Note: Regulations and guidance from the SBA and the U.S. Department of Treasury on the PPP are evolving rapidly. Please refer to the latest guidance from SBA and Treasury to confirm current program rules and how they apply to your particular situation.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It’s intended to help small businesses continue paying payroll costs and certain operating expenses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Business owners can apply for a loan of 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses to be used for eligible payroll costs , rent, mortgage interest, utilities, operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, worker protection expenditures, interest, or certain other debt obligations, and refinancing and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) made between January 31, 2020, and April 3, 2020.
PPP loans may be forgivable, in whole or in part, if certain requirements are met. Namely, at least 60% of the forgiveness amount must be attributable to eligible payroll costs and no more than 40% of the forgiveness amount may be attributable to eligible non-payroll costs.
For that reason, it’s important to keep your payroll costs organized. Otherwise, you may find it harder to prove how you spent your loan proceeds. Here are a few tips.