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SBA allows self-employed filers to use gross income to calculate PPP loan amounts

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On March 4, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule (IFR) to implement recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) calculation for IRS Form 1040, Schedule C filers. Self-employed individuals who file Schedule C will now be able to calculate their maximum loan amount using gross income. This calculation change only applies to loans approved after March 4, 2021, and borrowers that have already had their loans approved cannot increase their PPP loan amount based on the new maximum loan formula. SBA also notes that a previously provided safe harbor presumption of making “the statutorily required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith” will not apply to Schedule C filers that elect to calculate their First Draw PPP loan using gross income if they report more than $150,000 in gross income. These borrowers will be subject to additional SBA review as they will most likely have additional sources of liquidity to support business operations. The IFR further removes eligibility restrictions that prohibit businesses owned at least 20 percent by individuals (i) who have a non-financial fraud felony conviction in the last year, or (ii) who are delinquent or in default on their federal student loans. These changes apply to both First Draw and Second Draw PPP loans.

To assist borrowers, SBA released the following revised forms: First Draw application form and Schedule C gross income form, Second Draw application form and Schedule C gross income form, and lender applications for First Draw and Second Draw loans. The IFR takes effect March 4.

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