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Biden announces measures to ensure PPP loan access to "mom and pop" businesses

Federal Issues SBA Covid-19 Small Business Lending Biden

Federal Issues

On February 22, the Biden administration announced measures to ensure the smallest businesses have access to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. (See also SBA press release here.) Specifically, the Biden administration has directed the Small Business Administration (SBA) to (i) provide an exclusive 14-day application window, starting Wednesday, February 24, during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees are eligible to apply; (ii) set aside $1 billion for PPP loans for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals in low- and moderate-income areas, and revise the loan calculation formula for these applicants to offer more relief; (iii) eliminate an exclusion that prevented small businesses owned at least 20 percent by an individual who was arrested for or convicted of a felony unrelated to financial assistance fraud within the previous year from applying for a PPP loan; (vi) eliminate the student loan delinquency restriction, which currently prevents small businesses owned at least 20 percent by an individual who is delinquent or has defaulted on student debt from receiving PPP loans; and (v) ensure non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents may apply for PPP loans using individual taxpayer identification numbers.

Additionally, the Biden administration stated that SBA “is launching a new initiative to deepen its relationships with lenders” in order to facilitate communication regarding the PPP. The current round of PPP funding expires March 31 (covered by InfoBytes here).

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