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July 27, 2020

SBA Will Open the PPP Loan Forgiveness Platform on August 10

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a procedural notice to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders on July 23 that provides detailed instructions on the PPP loan forgiveness process.

The SBA’s procedural notice explains the secure PPP Forgiveness Platform established by SBA, which will accept loan forgiveness decisions, supporting documentation, and requests for forgiveness payments. The Platform will go live on August 10, 2020, subject to extensions caused by any new legislation.

As reported in an article in American Banker on July 24, the SBA plans to email instructions for using the portal to lenders before the launch, the document says. Lenders will be able to electronically submit applications individually, or in batches using an application programming interface that will be made available on the portal.

According to the SBA, lenders are required to confirm the receipt of certain documentation required under SBA guidelines, as well confirming certain calculations required under the SBA application forms. Additionally, for borrowers eligible to submit SBA Form 3508EZ, lenders must confirm the receipt of certain documentation, and confirm certain calculations to be made.

SBA’s guidance states that lenders must confirm the following matters for each PPP forgiveness submission before SBA will accept it:

·     The submission accurately reflects the lender’s decision regarding the borrower’s loan forgiveness application.

·     The information provided by the lender to SBA with the submission accurately reflects the lender’s records for the particular PPP loan.

·     The lender has made its decision in accordance with previously issued SBA guidelines.

·     The PPP loan has not been canceled or repaid.

·     The lender has not issued a previous loan forgiveness decision to SBA for the same PPP loan, unless it is a resubmission following a rejection or a reconsideration of a denial without prejudice.

The lender will be required to submit the: (i) PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form, (ii) PPP Schedule A, and (iii) the PPP Borrower Demographic Information Form (if submitted by the borrower). If the forgiveness application was made on SBA’s shortened Form 3508EZ, then the lender simply submits the completed form 3508EZ and the Borrower Demographic Information Form (if submitted by the borrower).

Calculating how much of a loan can be forgiven is the borrower’s responsibility — either on the longer SBA Form 3508 or form 3508EZ. However, lenders “are expected to perform a good-faith review in a reasonable time” of the borrower’s calculations and supporting documents.

The SBA allows lenders 60 days to review applications. It says it will provide payment within 90 days of receiving a forgiveness application that it approves.

Source: McCarthy & Company