Paycheck-Protection-Program-Flexibility-Act---Pending-Legislation-July-8

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Portal is open

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union is able to accept PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications. If you would like to inquire about the PPP Forgiveness Application, we encourage you to contact your loan officer directly that assisted you with your initial PPP Loan. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us directly at 877-794-6712. SouthPoint cannot advise you on whether or not you should apply at this time.  For those questions it is recommended that you speak to a certified public accountant, professional tax advisor or other business professional resources.

The  application process along with reviewing your documentation is all completed within an electronic portal via with documentation submitted electronically from the comfort of your home or office.  This is the safest and most efficient way to ensure your application is being reviewed quickly.  It’s important to note that the U.S. Treasury may continue to update and/or change guidance and forgiveness parameters. We encourage you to communicate and refer to your certified public accountant, professional tax advisor or other business professional resource for guidance on this matter.

The Payment Protection Flexibility Act addresses the following provisions in the law:

  • Extend the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks after the date of loan disbursement, providing substantially greater flexibility for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.  Borrowers who have already received PPP loans retain the option to use an eight-week covered period.
  • Lower the requirements that 75 percent of a borrower’s loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs and that 75 percent of the loan forgiveness amount must have been spent on payroll costs during the 24-week loan forgiveness covered period to 60 percent for each of these requirements. If a borrower uses less than 60 percent of the loan amount for payroll costs during the forgiveness covered period, the borrower will continue to be eligible for partial loan forgiveness, subject to at least 60 percent of the loan forgiveness amount having been used for payroll costs.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees for borrowers that are unable to return to the same level of business activity the business was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, related to worker or customer safety requirements related to COVID–19.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees, to provide protections for borrowers that are both unable to rehire individuals who were employees of the borrower on February 15, 2020, and unable to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions by December 31, 2020.
  • Increase to five years the maturity of PPP loans that are approved by SBA (based on the date SBA assigns a loan number) on or after June 5, 2020.
  • Extend the deferral period for borrower payments of principal, interest, and fees on PPP loans to the date that SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount to the lender (or, if the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, 10 months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period).
  • In addition, the new rules will confirm that August 8, 2020, remains the last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved.

Please visit US Department of Treasury at https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1026 for more information.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the CARES Act, provides capital to small businesses impacted by Covid-19 to help meet short term operating expenses. As a SBA Preferred lender, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union is excited to provide access to this program to members and non-members.

  • The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits.
  • Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities
  • Up to 100% of loan amount may be forgiven if program requirements are met

SBA PPP loans are serviced through SouthPoint Financial Credit Union. This means that all correspondence will be through SouthPoint, not SBA. Please be on alert for phishing attempts by fraudsters. There have been reports of applicants receiving fake correspondence from the SBA. If you have any questions regarding communications about your accounts, please contact SouthPoint directly.

Click the link below to fill out the application. Once complete, email the pdf to [email protected].

Apply Now Paycheck Protection Program

Please Note: There are limited funds available and not all application are guaranteed funding.

Eligibility & Requirements

ll businesses including nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors with 500 or fewer employees can apply. Businesses in certain industries can have more than 500 employees if they meet applicable SBA employee-based size standards for those industries.

Documentation Needed to Apply:

  • Paycheck Protection Program loan application – Apply online by clicking the button on this page.
  • Payroll processor records, payroll tax filings (such as Form 941 or Form 944), or Form 1099-MISC.
  • For borrowers that do not have any such documentation, the borrower must provide other supporting documentation, such as bank records, sufficient to demonstrate the qualifying payroll amount.
  • Sole Proprietors or Independent Contractors: Schedule C or Schedule F from your 2019 income tax returns.

Loan Information

Interest Rate: 1.00%

Loan Term: 2 years

Loan Amount: Loans can be for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25% of that amount. That amount is subject to a $10 million cap. If you are a seasonal or new business, you will use different applicable time periods for your calculation. Payroll costs will be capped at $100,000 annualized for each employee.

Loan Payments: All payments are deferred for 6 months; however, interest will continue to accrue over this period. There are no prepayment penalties or fees if you choose to pay off your loan earlier.

PPP Frequently Asked Questions

Loans can be for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25% of that amount. That amount is subject to a $10 million cap. If you are a seasonal or new business, you will use different applicable time periods for your calculation. Payroll costs will be capped at $100,000 annualized for each employee.

You will owe money when your loan is due if you use the loan amount for anything other than payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities payments over the 8 weeks after getting the loan. Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.
You will also owe money if you do not maintain your staff and payroll.

  • Number of Staff: Your loan forgiveness will be reduced if you decrease your full-time employee headcount.
  • Level of Payroll: Your loan forgiveness will also be reduced if you decrease salaries and wages by more than 25% for any employee that made less than $100,000 annualized in 2019.
  • Re-Hiring: You have until June 30, 2020 to restore your full-time employment and salary levels for any changes made between February 15, 2020 and April 26, 2020.

You can submit a request to the lender that is servicing the loan. The request will include documents that verify the number of full-time equivalent employees and pay rates, as well as the payments on eligible mortgage, lease, and utility obligations. You must certify that the documents are true and that you used the forgiveness amount to keep employees and make eligible mortgage interest, rent, and utility payments. The lender must make a decision on the forgiveness within 60 days.

Each business is limited to one loan.

You should use the proceeds from these loans on your:

  • Payroll costs, including benefits;
  • Interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before February 15, 2020;
  • Rent, under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020; and
  • Utilities, for which service began before February 15, 2020.
  • Salary, wages, commissions, or tips (capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee);
  • Employee benefits including costs for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; allowance for separation or dismissal; payments required for the provisions of group health care benefits including insurance premiums; and payment of any retirement benefit;
  • State and local taxes assessed on compensation; and
  • For a sole proprietor or independent contractor: wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment, capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.

No collateral is required.

There is no personal guarantee requirement.
However, if the proceeds are used for fraudulent purposes, the U.S. government will pursue criminal charges against you.

Although the program is open until June 30, 2020, we encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap and lenders need time to process your loan.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness

We will reach out to you as we develop our loan forgiveness processes. We are working on ways to help simplify and streamline parts of the process. Below is a list of documents you will need to submit to make the formal application for loan forgiveness. Gathering these documents now will facilitate your loan forgiveness process.

 

PPP Schedule A

Payroll: Documentation verifying the eligible cash compensation and non-cash benefit payments from the Covered Period or the Alternative Payroll Covered Period consisting of each of the following:

  1. Bank account statements or third-party payroll service provider reports documenting the amount of cash compensation paid to employees.
  2. Tax forms (or equivalent third-party payroll service provider reports) for the periods that overlap with the Covered Period or the Alternative Payroll Covered Period:
  3. Payroll tax filings reported, or that will be reported, to the IRS (typically, Form 941); and
    ii. State quarterly business and individual employee wage reporting and unemployment insurance tax filings reported, or that will be reported, to the relevant state.
  4. Payment receipts, cancelled checks, or account statements documenting the amount of any employer contributions to employee health insurance and retirement plans that the Borrower included in the forgiveness amount (PPP Schedule A, lines (6) and (7)).

FTE: Documentation showing (at the election of the Borrower):

  1. a. the average number of FTE employees on payroll per month employed by the Borrower between February 15, 2019 and June 30, 2019;
  2. the average number of FTE employees on payroll per month employed by the Borrower between January 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020; or
  3. in the case of a seasonal employer, the average number of FTE employees on payroll per month employed by the Borrower between February 15, 2019 and June 30, 2019; between January 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020; or any consecutive twelve-week period between May 1, 2019 and September 15, 2019.

The selected time period must be the same time period selected for purposes of completing PPP Schedule A, line 11. Documents may include payroll tax filings reported, or that will be reported, to the IRS (typically, Form 941) and state quarterly business and individual employee wage reporting and unemployment insurance tax filings reported, or that will be reported, to the relevant state.

Documents submitted may cover periods longer than the specific time period.

Nonpayroll: Documentation verifying existence of the obligations/services prior to February 15, 2020 and eligible payments from the Covered Period.

  1. Business mortgage interest payments: Copy of lender amortization schedule and receipts or cancelled checks verifying eligible payments from the Covered Period; or lender account statements from February 2020 and the months of the Covered Period through one month after the end of the Covered Period verifying interest amounts and eligible payments.
  2. Business rent or lease payments: Copy of current lease agreement and receipts or cancelled checks verifying eligible payments from the Covered Period; or lessor account statements from February 2020 and from the Covered Period through one month after the end of the Covered Period verifying eligible payments.
  3. Business utility payments: Copy of invoices from February 2020 and those paid during the Covered Period and receipts, cancelled checks, or account statements verifying those eligible payments.

 

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