PPP Application Deadline Extended
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the President signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, H.R. 1799 which moves the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to May 31. This provides an additional 60 days for businesses to apply for 1st and 2nd draw PPP loans and provides an additional 30 days for the SBA to finish processing applications received by May 31.
In a news release, the AICPA said that the additional 60 days provided by the bill will greatly help small businesses, not-for-profits, and the CPAs that serve them complete existing PPP loan applications and file new ones. The extension act also provides the SBA time to address significant loan application process challenges, including confusing validation and error codes, delayed guidance, and changes to the PPP loan amount calculation for self-employed borrowers, the AICPA release said.
The PPP Extension Act does not provide any additional funding for the current round of the PPP, which Congress provided with more than $290 billion to make forgivable loans to small businesses and not-for-profits. From the program’s opening on Jan. 11 through March 21, the SBA has approved more than 3.1 million loans totaling nearly $196 billion. At the current lending rate, the SBA estimates that the PPP should have enough funding to last through mid-April.
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