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We Got our PPP Funds…What Now?

We at People’s Bank are pleased to have funded your SBA Paycheck Protection Loan. Now the question is, how should your organization be utilizing these loan proceeds? While SBA has not released their final guidance, we recommend the following:

  1. Create a plan to properly utilize the loan proceeds for eligible expenses.  Eligible expenses include the following items:
    1. Payroll costs including cash compensation, health benefits, and retirement benefits, etc.
    2. Interest on mortgage on property owned before February 15, 2020.
    3. Rent for a lease in force before February 15, 2020.
    4. Certain utility costs for which service began before February 15, 2020.
  2. Be mindful that the eight-week period for determining what portion of the PPP loan may be forgiven, the Covered Period, starts on the date the loan was disbursed. This may require you to run an early payroll at the end of the 8 weeks to get your full payroll costs in.
  3. Deploy the plan you crafted related to the payment of eligible expenses during this Covered Period.
  4. Retain all documentation on the eligible costs incurred during the Covered Period. 
Other items to note regarding the PPP loan and the forgiveness of the loan:
  • Sound business practices should outweigh maximizing the amount of the PPP loan forgiven.  Prudent business planning should be used when evaluating the number of FTE’s that will be returning to work and when and what other eligible expenses will be paid during the covered period.
  • No more than 25% of the amount of the PPP loan forgiven can be for non-payroll purposes (rent, interest, and utilities).
  • Gross annualized wages in excess of $100,000 per employee will not be forgiven.  Therefore, the maximum (8 weeks) amount of wages forgiven for any one employee is $15,385 ($100,000 x 8/52).
  • Payments for group health benefits and employer contributions to retirement plans are not subject to the $100,000 cap.
  • A reduction in the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees will reduce the amount of the PPP loan that is eligible for forgiveness.
  • Employees who have had their salaries substantially reduced during the eight-week covered period (a reduction in excess of 25% compared to the most recent quarter before the covered period) will reduce the amount of the loan that may be forgiven (pending final SBA guidance).
  • The forgiveness reductions related to reduced FTE’s or substantially reduced salaries may be disregarded if you return to full employment by June 30th (pending final SBA guidance). 
Additional Resource Documents:
 
Please continue to watch for additional information and updates on this page. 
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EMAIL 8/10/2020: Paycheck Protection Program Update

Dear PPP Customer,

The extension of the PPP loan program formally ‘sunsetted’ as of end of day August 8th which means the SBA is no longer authorizing new PPP loans. And so, at this time we are no longer accepting new PPP loan applications.

Congress is negotiating a new round of coronavirus relief. Included in this package is a proposed extension of the PPP loan program. However, at this time we do not know that to be fact, nor do we know if it were to be approved what it will look like, nor the timing.

As to forgiveness…. we continue to anticipate the approval of a much-simplified process for requesting forgiveness for recipients of loans less than $150,000. There is some talk that this threshold might even be a bit higher. So, we ask that you continue to refrain from applying for forgiveness. However, for recipients of larger loans of $350,000 or greater, we can begin accepting applications beginning Monday, August 17th.

Reminder, all archived emails and up to date information can be found on our website.

Your People’s Bank Team

 

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EMAIL 7/29/2020: Senate Introduces the Continuing Small Business Recovery and PPP Act 

Dear PPP Customer,

On Monday, Senators Marco Rubio and Susan Collins introduced the “Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Act,” a federal relief package that builds on the CARES Act. A one-page rundown of the proposal can be found here (click here to review document).  The act introduces additional avenues of help for small business and proposes changes to the PPP loan program. If approved, the vast majority of PPP recipients could benefit.

Recently, SBA lenders received long awaited guidance on the PPP Forgiveness process.  The SBA’s online “PPP Forgiveness Platform” is tentatively scheduled to be available to lenders in mid-August.  Once this platform is up and running and lenders are authorized, they can begin submitting borrower Forgiveness Applications electronically. Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming days.

Reminder, all archived emails and up to date information can be found on our website.

Your People’s Bank Team

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EMAIL 7/23/2020: PPP Forgiveness Remains in Holding Pattern

Dear PPP Customer,

Similar to when an airline pilot maintains a holding pattern while awaiting permission to land… so too are we in a PPP holding pattern! What factors are keeping us from accepting your Loan Forgiveness applications? 

  1. Anticipated legislation that could significantly change the current forgiveness process.
  2. Expected revisions to Forgiveness application forms.
  3. Delayed roll out of SBA software platform needed for lenders to submit for forgiveness on your behalf. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza recently announced the SBA hopes to have a forgiveness portal – through which banks can apply for forgiveness on behalf of borrowers – up and running by August. 

Please know, your People’s Bank team remains vigilant in all things PPP.  We actively advocate for all of our small business community.  We educate ourselves daily and keep abreast of current SBA events.  Don’t forget to visit our website for archived emails and up to date information. 

 Also, consider visiting the Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network online.  They have several relevant on demand and upcoming small business educational webinars available for free or at a nominal fee.  Coming up in August, “Bouncing Back and Making Your Business Pandemic Proof.”  Click here for a list of events: SBDC Events and Workshops.

Your People’s Bank Team

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EMAIL 7/15/2020: Proposed PPP Forgiveness Legislation Garners Support and Gains Traction

Dear PPP Customer,

On June 30th, a bipartisan bill “The PPP Small Business Forgiveness Act” was introduced to the Senate. This proposed legislation would drastically streamline the current and complex forgiveness process for approximately 86% of all loans made through the SBA PPP program.  It would allow loans of $150,000 or less to be forgiven simply by borrower completing and submitting to lender a one-page forgiveness attestation.  

This legislation, if passed, could reduce the time and paperwork burden for you and so many more in our business community. People’s Bank is advocating on your behalf, but please consider taking immediate action by contacting your lawmakers today!  Follow this link to assure your voice is heard. (https://secureamericanopportunity.com/take-action/urge-the-senate-to-pass-legislation-to-forgive-ppp-loans-under-150k/)

Two quick reminders; 1) we are not yet accepting PPP forgiveness applications in anticipation of further changes, and 2) People’s Bank is still accepting new PPP applications through July 31st.  If you are aware of any business in your sphere of influence needing assistance refer them to our website.

Your People’s Bank Team

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EMAIL 7/9/2020: PPP Extended which Diverts SBA Focus on Forgiveness

Dear PPP Customer,

The CARES act Paycheck Protection Program was extended to August 8th, 2020.  There remains over $131 billion available to help impacted small businesses. 

The US Treasury Department and Small Business Administration continue to focus on getting loans to every business needing assistance.  This focus combined with potentially significant legislative changes to the program regarding forgiveness still has us in a holding pattern.  

People’s Bank also has concern for our local businesses who have not yet applied.  We have reopened our application portal and are accepting new PPP applications through July 31st.  If you know of any small business struggling due to the COVID-19 events and who would benefit from a PPP loan, please refer them to our website.

Your People’s Bank Team

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EMAIL 7/2/2020: Bank Awaits SBA Guidance for Lenders on PPP Loan Forgiveness

We had hoped by now to have more information to share with you about the SBA PPP forgiveness application process. Unfortunately, no new guidance has been released informing Lenders on “how” to submit for forgiveness on your behalf. So,….

….we must continue to ask you to not yet submit your application for forgiveness.

While we recognize and fully empathize with your desire to get your loan forgiveness ‘behind you,’ we want to remind you of a few points that should significantly reduce any concerns you may have: 

  • If you spent your PPP loan proceeds on qualified purposes, with at least 60% having been for payroll, and you can properly document it, your loan will be forgiven (if less than 60% was spent on payroll, then a portion of your loan will be forgiven); 
  • Recent guidance indicates the loan payment deferral period was increased from 6 months to 16 months; and 
  • There is no ‘early deadline’ for forgiveness. Forgiveness can be requested up to the maturity date of your note. So, you have plenty of time.

As promised, we will continue to send updates as information becomes available.

Your People's Bank Team
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EMAIL 6/17/2020: PPP Forgiveness Becoming More Streamlined

SBA Streamlines PPP Forgiveness Application for Many PPP Borrowers

Today, the Small Business Administration released a three-page “EZ” Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application requiring less documentation and fewer calculations than previously required. Form 3508EZ (click here) and the EZ instructions (click here) apply to borrowers who meet ANY ONE of these three criteria:

  • Applied for the PPP loan as self-employed, an independent contractor or a sole proprietor with no employees.
  • Did not reduce salary or wages for any employee by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees (excepting laid-off employees who refused an offer to return).
  • Did not reduce salary or wages for any employee by more than 25% during the covered period and experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19.

In addition, they made a slight revision to the standard Forgiveness Application form (click here) and provided separate instructions (click here).

We recognize the 8-week window for early recipients approaches, but we continue to hold out hope SBA will further streamline the process so we encourage that you continue to hold off on applying for forgiveness. We believe if the further streamlining is to occur, we’ll know within the coming week.

We understand all of you want to get past this hurdle of loan forgiveness as soon as possible. The waiting is both difficult and frustrating. However, asking you to hold off is truly in your best interest. Further program enhancements will make the forgiveness process much easier for all!


Your People's Bank Team

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EMAIL 6/11/2020: PPP Flexibility Act -Revised Guidance

Dear PPP Loan Customer,

Last night the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released revised guidance to reflect those changes that came into effect as a result of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. PPP IFR Revisions to First Interim Final Rule.

This updated guidance codifies several changes to the PPP program. Specifically, it:

  •  Reminds us the last day we can obtain an SBA loan number for a PPP loan is June 30, 2020.
  • Confirms that borrowers using less than 60% of their PPP loan amount for payroll costs during the forgiveness covered period will still be eligible for partial loan forgiveness.
  • Provides a five-year maturity for loans made on or after June 5, 2020 and provides an option for loans made prior to that date to extend maturity from two years to five years at the mutual agreement of the borrower and lender.
  • Extends the loan forgiveness period from eight weeks to 24 weeks.

SBA signaled that it will issue additional guidance on loan forgiveness and loan review procedures. They did not indicate when that would be coming but we commit to letting you know just as soon as we get information. 

These are very positive changes. Having more flexible program requirements will make it easier for you to maximize your loan forgiveness. Please continue to watch for additional email communication as we learn more. 

Your People’s Bank Team

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EMAIL 6/5/2020: PPP Flexibility Act -Signed by President Trump

Dear PPP Loan Customer,

Today, President Trump signed the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” into law. 

What does this mean for you?

People’s Bank is one step closer to being able to introduce our Forgiveness Application process.  More importantly, the passage of this Act means more flexibility for you, our borrowers.  The ease in requirements are designed to make it simpler for you to reach full or almost full forgiveness.

  • The minimum amount a business must devote to maintaining payroll is reduced from 75% to 60%;
  • The 8-week covered payroll period is now extended up to 24 weeks;
  • Borrowers will have until December 31, 2020 to restore workforce levels and wages to pre-pandemic levels; 
  • The repayment of any unforgiven amount can now be extended up to a term of 4 ½ years if mutually agreed upon by borrower and lender; and
  • Payroll tax deferment

Now that the bill has been signed into law, SBA and the US Treasury will publish the new Forgiveness Application form and guidance. In the meantime, our People’s Bank Team will be developing tools to assist in the completion of the Forgiveness Application.    

Please keep watching our website for updates.

Your People’s Bank Team
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EMAIL 6/1/2020 : PPP Flexibility Act 

Dear PPP Loan Customer,

We are not yet accepting PPP loan Forgiveness applications.

People’s Bank anticipates significant changes to the PPP loan program and forgiveness application document in the coming weeks.

A new bill called the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” has been passed by the House of Representatives and will soon go to the US Senate. This bill, if approved, will amend the current Cares Act to allow for program flexibility relief. Some of the proposed changes will have a significant impact on your forgiveness application. The changes include:

  • Extension of the covered period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Push out the deadline to rehire workers from June 30th to December 31st;
  • Increase in Non-Payroll Expense Limitation from 25% to 40% and still be eligible for forgiveness;
  • Extension of loan maturity for the non-forgiven portion of the loan; and
  • Potential payroll tax deferment.

The proposed bill can be found here Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.

With the above changes expected to be made to the PPP loan program in the next couple of weeks, People’s Bank staff will continue to keep their finger on the pulse of all things related to the process of applying for forgiveness.

For now, please continue to watch for email updates each week. 

 

Regards,

Julia B. Beattie, Chief Lending Officer
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EMAIL 5/27/2020: PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance

Dear PPP Loan Funds Recipient,

On Friday night, the Small Business Administration released the much-anticipated interim final rule describing the loan forgiveness process, as well as borrower’s responsibilities for the Paycheck Protection Program.

This interim final rule is now available on our People’s Bank website along with other important information.  The document itself can be found here “PPP IFR Loan Forgiveness Guidance.”

Please review this guidance carefully.  This detailed documentation provides necessary information on how to complete and document your PPP Loan Forgiveness application.  We recommend you also pay close attention to examples given, as they look to be very helpful.

People’s Bank awaits additional and crucial procedures from SBA on how to submit your formal forgiveness request.  For now, we too, are carefully reviewing this guidance and developing a plan to assure a smooth and successful process. 

Next up, we will answer the question “How do I submit my PPP Loan Forgiveness application to People’s Bank?”.

Please continue to watch our website for updates and for additional tools to help in your loan forgiveness process.

 

Regards,

Julia Beattie, Chief Lending Officer

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EMAIL 5/21/2020: PPP Loan Forgiveness Communication 

Dear PPP Loan Funds Recipient,

This past Friday, SBA released the much anticipated PPP Loan Forgiveness application. The application, along with supporting schedules, worksheets and instructions, is here (click here) PPP Forgiveness Application - SBA Form 3508 for your reference. Please do not submit this form or any documentation at this time.

The bank is in process of studying this information while we patiently wait for formal SBA Lender Guidance to ensure accurate implementation of forgiveness. We do not know yet when the formal lender guidance will be issued, but we hope it will be relatively soon. In the meantime, the Bank is developing a team of individuals who will specialize in the forgiveness of PPP loans. This will allow us to develop a center of expertise which in turn will help ensure consistent, efficient and timely processing of requests.

We’d like to remind you of a few aspects of the program and one new development specific to forgiveness that we believe will potentially diminish some concerns you may have:

  • We are not yet aware of a specific time frame within which you must apply for forgiveness. Furthermore, all payments on PPP loans are deferred for 6 months from date of disbursement and so you will not feel any stress on your cash flow in making debt service payments for 6 months. This provides you some time to work with your bookkeeper and/or accountant to prepare the paperwork needed for forgiveness without incurring debt service strain on your cash flow.
  • We learned with the forgiveness application that there is some leniency provided in the covered period to accommodate timing of payroll through what is referred to as an ‘Alternate Payroll Covered Period’ (described on p. 1 of the application).

It will be well-worth your investment of time to review the PPP Forgiveness Application - SBA Form 3508 (click here) in detail. Please be patient with us as we get our arms around this recently released information and as we wait for and, upon receipt, digest the formal lender guidance that will provide us with the required information needed to process the applications.

 We will post PPP loan forgiveness information to our website as it becomes available, but at a minimum through weekly updates. Please use this as a resource.

 

Regards,

Julia Beattie, Chief Lending Officer

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Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview:
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. 
 
Loan Forgiveness Opportunities
 
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
 
Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly
 
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
 
Eligible Small Businesses
 
Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors—are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.
 
When to Apply
 
Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.
 
How to Apply
 
If your business has been impacted by COVID-19 and would like to start collecting the appropriate documents, use the application link here. You can then contact your People's Bank representative and they will give you additional information and the next steps as the SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan.  
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FAQ Videos
We've created "Ken CARES videos" to help answer questions during the PPP loan application process and also help with questions after the funding of your PPP loan.  
 
*Videos will open in a YouTube application.