IFR Guidance on Eligibility Criteria for the Self-employed PPP Loans Issued

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Yesterday, the Treasury Department issued a supplementation to the IFR released on April 2nd. This IFR is dedicated to the guidance on how self-employed individuals and sole-proprietorships should handle the calculations to qualify for the paycheck protection program.

“On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule (the First PPP Interim Final Rule) announcing the implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). Section 1102 of the Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program. Section 1106 of the Act provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This interim final rule supplements the First PPP Interim Final Rule with guidance for individuals with self employment income who file a Form 1040, Schedule C. This rule also addresses eligibility issues for certain business concerns and requirements for certain pledges of PPP loans. This interim final rule supplements SBA’s implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Act and requests public comment.

This interim final rule applies to applications submitted under the Paycheck Protection Program through June 30, 2020, or until funds made available for this purpose are exhausted.”

Continue reading the PDF from the U.S. Treasury here.

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