April 10, 2020

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Pandemic Relief Loans: A Quick Overview


Pandemic Relief Loans: A Quick Overview

Pandemic Relief Loans: A Quick Overview

Pandemic Relief Loans: A Quick Overview

What’s going on? In response to the pandemic, the government is providing many types of financial assistance, including low-interest loans for businesses and non-profits.

What are my loan options? The two main relevant options are the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). For others, visit the SBA website.

Who lends?The government lends to you directlyYou borrow through approved banks
MaximumUp to $2 million, based on your size, credit history, how much the pandemic impacted your business, and other factors2.5x average monthly payroll costs, up to $10 mil. maximum
Interest rateBusinesses: 3.75%, non-profits: 2.75%1%
TermUp to 30 years2 years
1st payment dueAfter 1 yearAfter 6-12 months
What can it be used for?Payroll, certain debts and expenses incurred due to the pandemicPayroll costs (including benefits), mortgage interest, rent and utilities
CollateraRequired on loans over $25,000Not required
Personal guaranteeFor loans over $200,000, required for owners of >20% of the businessNot required
Might be a good fit if you…Have low (or zero) payroll, or if you need money within a few daysWant the lowest interest rate, or want to avoid a personal guarantee
Application process Click here for details Click here for details

Which loans am I eligible for? Almost all BooksTime clients are eligible for both loan types. Both are available to businesses and non-profits in all 50 states. However, even if you’re eligible for both, you can’t use both to cover the same expenses. Note: some real estate developers and specific types of religious and political organizations are excluded from EIDLs.

I hear I can get “free money” — is that true? There’s no such thing. However, when people are talking about free money, they probably have the following provisions in mind:

  • EIDL: You can get an advance on the loan of up to $10,000 within 3 days after applying. This advance doesn’t need to be repaid, even if your application is denied.

  • PPP: Part of a PPP loan can be forgiven (i.e. doesn’t need to be repaid): specifically, your total payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities in the 8 weeks after getting the loan. At least 75% of the forgiven amount must be payroll. The forgiven amount is reduced if you lay off employees or reduce wages (and don’t re-hire or restore wages).
Pandemic Relief Loans: A Quick Overview

FINE PRINT: We are bookkeepers, not lawyers. The content here is simplified, incomplete and has not been reviewed by a lawyer. It is not intended as, must not be construed as, and does not constitute legal, tax, investment or financial advice. Nothing herein can help you avoid penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or applicable state or local tax law.

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Author: Charles Lutwidge

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