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SBA to limit maximum PPP loans to $20 million for corporate groups

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On April 30, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) prohibiting a “single corporate group” from receiving more than $20 million in the aggregate from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Businesses are considered to be a part of a single corporate group “if they are majority owned, directly or indirectly, by a common parent.”  Small businesses must adhere to this loan cap by withdrawing or cancelling any PPP loan application or approval above $20 million for any loan that is not fully disbursed as of April 30. Failure to follow the IFR, will make such loans ineligible for loan forgiveness. The IFR assures lenders that they are not responsible for a small business’s compliance with this rule, and further, that the IFR does not alter lender obligations required to procure an SBA loan guarantee. In addition, the IFR allows a non-bank lender to be a PPP lender, subject to certain criteria, if the non-bank lender is “either a community development financial institution…or a majority minority, women, or veteran/military owned lender.” The IFR is effective as of May 4, and comments must be received by June 3.

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