The topic of this piece was originally intended to discuss contractual proactive risk management. However, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in its July 24, 2020 e-newsletter, provided relevant information about the loan forgiveness process affiliated with Payroll Protection Plan loans. 1
As described by the SBA:
PPP Loan Forgiveness Procedural Notice
The SBA has released a procedural notice covering details on how lenders can submit Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications/decisions and how PPP loan forgiveness reviews will be done.
After receipt of a borrower’s complete PPP forgiveness application, lenders have no more than 60 days to complete the review and issue a decision to the SBA, along with the required documents.
The PPP Forgiveness Platform:
- Goes live August 10, 2020, pending any legislative amendments on forgiveness
- Will only be open to lenders (not borrowers)
- Instructions will be emailed from PPPForgivenessRequests@sba.gov to Authorizing Officials, who can create 10 additional users
- Will have APIs for multiple submissions via an automated method
It is important for business borrowers to familiarize themselves (now) with the technical details about the PPP’s loan forgiveness parameters and protocols – and they are technical and detailed – so they remain compliant and are not subject to being required to repay otherwise-forgivable loans. For assistance, business borrowers should consult (again now) with their attorneys, lenders, and accountants. (And while they are doing that they should also inquire about the potential tax treatment affiliated with loan forgiveness. So… after all, there is a bit of proactive risk management planning.)
And a brief weather update. While the threat to Florida of Tropical Depression Gonzalo currently appears to have diminished, as with all hurricane season events, this one should still be tracked.
Well, then, even though the planned subject for this week has gone awry (the very subject of risk management), the topic of contractual risk management will be taken-up shortly. But here is the ‘elevator pitch’: Contracts are replete with allocations of rights and responsibilities through the representations, warranties, and covenants of which they are composed, and one of the principal allocation areas is advance (a/k/a proactive) risk management. (That is what they call in the entertainment world ‘a teaser’.)
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1 Further information about the PPP.
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