The U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow certain borrowers to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness directly through the SBA. The SBA also is explaining why it discontinued use of Loan Necessity Questionnaires for PPP borrowers.
PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal
The SBA announced that it is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with PPP loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. The new forgiveness platform will begin accepting applications from borrowers on August 4th, 2021.
In addition to the technology platform, the SBA is setting up a PPP customer service team to answer questions and directly assist borrowers with their forgiveness applications. Borrowers that need assistance or have questions should call (877) 552-2692, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST. More information on the PPP direct forgiveness portal is available at https://www.sba.gov/article/2021/jul/28/sba-announces-opening-paycheck-protection-program-direct-forgiveness-portal.
Loan Necessity Questionnaires
In updated FAQs, the SBA has explained why it discontinued use of the Loan Necessity Questionnaire. According to Treasury, based on the results of loan reviews that it has completed thus far, the SBA believes audit resources will be more efficiently deployed across all loans if the loan necessity questionnaire is discontinued. The loan necessity reviews, including the review of the borrower’s completed Loan Necessity Questionnaire, are lengthy and have caused delays beyond the 90-day statutory timeline for forgiveness, thus negatively impacting those borrowers that made their loan necessity certification in good faith. For these reasons, SBA is discontinuing any reliance on the Loan Necessity Questionnaires.
The Loan Necessity Questionnaires (SBA Forms 3509 and 3510) were used to facilitate the collection of supplemental information that would be used by SBA loan reviewers to evaluate the good faith certification made by PPP borrowers on their loan application that economic uncertainty made the loan request necessary to support ongoing operations. Each borrower, that together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of $2 million or greater was required to complete the form. In July, the SBA said it would no longer request either version of the Loan Necessity Questionnaire. In addition, Loan Necessity Questionnaires previously requested by the SBA are no longer required to be submitted.