Daily Update COVID-19 From the Business Accountants at Wouch Maloney

Exclusive PPP Loan Application Opportunity for Employers with 20 or Less Employees

Beginning at 9:00 am on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, small business owners and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees, will have an exclusive, 14-day application period to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

This exclusive period is part of the plan by the new administration to be more inclusive and promote equitable relief for “America’s mom-and-pop businesses.”

Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.

To download a PPP First Draw Borrower Application Form, click here.

To download a PPP Second Draw Borrower Application Form, click here.

To use the SBA tool, Lender Match, click here.

In addition to the 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees, additional changes to improve the reach of the PPP program to small businesses will be implemented by the first week of March. Those changes include:

  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.

For more information on this program, please click here.


Should you have questions about this topic, or any other topics related to your personal or business situation, please contact us at any time. 

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