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Ineligible industries

Note: The Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to August 28, 2020. The SBA may issue additional guidance and we will update our resources accordingly. Please refer to the SBA and Treasury to confirm current program rules and how they apply to your particular situation.

The following businesses identified by 13 C.F.R. § 120.110 are ineligible for SBA loans. The customer is attesting to this as part of the application. This list excludes non-profit organizations and religious or faith-based organizations, which are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) pursuant to the CARES Act and SBA guidance, respectively:

  • Financial businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance companies, and factors (pawn shops, although engaged in lending, may qualify in some circumstances);
  • Passive businesses owned by developers and landlords that do not actively use or occupy the assets acquired or improved with the loan proceeds (except Eligible Passive Companies under § 120.111);
  • Life insurance companies;
  • Businesses located in a foreign country (businesses in the U.S. owned by aliens may qualify);
  • Pyramid sale distribution plans;
  • Businesses deriving more than one-third of gross annual revenue from legal gambling activities or businesses whose legal gaming revenue (net of payouts but not other expenses) exceeded $1 million in 2019 and for which legal gaming revenue (net of payouts but not other expenses) comprised more than 50% of the business's total revenue in 2019;
  • Businesses engaged in any illegal activity;
  • Private clubs and businesses which limit the number of memberships for reasons other than capacity;
  • Household employers (individuals who employ household employees such as nannies or housekeepers)
  • Government-owned entities (except for businesses owned or controlled by a Native American tribe);
  • Loan packagers earning more than one third of their gross annual revenue from packaging SBA loans;
  • Businesses with an Associate who is incarcerated, on probation, on parole, or has been indicted for a felony or a crime of moral turpitude;
  • Businesses in which the Lender or CDC, or any of its Associates owns an equity interest;
  • Businesses which:
    • Present live performances of a prurient sexual nature; or
    • Derive directly or indirectly more than de minimis gross revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature;
      • Unless waived by SBA for good cause, businesses that have previously defaulted on a Federal loan or Federally assisted financing, resulting in the Federal government or any of its agencies or Departments sustaining a loss in any of its programs, and businesses owned or controlled by an applicant or any of its Associates which previously owned, operated, or controlled a business which defaulted on a Federal loan (or guaranteed a loan which was defaulted) and caused the Federal government or any of its agencies or Departments to sustain a loss in any of its programs. For purposes of this section, a compromise agreement shall also be considered a loss;
      • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities; and
  • Speculative businesses (such as oil wildcatting).


Regulations and guidance from the SBA and the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the PPP are evolving rapidly and the above information may be outdated.  Please refer to the SBA and Treasury to confirm current program rules and how they apply to your particular situation.

The QuickBooks Capital enabled Paycheck Protection Program loan application process supports certain single-owner businesses, and self-employed individuals who do not have employees. Users who have received an EIDL loan between January 31, 2020, and April 3, 2020, are not eligible to apply through QuickBooks Capital. QuickBooks Capital does not support users located in AK, NV, nor the U.S. Territories.

Given the large demand for additional authorized Paycheck Protection Program funds, not every qualified Paycheck Protection Program applicant will receive a loan.

Loan and forgiveness calculations and eligibility may vary. Refer to the for information about your particular situation.


QuickBooks Capital is licensed as Intuit Financing Inc. (NMLS # 1136148), a subsidiary of Intuit Inc. In California, loans are made or arranged under CFL Licensed #6054856.

Minimum loan amount varies by state.

Intuit Financing Inc. is a licensed lender in states that require a license. Our service is limited to commercial or business loans only. State licenses include: AK #10000990, CA #6054856, DC #ML1136148, FL #CF9901279, MD #03-2339, MN #MN-RL-1136148, NM #1899, ND #MB102690, RI #20183584SL, RI #20183583LL, SD #MYL.3279, TN #166418, VT #7194 and VT #7195.

Intuit Financing Inc., (d/b/a QuickBooks Capital) is an authorized SBA Paycheck Protection Program Lender.

This content is for information purposes only and should not be considered legal, accounting or tax advice, or a substitute for obtaining such advice specific to your business. Additional information and exceptions may apply. Applicable laws may vary by state or locality. No assurance is given that the information is comprehensive in its coverage or that it is suitable in dealing with a customer’s particular situation. / does not have any responsibility for updating or revising any information presented herein. Accordingly, the information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research. Intuit Financing Inc. (d/b/a QuickBooks Capital) does not warrant that the material contained herein will continue to be accurate nor that it is completely free of errors when published. Readers should verify statements before relying on them.

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