In response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act is the third phase in Congress’ response to COVID-19 following the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). In addition to providing emergency relief aimed at individuals and hospitals, the roughly $2 trillion CARES Act provides emergency relief to small businesses. This Advisor focuses on the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), which will undoubtedly be instrumental in ensuring the survival of small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program (the PPP) was established under the CARES Act in order provide small employers with an incentive to keep workers on their payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the PPP, which is an extension of the SBA Section 7(a) loan program, qualifying small businesses are eligible to borrow up to $10 million, in order to maintain their workforce from February 15, 2020, until June 30, 2020. All or a portion of the loan may be forgiven if the borrower follows the SBA guidelines. Treasury has issued FAQs and the application form on its website. Information on the program is also available on the SBA website.
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- Loan Amounts
- Loan Forgiveness and Repayment
- Application Procedure
Please note that due to the daily issuance of guidance from regulatory agencies, information is subject to change.