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Under the CARES Act, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will fund $350 billion in potentially-forgivable small business loans to help US small businesses maintain payroll and weather the
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1% fixed rate APR for the life of the loan
Payments deferred for 6 months, up to 12 months for qualifying borrowers
On qualified uses like payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities
Small businesses need a lifeline right now, and the federal government has stepped up to offer Paycheck Protection Program loans. Because of the pared-down SBA requirements for PPP loans, more small businesses will qualify for the SBA coronavirus loans than previous SBA loan options.
Your business (or nonprofit) was in operation as of February 15, 2020 You’re an independent contractor or sole proprietor, or your business/organization has either employees or independent contractors for whom they have associated payroll costs That’s it.
PPP loans will help small businesses, including sole proprietors and independent contractors, and private nonprofits maintain payrolls and continue necessary payroll-related payments like rent and utilities. The full allowable uses of the loan are:
Payroll costs: Compensation in the form of salaries, wages, commissions (or similar compensation), cash tip payments (or the equivalent).
Healthcare costs: Any costs related to the continuation of group healthcare benefits, including insurance premiums
Mortgage interest payments (but not payments on the mortgage principal)
Rent , Utilities
Interest on any other debt obligations incurred before February 15, 2020
PPP loans are calculated based on 2.5 times your business’s (or organization’s) monthly payroll costs. Payroll costs include compensation, as outlined above, along with other payroll-related costs like retirement payments, state and local taxes on payroll, payment for vacation or paid leave, group healthcare costs, and allowances for separation or dismissal. For a comprehensive outline of what is used and excluded, you can visit our PPP calculator, where you can also get an estimate on your potential PPP loan size.
PPP loans differ from Economic Injury and Disaster Loans (EIDLs). PPP loans are available to all US businesses based on the requirements above.
EIDLs are also available for small businesses in designated areas (right now that’s classified as all US states and territories) that have suffered an economic hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though the requirements are more stringent. Unlike PPPs, EIDLs/disaster loans must be repaid in full.
With an EIDL, or disaster loan, small businesses need to prove they’ve experienced “substantial economic injury.” Unlike disaster loans, PPP loans under the CARES Act are funded with the presumption that your business has experienced the negative impact of COVID-19. They are not tied directly to economic losses suffered as a result of the disaster.
For portions of the loan that are not forgiven, payments are deferred for the first 6 months. Payments can be deferred up to 12 months for qualifying borrowers.
Yes, you can qualify for a PPP loan even if you already have other loans, including other SBA loans. You cannot use the funds from PPP loans and other loans for duplicate use at the same time. For example, if you use a disaster loan (EIDL or loan advance) to pay your business’s May rent, you cannot also apply for a PPP loan to cover May rent.
PPP loans are eligible to be forgiven, up to 100% of the loan principal. Here’s what you need to know about what qualifies, how to apply, and how to calculate your potential PPP loan forgiveness.
Any costs incurred and payments made in the first 8 weeks of the loan, following the origination date, under these set categories are eligible for forgiveness:
Because the SBA expects a high number of applicants for PPP loans, no more than 25% of the forgiven amount can be for non-payroll costs (i.e., mortgage interest, rent, and utilities). If your business has laid off employees, that will also affect how much your loan can be forgiven. The total effect on your PPP loan’s forgiveness-eligibility depends on some complicated math that your funding manager can walk you through to give you the specific answer for your business.
To receive loan forgiveness, a borrower must apply to their lender with documents verifying payments (on mortgage interest, rent, and utilities) and payroll (number of employees, pay rates, including IRS payroll tax filings and state income, payroll, and unemployment insurance filings). These documents must be certified from a representative of the business that the information is true.