiveness process, what is required as part of your forgiveness application, and how to use our in-app tools to support your application.

Update 7/4/2020: On July 4, 2020, President Trump signed into law an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application deadline to August 8.  Looking to apply for a loan? Find an SBA-approved lender. If you’re not sure if PPP is the right approach for your small business, start your research with these resources: maximizing PPP loan forgiveness and explore other small business financing options.

Update 7/2/2020: The Paycheck Protection Program is currently not accepting applications for loans, as the deadline to have a loan approved. As of July 1, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed an extension of the application deadline to August 8. This now goes for President Trump's signature to become law. If you are planning to apply for a loan should the program reopen to new applications, get a head start: find an SBA-approved lender. While we await further news, you can learn more about maximizing PPP loan forgiveness and explore other small business financing options.

Update 6/30: As of June 30, 2020 applications for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program are closed. Looking for funding? Learn more about small business funding options that are still available.

Update, 6/22: SurePayroll customer? If you’re planning to apply for PPP loan forgiveness, you can now access an interactive forgiveness estimator and worksheet directly from your dashboard. Log in and click on the yellow banner to get started.

Update, 6/9: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, which was signed into law June 5, 2020, made some significant changes to the PPP loan and loan forgiveness process. Read this blog post to learn more about the Flexibility Act. For additional PPP Loan Forgiveness support, check out the FAQs and forgiveness estimator on our Maximizing Loan Forgiveness hub.

Update, 5/23/20: Late Friday, May 22 the U.S. Treasury and the Small Business Administration issued two Interim Final Rules: the highly anticipated Interim Final Rule on Loan Forgiveness, and an Interim Final Rule on Loan Review Procedures and Related Borrower Responsibilities. We are working through the new guidance to finalize our reporting, loan forgiveness estimations, and will produce additional content and resources to help you as you seek loan forgiveness. For additional information on maximizing loan forgiveness, please visit our Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness hub.

Update, 5/18/20: Late Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Treasury and the Small Business Administration released the application for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application. We are working through the information available to update our loan forgiveness estimator. As a reminder, restoring employee full time equivalent levels and salary/hourly wage levels by June 30, 2020 can help maximize your opportunity for loan forgiveness. Visit our Maximizing Loan Forgiveness hub for the latest updates on PPP forgiveness.

The law, signed by President Trump on 4/24/20, authorizes an additional $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, $50 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and $10 billion for EIDL grants

Notably, $60 billion of the allocated funds have been set aside for community lenders, including state and federal credit unions.

So…what now? These funds are expected to go as quickly as, if not even more quickly than, the first round, so it’s critical you act now to take advantage.

We’ve rounded up key resources to help you beat the clock and gain access to much-needed relief.

Get Your Application Materials Ready

The loan application requires payroll data to support the average monthly payroll calculations. We’ve provided our customers with ready-made payroll data reports to facilitate their loan applications.

  • If you’re a SurePayroll customer, the yellow banner on your dashboard will take you directly to your ready-made PPP payroll data report.
  • Not a SurePayroll customer? If you haven’t yet applied and are interested in doing so, you’ll want to collect your payroll data from your existing or prior payroll provider, or from your business financial statements if you do not have a payroll provider.

Find an SBA-Approved Lender

To apply for a PPP loan, you must work with an SBA-approved lender. We recommend you turn first to your established banking relationships.

However, if your preferred lender is not offering these loans, or if you are having trouble finding an SBA-approved lender, we’ve teamed up with Fundera, and Lendio to streamline your ability to connect with an SBA-approved lender1.

Fundera, and Lendio have established processes and dedicated lender networks to support the Paycheck Protection Program, which means when you work with them to find a lender for your PPP loan you can rest assured that:

  • The lenders you are matched with are ready and able to support PPP loan applications
  • The lenders you are matched with are accepting PPP loan applications from new borrowers (meaning you don’t need to have a pre-existing banking or credit relationship)
  • Your loan application materials will be pre-reviewed by their team of specialists to ensure that when your application is submitted to the lender it is complete per their requirements

Understand Your Potential Forgiveness

Whether you have recently received much-needed funds through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or are hoping to apply in the future as additional funds become available, a key benefit of the loans under the program is the potential opportunity for forgiveness of the loan, in whole or in part. The amount of the PPP loan eligible for forgiveness under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is based on many factors.

Head over to our Maximizing Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness hub to access resources to help you understand and maximize your forgiveness potential, including:

  • A small business scenario that illustrates how forgiveness works
  • FAQs about PPP loan forgiveness
  • A Return to Work Checklist to help in rehiring furloughed or laid off employees to maximize your PPP loan forgiveness potential
  • A PPP Loan Forgiveness Estimator to estimate how much of your PPP loan may qualify for forgiveness

What’s Next

Rest assured that when it comes to helping you understand and seek relief through COVID-19 response legislation, we have your back. We will continue to provide updates to you as product updates and additional guidance are available.

1Not available in RI, NV, ND, VT, and CA (Fundera Only). Clients in these states may connect directly with Fundera, and Lendio. In some cases, SurePayroll may receive compensation from an SBA-approved lender if you receive a PPP loan, subject to applicable laws.

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