Date set for limited PPP reopening

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen Monday for select lenders and borrowers, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury announced Friday.

The SBA and Treasury said in a news release that initially only community financial institutions that serve minority- and women-owned businesses will be able to make loans. Specifically, these community financial institutions can begin making loans to first-time PPP borrowers on Monday and second-time PPP borrowers on Wednesday.

The application window for forgivable PPP loans will open to all lenders “shortly thereafter,” according to the news release, which did not specify a date. The closing date for the new PPP is March 31.

Congress revived the PPP as part of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill that was signed into law on Dec. 27. The original PPP provided $525 billion in forgivable loans over five months before it stopped accepting applications in August. The new PPP has $284.5 billion available, including $35 billion for first-time loans and $15 billion set aside for community financial institutions.

The SBA and Treasury issued guidance late Wednesday night for the rebooted PPP, which shares many of the same rules as the old PPP but also has some significant differences. The guidance came in the form of three documents, as follows:

The news release from SBA and Treasury provided a brief list of key PPP updates, shown below. A more detailed summary is available in this JofA article.

In general, borrowers are eligible for a second-draw PPP loan of up to $2 million, provided they have:

AICPA experts discuss the latest on the PPP and other small business aid programs during a biweekly virtual town hall. The webcasts, which provide CPE credit, are free to AICPA members. Go to the AICPA Town Hall Series webpage for more information and to register.

The AICPA’s Paycheck Protection Program Resources page houses resources and tools produced by the AICPA to help address the economic impact of the coronavirus.

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— Jeff Drew (Jeff.Drew@aicpa-cima.com) is a JofA senior editor.

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