New SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Guidance

New SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Guidance

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SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Guidance: Three Things to Consider

  • Change in Interest Rate

The interest rate on the loan is now 1% vs the 0.5% from April 2, 2020, which is down 4% from the CARES Act.


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  • Change NOT to include Independent Contractor payments in the loan calculation

A business cannot use independent contractors in its calculation of payroll costs for purposes of the loan calculation. This guidance is in direct contrast to the CARES Act which created the loan.

If you included independent contractors in your payroll calculation for purposes of determining the loan amount, you should update the calculation.

    • If you have not already filed for the SBA loan – remove the contractor pay from the calculation.
    • If you have filed, retract your application and update accordingly.
    • If you are unable to retract your current application – reach out to your banker to have them modify.

Caution:  Do not submit duplicate applications or you will delay processing.

Change for the loan forgiveness calculation

In order to qualify for loan forgiveness, wages paid during the 8 week period following receipt of the loan now have to be no less than 75% of the loan forgiveness.


We are closely monitoring this evolving and unique economic situation. We will keep you updated and informed on how to respond to these and additional tax and regulation changes as they are announced.

Questions on the new SBA guidance? We can help. Contact your Keiter representativeEmail | 804.747.0000

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