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Treasury and SBA release additional details on PPP, including Affiliation Rules

Federal Issues Department of Treasury SBA CARES Act Covid-19

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On April 2, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an Interim Final Rule (13 CFR Part 121). This Interim Final Rule supplements the Initial Rule with additional guidance regarding the application of certain affiliate rules applicable to SBA’s implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Comments on the Interim Final Rule must be received 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The Treasury Department also issued Affiliation Rules Applicable to U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program, which states that “[f]or purposes of determining the number of employees of an applicant to the Paycheck Protection Program, the applicant is considered together with its affiliates.” This guidance details the affiliation tests applied to affiliated companies.

Additionally, the SBA, in consultation with Treasury, issued Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions that will be updated on a regular basis. The first question discusses whether lenders must replicate borrowers’ calculations of the dollar amount of average monthly payroll costs.

Please see Buckley’s March 30 Special Alert for additional information on the program, as well as the firm’s dedicated SBA page, which includes additional SBA resources.

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