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Key updates for 2021:
Many farms and other businesses and non-profit organizations qualify for forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which can fund payroll costs, including compensation for self-employed business owners. PPP loans are a great opportunity for businesses of all sizes, and many local businesses have already succeeded in getting their PPP loans forgiven. Contact your bank/lender to see if they can help you apply, or check out this link listing lenders that issue PPP loans. See more information on the PPP below, and here is a detailed guide to the PPP for farmers.
Loan Terms: PPP loans are fully forgivable for many borrowers. Loan payments are deferred for at least six months and come due once borrowers receive compensation for forgiven amounts, or ten months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period if the borrower doesn’t apply for forgiveness. The loans have a 1% interest rate and mature in a minimum of two years for loans made before June 5, 2020 or five years for loans made on or after June 5, 2020. No collateral or personal guarantees are required, and there are no borrower fees.
Loan Amount: The maximum loan amount you are eligible for through PPP is generally capped at 2.5 times your average monthly payroll cost for either 2019 or 2020 (or 3.5 times for restaurants). For those who are self-employed, the owners’ income is included in calculation of monthly payroll cost. For most businesses this is calculated using the net income reported on 2019 tax returns — however, for farms filing a Schedule F, this calculation is now made using gross income, which significantly increases the maximum PPP loan amount for many farms. See more details on how maximum loan amount is calculated here (farmers should refer to question 3 on this page). For seasonal businesses (defined as those operating <7 months/year or with at least 2/3 of gross receipts occurring in a 6-month period), the monthly payroll cost can be calculated based on any 12-week period from 2/15/19 to 2/15/20.
Loan Eligibility: When submitting a PPP application, all borrowers must certify in good faith that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the applicant,” but all borrowers with loans under $2 million will be deemed to have made this certification in good faith without further scrutiny. Businesses that already received a PPP loan can qualify for a second loan (aka a “second-draw” loan) by additionally showing a 25% decrease in revenue in 2020 as a whole compared to 2019, or in any quarter of 2020 compared to the corresponding quarter from 2019. Note that if you or your employees receive pay through the PPP, this will likely reduce any unemployment benefits.
Loan Forgiveness: In addition to having a very low interest rate, many businesses are attracted to these loans because they are fully or partially forgivable, depending on how funds are used. Any loan money that is spent within 24 weeks of the first loan disbursement can be fully forgiven if both of the following conditions are met during the period leading up to your application for loan forgiveness (or up to 24 weeks after loan disbursement):
For more loan forgiveness information and applications, see this SBA info page. Note that borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less can now obtain loan forgiveness using the highly simplified one-page application.
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