President Biden has signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021. The new law extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application filing deadline from March 31, 2021, to May 31, 2021, thus providing potential PPP borrowers additional time to submit their applications. The law doesn’t provide the PPP with any additional funding. However, $7.25 billion in additional funding was recently provided in the American Rescue Plan Act.
The New Law
To recap, the new PPP Extension Act provides no additional funding for the program but extends the filing deadline for both first- and second-draw loan applications to May 31, 2021. The deadline extension may increase the odds of securing a loan, particularly for businesses that have struggled with the application process.
The law also gives the Small Business Administration (SBA) an additional 30 days — through June 30, 2021 — after the extended application deadline to complete its processing of applications. The SBA has a backlog of applications because of a variety of factors, including coding errors, delays in the release of guidance on implementation of the program and its many changes, and a recent revision of the formula used to calculate an applicant’s loan amount.
Previously, the loan amount was based on an applicant’s net profits, to the detriment of sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed individuals whose Schedule C tax forms didn’t show a net profit. In February, the Biden administration announced that it was revising the formula to focus on gross profits — the amount of money earned before taxes or expenses are deducted. While welcomed news for applicants, the revised formula required loan processors to make changes, leading to further delays and strain to keep up with demand.
With the PPP application filing deadline being extended, coupled with several recent reforms that widen the loan eligibility, more businesses have the opportunity to take advantage of PPP loans. We can help you determine if you’re eligible and ensure you comply with the applicable requirements to qualify for 100% forgiveness.