Dear Clients and Friends:
Congratulations if you received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan! We hope it provides much needed cash during these uncertain times. Now that you have the funds, we want to point out certain steps you should take over the next eight weeks to ensure maximum forgiveness of your PPP loan.
Use the Funds for Forgivable Purposes. Forgiveness of your PPP loan depends largely on whether you use the money to pay forgivable expenses. These include (1) payroll costs (if you’re self-employed, these costs include the net profit amount from your business, as reported on your 2019 tax return), (2) interest payments on mortgages incurred before 2/15/20, (3) rent payments on leases dated before 2/15/20, and (4) utility payments under service agreements dated before 2/15/20. However, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), not more than 25% of the forgivable loan amount (the amount of the loan used to pay forgivable expenses) may be attributable to nonpayroll costs. In other words, at least 75% of the loan must be used for payroll costs.
To help you meet this requirement, consider implementing the following best practices:
- Set up a separate bank account for […]