SBA’s Newest FAQ
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
By Sue Peirce, CPA | COVID-19 Response Team
SBA’s newest FAQ (May 5, 2020) extends the date for borrowers to review the required certification and make repayment. This is an important decision. Be sure to contact your engagement team or a member of the COVID-19 Response Team.
43. Question: FAQ #31 reminded borrowers to review carefully the required certification on the Borrower Application Form that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” SBA guidance and regulations provide that any borrower who applied for a PPP loan prior to April 24, 2020, and repays the loan in full by May 7, 2020, will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith. Is it possible for a borrower to obtain an extension of the May 7, 2020 repayment date?
Answer: SBA is extending the repayment date for this safe harbor to May 14, 2020. Borrowers do not need to apply for this extension. This extension will be promptly implemented through a revision to the SBA’s interim final rule providing the safe harbor. SBA intends to provide additional guidance on how it will review the certification prior to May 14, 2020.
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