Update on PPP Good Faith Certifications
May 13, 2020
Earlier today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Department of Treasury updated their FAQ document to address how good-faith certifications of companies receiving funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will be reviewed. As a reminder, this is the certification made at time of application that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” As we previously communicated, borrowers have until May 14, 2020 to return their funds if they have since determined that their PPP loan was not necessary to support ongoing operations.
The clarification on good-faith certifications issued today may provide some certainty and comfort to many taking PPP loans.
For Borrowers Receiving PPP Funds of LESS Than $2 Million
The revised FAQ (question 46) states that “Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.” This safe harbor clarification is good news for those that received the PPP loans to help maintain their business operations.
For Borrowers Receiving PPP Funds of MORE Than $2 Million
For borrowers receiving loans of over $2 million, the FAQ states that they “may still have adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification.” Treasury goes on to state that these applications will be reviewed to determine if good faith certification was met. In the case that it is determined that the loan is not eligible for forgiveness, the lender will be informed. If the borrower pays back the loan the “SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies.” Additionally, for the lenders, the determinations “will not affect SBA’s loan guarantee.” This provision eliminates the need to pay back the funds by May 14 if, in fact, there is a question as to whether there is adequate basis for the necessity of the loan.
Where to Find More Information
You can access the full FAQ document provided by the SBA and Department of Treasury by clicking here. Note that question 46 specifically addresses SBA’s review approach for good-faith certifications.
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