May 4, 2020
Great news! After the first round of funding; an additional $10 billion was allotted through the CARES Act to pay SBA EIDL applicants an advance on their loans. You have received your Economic Injury Disaster loan Advance, What’s next?
How your Grant/Advance amount was determined
Originally, the ‘CARES’ act provided that the EIDL Loan advance was for $10,000. Unfortunately, further guidance shows that this is not a flat $10,000 grant to all applicants. $10,000 is the maximum you could receive. The SBA is now providing $1,000 per employee, up to ten employees (If you’re a sole proprietor, you’re eligible for $1,000 Grant/Advance only).
Loan Grant/Advance Forgiveness
SBA refers to the EIDL as an advance; because it will be subtracted from the total loan amount you are issued. However, it was written into law as a grant. This means that the amount you are given through the program will not need to be repaid, even if your application is rejected. Keep in mind that your final loan will, require repayment. For businesses impacted by COVID-19, the interest rates for EIDL loans will be 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.
Your entire Grant/Advance (up to $10,000) can be forgiven if you use the money for the following expenses:
Consulting and Accounting Fees
Working capital to continue business operations;
Necessary expenditures to alleviate the specific economic injury suffered;
Sick leave to employees unable to work due to the direct effects of COVID-19;
Increased supply costs;
Rent or mortgage payments; and
Repaying debt that cannot be otherwise repaid due to revenue losses.
Importantly, EIDL proceeds cannot be used to refinance debt incurred prior to the disaster, repair physical damage, expansion or pay dividends.
Applying for both the EIDL & PPP Loan
SBA guidance allows you to apply for a PPP loan in addition to an EIDL, so long as you don’t use the funds from each loan for the same expenses. In other words, you cannot ‘double dip’ for the same expenses. If you decided to apply for a PPP loan and use those funds strictly for payroll, you cannot subsequently use funds from an EIDL for payroll, as well. You also have the option to refinance an EIDL loan into a PPP loan; however, if you are approved for a PPP loan, the $10,000 grant/advance will be subtracted from the PPP forgiveness amount.
Keep precise records
Keep records of how you allocate these funds. Invoices for expenses paid, copies of canceled checks or other evidence payments. Be prepared to present these records to your lender, potentially in an electronic format. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 352-683-7365 or email at Rachel@mycpagroup.com.
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