SBA Clarifies Filing Date(s) for PPP Loan Forgiveness

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Some concerns had been raised regarding the expiration date found on the various Forms 3508 to be used to apply for forgiveness under the PPP loan program. When the first Form 3508 was released, it showed an expiration date in the upper right corner of October 31, 2020. The date on all three loan forgiveness forms has now been changed to November 30, 2020.

The issue came into sharper focus when the SBA released the streamlined PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S in October with that very same expiration date (see related post). Some commentators and borrowers expressed a concern as to whether this might be the date by which borrowers would have to apply for forgiveness, and that date was rapidly approaching.

The SBA updated its PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQs on October 13, 2020 to address this concern, adding Question 4 on page 2 of the FAQ:

Question: The PPP loan forgiveness application forms (3508, 3508EZ, and 3508S) display an expiration date of 10/31/2020 in the upper-right corner. Is October 31, 2020 the deadline for borrowers to apply for forgiveness?

Answer: No. Borrowers may submit a loan forgiveness application any time before the maturity date of the loan, which is either two or five years from loan origination. However, if a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period, loan payments are no longer deferred and the borrower must begin making payments on the loan. For example, a borrower whose covered period ends on October 30, 2020 has until August 30, 2021 to apply for forgiveness before loan repayment begins.

The expiration date in the upper-right corner of the posted PPP loan forgiveness application forms is displayed for purposes of SBA’s compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, and reflects the temporary expiration date for approved use of the forms. This date will be extended, and when approved, the same forms with the new expiration date will be posted.

This is the first time it appears the SBA has directly provided a specific deadline for applying for forgiveness, allowing borrowers to apply up until the maturity date of their PPP loan. Thus, even if a borrower fails to apply by the date 10 months after the end of the covered period and begins to make payments on the PPP loan, the borrower can still apply for forgiveness of the original PPP loan amount.

If you have questions about PPP loan forgiveness, please contact Bob Grossman, Don Johnston or Mike Weber at 412-338-9300.

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Bob, one of the firm’s founding partners, has over 40 years of experience in public accounting. He specializes in tax and valuation issues that affect businesses as well as their stakeholders and owners. Bob has extensive experience working with the Internal Revenue Services and also serves as an expert witness in litigation matters.

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