The deadline to apply for first- or second-draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is May 31, 2021. Here are some important reminders as the deadline approaches:
What is a PPP Loan?
A PPP loan is a loan provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the financial crisis many small businesses continue to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
PPP loans can be used to:
- Help fund payroll costs, including benefits
- Pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. Included in the act is the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which provides much-needed support for the recovery of the greatly impacted restaurant industry. Applications open Monday, May 3, 2021 at noon Eastern time for priority restaurants for three weeks. After this time, all eligible restaurants are encouraged to apply. According to the National Restaurant Association, foodserv Read More >>
As businesses move forward in applying for a second-draw Paycheck Protection Program loan, or PPP2, it is important to remember the maximum loan size is capped at $2 million for businesses, as well as their affiliates. That means the total amount a business and its affiliates can apply for is capped at $2 million. Businesses are also only eligible if collectively with their affiliates the employee count is below 300.
For purposes of the PPP loans, per the U.S. Small Business A Read More >>
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has seen an influx of fraud surrounding applications for federal aid. The most common fraud occurring is email phishing where a scammer impersonates the SBA via email with the goal of collecting personally identifiable information (PII).
Those who have applied for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program seem to be at high risk for receiving phishing emails asking them to “verify their accounts”, but really, the scamm Read More >>